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We’ve used 100s of telephones, and listed below are our picks for the Best Android Phones you may buy proper now!

The Android telephone scene is in superb form proper now. Every respected model has grow to be very expert at crafting a terrific system at each value latitude. The prime finish flagships supply beautiful screens and distinctive cameras; mid-tier telephones are polished and may cross for a flagship for some; and entry degree price range choices are more highly effective and well-built than earlier than.

If you’re available on the market for a brand new Android telephone and don’t know the place to begin — we’re right here to assist.

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Best Android Phone Overall: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in black

Last yr’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was our choose for the most effective Android telephone of 2020, so it’s no shock the Galaxy S21 Ultra — which improves on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in a number of methods — has dominated the highest of this checklist this yr thus far. With the information that there’s no Galaxy Note 21 collection this yr, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has an excellent probability to maintain this prime spot for the remainder of the yr, as a result of the telephone is that good.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has probably the most highly effective Qualcomm SoC, probably the most versatile digicam system, some of the premium and distinctive designs, and it’s additionally bought that Samsung advertising and marketing and distribution that makes Samsung units simpler to buy than say a Google Pixel or OnePlus telephone.

This final half issues as a result of though the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra comes very shut to matching the Galaxy S21 Ultra spec for spec, the actual fact it’s not bought in a significant chunk of the world (together with USA, which this checklist targets) in the end limits its attraction. All these little issues make the Galaxy S21 Ultra very laborious to beat as “the best Android phone overall.”

    Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
    The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the final word overkill in the brand new 2021 flagship collection, packing in a flagship SoC, a premium construct, a terrific show, and a tremendous digicam setup, in addition to all of the extras anticipated on a premium flagship.

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Best Android Phone for most individuals: OnePlus 9

The Galaxy S20 FE held this spot for months, however its reign as the most effective Android for most individuals is up. The OnePlus 9 Pro is simply barely more costly, however it’s bought a more moderen SoC (Snapdragon 888), superior construct high quality (glass-and-aluminum sandwich as a substitute of the plasticky S20 FE), and it has a greater essential digicam.

The OnePlus 9, in reality, is nearly nearly as good because the OnePlus 9 Pro, save for not having fairly nearly as good an ultra-wide-angle digicam, a plastic and glass construct, and slower wi-fi charging. It nonetheless packs a beautiful 120Hz OLED show, that aforementioned top-tier Qualcomm chip, and a Hasselblad color-graded essential digicam that produces sharp, punchy pictures. This is a really succesful almost-flagship for 2021.

    OnePlus 9
    The OnePlus 9 is the most effective telephone to buy for most individuals, with a Snapdragon 888, 120Hz display, and a glass-and-aluminum design.

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Best Android Phone for software program and velocity: OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus is a model that’s all the time been about velocity, and the OnePlus 9 Pro is as soon as once more the quickest telephone available on the market. Everything – from the near-instantaneous velocity at which apps launch to how the notification panel whips up and down alongside along with your finger swipes – even the UI right here has been optimized for velocity. All of that’s backed by a super-fast 120Hz OLED panel too.

When it comes to OnePlus’ UI, OxygenOS, it’s not nearly velocity. It’s additionally, in my opinion, the most effective Android pores and skin round, with loads of customization and shortcut gestures galore. Want to use a number of completely different icon packs on one residence display? Or change the accent colour scheme of your app drawer? Or shortly launch an app motion by long-pressing the fingerprint sensor? OxygenOS provides more methods to use Android, even more so than Google’s inventory UI.

The remainder of the {hardware} is top-notch, with a wonderful 50MP ultra-wide digicam as a worthy companion to that new 48MP, Hasselblad color-graded essential digicam. Of course, you get Snapdragon 888, with UFS 3.1 storage, and a number of the quickest wired and wi-fi charging round.

    OnePlus 9 Pro
    The OnePlus 9 Pro has the smoothest and most fluid UI round in Android — and dare we are saying it, any telephone.

Best level and shoot digicam telephone: Google Pixel 5a

Google Pixel 5a on wooden deck

If you care about probably the most pixel-dense pictures or the most effective zoom latitude or probably the most enjoyable (or gimmicky) digicam methods, a Samsung or Xiaomi flagship beats any Pixel. But in this “best point and shoot” class, the Pixel remains to be king. The Pixel 5 beforehand held this spot for months, and now the model new Pixel 5a takes over.

The distinction is in software program. Google’s software program smarts — aka computational images — make taking pictures a pleasure, in that you just don’t actually stress an excessive amount of, simply level and shoot and you’re going to get a shot that’s nearly all the time completely balanced, with simply the correct amount of boosted colours and distinction (with out going overboard like Samsung), correct white steadiness, and sufficient sharpness.

There’s no minor shutter lag such as you’d get in a Galaxy S21 Ultra, or that barely synthetic over-processed look from a Huawei. The Pixel collection produces pictures that many people at XDA constantly want above anything.

The Pixel 5a can be a terrific possibility in fact, for its low beginning value, and Pixel-exclusive software program options. It’ll even be one of many first telephones to run Android 12. Even with the Pixel 6 coming quickly (at most likely flagship costs), the Pixel 5a is a superb possibility to buy now.

    Google Pixel 5a
    The Google Pixel 5a could also be a bit bland trying, however it’s nonetheless bought that Pixel digicam, software program expertise, and a candy price ticket

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Best Cheap Android Phone: Google Pixel 5a

Hand holding Mostly Black Google Pixel 5a


The Pixel 5a additionally wins this class, as most different price range choices in the US merely can’t sustain with Google’s software program and digicam prowess. There are many different wonderful price range choices from the likes of Xiaomi, however they don’t promote in the US. If you reside exterior the US or are open to importing, try our checklist of finest low-cost Android telephones.

    Google Pixel 5a
    The Google Pixel 5a could also be a bit bland trying, however it’s nonetheless bought that Pixel digicam, software program expertise, and a candy price ticket

Best total digicam telephone: Huawei P40 Pro+

Best Android Phone – Huawei P40 Pro Plus

For an excellent half-year in 2020, the Huawei P40 Pro+ was the undisputed zoom digicam king. However, Samsung’s current launch, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, has dethroned Huawei in the zoom recreation by a bit. With that stated nevertheless, the P40 Pro+ nonetheless has a superior low gentle digicam (50MP RYYB sensor with a bigger picture sensor dimension than the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s 108MP sensor) and a sharper 40MP ultra-wide-angle digicam, so one may argue it’s nonetheless technically probably the most achieved digicam system throughout.

However, Huawei’s picture processing isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, so it actually comes down to choice. But it doesn’t matter what, the P40 Pro+ digicam system is among the most achieved round even a yr later. Unfortunately, the Huawei P40 Pro+ can also’t run core Google Mobile Services apps due to the continued sanctions positioned by the US authorities, so make certain you weigh the professionals and cons earlier than contemplating one.

    Huawei P40 Pro+
    With a 10x optical zoom digicam and an 40MP ultra-wide-angle digicam, the Huawei P40 Pro+ has probably the most versatile and succesful cameras available on the market. The remainder of the package deal is fairly premium too — sadly, there’s the Google ban subject to think about.

Best Android telephone for Gaming: ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

ASUS ZenFone 8 next to ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

Left: ASUS ZenFone 8. Right: ASUS ROG Phone 5.

Last yr’s ASUS ROG Phone 3 was our choose for gaming telephone of the yr, and this yr’s replace, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, is even higher — thus making it a straightforward favourite for the most effective gaming telephone of 2021.

So what makes the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate a gaming beast? Let’s begin with the 144Hz show, which the handset can keep with out micro-stutters. Throw in an enormous 6,000 mAh battery to deal with that variable refresh fee, which suggests you gained’t have to fear about discovering a charger mid-day. Then add practical shoulder buttons named “AirTriggers” that give additional management to first-person shooters in methods most conventional smartphones can’t, and the cool “ROG Vision” display that provides lots of aptitude to the system.

Of course, whenever you’re accomplished gaming, the ROG Phone 5 works high quality as an everyday smartphone too, with a dependable digicam system, Snapdragon 888, and up to 18GB of RAM. No app will bathroom this factor down.

    ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
    ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is, because the title implies, the final word gaming telephone with up to 18GB of RAM.

Best Large Foldable telephone: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

The model new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 takes the already wonderful Z Galaxy Fold 2 and makes sensible enhancements throughout the board. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is more sturdy throughout with water resistance and stronger supplies, a bit lighter and thinner, and helps the S-Pen. With Xiaomi’s and Huawei’s foldables bought solely in the US, this provides the Galaxy Z Fold 3 a transparent landslide victory in this class.

And maybe most significantly, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is cheaper than earlier units in this line too. If you need the most effective and most polished giant display foldables, this can be a no-brainer.

    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
    The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is probably the most polished foldable smartphone ever — and it is cheaper than the earlier generations too!

Best Small Foldable telephone: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

The Galaxy Z Flip 3

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a significant enchancment over the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. The exterior cowl show is 4 instances bigger, permitting for straightforward entry to notifications and different performance with out opening the telephone; the within display had its refresh fee doubled to 120Hz; the telephone gained IPX8 water resistance, and it’s 50% cheaper than the final technology.

In reality, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the most affordable foldable telephone ever launched but, priced not removed from a typical flagship slab smartphone. While the Galaxy Z Flip 3 lacks a correct zoom lens, every thing else about it’s flagship degree, so it’s positively a robust case to be made that the foldable telephone has lastly gone mainstream.

    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
    The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the most affordable foldable telephone ever, and additionally probably the most sturdy and fashionable one too.

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Best Stock Android telephone: Google Pixel 5a

Google Pixel 5a with grassy background

While a few of us at XDA want OnePlus’ OxygenOS as a result of it provides some helpful customization choices to pure Android, there are lovers on the market who need Google’s pure imaginative and prescient for Android — the one Google designers set out to construct. In that case, the Google Pixel 5a is the most effective telephone working inventory Android proper now.

Not solely is that this model “pure” however it’s additionally going to get the quickest updates popping out of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View.

    Google Pixel 5a
    The Google Pixel 5a could also be a bit bland trying, however it’s nonetheless bought that Pixel digicam, software program expertise, and a candy price ticket.

Also nice: Nokia 8.3 5G

Nokia 8.3 5G

You don’t have to go Google simply to get the inventory Android expertise, nevertheless. Google’s Android One program permits different telephone manufacturers to take part in the inventory Android expertise in the event that they so select, and the Nokia 8.3 5G is among the higher Android One telephones round.

It’s bought a Snapdragon 765G, a 6.8 inch IPS LCD show, a big 4,500 mAh battery, and a stable 64MP digicam. But in fact, it’s that clear Android software program with well timed updates that shines.

    Nokia 8.3 5G
    The Nokia 8.3 5G is a mid-range telephone with clear Android software program.

Best Android telephone not bought in the US: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra with its 50MP main camera and a second screen

Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra is its costliest telephone but (not counting the yet-to-be-released Xiaomi foldable), however there’s good purpose. The Mi 11 Ultra is a {hardware} beast, packing the model new Samsung GN2 sensor with the biggest picture sensor in the trade, an excellent 48MP ultra-wide digicam, and a Periscope zoom lens that’s only a hair under what the S21 Ultra’s Periscope zoom can do. Elsewhere, the telephone has 67W wired and wi-fi charging (the charging brick is included with the field too) and in fact, the Snapdragon 888 with loads of RAM.

There’s even a second show on the again of the system, which suggests selfie lovers can snap self-portraits with the telephone’s very succesful essential digicam system.

    Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
    The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is a end result of the corporate’s finest {hardware} in a smartphone but, that includes a terrific show, a terrific digicam setup, nice efficiency, and more.

Second finest Android telephone not bought in the US: OPPO Find X3 Pro

OPPO Find X3 Pro camera system

OPPO Find X3 Pro

The OPPO Find X3 Pro is among the most up-to-date flagship Android releases and it’s nice sufficient to take this prime spot for telephones not bought in the US. Featuring a real 10-bit panel and a novel again design, the Find X3 Pro is one heck of a looker.

We notably love the Find X3 Pro’s ultra-wide-angle sensor, which makes use of the identical 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensor as the primary digicam, which suggests ultra-wide angle pictures look nearly as sharp and wealthy as the primary digicam. Throw in the micro-lens that may double as a magnifying glass and the standard Snapdragon 888 and 12GB of RAM, and you’ve some of the highly effective and polished smartphones of 2021 thus far. Its lack of a Periscope zoom lens does hold it a notch under the Galaxy S21 Ultra, nevertheless.

    OPPO Find X3 Pro
    OPPO’s newest is a extremely polished smartphone with a real 10-bit show that enables it to show over one billion colours.

Best for multi-tasking: LG Wing, Microsoft Duo

LG Wing, Microsoft Duo

LG Wing

If productiveness is paramount, then two screens are clearly higher than one. The LG Wing and Microsoft Duo take very completely different approaches to this dual-screen setup. The Wing, in “normal mode,” resembles another slab smartphone — it’s large, tall, curvy, with nearly all-screen on its face. But give the underside left aspect of the display just a little push and the entrance display swivels, revealing a second display in the backplate.

Microsoft Duo Second Screen

The Microsoft Duo

The Microsoft Duo in the meantime, is more like two screens related collectively by a really premium hinge. The Duo folds and opens like a ebook, and not like the Wing, each screens are the identical dimension and high quality.

Neither telephone carries probably the most highly effective SoC or finest cameras, however these are productiveness machines first and foremost. To find a way to run, say, Slack on one display with a phrase doc or an e mail on the opposite is one thing most of us distant employees would get pleasure from.

Plus, with LG’s exit from the smartphone house, the LG Wing is now a possible collector’s merchandise — it’s the final LG smartphone to hit the market.

    LG Wing
    The LG Wing is particular not simply due to its twin display T-shaped design, but additionally as a result of it is the final LG telephone for the foreseeable future.
    Microsoft Duo
    The Microsoft Duo is an amazingly skinny dual-screen system that opens and shut like a ebook. While there have been some software program quirks at launch, Microsoft has fastened sufficient of it that the system is usable. If you want to run two apps on the identical time typically, this is among the finest choices.

If we should choose the most effective total telephone right here, it’d be the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, for individuals who don’t thoughts importing, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra rivals the Galaxy S21 Ultra in many areas (and wins in some). For these on a price range and who need the most secure possibility, the Google Pixel 5a remains to be a wonderful possibility. But in the end, when you have cash to spend although, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 remains to be the final word system.

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