1. The Quick List
2. Best Android phone overall
3. Best alternative phone
4. Best budget camera phone
5. Best flagship value
6. Best Android phone for most people
7. Best Android phone under $500
8. Best low-cost Samsung flagship
9. Best foldable
10. Longest-lasting Android phone
11. Best flip-phone foldable
12. Best small Android phone
12. How to choose
13. How we test
You're never hurting for choice when it comes to finding the best Android phones. From mighty flagships to surprisingly feature-rich budget devices, there's a top Android handset out there for every budget and personal taste.
It's true that our current No. 1 pick is one of the most expensive Android handsets you can buy — at least, it's the most expensive that doesn't fold in half. But other additions to our best Android phones picks include lower-priced flagships and even midrange models that cost less than $500 but don't skimp on features. There really is a top Android device for any budget.
The key to finding the best Android phone for your needs is to identify what you want in a handset. If that winds up being a wide array of premium features from fast refreshing displays to top performing cameras, be prepared to pay up for a flagship. Are capabilities like a telephoto lens or lots of built-in storage less important to you? Then you can turn to a midrange or budget Android phone instead.
Read on to find out which Android phones fared the best in our testing.
The Quick List
It's work and play combined into one. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra serves up a rich experience that truly makes it worthy as the best Android phone around.
The Tensor G3 chip powers experience for the Pixel 8 Pro you won't find on other Android phones. That includes some standout photo-editing tools that make great use of AI.
Value camera phone
It may be on the budget side, but the Google Pixel 7a proves it's capable of capturing outstanding photos and video with its cameras.
Best phone for most people
The Pixel 8 still costs less than Samsung's Galaxy S23 and delivers AI-powered features not available to other phones. The display is brighter than ever, too.
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Best Galaxy For Most People
Best affordable Galaxy flagship
Driven by its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is one of the fastest phones we've benchmarked for graphics processing.
Best foldable Android
With the biggest screen of any notebook-style foldable — and a lower price — the OnePlus Open tops other well-regarded devices from Samsung and Google. You'll appreciate its multitasking features, too.
Longest-lasting Android phone
Long-lasting Android phone
Costing a lot less than most flagship Android phones, the Motorola Edge Plus (2023) manages to pack the newer Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip.
Best flip-phone foldable
Best flip-phone foldable
Motorola made a giant leap with its Razr+ this year, featuring a large outer screen that can run full apps and an attractive design.
Best Android phone overall
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the best Android phone money can buy. This flagship wows with its 200MP camera, which can not only product poster-size prints but lets you crop in and reframe your shots while still delivering very good detail. There's a better 12MP camera up front for selfies, plus improved Nightography for better low-light images all around.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra is also super fast, thanks to the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor. This chip beats the iPhone on graphics performance and delivers silky-smooth gameplay. Our favorite part? The more than 13 hours of battery life we saw in our web surfing test, which makes this one of the longest-lasting phones around. Having 256GB of storage to start is another plus.
Other highlights for the Galaxy S23 Ultra include smarter One UI 5.1 features, including Bixby Text call for screening calls for you. And the display is now flatter for easier S Pen use, though we still don't think the panel needs to be curved. Sure, faster charging would be nice, but the Samsung S23 Ultra is the best Android phone yet and easily one of the best phones overall.
See our full Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review.
Best alternative Android phone
The Google Pixel 8 Pro shows how AI can be integrated into your daily smartphone experience to make everyday tasks run smoother. Call screening features now feature a more realistic sounding assistant who takes incoming calls and even lets you know what the call is about so you can decide whether to answer after all. Proofreading and summary tools also benefit from the expanded machine learning powered by the Pixel 8 Pro's new Tensor G3 silicon.
But the AI is on full display in an area where Pixel phones have always thrived — the cameras. A Magic Editor lets you change everything about your shot — lighting composition, even where the subject of the photo appears — with just a few taps. A face-swapping Best Take feature ensures you'll never have someone blinking in a group shot again. And Magic Audio Eraser keeps unwanted background noise out of the videos you capture. Combine those AI features with new camera hardware — every rear lens on the Pixel 8 Pro gets an upgrade — and this is a formidable camera phone.
The Pixel 8 Pro costs more than its predecessor, eliminating Google's pricing advantage. And overall performance still lags the best Android phones powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 silicon. But overall, the Pixel 8 Pro is one of the best phones Google has ever belt and a worthwhile alternative if you're looking beyond Samsung for your next device.
Read our full Google Pixel 8 Pro review.
Best budget camera phone
The Google Pixel 7a is a great device to get if you're on a limited budget. For just $499, you can get a phone that still packs in some premium features like a 90Hz display, wireless charging support and the same Tensor G2 processor found in the Pixel 7 flagships. In many ways, it's impossible to tell the budget Pixel 7a from the more premium Pixel 7.
We're particularly impressed with the changes to the Pixel 7a's camera setup, which now features a 64MP main shooter and a 13MP ultrawide lens. These cameras take excellent photos for the price, and they can hold their own against any of the top camera phones out there. We also like that the battery life on the Pixel 7a is much improved over its predecessor, albeit with the fast-refreshing display feature disabled.
Read our full Google Pixel 7a review.
Best flagship value
Among Android phones, the OnePlus 11 gives the Galaxy S23 Ultra some much needed competition, and certainly beats everything else out there at the moment. With a starting price of just $699, the OnePlus 11 is the flagship value of 2023 so far. With its incredible battery life, performance that gives the iPhone 14 Pro Max a run for its money, and the best OnePlus cameras to date, this phone is awesome.
Of course, it’s not without its drawbacks. For one, the telephoto lens has seen a downgrade from 3.3x optical zoom to 2x. The OnePlus 11 also lacks wireless charging, an odd omission given OnePlus’ recent history. The phone likely has these compromises to keep the price down. Even with them, however, the OnePlus 11 is well worth your consideration.
Read our full OnePlus 11 review.
Best Android phone for most people
All the AI features found on the $999 Pixel Pro 8 are also available on the $699 Pixel 8, including the impressive photo-editing tools like Magic Editor and Best Take. Then again, that's not a surprise, as the Tensor G3 chip inside of Google's premium flagship also powers the Pixel 8.
You get more than just a smarter phone with the Pixel 8. Google swapped in a new display that's brighter than before, and the main camera has a wider aperture, improving performance in low-light settings. Even the battery life is much improved from the Pixel 7, though the Pixel 8 doesn't last as long as other phones in its price range.
Speaking of price, Google did raise the price on all its Pixel by $100. That said, the Pixel 8 continues to cost less than the Galaxy S23 and iPhone 15.
Read our full Google Pixel 8 review.
Best cheap Android phone
You don't have to pay flagship prices to get a top Android phone. For $449, the Galaxy A54 offers a long-lasting battery, a bright display and cameras that are the best you can find on a budget phone. (Check out our Galaxy A54 vs. Pixel 6a camera face-off to see how this phone's cameras compare to its cheif rival.) That 50MP main camera is the same one you get on the Galaxy S23, so you'll get flagship-quality photos, particularly when the lights are low.
The Exynos 1380 inside the Galaxy A54 isn't exactly a powerhouse, but it can handle most mobile apps with aplomb. You'll also appreciate the colorful 6.4-inch panel on the Galaxy A54 and its ability to ramp up its refresh rate to 120Hz when on-screen activity would benefit from smoother scrolling. That's an awful lot of impressive features for a phone that won't put too big of a dent in your wallet.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy A54 review.
Best low-cost Samsung flagship
The Galaxy S23 Ultra may have the most premium features, but the Samsung Galaxy S23 is much more affordable at $799. And the best things about the S23 family are very much a part of this entry-level model, with the Galaxy S23 running on the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset that powers the more expensive models. That not only means a performance boost over previous Galaxy S phones, it also helps the S23 turn in a time on our battery test that tops the average smartphone.
The Galaxy S23 offers a telephoto lens — not something you always find on a phone at this price. And all the cameras on the Galaxy S23 impress, as they benefit from Samsung's effort to improve low-light photography. (We did find the front camera to be a little disappointing in our testing.) You'll have to live with less storage in the base model — the S23 starts with 128GB versus 256GB in the other models — but otherwise the Galaxy S23 delivers the best of Samsung's flagship lineup in a more affordable package.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S23 review.
Competition is heating up in the world of foldable phones, but the OnePlus Open emerges from the crowd by going big. Its cover display and interior screen are the largest out there for notebook-style foldables, and it also boasts the best battery life of any foldable, too. Even the built-in storage — 512GB — is more than you may be used to.
About the only thing OnePlus didn't supersize is the price of the Open. AT $1,699, it's $100 less than the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold. Maybe that's not a big difference, but it gives the OnePlus Open an edge that its impressive specs and feature set take advantage of.
Read our full OnePlus Open review.
Longest-lasting Android phone
Recent Motorola flagship phones haven't been able to compete with devices from the likes of Samsung, Google and OnePlus, so imagine our pleasant surprise when the 2023 edition of the Motorola Edge Plus turned out to be a pretty impressive alternative to other premium Android devices. Motorola gets a whole lot of things right here, starting with the price — the Edge Plus costs $200 less than the Galaxy S23 Plus while comparing very favorably to Samsung's big-screen phone.
A Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset means the Motorola Edge Plus can match any Android phone for performance, and the phone's 5,100 mAh battery helped it turn in the second-best result on our battery test in the last 18 months. The Motorola Edge Plus even lasts a long time on a charge when you've got the 6.7-inch display's 165Hz refresh rate activated, which makes the Motorola Edge Plus a good option for mobile gamers.
If the cameras performed just a little more consistently, we'd rate the Motorola Edge Plus even higher. But as it stands, this phone offers a tempting blend of premium features at a more affordable price, making it a good choice if you're looking beyond the usual suspects for your next handset.
Read our full Motorola Edge Plus (2023) review.
Best flip-phone foldable
After a couple previous attempts didn't quite pan out, Motorola is back with a flip phone-style foldable that finally takes its place among the best foldable phones. What makes the Motorola Razr+ stand out isn't necessarily the interior 6.9-inch screen — though we like its 165Hz refresh rate and bright appearance — but the 3.6-inch cover display. That's a whole lot larger than the 1.9-inch strip on the similarly designed Galaxy Z Flip 4, and it means you can run a lot of apps on the outer screen without ever having to open up the Razr+.
When you do open the phone, you get a screen that sits flush, thanks to a solid hinge mechanism. When it's time to head out, you can easily fold up the Razr+ and fit the 3.48 x 2.9 x 0.59-inch handset in your pocket. While its Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip isn't the newest silicon available, it still delivers solid performance, and the $999 price puts this foldable in reach for more shoppers.
Read our full Motorola Razr+ review.