Update Nov. 13: Motorola has just unveiled the Motorola Razr, a foldable version of its classic Razr flip phone. The $1,500 phone runs Android 9 and opens up to reveal a 6.2-inch display; there’s a 2.7-inch Quick View screen on the outside of the phone so you can look at notifications without having to open up the device. We’ve gone hands-on with the Motorola Razr and can share some first impressions including how it compares to the Galaxy Fold.
If you’re in the market for a new Android phone, the breadth of options can be overwhelming. But choice is probably the greatest thing about Google’s mobile OS. Android guarantees a similar user experience across many makes and models of phones, while letting you prioritize the features you want. Whether it’s a long-lasting battery you need or a headphone jack, there’s bound to be at least one Android phone out there that will satisfy your needs.
We’ve tested all of the best phones in all shapes, sizes and prices here at Tom’s Guide, and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is our current leader, thanks to its cutting edge design, superfast performance and long battery life. But it’s hardly the only Android device that’s worthy of your consideration.
Android purists should consider the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. These Android 10 phones offer a faster Google Assistant, motion gesture controls and a ton of other enhancements, though the outstanding cameras remain the Pixels' big selling point, especially since the latest phones add a second rear camera.
If you're on a budget, the OnePlus 7T provides swift performance, a smooth 90Hz display good cameras and a slick design for a reasonable $599. The $399 Pixel 3a is another great option, as it offers fantastic cameras for hundreds less than your typical flagship. Our top cheap phone under $300 is the Moto G7 Power, which offers great battery life.
Samsung stumbled out of the gate with the Galaxy Fold, but the innovative foldable phone could be worth the investment for adventurous early adopters — at least if you can't wait until additional foldable phones arrive in the coming months. A safer bet for interested buyers would be LG's new G8X ThinQ, which costs just $699 and comes with a removable dual screen cover case out of the box.
Here are the best Android phones to buy now.
1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The best Android phone overall
Screen Size: 6.4 inches | Android Version: 9 Pie with OneUI | Processor: Snapdragon 855 (US)/Exynos 9820 (WW) | Cameras: 12 MP, 16 MP and 12MP (Rear); 10 MP and 8 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 8, 12 GB/128 GB, 512 GB, 1TB
The Galaxy S10 Plus muscles its way to the head of the Android class with both expected improvements and impressive innovations. Samsung's phone is one of the first to run on a Snapdragon 855 processor, so it's the best performing Android device we've tested while also going a long way to closing the performance gap with Apple's A12 Bionic chip. A triple lens setup on the back of the S10 Plus coupled with AI improvements bolsters the phone's image capture abilities. And a 4,100 mAh battery means you can expect all-day battery life from one of the longest-lasting phones we've tested in recent years.
But the S10 Plus offers other features that help it stand out from the Android crowd. The new Infinity-O display uses circular cutouts to house the phone's two-front cameras rather than a notch. There's an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor underneath the display that quickly unlocks your phone. And Wireless PowerShare means you can place other devices that support wireless charging on top of the S10 Plus' back and top off their batteries.
Read our full Galaxy S10 Plus review.
2. OnePlus 7T
The bargain among premium phones
Screen Size: 6.55 inches | Android Version: 10 with Oxygen OS | Processor: Snapdragon 855+ | Cameras: 48 MP, 16 MP and 12 MP (Rear); 16 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 8 GB/128 GB
The OnePlus 7T might lack a few of the features found in its predecessor, the OnePlus 7 Pro. (There's no pop-out front facing camera and quad-HD+ display here.) However, where it counts, the 7T brings the Pro's finest features down to an easier-to-swallow price tag — even though the 7 Pro was already pretty inexpensive to begin with. $599 gets you a premium handset powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, a Fluid AMOLED screen with an ultra-smooth 90Hz refresh rate, plus a triple-camera module on the back that retains the 7 Pro's primary 48-MP sensor and can hold its own against the year's finest camera phones, even if it isn't the outright best. We do wish the 7T's battery life was a bit better (although it charges pretty quickly), but overall, the cheaper of OnePlus' late 2019 devices is likely to be the most compelling value proposition for most people when it arrives later this month.
Read our full OnePlus 7T review.
3. Google Pixel 3a
The Pixel 3's best feature for less
Screen Size: 5.6 inches | Android Version: 9 Pie | Processor: Snapdragon 670 | Cameras: 12 MP (Rear); 8 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 4 GB/64 GB
The Pixel 3a strikes a winning blow against the rising cost of smartphones by delivering the most critical features of the Pixel 3 — a terrific camera and a great Android experience — in a device that costs hundreds of dollars less. when it was introduced. (The arrival of the Pixel 4 means that Google has cut the price of the Pixel 3.)
The Pixel 3a uses the same single 12-megapixel camera found on the Pixel 3, but more importantly, it taps into the same AI-powered computational photography features. That means the pictures you snap with your Pixel 3a will be every bit good as what the Pixel 3 delivers.
You will have to make some compromises for the Pixel 3a's lower price tag. This phone is made out of polycarbonate, not glass and metal, and the processor isn't as powerful as the Snapdragon 855 powering the leading Android phones. But the Pixel 3a offers solid performance and a long-lasting battery, as it held out for nearly 12 hours on our battery test. Other phones are fancier and may boast more features, but the value delivered by the Pixel 3a is undeniable.
Read our full Pixel 3a review.
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
The king of big phones
Screen Size: 6.8 inches | Android Version: 9 Pie with OneUI | Processor: Snapdragon 855 (US)/Exynos 9825 (WW) | Cameras: 12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP and time-of-flight (Rear); 10 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 12 GB/256, 512 GB
How do you make the best big Android phone even better? Extend the screen so it leaves virtually no bezel, give it a massive battery that recharges faster than ever before and bake in the most powerful processor on the market (with gobs of RAM for good measure). The 6.8-inch Galaxy Note 10 Plus may share a lot with the Galaxy S10 family on paper, but it feels different to use, thanks to its S Pen stylus which has learned some new capabilities. Using Air Actions, you can make motions with the S Pen in mid air to navigate the phone's interface, and even transcribe and export written notes to Microsoft Word documents and PDFs on the fly. We do wish the phone's quad-camera system delivered photos that could rival those from Google and Huawei's latest phones, but even so, the Note 10 Plus is a phenomenally well-rounded Swiss Army knife of a phablet.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review.
5. Google Pixel 4 XL
The smartest camera around
Screen Size: 6.4 inches | Android Version: Android 10 | Processor: Snapdragon 855 | Cameras: 12 MP/16 MP (Rear); 8-MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 6 GB/64, 128 GB
The latest flagship phones from Google continue to stand out, thanks to their cameras. Both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL add a telephoto lens to go alongside the main rear camera, delivering a 2x optical zoom. But Google didn't stop with just new hardware — updated camera software lets you tweak brightness and shadows on images, get a live HDR+ preview on your phone's viewfinder and even snap photos of the night sky in an improved Night Sight mode.
The Pixel 4 is about more than just a camera phone, though. Google improved the display on both models with a 90-Hz refresh rate that makes for smoother scrolling and better gaming. (We do think the displays are a little dim, though.) A new Motion Sense feature lets you use gestures to control music playback and dismiss alarms while Google's implementation of facial unlocking is even faster than Apple's Touch ID. A new Recorder app provides real-time transcription of your audio recordings, and the results have proven to be pretty accurate in our testing.
We think the $899 Pixel 4 XL is the better of Google's two new phones, not only because of its larger screen, but because it lasts longer on a charge than the $799 Pixel 4. Whichever Pixel you opt for, you'll have an easier time finding it — the new models are available from every major wireless carrier now instead of just being a Verizon exclusive.
6. Samsung Galaxy S10e
The best small Android phone
Screen Size: 5.8 inches | Android Version: 9 Pie with OneUI | Processor: Snapdragon 855 (US)/Exynos 9820 (WW) | Cameras: 12 MP and 16 MP (Rear); 10 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 6, 8 GB/128, 256 GB
So you like the Galaxy S10's Infinity-O full-screen design, powerful Snapdragon 855 performance and capable cameras, but you'd like it even more if it were cheaper. Enter the $749 Galaxy S10e. This is a smaller version of Samsung's 2019 flagship handset that incorporates the same processor, Dynamic AMOLED display technology and many of the same features you'd find in the larger variants, like Wireless PowerShare to charge other devices over Qi induction.
The difference is you're paying at least $150 less for the S10e than the pricier S10 and S10 Plus, and you're missing out on their triple-lens rear cameras and ultrasonic fingerprint sensors. However, given the money you're saving, those may be omissions you're willing to live with. If you prefer smaller phones but don't want to skimp on flagship-caliber specs, the S10e is absolutely unrivaled in the market right now.
Read our full Galaxy S10e review.
7. OnePlus 7 Pro
Still a great flagship value
Screen Size: 6.67 inches | Android Version: 9 Pie with Oxygen OS | Processor: Snapdragon 855 | Cameras: 48MP, 16 MP and 8 MP (Rear); 16 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 6, 8, 12 GB/128, 256 GB
OnePlus' move upmarket with the new OnePlus 7 Pro this spring definitely surprised us. However, all skepticism was dismissed once we saw the device's gorgeous 90Hz, 6.67-inch OLED display, nearly bezel-free design, capable triple-lens rear camera and clever pop-out selfie shooter. The OnePlus 7 Pro packs most of what we love about the current stable of flagship handsets in a device that starts at just $669.
For that, you get a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 855 processor, a massive 4,000-mAh battery (with OnePlus' trademark Warp Charging, of course), smooth and useful software courtesy of Oxygen OS, and a 48-megapixel main shooter at the rear that can capture phenomenal images in low light, thanks to OnePlus' Nightscape technology. You can now find a lot of these features in the even less expensive OnePlus 7T, but the 7 Pro's display and pop-up camera still make it a compelling choice for fans of affordable Android flagships.
Read our full OnePlus 7 Pro review.
8. LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen
A lot of versatility for a good price
Screen Size: 6.4 inches | Android Version: 9 Pie with LG UX | Processor: Snapdragon 855 | Cameras: 12 MP and 13 MP (Rear); 32 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 6 GB/128 GB
The LG G8X ThinQ is a solid all-around flagship handset for $699, with a long-lasting battery, excellent performance and even a headphone jack built-in. But it's made better by LG's Dual Screen cover case, which adds a second display, and thus the ability to run two apps in parallel, side-by-side. The extra screen can rotate 360 degrees, which boosts the G8X's versatility, while intuitive gestures make it easy to manage content across both panels. And if you'd rather forgo the additional real estate, you can always remove the case.
Our one major gripe with the G8X pertains to its cameras, which range from decent to subpar, depending on the scenario. The 6.4-inch OLED displays aren't particularly bright either, which harms outdoor use. But if you're the kind of user who thinks they can benefit from the G8X's unique proposition, there's absolutely nothing out there like it — unless you feel like forking over $2,000 for a fragile foldable, that is.
Read our full LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review.
9. Samsung Galaxy A50
An excellent Pixel 3a alternative for less
Screen Size: 6.4 inches | Android Version: 9 Pie with OneUI | Processor: Exynos 9610 | Cameras: 25 MP, 8 MP and 5 MP (Rear); 25 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 4 GB/64 GB
The Galaxy A50 marks a big step forward for Samsung's non-flagship phones. Despite being less than half the price of the Galaxy S10e, the A50 still has a triple-lens camera system, massive 6.4-inch AMOLED display, a near bezel-free design with tiny notch for the selfie cam and good enough performance from Samsung's Exynos 9610 silicon.
The A50 isn't available unlocked yet — you'll have to be either a Verizon or Sprint customer to use one — though it is a great alternative to the Pixel 3a for $50 less than Google's phone, so long as you can stand losing that handset's remarkable flagship-caliber camera, longer battery life and better software support. Still, the latest cheap Galaxy is a steal, and has us very excited for the future of Samsung's budget offerings.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy A50 review.
10. Moto G7 Power
The longest-lasting budget phone
Screen Size: 6.2 inches | Android Version: 9 Pie | Processor: Snapdragon 632 | Cameras: 12 MP (Rear); 8 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 3 GB/32 GB
The Moto G7 Power isn't the flashiest smartphone in the world, but when you last 15-and-a-half hours on a single charge in our battery test, well — some users would rightfully argue that's important than a killer design. Indeed, the G7 Power is an excellent budget handset with good enough performance from a serviceable Snapdragon 632 chipset, along with easy-to-use, pure-Android software with a few Motorola enhancements thrown in for good measure, like a really intuitive gesture navigation system.
We actually prefer the $249 G7 Power to the slightly more premium $299 Moto G7, because of the cheaper variant's beefier battery and lower price. And despite the fact that the G7 Power features a bit less RAM, it doesn't feel any slower than the pricier model. A more consistent camera and higher-resolution display would have been nice, but where it counts, the G7 Power is an endurance workhorse on a shoestring budget. Read our full Moto G7 Power review.
How We Test Smartphones
Every smartphone Tom’s Guide evaluates is tested for days in real-world use cases and benchmarked with a gamut of performance-measuring apps. 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 endlessly streaming webpages over an LTE network.
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.
What Smartphones Cost
Smartphones today range from double to even quadruple digits in terms of price, though most phones below $200 typically make more sacrifices than they’re worth. Phones under $600 tend to lack the fastest processors, quality cameras and high-end features like wireless charging, in-display fingerprint sensing, edge-to-edge displays, water resistance and secure facial recognition. The more you spend, unsurprisingly, the more of these features you get. And while many “flagship” smartphones fall in the $800 to $900 range, some range-topping, more luxurious models like the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10 Plus and Huawei Mate 20 Pro extend well above the $1,000 mark. If you're low on funds, be sure to check out our Best Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus deals.