Which is the best Android phone for you?
Android smartphones are a diverse bunch and span the whole mobile market from sub-£100 up to almost £2000 (and beyond for some silly luxury versions).
This diversity means it can be a huge task to choose between them all. Thankfully, we’ve compiled this list of best Android phones to help you out.
You might be looking for a cheaper choice than that pricey iPhone loads of your mates are sporting or a pricier Android flagship. Either way, we’ve got the cream of the Android crop right here, including new releases from OnePlus and Google.
Have a read immediately below to get a taste of our top pics but, for more detail like pro and cons, keep on reading below. If you want the fully skinny then check out the individual in-depth review of each model, which are linked below too.
- Best overall Android phone: Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
- Best display: OnePlus 8 Pro
- Best zoom camera: Oppo Find X2 Pro
- Best performance: OnePlus 8T
- Best small phone: Pixel 5
- Best big phone: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Best value 5G: Realme X50 5G
- Best for the latest specs: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
- Best value camera: Google Pixel 4a
- Best for great software on a budget: Motorola Moto G8
- Best budget gaming phone: OnePlus Nord
- Best for productivity: Motorola Moto G8 Pro
- Best for movies: Sony Xperia 1
- Best for gaming: Asus ROG Phone 2
- Best for battery life: Moto G8 Power
How we decided on the best Android phones
All of the above phones have been rigorously testing according to the criteria that follows. Before giving any Android handset a final rating, one of our expert reviewers will spend at least a week using the phone as their primary smartphone. This gives us an opportunity to see how the phone handles in terms of everyday use, including battery performance and camera quality. We also run the smartphones through a series of synthetic benchmarking and battery-burn tests.
These tests give us a good indication of how a phone performs during normal use, as well as allowing us to test manufacturers’ claims.
All of these tests are repeatable, so we can accurately compare like-for-like between devices. You’ll see links to each full phone review below, so check them out for a comprehensive picture. Read more about how we test phones.
What’s the situation with Huawei?
Due to the retraction of Huawei’s Android license, future Huawei and Honor phones won’t be able to access Google Play Services and, consequently, many Android apps including YouTube and Gmail. Both Huawei and Google have confirmed Huawei and Honor phones, like the one in this round-up, will continue to have access for the time being, so we’re leaving its score unchanged.
1. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
The best overall Android phone you can buy right now
- Nice design
- Great screen
- Strong performance
- Good battery
- Ugly UI
- 8K video recording is pointless
Look no further for the best non-Apple phone on the market; in our estimation, it’s the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus.
To start with, it’s got a great 6.7-inch screen that’s immersive and offers a blistering high 120Hz refresh rate – the colour and detail offered by this display is practically unrivalled.
The rear camera set-up has a total of four rear sensors, which provides a great level of versatility for your choice of shots, and this time round we welcome Samsung opts for more realistic-looking images rather than pouring on the post-processing to its pictures.
Battery life is good, easily lasting the day unless you keep that 120Hz refresh rate stuck on all the time, under which circumstances it will take a nose-dive.
One of the few reservations we had about this phone, and this could be particularly pertinent for Android fans, is that its interface isn’t exactly the best around, giving a heavy top layer to the standard Android software that isn’t usually as pleasant as a clean Android install would have been.
You might be surprised that we don’t rate the top-spec Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra on the top of three. The reason is that it’s a lot more expensive, so big to the point it’s difficult to handle and offers few qualitative advantages over the middle sibling of the S20 family.
- Read our full Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus review
2. OnePlus 8 Pro
Best Android display
- Super smooth Fluid AMOLED screen
- Speedy charging
- Powerful performance
- Very big
Thanks to its gorgeous display, interesting colour options and all the usual high-end internals you’d expect from a OnePlus device, the OnePlus 8 Pro is easy to recommend if you’re after a big-screened Android device.
The highlight is, of course, the glorious – and very large – 6.78-inch display. It has got a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother-than-butter scrolling and a resolution of QHD+ – both of which can be used at the same time. There are a few other HDR and screen smoothing modes too, but these are better left off.
This is a 5G phone, and inside there’s the X55 5G modem and the Snapdragon 865 chipset. RAM comes in either 8 or 12GB options and storage ranges from 128GB to 256GB. There’s a big 4510mAh battery too, although this can easily be depleted quickly if you’re really pushing the display. Thankfully it can be charged quickly, either wired or wirelessly.
Along with wireless charging, OnePlus has finally added in an IP68 rating for water resistance.
You’ll find four cameras on the back, three of which are rather strong. There’s a main 48MP sensor, plus an ultra-wide 48MP sensor. Zoom is handled by an 8MP cam with a 3x ‘hybrid zoom’. Pictures are solid, even if low-light performance isn’t as strong as the Galaxy S20. That fourth sensor is a 5MP colour filter camera that is largely pointless.
- Read our OnePlus 8 Pro review
3. Oppo Find X2 Pro
Oppo’s best phone yet
- Super smooth AMOLED screen
- Masses of storage
- Class-leading fast charging
- No wireless charging
The surprise Android champion of 2020 so far has been the Oppo Find X2 Pro. This is Oppo’s best phone to date and it can comfortably compete with the best Android phones of the year.
The 120Hz display keeps that fast refresh rate even when the resolution has been maxed out, the Snapdragon 865 leads to some seriously nippy performance and you won’t find a phone that charges faster.
The Find X2 Pro beats both the S20 Plus and the iPhone 11 Pro when it comes to zoom. It also outguns them with its resolution, with the phone’s primary camera featuring Sony’s new 12-bit IMX689 sensor with a large 1/1.4” size and 1.12-micron pixels. We found the X2 Pro performed better in battery tests too when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – even though it has a smaller battery.
- Read our full Oppo Find X2 Pro
4. OnePlus 8T
Loads of specs for a low price
- Lovely 120Hz screen
- Really fast charging
- Nice design
- No IP rating
- No Qi charging
- Better cameras elsewhere
With the OnePlus 8T, OnePlus has continued to offer top specs and features for a lower price.
There’s lots to get excited about here, from the 120Hz 6.5-inch flat display to the very useful 65w charging that can fully charge a depleted device to 100% in 40 minutes.
Even though pricing starts at £549, you’ve still got a top-end Snaodragon 865 chipset paired with 8/12GB RAM and 128/256GB storage. This is a seriously snappy phone, whether you’re gaming at 90fps or just scrolling through Twitter.
There are four cameras on the back, though only really two of them are any good. The main 48MP camera takes nice snaps, while the ultra wide camera is suitably wide for nice landscape shots.
- Read our full OnePlus 8T review
5. Google Pixel 5
- Great camera
- Improved video
- Nice screen
- Bland design
- No huge camera advancements
Pixel 5 is a simple flagship from Google. If you’re after a small phone (the screen here is only 6-inches, smaller than most on this list) that doesn’t compromise on camera performance or battery life then the latest Pixel should be high on your list.
For the £599 price, you’re getting a great camera (12MP and 16MP ultra wide), all-day battery with wireless charging, an IP68 body and tough metal body. There’s a fast fingerprint scanner on the back, along with 5G connectivity for faster data speeds.
- Read our full Pixel 5 review
6. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
A fantastic big phone that’s packed with great features
- Lovely big 120Hz screen
- S Pen is useful
- Versatile cameras
- Very expensive
As the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a larger, more feature-packed take on the standard Note 20, complete with a far better 120Hz OLED display. This is a great phone and one of the finest all-round Android devices we have reviewed. It’s powerful, has just about every feature going and doesn’t skimp at all. In terms of negatives, it’s big and expensive.
This brute of a phone has a lovely display with a 120Hz refresh rate, plenty of grunt, huge battery, Qi charging and water-resistance. There isn’t a whole lot new when compared to the S10, but this still stands as the true high-end Samsung phone for 2020.
The S Pen is the headline feature of the Note series, which is pretty much the only flagship around that lets you draw and take notes with a pen on the display. It’s a pleasure to write and doodle with, thanks to fantastic responsiveness and excellent palm-rejection.
- Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review
7. Realme X50 5G
Best value 5G
- Very good battery life
- Low price for a 5G phone
- Well-specced 120Hz screen
- Strong general and gaming performance
- Surprisingly capable main camera, even at night
- Glass back
- Two of the rear cameras are filler
- No headphone jack
Realme has played a blinder with this sub-£300 Android wonder. The Realme X50 5G manages to squeeze a ton of modern flagship features into a remarkable price, achieving this feat better than anyone else on the market.
Along with 5G at an affordable price, the Realme X50 5G has a glass design that you’d be forgiven for thinking belonged to a flagship as well as a cutting-edge 120Hz display, the cost-effective and capable Snapdragon 765G processor and a decent camera to boot.
Realme has strong competitors in this space, including the OnePlus Nord, but the X50 5G manages to beat out key cheap phone rivals on cost and camera quality.
- Read our Realme X50 5G review
8. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
A phone with all the specs and features you could want at a great price
- 120Hz screen
- Fun colours
- Fast internals
- Plastic back
- Need to pay more for faster charger
Samsung has released so many phones this year that it can be hard to keep up. We think you should take the Galaxy S20 FE seriously though as thanks to a great combination of power and affordability this is one of the most tempting Samsung phones of 2020.
From the Snapdragon 865 chipset, 5G support and fluid 120Hz OLED display, the S20 FE feels like a real flagship killer. It might even be a better buy than Samsung’s own flagships, as the Snapdragon internals provide far better battery life and improved performance over the Exynos competition.
Samsung has also decided against ditching features commonly missed at this price. The plastic and metal body is IP68 rated, has Qi wireless charging and you can expand the 128GB of onboard storage. The main 12MP is good too, taking sharp snaps with that trademark hit of Samsung colour.
- Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review
9. Motorola Edge
5G without blowing the bank
- Good design
- Nice, bright OLED screen
- 5G for a good price
- Curved screen can be annoying
The latest phone from Motorola isn’t a budget champion like the Moto G8 series, however it is still compelling. The Motorola Edge (not to be confused with the pricier Snapdragon 865 chipset-toting Edge Plus) has a lovely design, a large 6.7-inch OLED display and an eye-catching curve.
Inside you’ll find a very capable Snapdragon 765G chipset, 6GB RAM and a healthy 129GB storage. This might not be the top-end chipset going but it still very fast and you’ll likely not notice the difference when compared to an 865. Games all play fine and apps open quickly.
You’ll find three decent cameras on the back and inside there’s a 4500mAh battery that’ll keep the phone running for two days.
- Read our full Motorola Edge review
10. Google Pixel 4a
Stunning value for a great camera
- Great camera
- Refreshingly small size for an Android phone
- The promise of fast updates
- Nice, sharp OLED screen
- You’ll find competition with far larger spec sheets and feature lists
- Some mild performance and touch latency hiccups
- As well as being a Pro, the small screen might put some off
Unsurprisingly, Pixel 4a continues to offer one of the best (and most stripped back) Android experiences on the market. The follow-up to the Pixel 3a may not have the sheer horsepower of some rivals but it does come with the easy-to-use Pixel Launcher and a three-year guarantee of swift software updates.
Elsewhere, the phone sports a stunning camera that is great in low-light and does a ton of image-processing heavy lifting to create an image with one sensor that many quad-cameras setups struggle to achieve.
These remarkable features are only made all the more remarkable by its super cheap price tag of just £349. £349 gives you a phone with a decent build quality that sits in your hand far more neatly than the edging-on-phablet phones of modern times.
- Read our Google Pixel 4a review
11. Moto G8
A no-nonsense budget mobile at a great price
- Excellent value
- Good quality, sharp-enough screen
- Strong performance and battery life
- Screen isn’t the best
Once again Motorola has one of the best budget phones around. The Moto G8 is a good all-rounder that stands as a great pick if you want an Android phone that packs a lot of features but doesn’t break the bank.
Features here include a healthy 4000mAh battery, 3.5mm headphone jack and a Snapdragon 665 chipset running the show. The screen, probably the phone’s weakest element, measures 6.4-inches and the 4GB RAM keeps everything moving.
• Read our Motorola Moto G8 review
12. OnePlus Nord
Gaming and 5G at a wallet-friendly price
- Great quality OLED panel
- Very quick charging
- Lovely version of Android
- Nice, ergonomic design
- 5G and great performance
- Screen seems to mark very easily
- Secondary cameras are pretty much useless
OnePlus Nord has usurped its flagship brethren, the OnePlus 8, undercutting it be a few hundred pounds at £399. The Nord truly sees OnePlus return to its roots, even if isn’t quite as remarkably cheap as the OG sub-£200 OnePlus One.
OnePlus Nord packs in a superior processor to Google’s budget offering and a ton of more modern features that Apple’s reinvigorated take on the iPhone 8. In particular, OnePlus has managed to include an impressive OLED display into this sub-£400 as well as 5G compatibility. The Nord also comes with OnePlus’s signature quick charging and sleek yet cleverly enhanced version of Android – Oxygen OS.
While it may not exactly match the premium design heights of many flagships, it isn’t far off – coming very close to looking and feeling like a flagship for a much lower price.
• Read our OnePlus Nord review
13. Moto G Pro
A great value phone that’s built for productivity
- Great value
- Decent design
- Futureproof software
- Main camera is good for the money
- Poor palm detection
- Back up cameras are pretty pointless
Despite having Pro in its name, the latest entry into Motorola’s iconic G-Series remains a low-to-mid range handset. But, like past G-phones, it earns a place in our round-up by offering users a wealth of features and specifications traditionally seen on much more expensive handsets.
The key differentiator separating it from the other Moto Gs on the market is the addition of a Galaxy Note style stylus. The pen sits in a dock on the phone’s bottom right and is a great addition that makes it quick and easy to jot handwritten notes and memos on the Moto G Pro.
If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, the handset’s also one of a select few guaranteed to get continued software support from Google thanks to its Android One certification. This is a cool programme that has two benefits. First, that the phone will be blissfully bloatware free. Second, that the phone will be upgraded to the next version of Android.
If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, it also has some pretty decent core specs and a solid main camera that’s one of the best you’ll find on a phone this price.
- Read our Moto G Pro review
14. Sony Xperia 1
A phone with a 4K HDR OLED display
- Unique design
- The best camera on a Sony phone
- The display is very nice
- Camera not as good as the Pixel 3 or Galaxy S10
- Some of Sony’s software features are disappointing
The Sony Xperia 1 is the Japanese brand’s best Android phone yet. It has approached this phone a bit differently, focusing on targeting those who mainly use their phone as a media device. The Xperia 1 has a tall 21:9 4K OLED HDR display and even though it measures 6.5 inches, it’s a lot more manageable than other big-screen phones.
There’s a big focus on cameras too, and the Xperia 1 comes with some excellent software for video recording. The triple 12-megapixel rear camera array boasts a wide-angle, super-wide and telephoto lenses. The snaps are good and comfortably the best from a Sony phone, but they can’t quite compete with the Pixel 3, Galaxy S10 and P30 Pro. Inside the phone, you’ll find a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.
- Read our Sony Xperia 1 review
15. Asus ROG Phone 2
The ultimate Android choice for gaming
- Sensational screen
- Excellent battery life
- Plenty of power and storage
- It’s a big phone
- No telephoto camera
- No waterproofing
Asus has knocked it out of the park with the ROG Phone 2. Not only is this the best gaming phone money can buy, but it’s also a great phone across the board. If its aggressive looks are to your taste and you don’t mind the lack of wireless charging or water resistance, then nothing else comes close when it comes to gaming and battery life.
The ROG Phone 2 is loaded up with a giant 6.59-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s also packing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, overclocked to 2.96GHz, paired with 12GB RAM. Need storage? The ROG Phone 2 has 512GB by default, and a 1TB version coming down the line, complete with a matte-black finish. It also has the biggest battery on the block – 6000mAh – and supports fast charging, up to Quick Charge 4.0 (30W).
Asus has loaded its latest phone with game-specific highlights too, from L and R AirTriggers to squeezy sides which activate an overclocked X Mode, and there’s even a clip-on fan in the box. This isn’t just a phone – it’s an over-the-top joyride.
This phone has the smoothest screen around, the biggest battery and so much RAM it keeps games and apps open in the background for hours. With all its gamer-centric enhancements and accessories, it’s a joy to use for giant geeks who want a phone that looks as though it fell off a Klingon warship.
You might miss having a telephoto camera, especially if your previous phone was the Mate 20 or P30 Pro, but its wide and ultra-wide cameras are both solid performers, making it a decent phone whichever way you look at it.
- Read our Asus ROG Phone 2 review
16. Moto G8 Power
Best for battery life
- Excellent battery life
- Robust performance
- Superb value for money
- Good camera (for the price)
- Dull design
The Moto G8 Power is a budget Android phone with a big battery. And we mean big. The huge 5000mAh cell leads to some of the best battery life we’ve seen.
Furthermore, the Moto G8 Power features a good Full HD+ display, a capable mid-range Snapdragon 665 chipset and four rear cameras.
Unfussed about the latest and greatest, and just want a decent phone with a battery that lasts all day? Priced at around £220 unlocked and SIM-free, the Moto G8 Power just might be the phone you’re looking for.
- Read our Moto G8 Power review
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