11 Best Android Phones in 2015
Picking out the best Android phone in 2015 is no mean feat. It’s even more difficult right now, since a number of brand new flagship phones are just starting to hit the shelves. We've updated our best Android phones round-up to include the HTC One M9 and our new editor’s pick, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
The Edge is an expensive handset, but it's also one of the best Android phones on the market. In short, it offers class-leading performance and has the best smartphone camera we've come across to date. Its slightly cheaper brother, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is equally good.
The M9, meanwhile, has just been released and builds on the success of the earlier models in the One series. It’s not drastically different from the M8, but it’s still fully-deserving of its place in this round-up.
However, if you’re after something a little less flashy and a lot more affordable, now is a great time to make your move. Not only can you buy last year's best Android phones at a discount – the LG G3 is available for less than £300 – but there's also a wide selection of excellent entry-level phones to choose from.
Click the ‘Next’ arrow above or browse the list below to see the best Android phones, or read on for more smartphone buying guidance.
Best Android Phone – TrustedReviews Recommends
TrustedReviews Editor's Pick – Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge NEW ENTRY
A 5.1-inch smartphone with monstrous performance and an optional curved screen
Best for Music – HTC One M9 NEW ENTRY
A 5-inch smartphone with unrivalled stereo speakers
Best for Selfies – HTC Desire EYE
A 5.2-inch smartphone with dual 13-megapixel cameras
Best Under £150 SIM-free – Motorola Moto G 2014
A 5-inch smartphone that's excellent value for money
Best Under £200 SIM-free – Huawei Ascend G7
A 5.5-inch smartphone with class-leading battery life
Best Under £250 SIM-free – Honor 6
An affordable 5-inch smartphone with outstanding performance
Best Under £300 SIM-free – LG G3
A 5.5-inch smartphone with a stunning 2K display
Best Android Phablet – Samsung Galaxy Note 4
A 5.7-inch smartphone with a 2K display and a stylus
Cheap Note 4 Alternative – Huawei Ascend Mate 7
A cheaper alternative with a huge 4,100mAh capacity battery
Best for Enthusiasts – OnePlus One
A 5.5-inch smartphone running a CyanogenMod version of Android
Best Cheap Android Phone – Motorola Moto E 2 2015
A 4.5-inch phone with 4G that costs just £109
Last Update: 01/04/2015, added Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9
Best Android Phone 2015: What you need to know
Not sure what you need, or even how to choose from the selection above? Here are a few pointers to get you started.
What size Android phone should I buy?
Smartphones in general are getting bigger and bigger. Some of you might remember Steve Jobs explaining at the launch of the original iPhone back in 2007: "It’s got a three-and-a-half-inch screen on it. It’s really big."
Fast-forward to the present day and 4-inch smartphones are the smallest, and often cheapest, handsets out there. They’re good for children and users who don’t care for games and multimedia content, but even smaller Android phones like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact have at least 4.5-inch screens.
5-inch screens are far better for watching movies and playing games on, but they’re right on the edge of too big if you have small hands. Anything between 4.5 and 5.1 inches is generally considered the perfect combo of portability and a display that's good for browsing, gaming and more.
You can, of course, go even larger than this. Phones with 6-inch screens, often called "phablets", are growing in popularity. They’re a good option if have a long commute, as their larger screens are perfect for watching films, playing games and reading, but try one out in a shop first if you’ve never owned a phone this big.
Related: 6 Best Phablets in 2015
Will I get the latest version of Android?
Google is constantly looking at ways to improve the Android operating system, and releases major software updates on a regular basis. But that doesn’t always mean the phone you're buying will get that update.
The latest version is Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is slowly making its way onto existing smartphones. Most current handsets run Android 4.4 KitKat or Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Read our Android 5.0 Lollipop update guide to find out if and when your phone will get the latest version.
Other things to consider
Finally, you need to think about extra features. Things like NFC, water-resistance, fingerprint scanners and microSD card slots might seem like bonuses, but they can dramatically affect the overall user experience of a smartphone.
A microSD card slot is a good idea if you want to watch lots of downloaded videos or music, and it’s an essential feature on some cheaper phones that have limited built-in memory. Any phone with 4GB or less will need a microSD card slot.