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The best Android phones in the UK 2022

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, one of the best Android phones in the UK
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Pick any one of the best Android phones from this list and you're guaranteed great value, the best features or a blend of the two. The Android market is incredibly varied, and we're here to help you navigate to the ideal handsets for your needs and budget.

The most expensive Android phones cost upwards of £1,000, but for that price you’ll experience the latest and most powerful hardware. Meanwhile, the cheapest phones, which cost between £200 and £400, have fewer bells and whistles but can still take on flagships with one or two premium features.

With the Galaxy S22 now here, and our Galaxy S22 Plus review and Galaxy S22 Ultra review completed, we've had some unsurprising shake-ups to this list. We've gone hands-on with the Galaxy S22 but we've yet to review it, hence its absence from this list for now. However take a look at the OnePlus 10 Pro, Xiaomi 12 Pro and Realme GT 2 Pro as well, another three recent phones which have seriously impressed us.

Keep an eye out for our coverage of other interesting Android phones this year too, including this colour-changing Vivo phone or the Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket.

Whether your priority is a phone with the best camera, best display, the most powerful chipset or the longest battery life — or something else entirely — these are the best Android phones in the U.K. you need to shortlist.

What are the best Android phones in the UK?

Just like on the other side of the Atlantic, the best Android phone in the U.K. right now is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Although Samsung’s flagship phone doesn’t have as powerful a chipset as its U.S. counterpart, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s great screen, strong photography and built-in stylus are all intact and just as good.

If you fancy something premium but slightly more affordable, we like the OnePlus 10 Pro if you want all the best features but for less money, the Google Pixel 6 if you want to focus on photography features, or the Realme GT 2 Pro if you're looking to pay even less but with some more unique abilities.

At the budget end of things, picking between the OnePlus Nord 2 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro should satisfy whatever your priorities are. The Nord 2 also offers strong photography, along with a brilliant display and above average performance. Meanwhile, Redmi’s Note 10 Pro gives you a fab screen and decent photos for a remarkably small sum.

The best Android phones in the U.K. you can buy today

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra rear and cameras

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The best Android phone in the U.K. overall

Specifications

Display: 6.8-inch QHD OLED (3200x1400; 1 to 120Hz)
Chipset: Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Rear cameras: 108MP main (ƒ/2.2); 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2); 10MP telephoto (3x zoom, ƒ/2.4), 10MP telephoto (10x zoom, ƒ/2.4)
Front camera: 40MP (ƒ/2.2)
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Operating System: Android 12 with OneUI 4

Reasons to buy

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Camera system with dual telephoto cameras and excellent low-light performance
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Incredibly bright display
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Built-in S Pen
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45W fast charging

Reasons to avoid

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Charger not included
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Less RAM by default than S21 Ultra

Once again, the top Android phone in the U.K. is Samsung's latest Ultra flagship. The Galaxy S22 Ultra takes the S21 Ultra as a base, then freshens up its design, improves the display, chipset and cameras and bundles in an S Pen to make a phone that covers all the bases.

There's faster 45W charging too, but there's no charger in the box so you'll have to provide your own if you want the top speeds. Also, Samsung's changed the default RAM to 8GB, meaning that compared to last year you're getting slightly poorer performance for the same price. Don't pay too much attention to these though, as everything else about the phone is outstanding.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review.

OnePlus Nord 2 is one of the best android phones in the ukbest value

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The best Android phone in the U.K. for smaller budgets

Specifications

Display: 6.43-inch FHD AMOLED (1080 x 2400, 60,90Hz)
Chipset: Dimensity 1200-AI
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Rear cameras: 50MP main (f/1.88), 8MP ultrawide (f/2.25), 2MP mono (f/2.5)
Front camera: 32MP selfie (f2.45)
Battery: 4,500 mAh
Operating System: Android 11 with OxygenOS 11.3

Reasons to buy

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Great cameras for asking price
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65W wired charging
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Generous specs

Reasons to avoid

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Fixed refresh rates

If you've got only £400 to spend on a phone, the best place to spend them as far as we're concerned is into the Nord 2. OnePlus' second attempt at a mid-range phone has ironed out the kinks in the original to make a phone so well rounded the only complaint we have is that it doesn't offer adaptive refresh rates for the display.

The highlights of the OnePlus Nord 2 are its mighty Dimensity 1200-AI chipset, the versatile cameras and 65W charging that outruns any other device in this category. It's a great phone to go for if your budget is limited or you don't see the appeal of the advanced features found on more expensive phones.

Read our full OnePlus Nord 2 review.

a photo of the OnePlus 10 Pro

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The best value Android flagship

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED (3216 x 1440)
Android version: 12, OxygenOS 12.1
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB, 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No
Rear cameras: 48MP (f/1.8) main, 50MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 8MP (f/2.4) 3.3x telephoto
Front camera: 32MP (f/2.2)
Weight: 7 ounces
Battery: 5,000 mAh

Reasons to buy

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Excellent battery life and charging
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Beautiful display
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Best OnePlus cameras to date
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Lower price than last year

Reasons to avoid

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Telephoto is just 8MP

The OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the best deals in Android phones right now. After reviewing it, we were thoroughly impressed with its upgrades as well as its much more competitive price.

Now starting at an appealing £799, you get one of the best displays on any phone - a 6.7-inch QHD panel with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. Its 80W wired charging is also one of the fastest we've tried, and the cameras are worthy of the best camera phones on the market.

The 10 Pro's telephoto isn't quite up to the standard of the other cameras, but that's the biggest complaint we can find. This is a seriously capable phone that deservedly steals the spotlight from Samsung and Google.

Read our full OnePlus 10 Pro review. 

Google Pixel 6 review

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The best Android phone for photography

Specifications

Display: 6.4-inch FHD OLED (2400 x 1080); 90Hz
Chipset: Google Tensor
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Rear cameras: 50MP wide (ƒ/1.85), 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2)
Front camera: 8MP (ƒ/2.0)
Battery: 4,614 mAh
Operating System: Android 12

Reasons to buy

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Excellent photos backed up with smart editing features
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Incredibly well-priced
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Tensor chip-enhanced AI

Reasons to avoid

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Only two rear cameras
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Disappointing battery life
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Unreliable fingerprint sensor

Google has really turned its flagship fortunes around with the amazing Pixel 6 series. While this spot could easily belong to the Pixel 6 Pro, which offers an extra camera, a larger, more detailed display with a higher refresh rate, and superior computing performance, the sheer value of the £599 Pixel 6 makes it the better choice for the majority of buyers. Just watch out for the minor snags of a short battery life and the unreliable fingerprint scanner if you go for either Pixel 6 model.

Just like on previous Pixels, the photography is the standout feature. You may not have a telephoto camera, but between the initial quality of the images and clever editing features like Magic Eraser and Motion Mode, you have the best photo-taking experience around.

The new key part of the Pixel experience is Google's proprietary Tensor chip. This has decent performance, but shines when it comes to AI tasks like reading text from an image or translating for you in real time.

Read our full Google Pixel 6 review.

The Realme GT 2 Pro from the back, focussed on the cameras

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The best Android phone performance for your money

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED (3216 x 1440, 120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 256GB
Rear camera: 50MP main (f/1.8), 50MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 3MP microscope (f/3.3)
Front camera: 32MP (f/2.45)
Weight: 199g
Battery: 5,000 mAh

Reasons to buy

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Below average price for specs
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Good performance
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65W charging

Reasons to avoid

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Photo quality can be unreliable

For your money, it's hard to find a better deal than with the GT 2 Pro. Realme's stuffed its unique bio-polymer body with all the stuff you'd expect from a flagship Android but it's kept the price generously low.

It's also a great phone if you're a fan of strange features. You can take microscope-style close-ups, fish-eye and 150-degree ultra-wide shots with the rear cameras, and you can use NFC features from any side of the phone. 

Beyond the gimmicks, the quality of the photos doesn't match up with other phones on this list though. Everywhere else though, you're not missing out on much, if anything at all, by saving some cash and picking the Realme.

Read our Realme GT 2 Pro review.

Samsung Galaxy S22 review

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The best Android flagship for most people

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch OLED (2340x1080; 48-120Hz)
CPU: Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB
Rear camera: 12MP (ƒ/1.8) wide; 12MP (ƒ/2.2) ultrawide; 10MP (ƒ/2.4) telephoto with 3x optical zoom
Front camera: 10MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 167 grams
Battery: 3,700 mAh

Reasons to buy

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Compact for a flagship phone
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Attractive and smooth display
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Big improvements to telephoto and night photography

Reasons to avoid

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Poor battery life
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No 45W charging

The Galaxy S22 has taken the S21's approach to Samsung flagships and refined it into something much easier to recommend. While you could go for the Galaxy S22 Plus if you like a bigger display or access to a larger battery or 45W charging (all things the S22 lacks), this smaller model provides the best value.

Besides, perhaps you're after a smaller than average phone given how hard those are to find in the Android market. Also the smaller size hasn't deprived the S22 of all of the improvements, like a glass back, improved cameras and an excellent display.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 review.

Oppo Find X5 Pro review

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The best alternative Android phone in the U.K.

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch OLED (3216 x 1440, 1 to 120Hz)
Chipset: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 256GB
Rear cameras: 50MP main (f/1.7); 50MP ultra wide (f/2.2); 13MP telephoto (f/2.4)
Front camera: 32MP (f/2.4)
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Operating System: Android 12 with ColorOS 12.1

Reasons to buy

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Top-quality display
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Better low-light photos
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Powerful chipset/RAM combination

Reasons to avoid

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Inconsistent photos
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Expensive

We found the Oppo Find X5, while still a well-put-together flagship phone, didn't quite capture us the way that the Oppo Find X3 Pro did last year. While the price has dropped, it's still more expensive than equivalent phones without offering the extra abilities that would justify that cost.

Highlights here include the large and smooth display, the improved low-light photography enhanced by Oppo's new MariSilicon X NPU, plus the unique unibody design of the back. The rest of the photography doesn't quite stack up so well though, meaning unless you really care about avoiding Google, Samsung or Apple, there's not really much to push you Oppo's way.

Read our full Oppo Find X5 Pro review.

The back of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, showing the camera block

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The fastest charging phone around

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED (3200 x 1440, 120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB
Rear camera: 50MP main (f/1.9), 50MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 50MP 2x telephoto (f/1.9)
Front camera: 32MP (f/2.45)
Weight: 205g
Battery: 4,500 mAh

Reasons to buy

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Fastest charging we've tested
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Top quality display
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Competitive price

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than Mi 11
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Poor speakers

If you don't like waiting around for your phone to charge, then we present to you the Xiaomi 12 Pro - a phone that can go from 0 - 100% full in only 22 minutes.

There's more to the phone than just its super-powered charger though. We really like the detailed and smooth display, the triple 50MP camera array on the back, and how you get all this for less than an S22 Ultra, with the charger included in the box.

For limitations, we'd point to the tinny speaker quality, and the fact that the price, while below Samsung, is a big bump compared to last year. So while it's no longer quite as good a value buy, it's still got its unique attractions to rely on.

Read our full Xiaomi 12 Pro review.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is one of the best android phones in the UK

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The most 'Ultra' Android phone you can buy in the U.K.

Specifications

Display: 6.81-inch QHD AMOLED (3200 x 1440; 30, 60, 90, 120Hz); 1.1-inch AMOLED (126 x 294)
Chipset: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 256GB
Rear cameras: 50MP main (f/1.95), 48MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 48MP telephoto (5x optical zoom, 120x max zoom, f/4.1)
Front camera: 20MP (f/2.2)
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Operating System: Android 11 with MIUI 12

Reasons to buy

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Unique rear secondary display
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Fast wired and wireless charging
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Powerful selection of cameras

Reasons to avoid

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Needs charging often
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Expensive

Most Ultra phones are happy just stuffing their backs with cameras, but Xiaomi went a step further and added a secondary display to the camera block, letting you take selfies with any of the three 50MP sensors, which includes top quality main and ultrawide sensors, plus a 5x telephoto camera for extreme close-ups. The phone can also charge at 67W, wired or wireless.

This phone costs a lot though, even for an ultra-grade flagship. Plus with two screens needing power, the battery life is understandably poor. If you don't mind these impracticalities, this is a phone that feels really special to use and own, and will catch the eye of basically everyone who sees you with it.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review.

Redmi Note 10 Pro is one of the best Android phones in the UK

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The best cheap Android phone in the U.K.

Specifications

Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD (2400 x 1080, 60, 120Hz)
Chipset: Snapdragon 732G
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB (microSD slot available)
Rear cameras: 108MP main (f/1.9), 8MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 5MP telemacro (f/2.4), 2MP depth (f/2.4)
Front camera: 16MP (f/2.45)
Battery: 5,020 mAh
Operating System: Android 11 with MIUI 12

Reasons to buy

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Excellent display for a phone in this price range
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108MP photography
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Above-average charging speed

Reasons to avoid

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Sluggish performance
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Paltry default storage

For users with smaller amounts to spend on a phone, the Redmi Note 10 Pro offers a taste of the premium device life without much compromise. It's equipped with a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate similar to phones way higher up on this list of the best U.K. Android phones. It's the same story with its 108MP main camera, which does a good job of taking photos, as does its 5MP telemacro camera for close-ups. The 33W charging is a nice bonus too.

Where the cheapness of the phone is revealed is in the performance department. Its chipset noticeably lacks power, and by default, the Note 10 Pro only has 64GB storage, rather than the more common 128GB. If you don't plan to use a large number of intensive games or apps on your phone, the Redmi should still serve you well.

Read our full Redmi Note 10 Pro review.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is one of the best android phones in the uk

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The best foldable phone in the U.K.

Specifications

Display: 6.2 inches external (2268 x 832; 120Hz), 7.6 inches internal (2208 x 1768; 120Hz)
Chipset: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 12GB/16GB
Storage: 128GB/512GB
Rear cameras: 12MP wide (f/1.8); 12MP ultrawide (f.2.2, 123-degree FOV); 12MP telephoto (f/2.4, 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom)
Front cameras: 10MP cover (f/2.2), 4MP internal (f/1.8)
Battery: 4,400 mAh
Operating System: Android 11 wut One UI 3.1

Reasons to buy

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Enhanced water-resistant design
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Amazing multitasking potential
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S Pen support

Reasons to avoid

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S Pen costs extra
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Very expensive

Do you have £1,600 and want to spend all of it on a phone? Why not throw caution to the wind and buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the most advanced phone currently on sale in the U.K. 

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is flexible — both literally, with its folding inner/outer display design, and metaphorically thanks to modified software and the introduction of S Pen compatibility for even more options. Plus, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 now offers IPX8 water resistance, making it less likely to suffer catastrophic damage.

The main limitation here is the Z Fold 3’s price — both the astronomical cost of the phone and the fact that the S Pen doesn't come as standard (although some retailers do offer it as a welcome package, so shop around). This is such a cool phone though, and one that's genuinely useful in ways few others are. So perhaps all that money is worth it after all.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review.

How to choose the best Android phone for you

To start off on making your Android phone shortlist, have a budget in mind. The price of a mid-range phone is around £400, with cheaper phones costing less than that, and the most expensive phones clearing £1,000 or more. Figure out what you can afford and stick to it.

Next, decide which features you want to prioritise. Even on phones that in theory do it all, there are some big differences in how well they handle things like photography, charging speed or performance. Whichever phones do these better should be your first port of call when looking for more information or prices.

The final bit of advice we'll give is to keep in mind how large the phones are. If you don't mind using your phone with two hands, then this won’t matter so much. But if you like to be able to swipe around, type messages and browse through your apps with one hand, then you might be better off going for a more compact device, which we'd class as phones around 6 - 6.3 inches in size.

How we test smartphones

Every smartphone Tom’s Guide evaluates is tested for several days in real-world use cases and benchmarked with a gamut of performance-measuring apps. In terms of performance, we used Geekbench 5 to measure overall speed and 3DMark to measure graphics performance.

We also use our own video editing test in the Adobe Premiere Rush app to see how long it takes to transcode a clip, which we run on both Android phones and iPhone to compare performance.

We use a light meter to ascertain display quality data, like brightness and color accuracy, and our proprietary battery test determines longevity on a charge by continuously loading live web pages over a 4G or 5G network. We set each phone to 150 nits of screen brightness and try to use T-Mobile's network each time in order to achieve comparable results across phones.

Lastly, we explore the software, test gaming performance and conduct live camera comparisons with rival handsets — and each of these factors play a part in our comprehensive verdict.

Richard is a Tom's Guide staff writer based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, gaming, audio and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.

  • Drewtiger13
    admin said:
    Whether it’s a long-lasting battery you need or a headphone jack, there’s bound to be an Android phone that will satisfy your needs. Here are our favorites.

    The 10 Best Android Phones : Read more
    i'll say they should satisfy! has anyone else noticed that most of these phones have significantly more RAM than your average computer !?!?
    Reply
  • rgd1101
    Drewtiger13 said:
    significantly
    not that I see. one at 16, some at 12, 8. well you are looking at the "best" phone, not budget

    unless you getting cheap computer. 8 is min for daily stuff, 16 min for gaming
    Reply
  • Markyballer
    Hi, the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4a 5G have different chipset . For this reason I would choose the 5g version and put it on 2nd place.
    Reply
  • OleLongKnocker
    Out of curiosity, how is the Fold number 10 on the best Android phone list but number 9 on the general best phone list?
    Reply
  • BBSTL
    admin said:
    Whether it’s a long-lasting battery you need or a headphone jack, there’s bound to be an Android phone that will satisfy your needs. Here are our favorites.

    The 10 Best Android Phones : Read more
    Is usability factoring into any evaluations or is this just a plain technical play review? I find my Samsung Ultra Note 20 to be even less friendly and usable than an iPhone. I sure do miss my Huawei phone. Fast, incredible battery, no bloatware. Too bad the US government targeted them for exclusion, it really was an awesome phone.
    Reply