While Apple continues to dominate the smartphone market with the iPhone, there’s no denying that Android phones have been increasing in popularity. Whether you prefer the software, look or feel of Android devices over iOS, there’s plenty out there to choose from. We’ve pulled together a run-down of the best Android phones around right now to help you decide which is the one for you.
OnePlus has undoubtedly proven that third time’s the charm with their new flagship device, the OnePlus 3. With exceptional performance, a sleek design and superb camera, to name but a few highlights, the OnePlus 3 is a pricey device that’s worth every penny. The company’s signature handset has noticeably improved with each iteration, starting with an all-plastic OnePlus One in 2014, the introduction of metal sides on the OnePlus 2 in 2015 and now, an all-metal and glass design on the OnePlus 3. The smartphone looks premium with a 7.4mm aluminium frame that embodies luxury and a finish that’s not as shiny as the likes of Apple’s iPhone 7.
As for storage, the OnePlus 3 comes with a generous 64GB as standard, cementing its place as one of the best Android phones out there. It features a 5.5-inch display with super sharp pixels, making it one of the brightness screens around with coveted Super AMOLED technology. The OnePlus 3 runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and you won’t even notice it get warm after playing your favourite game for a while. As for the camera, the rear features a Sony IMX298 16-MP sensor, while the front has a Sony IMX179 8-MP sensor – both high quality options. If you want an Android phone that’s as nice to look at as it is to use, then the OnePlus 3 is for you.
Google Nexus 6P
Apparently, the ‘P’ in Google’s Nexus 6P stands for ‘premium’ – which is pretty spot on for this Android device. With top-notch specs, a beautiful design and powerful performance, Google has hit the nail on the head with this one. The Nexus 6P features an all-metal design with a Gorilla Glass 4 display and the handy fingerprint scanner on the back above the embossed brand name. If you want a large screen, the Nexus 6P is the best Android phone for you with a huge 5.7-inch display boasting AMOLED technology.
Previously, Nexus models have fallen short on camera performance, but things seemed to have picked up with the 6P. The rear camera has a 12-MP sensor with laser autofocus and more pixels to let in extra light – it is lacking optical image stabilisation, however, which may be a bugbear for some. As for performance, the Nexus 6P runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM, too. While this definitely isn’t the faster processor around, it works well for this device. If you want a large Android phone that boasts a great screen, decent battery and strong build, then the Nexus 6P is the way to go.
Sony Xperia Z5
There’s something about the Sony Xperia Z5 that just feels right. Sitting comfortably between the small Xperia Z5 Compact and the pricey Xperia Z5 Premium, the Sony Xperia Z5 is an affordable Android device with lots to get excited about. You can take your pick between green, black, gold and white, all with a 5.2-inch 1080p display that flaunt beautiful accuracy. The Xperia Z5 uses the same chip as its predecessor, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, even though there have been numerous complaints of overheating. Of course, it all comes down to what you use your phone for.
The camera is definitely one of the exceptional features of this Android handset, as it comes equipped with a 23-MP camera that is exclusive to the Sony Xperia Z5. It’s fun to experiment with different lighting conditions to see just how your photographs turn out. As for the battery, it boasts Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0 that means it takes next to no time to recharge. Topped off with 32GB of storage and the ability to supplement this with a microSD card, the Sony Xperia Z5 is a standout Android device. If you want a reliable handset that features a stunning display and remarkable camera, check out the Xperia Z5.
A list of the best Android phones around wouldn’t be complete without the Samsung Galaxy S7. This was a game changer for Samsung, finally proving their worth against the juggernaut that is Apple. While it lacks the size of Galaxy S7 Edge and the stylus of the Note 7, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the most practical of the bunch and should be your go-to Android device. The front and back of Galaxy S7 are coated with Gorilla Glass 4 with a metal edge in between, giving it a sleek look that will appeal to most. For those who had the Galaxy S6, you’ll notice that this device feels a lot smoother – that’s because the sides now curve slightly.
The Samsung Galaxy S7’s display is really what makes it one of the best Android phones out there, with a 5.1-inch screen that boasts 2560 x 1440 resolution and (you guessed it) Super AMOLED technology. There’s so many pixels packed into the display that the colours couldn’t be any crisper, which makes playing games and watching videos fantastic. In the UK, the Galaxy S7 contains a Samsung Exynos chip and 4GB of RAM, which makes it a pretty powerful phone by all standards. While the camera size has dropped from 16-MP on the Galaxy S6 to 12-MP, the pixels are now much larger and even have a name, Dual Pixels. They help the autofocus lock must faster to make blurry photos a thing of the past. Not to mention, the battery has been upped to 3,000mAh, which makes a noticeable difference to how long your phone can survive between chargers. If you want a long-lasting Android phone that is crafted beautifully and takes a brilliant photo, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is for you.