Best Android phones 2014: Top smartphones to look out for
Which is the best Android phone to buy? Do you go HTC, Samsung or Sony? It’s a question that doesn’t have a straightforward answer, but we pick out the top Android-running smartphones of 2014 to help you out.
There are high-end smartphones like the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1. Then there’s a whole host of cheap Android phones from manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE. It seems like everyone is making a Google-running phone these days, which makes the selection process even more of a headache.
If you are happy to spend big on a monthly contract or buy a high-end Android smartphone outright, you‘ll get the hardware that pushes the operating system to its limits. Think power-mongering quad-core processors, huge HD touchscreens and the kind of camera that means you can finally ditch the compact.
At the other end of the spectrum, you can save yourself a few hundred pounds and still get a great Android phone - one that is a more pocket-friendly size and runs on a slightly older version of Android. Crucially though, it will still let you play games, watch YouTube videos, check Facebook and browse the web.
The Android operating system has been praised for letting you truly customize your phone. It has for some time though lacked the polished, good looks of Apple’s iOS. Google has now upped its game and in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and more recently Android 4.4 KitKat we have the cleanest and most user-friendly version of the operating system since it was released back in 2008.
If you really don’t fancy owning an iPhone 5S or a Windows Phone 8 phone, then maybe it’s time to go Google. Hunting out the top rated high end and mid-range handsets, we’ve selected the 10 best Android phones to buy right now.