Best Android phones in 2022 - PhoneArena

Best Android phones in 2022 (updated June)

Best Android phones in 2022 (updated June)
We are well into 2022, but most new Android phones are yet to come out. So far, we’ve seen Samsung’s Galaxy S22 lineup launch, and they are indeed killer phones. We will soon see a refresh of OnePlus’ phones. As far as Google’s Pixels go — these get upgraded at the end of the year, so if you buy a Pixel 6 right now, you are still buying a new phone.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro


Google Pixel 6 Pro
9.0

Google Pixel 6 Pro


The Good

  • Superb design
  • Sharp OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Good battery life
  • Great performance
  • Versatile camera setup
  • Great image quality
  • Loud and rich speakers
  • Wireless charging on board

The Bad

  • Slow fingerprint sensor
  • Android 12 has some quirks

Google came back to the premium smartphone market after taking a break in 2020. And it came in hard and fast — the Pixel 6 Pro is big, pretty, and smart! It has a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED panel that hits up to 120 Hz refresh rates, it has a seriously upgraded camera that delivers some truly impressive shots, and it has Google's own processor on the inside. For the first time ever — the Tensor chip has been designed by Google to have extra AI cores and seriously improve how the Google Assistant understands speech, context, and interaction. All on device, too, as Google is making a massive push towards privacy-oriented features.

To top it off, the Pixel 6 Pro's price, while still up there, definitely undercuts the other heavy hitters on the market. So, it's certainly worth a look!

Read more:Google Pixel 6 Pro review

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
8.8

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra


The Good

  • S Pen in a flagship, great for creatives
  • Industry-leading screen quality
  • Faster charging than before
  • 10X zoom camera is improved significantly
  • Video recording gets smoother stabilization
  • 4 years of major software updates!

The Bad

  • Battery life has gone down from the S21 Ultra
  • You get less RAM than last year
  • No microSD card slot, no headphone jack
  • Loudspeaker quality could be better
  • Jittery swiping, microstutter with gesture nav in One UI

The biggest, meanest kid on the block. The Galaxy S22 Ultra dropped in the February of 2022 to gain a good bit of momentum before anyone else does. It's powered by a new-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and an Exynos 2200 for those outside of the US. And, the big news of course — it now supports an S Pen. No, not like the S21 Ultra — the S22 Ultra actually stores the S Pen in its body.

You know. Like a Galaxy Note. Yes, the Note series is back! In the form of the most expensive S phone, but it's still back!

The excellent camera with upgraded focusing and improved 100x zoom is just the cherry on top. The battery life should be pretty close to the S21 Ultra's, as it's the same-sized 5,000 mAh cell. As a true contemporary flagship, it has a 120 Hz screen for buttery-smooth animations too.


Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+


Samsung Galaxy S22
8.5

Samsung Galaxy S22


The Good

  • Awesome display
  • Compact-ish
  • Good haptics
  • Good camera
  • OneUI is all grown up and fleshed out

The Bad

  • Not a huge improvement over S21
  • Battery life is a bit weak
  • Speakers need improvement

These two are almost the same phone. The S22 is there for those that prefer a more compact experience (though, it's not really small) or would like to save an extra buck. Otherwise it has the same internals as the S21+ and S21 Ultra, as well as the same cameras as the S21+.

The Plus version is slightly bigger — its screen size is almost as big as on the Ultra, so if you want that big Samsung phone experience but don't care for the Ultra's insane 100x camera, this one is your next best bet.

While the S22 and S22+ cameras are a step below the S22 Ultra's, they are most probably still going to be quite good — flagship grade, even. The phones should perform just as fast as their big sibling and also have 120 Hz displays.

The only thing that bothers us is that their batteries were slightly downgraded. The Galaxy S22's cell fell down to 3,700 mAh, the S22 Plus — to 4,500 mAh, which is better but not ideal for that size. Stay tuned for battery tests later this month!


Google Pixel 6


Google Pixel 6
9.0

Google Pixel 6


The Good

  • Great price to value
  • Good-looking OLED screen with 90 Hz refresh
  • Great camera
  • Android 12 runs fast and smooth
  • Smart features and exclusive Assistant functions

The Bad

  • Speakers are thin-ish
  • Android 12 needs some polish in presentation
  • Tensor chip is smart but not a super-performer

Google's Pixel 6 is a few bells and whistles short of what the Pixel 6 Pro has, but it's still not to be underestimated. In fact, at its core, it's still powered by the same Tensor chip as the Pro and it still has the same 50 MP main camera. The OLED screen is only slightly smaller, at 6.4 inches, but still plenty big for most multimedia or social browsing needs. And the display still has a 90 Hz screen, which we appreciate very much, especially at the price point.

Oh, yeah, about the price. The Google Pixel 6 starts at $600, which seriously undercuts most of its competitors. Considering that, at its core, the Pixel 6 is still the very same flagship that the Pixel 6 Pro is, that's an insanely good offer from Google, and we wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing more people with the Pixel 6 walking the streets soon.


Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate


Note: Hold on! A new ROG Phone is on the way — we expect the announcement in a couple of weeks.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
9.0

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate


The Good

  • Amazing speakers
  • Super-smooth AMOLED screen
  • Long battery life and 65W charging
  • Highly customizable
  • AirTriggers
  • Optional ROG gaming accessories
  • Striking, stylish design

The Bad

  • Limited availability
Gaming phones are a bit of a meme, but it’s nice to see Asus fully embracing it. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate has an aggressive-looking design, a tiny screen on the back whose sole purpose is to display custom logos, and 4 hardware pressure point buttons for enhanced gaming. It wouldn’t be a “gaming phone” if it didn’t have absolutely silly specs, too, and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate delivers. 18 GB of RAM on a smartphone? 144 Hz screen? External cooler that you need to connect to the phone via a proprietary port? Yes, yes, and how else would you have it?

It’s a niche phone, absolutely, but it’s hard to keep it away from a “best” selection. After all, it is probably the (or among the) most powerful Android phones out on the market right now. Even if you don’t need all the power — you definitely get the bragging rights.

If the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is a bit too much for you, go for the non-Ultimate version. It’s just as good, it just cuts back on all of that overhead that you may or may not need.


OnePlus 10 Pro


OnePlus 10 Pro
8.5

OnePlus 10 Pro


The Good

  • Great performance with good thermal management
  • Gorgeous display
  • Nice haptics and lovely sound
  • Premium design
  • Versatile camera
  • You get a charger in the box

The Bad

  • Sometimes bleak image colors
  • Color temperature inconsistencies between the different lenses
  • No auto Night Mode

OnePlus' 2022 flagship entry is priced exactly as a Google Pixel 6 Pro competitor. Now, while OnePlus does not have the camera chops or the Tensor smarts, it certainly has its own charm. A selection of special features, borrowed from Oppo's Color OS, make the new Oxygen OS 12 highly customizable and... fun. The haptics are great, the screen is pretty, and the cameras are certainly above average.

With its own look and feel, the OnePlus 10 Pro is a nice alternative for those that wish to stray off the beaten path for a while.


OnePlus 9


OnePlus 9
9.0

OnePlus 9


The Good

  • Pretty, functional design, solid build
  • Beautiful screen
  • Fast performance
  • No-nonsense user interface

The Bad

  • Camera was a bit of a letdown
  • Speakers are shrill

OnePlus still sells the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. And while the latter is a bit hard to... recommend at its current price point, the OnePlus 9 has dropped down to $599. If the Google Pixel 6 didn't exist, then we'd tell you that this is the best phone you can buy for $600 right here. But, as it stands right now — it's "one of the best". Yeah, the OnePlus 9 is a last-gen phone, but it's still a lot of phone for the current asking price!

Read more: OnePlus 9 review


Google Pixel 6a


Google Pixel 6a

Google Pixel 6a


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The Google Pixel 6a is a budget offer based on the Pixel 6 platform. It shares the same looks and the same custom Google Tensor chip. The screen is slightly smaller and the 6a is capped at 60 Hz, while the Pixel 6 can go to 90 Hz refresh rate.

Those things aside, the Pixel 6a is a great value offer with a good chip inside, and a camera experience, which we are sure will not disappoint. It uses an older 12.2 MP sensor, which will be enhanced thanks to Google's computational photography and the new chops of the Tensor chip.

Though, it's not out yet, the Pixel 6a is expected to launch towards the end of July. We'd suggest holding out for that one instead of getting a Pixel 5a, for example.


Samsung Galaxy A53


Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
9.0

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G


The Good

  • Great 120Hz screen
  • Dual speakers do a great job
  • Cameras produce solid image and video quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Clean design
  • Has microSD expandable storage

The Bad

  • Disappointing haptics
  • Slow fingerprint reader
  • No more headphone jack
  • Gaming experience is a bit of a let down

Samsung has been knocking it out of the park with its midrange A series over the past couple of years. The Galaxy A53 specs hit just right and the phone offers the full Samsung experience at a much lower price than the S series. Unless top-of-the-line features and specs are absolutely needed, this is arguably the perfect Android smartphone for most people, as it should check the necessary boxes for all but the most hardcore Android users.

It sports a big, beautiful 120 Hz Super AMOLED display, a respectable camera setup with optical image stabilization, good stereo speakers, and good battery life. Its downsides are its somewhat bulky plastic build and, as is to be expected, its somewhat lower-tier (but still pretty stable) performance.


OnePlus Nord N10


OnePlus Nord N10
7.5

OnePlus Nord N10


The Good

  • 90Hz display
  • OxygenOS is perfect for a budget phone
  • Good build quality
  • Decent camera performance
  • Headphone jack
  • Super-competitive price

The Bad

  • Two useless cameras
  • LCD display
  • Uncharacteristically boring design
  • Poor haptics

OnePlus' attempt at a mid-ranger should have the competition scared — the company is well-known for its aggressive pricing and the Nord N10 is definitely a lot of phone for its $300 asking price. It may have midrange hardware, but the lightweight OxygenOS doesn't hog up all your resources, so it's still quite responsive.

Its camera is decent at best and it has an oldschool LCD screen, instead of OLED, but if you are looking for something on the cheaper side, the N10 is a solid option.


Motorola One 5G Ace


Motorola One 5G Ace
8.4

Motorola One 5G Ace


The Good

  • Great value for a 5G phone
  • Snappy performance
  • Good camera quality
  • Excellent battery life

The Bad

  • Macro lens doesn’t add much value
  • Build could be sturdier

Motorola is also known for its rather well-made budget phones. The One Ace ticks the right boxes in terms of having OK performance and serviceable main camera. It truly shines when it comes to battery life, easily providing two days of usage on one charge.



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