Best Android phones 2024

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.

We think the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra stands head-and-shoulders above other Android phones thanks to its AI powered features, excellent cameras, and best-in-case performance. But if the S24 Ultra's $1,299 starting price is too much for you, there are plenty of other top Android devices we'd recommend.

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.

Whatever you're looking for, we can help you find it among our picks for the best Android phone.

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Best Android phone overall

Best Android phone overall

Specifications

Display: 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED (3120 x 1440; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy
RAM: 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB/ No
Rear camera: 200MP main (f/1.7), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 50MP 5x telephoto f/3.4), 10MP 3x telephoto (f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (f/2.2)
Weight: 8.2 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 16:45

Reasons to buy

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Longest-lasting battery in a Galaxy phone
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Outstanding performance
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Helpful AI features

Reasons to avoid

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Zoom lens is a step back
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$100 price hike over predecessor

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra doesn’t make major hardware changes from past Samsung flagships, instead putting most of its focus on new AI-powered features. These Galaxy AI capabilities are both practical and easy to use, allowing you to do things like get real-time translations on phone calls where someone speaks another language; automatically summarize and organize your notes; and search for things just by circling them.

The hardware changes may be modest, but they’re welcome — the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset powering the phone delivers performance that actually beats the iPhone 15 Pro Max on some speed tests. (That’s the first time we’ve seen that happen.) Power management features on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 also contribute to the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s epic battery life, with the phone last nearly 17 hours on one charge in our testing.

The Galaxy S24 Ultra swaps out one of its telephoto lenses for a higher resolution sensor with less of an optical zoom, and that feels like a step back — so much so that we feel like it loses out the best camera phone title to Apple's iPhone 15 Pro Max. Still, the cameras continue to produce excellent photos overall. 

The bigger consideration is the $100 price hike Samsung instituted. Not everyone is going to be able to afford a $1,299 smartphone, but those that pay up for the Galaxy S24 Ultra will get a premium device in return. With seven years of software and security support provided by Samsung, this is a device clearly built to last a long time.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review.

Best alternative Android phone

Best alternative Android phone

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch OLED (2992 x 1344; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Tensor G3
RAM: 12GB
Storage / Expandable:&: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No
Rear camera: 500MP wide (f/1.65), 48MP ultra wide (ƒ/1.95), 48MP telephoto (5x zoom, f/2.8)
Front camera: 10.5MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 7.5 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:03

Reasons to buy

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Brighter Super Actua Display
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7 years of software updates
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Excellent AI-powered features

Reasons to avoid

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Tensor performance lags other top chipsets

Before the Galaxy S24 Ultra made AI a focus, the Google Pixel 8 Pro was showing how AI could 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, especially with Google providing seven years of software support for the Pixel 8 lineup.

Read our full Google Pixel 8 Pro review.

Best Android phone value

A great camera phone for the money

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch OLED (2400 x 1080; 90Hz)
CPU: Tensor G2
RAM: 8GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB / No
Rear cameras: 64MP main (f/1.89), 13MP ultrawide (f/2.2)
Front camera: 13MP (f/2.2)
Weight: 6.8 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:05

Reasons to buy

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Great Tensor G2-powered experiences
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Outstanding camera output
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90Hz display is very bright

Reasons to avoid

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Only three years of Android updates
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Noticeable bezels around display

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, though Google's flagship phones now get seven years of support to the three years provided to the Pixel 7a.

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.

Samsung's Galaxy A54 is $50 cheaper and comes close to matching the Pixel 7a in many areas. But the superior cameras on this Pixel phone make all the difference.

Read our full Google Pixel 7a review.

Fast-charging Android phone

Fast-charging Android phone

Specifications

Display: 6.82-inch AMOLED (3168 x 1440; 120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM: 12GB. 16GB
Storage / Expandable: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB/ No
Rear camera: 50MP main (f/1.6), 48MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 64MP 3x telephoto (f/2.6)
Front camera: 32MP (f/2.4)
Weight: 7.8 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): Testing in progress

Reasons to buy

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Improved telephoto lens
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Bright, high-contrast display
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Wireless charging is back

Reasons to avoid

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Low-light photos look underexposed
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No AI features at launch 

It’s time to start including OnePlus in the same breath as Samsung and Google when talking about top Android phone makers, and the OnePlus 12 is a good example why. This phone has everything its rivals offer — a top performing processor, a distinct design and top-performing cameras. That last bit comes after years of improvements and a team-up with lens specialist Hasselblad to improve hat had been the weakest area of OnePlus flagships. With the OnePlus 12, cameras are now a strength.

It’s power management where the OnePlus 12 continues to excel. Our battery tests are ongoing, but we expect impressive numbers thanks to the efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip and a massive 5,400 mAh battery. The OnePlus 12 continues to benefit from fast-charging technology, with support for 80W wired charging in the U.S. (It’s even faster elsewhere.) Wireless charging support returns to this model — a sign OnePlus listens to customer feedback.

The OnePlus 12 is more expensive than its predecessor by $100, but you can eliminate that extra cost through a trade-in program at OnePlus. With those savings, the OnePlus joins the Pixel 8 as an attractively priced flagship — and OnePlus offers a telephoto lens on its entry-level flagship. We just wish OnePlus could match the seven years of support Samsung and Google offer with their flagships, as the OnePlus 12 comes with a more limited four years of support.

Read our full OnePlus 12 review.

Most affordable Android flagship phone