Best Android phones in 2024 - our top picks

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Best Android phones in 2024
The world of Android smartphones is big, rich in variety, and open to almost any budget out there. From basic dependable smartphones, to cutting-edge devices of the future, anyone out looking for the best Android phones is spoiled for choice.

So, we need to take a step back and focus — what makes an Android phone good and, more importantly, what would make it the best Android phone for you? We need to consider the primary aspects of a device:

  • Battery life - it doesn't matter how good your Android phone is if you can't depend it throughout a full day, at least. The battery life depends on size of the cell, the type of hardware inside, and the software optimizations that the manufacturer managed to squeeze in.
  • Display - since it's your primary way of interacting with the phone, it helps if the screen actually looks good. Having enough brightness to be able to view it when out and about is definitely a plus, and a high refresh rate kind of makes everything feel smoother and more enjoyable.
  • Performance - it's not just about being able to run games or heavy apps. Having a solid, snappy performance considerably improves your experience with the phone and may actually be useful. A camera app that launches fast helps you catch that fleeting moment. App switching that works seamlessly will help you multitask. And a snappy smartphone basically invites you to use it — and enjoy it — more, so... of course!
  • Camera - for years now, flagships have been pushing the camera performance and the best Android phones you can get today typically have very good cameras. Each one will have its own quirks and differ in one way or another. Generally, if you spend top-tier money, you will most likely get a top-tier camera. However, some of the more budget-oriented Android phones also offer surprisingly good cameras, too!

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Alright, OK, so when keeping these things in mind, what would we say the top 10 Android phones are? In honesty, these key requirements barely helped us narrow down a solid list. Needless to say, we do need to branch out a "Honorable mentions" list below. But, that said, here are the best Android phones you can get today:

Best Android phones 2024 - the top 10 list:


  1. Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra - the best Samsung phone out there might be the best Android as well
  2. Honor Magic 6 Pro - the S24 Ultra alternative
  3. Xiaomi 14 Ultra- Say cheese! One of the best Android camera phones
  4. OnePlus Openthe best foldable of 2023
  5. Google Pixel 8 Pro - Google's clean Android with superb camera and AI tricks
  6. Sony Xperia 1 V - a phone that simulates the DSLR camera experience
  7. Asus Zenfone 10 - the one and only compact Android flagship
  8. Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate - most insane specs, best for gaming
  9. OnePlus 12 - probably the best OnePlus to date
  10. Nothing Phone (2) - quirky, unique, snappy. Excellent UI to help you "detox" from distractions
  11. Moto Edge+ - Moto goes Premium (a.k.a. Motorola Edge 40 Pro)
  12. Motorola Razr+ - Motorola's refined take on the clamshell fold
  13. Samsung Galaxy A54 - Samsung's solid midranger

Honorable mentions:



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Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Best Android phone
PhoneArena Rating: 8.2/10


Pros

  • Refined design, titan frame, flat screen
  • Excellent camera, good improvements
  • Screen has great brightness range, reduced reflections
  • 12 GB RAM at base level
  • AI features are limited right now, but not a gimmick
  • 7 years of software updates!

Cons

  • No improvement in charging speeds
  • Pricey, if you don't catch a deal


The year 2024 came with a bang and a brand new Galaxy Ultra model. Now, you might think that innovation in smartphones has been pretty stale in the past couple of years, but the Galaxy S24 Ultra proves otherwise. This flagship comes with a revised flat display, very bright, with a new anti-glare coating that works wonders.

You have the usual last-gen Snapdragon processor, optimized for Galaxy, the S Pen, and some great camera features as well. The Galaxy S24 Ultra topped our camera ratings and for good reason. It's a blend of hardware and software, and speaking of software, AI on smartphones is the rage nowadays, and the Galaxy AI is indeed present on the Galaxy S24 Ultra to serve you better than ever.

All the other parts of the equation are pretty much left intact but the overall package is great. The Galaxy S24 Ultra is currently the best Android phone you can get. If you want to learn more, do check out our full Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review.

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Honor Magic 6 Pro

The Galaxy S24 Ultra alternative
PhoneArena Rating: 7.8/10


Pros

  • Bright and vivid OLED screen
  • Snappy performance
  • Great camera system
  • 5,600 mAh battery
  • Useful AI tricks
  • Fast wired and wireless charging
  • Impressive stereo speakers

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Quad-curved display might not be everyone's cup of tea
  • Limited availability

Honor continues to perfect its Magic lineup of flagship phones, and the Magic 6 Pro is the final result (for now) of this refinement process. It's a great Android phone, up there with the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Actually, some might argue that the Magic 6 Pro is better in some aspects than the S24 Ultra. It has a bigger battery (a second generation lithium-silicone one), a brighter screen, faster charging, and more base storage.

There's also the very good camera system, consisting of a 50MP main camera with variable aperture, a 50MP ultrawide, and a stunning 180MP telephoto camera. You can check out our Galaxy S24 Ultra vs Honor Magic 6 Pro comparison for more detail, but both phones are neck-in-neck.

Some people might not like the quad-curved display and prefer a flat one, and Honor's own AI thing, the Magic Portal, is still in development. And the Magic 6 Pro doesn't have a stylus inside, so there's also that. But in the end, this phone is a great flagship, and a legitimate alternative to the Galaxy S24 Ultra.


Xiaomi 14 Ultra

One of the best Android camera phones
PhoneArena Rating: 7.4/10


This list wouldn't have been complete without the Xiaomi 14 Ultra. After years of depriving the world of the "Ultra" treatment and launching those models in China, the company finally decided to go global with the best it can offer. So, the Xiaomi 14 Ultra is available globally, starting at 1,499 euros. Here's what you're getting for that kind of money.

The main feature of this phone is the camera system, of course. It's so important that Xiaomi included a camera grip accessory that is sold separately. Under the hood, there are four 50MP sensors; two of them are on telephoto duty under a regular 3.2x lens, and a periscope 5x one. The main sensor is a big 1-incher, and even the ultrawide camera is making use of the same megapixel count.

Of course, being a flagship, this phone relies on the latest Qualcomm silicon, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, coupled with an ample amount of RAM. And finally, the battery is a hefty 5,000mAh cell, supporting 90W wired and 80W wireless charging. Yes, you read that correctly, 80W wireless!


OnePlus Open

The best foldable debut
PhoneArena Rating: 9.0/10 (legacy rating)



Pros

  • Excellent lightweight design
  • A rather versatile camera system
  • Decent performance and great thermal management
  • Decent battery life even when using the main display
  • Very fast SuperVOOC charging
  • Large and bright HDR-capable displays with smooth refresh rate
  • The OnePlus alert slider is here!

Cons

  • Relatively high price
  • Audio system lacks base
  • No wireless charging
  • Just IPX4 water resistance


The foldable category is slowly taking off and while the Google Pixel Fold tries to deliver a wide external screen and an even wider internal one, OnePlus has joined the fight and with a great debut, probably the best foldable debut of the year.

The OnePlus Open has a lot going on for it, a much better aspect ratio and a usable cover screen, less pronounced crease, a cool camera system with all the AI magic Google has to offer, the latest Tensor processor, and a competitive price tag.

It is a multi-tasking machine and during our OnePlus Open review, we found that it's an excellent device for that. However, if you don't see yourself using it to its full potential, maybe it's better to shop for a more orthodox phone shape, since the OnePlus Open is still a foldable, and still a bit thick and chunky.

OnePlus Open 16GB 512GB (with activation)

7.82 inches 120Hz inner screen | 6.31 inches 120Hz outer screen | Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip | 48MP main + 48MP ultrawide + 64MP 3x telephoto cameras | 4,805mAH battery | 67W charging | Five years of software support
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Google Pixel 8 Pro

The biggest, best, meanest, smartest phone Google can make right now
PhoneArena Rating: 7.9/10 


Pros

  • Big, bold, recognizable
  • Bright display
  • Seven years of updates!
  • Clean software, no bloat
  • Good battery life
  • Top notch camera system

Cons

  • Portrait Mode is frustratingly bad
  • Charging is on the slow side
  • No one really big standout new feature
  • Pricier now


The Pixel 8 Pro is the Google flagship this year, carrying everything that Google believes an Android phone should be. The excellent camera system is backed by Google's famous algorithms and the Tensor G3's imaging pipeline to — again — give us some of the best photos that a smartphone is capable of. Combine this with lots of AI trickery and we go beyond photos, easily editing our images into the best version that they can be.

The phone also has a... hardware thermometer on its back, next to the cameras. And no, not for any magical photography reason, it really is... a thermometer for you to measure your temperature with. That's neither here nor there.

We have a new super-bright OLED screen on the front, 120 Hz of course. Google calls it Actual Display, proud of its qualities and capabilities to display HDR footage even under direct sunlight.

The Pixel 8 Pro also has a new face unlock system. It still uses the plain selfie camera for a 2D scan, which — in the past — was considered not secure enough. However, by leveraging AI, Google claims its new face unlock meets the highest security standards for Android biometric locks, and will be usable in banking apps.

Round that off with an excellent battery life and you've got yourself a winner!

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Sony Xperia 1 V

Sony puts its DSLR expertise into a smartphone
PhoneArena Rating: 8.0/10


Pros

  • Stylish, classy, and light — great design
  • Plethora of manual camera modes for fine-tuning video and photos
  • Eye tracking autofocus is super-fast and responsive
  • MicroSD slot and headphone jack
  • Stereo speakers sound pretty good (though a bit boxy)

Cons

  • Price is well above any other premium phone (sans foldables)
  • For all its focus on camera, its image quality is not ahead of the competition
  • Two years of Android updates?

The Sony Xperia 1 V got a few much-needed upgrades, all fitted into a thin body with a familiar design. With the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and, we assume, better optimizations, the Xperia 1 V does not suffer the overheating or throttling issues that plagued its predecessors.

In fact, it's quite a performer and it opens up entirely for your creative use — cinematic 4K video, or meticulously fine-tuned photos are at your fingertips with Sony's advanced camera apps (all three of them). In reality, it doesn't offer a vastly improved camera performance than other top-tier flagships on the market, but the way the experience is served will give photography fans something to play with.

To top it off, it has excellent stereo speakers, a headphone jack, and a microSD card — the latter two are a rare sight on a premium phone these days. During our time doing the Xperia 1 V review before the official release, we did encounter a couple of bugs, but nothing experience-breaking.

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Asus Zenfone 10

Probably the only compact Android flagship you can get, now with wireless charging
PhoneArena Rating: 6.5/10



Pros

  • Compact size
  • Powerful chipset
  • Good stereo speakers
  • Wireless charging
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint scanner
  • 144 Hz display refresh rate in games
  • Solid battery life
  • Great selfie camera
  • IP68 water and dust protection

Cons

  • Design is the same as last year
  • Main camera system not flagship-grade
  • Display could be brighter
  • No telephoto camera
  • Only two major OS updates


The ZenFone 10 certainly got the tech industry rubbernecking when it landed. It's unique, it does its own thing, it looks... kind of posh? It also builds upon the quite successful Zenfone 9 model, adding wireless charging, and making the phone a much more complete package.

The back is a soft texture that looks and feels special, unlike any of the finish or materials you can find on other phones right now. The camera bump is big, bold, and stylized, and its overall size is on the compact side — at least so far as Android phones are concerned.

As a pleasant surprise, it turned out to have a stellar battery life for a small phone, somehow managing to fit a 4,300 mAh cell under its hood. Unfortunately, there's no wireless charging, but we found the phone to juice up fast when on the wire and to last us quite a bit with Asus' excellent optimizations on board.

Speaking of Asus' software — it's pretty minimal, keeping the UI closer to that coveted vanilla Android phone experience that purists love. There are just a couple of bells and whistles on top that we mostly found improve the quality of life. No, it's not a Pixel phone, but it's a very good alternative and it looks stylish to boot.

All in all, we enjoyed our time doing the Asus ZenFone 10 review and it's our go-to choice when somebody asks about a small phone that doesn't make compromises in performance or camera.

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Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro

The ultimate gaming smartphone
PhoneArena Rating: 6.9/10



Pros

  • New design, thin bezels, IP68
  • Speakers are loud and meaty (but not as good as before)
  • Fast and buttery performance
  • Headphone jack
  • Gaming buttons, the fan helps
  • Long battery endurance, fast to charge

Cons

  • Speakers are no longer front-firing
  • Gripping the device for gaming is a bit less comfy (lack of bezels)
  • The camera is OK, but not as great as the big bump suggests
  • Two years of software updates


Asus is back to take the "Best Gaming Phone" title as it released the ROG Phone 8 Pro. But honestly, at this point — there's hardly a competition here, as Asus seems to be the only company out there launching super-specced, overtuned, massively over-the-top phones with mobile gamers in mind.

The ROG Phone 8 Pro has opt for a much more understated design, no super-aggressive edges and lines, no screen on the back, just a dot matrix, and a much more mainstream look. This isn't a bad thing. Not everyone fancies an RGB monster lurking in his pocket, so with the ROG Phone 8 Pro, Asus aims to cater to a wider audience. 

It wouldn’t be a “gaming phone” if it didn’t have absolutely silly specs, too, and the ROG Phone 8 Pro delivers. Up to 24 GB of LPDDR5X RAM, a 165 Hz Samsung-made AMOLED screen and an external fan accessory that not only cools the device, but adds 4 hardware buttons and a chunky subwoofer in the mix.

And oh, the speakers sound so impressively huge and detailed — even if you are not using the subwoofer.

It’s a niche phone, absolutely, but it’s hard to keep it away from a “best” selection. Just with its specs and overclocking tuneups, it's probably the ultimate Android phone when it comes to raw power.

It also helps that Asus didn't stop at performance tuning — there are also plenty of battery optimization options to boost your battery life. Unfortunately, the ROG Phones don't support wireless charging, but you can top them up fast with the included fast charger and you can rest assured they will last for a long time.

Plus, it has a headphone jack, which is not something you see on just about every phone in the premium segment.

The camera has also gotten some improvements — photos taken with the ROG Phone 7 were already pretty good "for a gaming phone", and the ROG 8 Pro just improves on that with new zoom algorithms and the ability to crop into the 50 MP sensor for "lossless zooming", thus emulating a 2x telephoto camera where there is none.

Asus promises 2 years of Android updates for ROG phones,  and 3 years of security patches which is on the lower end of update commitments. Which is a shame, seeing as how future-proof these devices are hardware-wise. We ran a lot of tests (and games) doing our Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro review and it was all fun... and games!

OnePlus 12

probably the best OnePlus to date
PhoneArena Rating: 7.7/10


Pros

  • Ergonomic user-friendly design
  • Very bright screen
  • Exceptional performance
  • Super-fast wired and wireless charging
  • Capable camera with proper telephoto
  • Charging brick in the box, is this 2015?

Cons

  • Design is too safe
  • Gets slightly warm under heavier load
  • Just four years of software support, less than Google & Samsung

The OnePlus 12 follows up a change of course for OnePlus, started with the OnePlus 11. You will notice that, in 2024, there's still no "Pro and non-Pro" — there's only the OnePlus 12. The company stated that this is "the Pro", it just decided to not dilute its lineup by launching more than one device at the moment. We have a different approach with the OnePlus 12R, but we'll stir away from the naming scheme for now and focus on the flagship device.

So, the OnePlus 12 has the fastest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, upgrades to its Hasselblad-branded camera, and the same excellent design and snappy feel as before. The display is super-bright and the charging speed is out of this world (there's also a charging brick in the retail box!)

In general, it's an excellent phone hard to beat at the MSRP, and you can read more about it and see camera samples in our OnePlus 12 review.

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Nothing Phone (2)

Clean Android, unique design, a promising startup
PhoneArena Rating: 8.5/10 (legacy rating)


Pros

  • Unique, quirky, interesting design
  • Good display and performance at great price point
  • Nothing OS offers great minimalistic homescreen
  • Pretty-looking, 120 Hz screen - very good at the price point

Cons

  • Speakers are a bit tinny
  • The UI needs more reskinning to keep the feel consistent throughout phone
  • Camera is OK, still needs work


The company Nothing is still the "new kid on the block", but it's coming to the playground with poise and determination. It launched the Nothing Phone (1) to limited markets last year, and now we have the Nothing Phone (2), already available in the US.

It's a great phone in a unique, geeky, minimalistic style, with a light module on the back that can be customized to blink and glow in different patterns. The UI shines best when you use the Nothing theme with its icon pack, making everything black and white and sort of "taking company brands off of your homescreen", as Nothing would put it.

With a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, it's quite the performer, and we found its 120 Hz OLED screen to be pretty to look at, too. Our complaints with this one would be that its camera is not able to compete with other flagships out there and its speakers are a bit tinny-sounding.

Those things aside, it's an excellent alternative if you are hunting for a more niche device that's supported by a passionate manufacturer behind it. Nothing is currently in the upswing and while we have no idea what will happen in the future, the company is very determined to make a dent in the market.

Since it's still a small company, official units of the Phone (2) are only available for sale at Nothing's website.

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Motorola Edge+ (2023)

Slim design, great style, tons of storage
PhoneArena Rating: 8.5/10 (legacy rating)



Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Clean software with buttery smooth and zippy performance
  • 125W fast charging is great
  • High quality Portrait Mode shots
  • 165Hz is a fun gimmick that gamers will appreciate

Cons

  • Iffy software update situation, only 3 years of support
  • Camera not quite on par with the best
  • No proper long-range zoom camera


Motorola is typically known for dropping really well-made value-priced phones. The Moto G series have long been the poster boys for bargain smartphones. The Moto Edge series typically aims for the premium market, but usually with an "affordable" take.

Not this one, though. The Motorola Edge+ (known as Edge 40 Pro in international markets, which causes some confusion) goes all the way — with a 165 Hz screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, attempted camera improvements, and insane 125 W fast charging.

The typical clean Motorola software here gives you an almost pure Android experience, and the signature gestures are still around. The cameras are not on par with the top-tier competitors, but we really liked its Portrait Mode shots as we were doing our Motorola Edge Plus review.

Motorola Edge+ 512 GB

The US model of the Motorola Edge comes with tons of space for a pretty modest price-tag.

Motorola Razr+ (2023)

All-screen front, Motorola doubles down on the premium clamshell
PhoneArena Rating: 8.5/10 (legacy rating)


Pros

  • Almost crease-less screen
  • All-screen front!
  • Thin
  • Closes with almost no gap
  • Motorola has some cool gestures
  • Fast charging!

Cons

  • A bit pricey
  • At certain angles, phone feels a bit wobbly
  • Software support not as long as competition
  • Lacks strong water protection

This year, Motorola gave us not one, but two foldable Razr phones. The Razr+ here (called Razr 40 Ultra internationally) is the more premium option, with an external screen that literally covers the entire top shell of the phone. It definitely looks expensive, but the feel doesn't match that look as the hinge is slightly wobbly at certain angles. To sandwich this with another positive, though — there's next to no crease on the internal screen, and not much of a gap between the shells when the phone is closed.

On the inside, it has last year's best Android chip — the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Weird call by Motorola, probably some corners had to be cut for pricing reasons, but the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is still a very good SoC. The fact that there's a Gen 2 out now doesn't take that away from it.

Its cameras are definitely above average, but they can't touch the quality of chocobar smartphones that have the room for better sensors and better lenses. We talk about this and a lot more in our Motorola Razr+ review.

Motorola Razr+ (2023) coming soon at Best Buy

Already listed at Best Buy, the Motorola Razr+ is coming soon with its all-screen outer shell, crease-less fold, and powerful internals. Priced just right to rival the Samsung Galaxy Flip, too.

Samsung Galaxy A54

Samsung's solid midranger
PhoneArena Rating: 8.5/10 (legacy rating)


Pros

  • Nice and clean design styling
  • Improved camera quality
  • Solid battery life
  • Has a microSD card slot
  • Improved haptics

Cons

  • Performance occasionally feels stuttery
  • Video stabilization could be improved
  • No wireless charging


Samsung has been knocking it out of the park with its midrange A series over the past couple of years. The Galaxy A54 specs hit just right and the phone offers the full Samsung experience at a much lower price than the S series (well, minus an S Pen, we can't go that far). Unless top-of-the-line features and specs are absolutely needed, this is arguably the perfect Android phone 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. No zoom camera, and portraits are limited to wide-angle only, but corners needed to be cut.

But hey, Samsung will be keeping it to the latest Android version for four years post release, which is flagship treatment.

Its downsides are its somewhat bulky plastic build and, as is to be expected, its somewhat lower-tier (but still pretty stable) performance. Plenty of camera samples and performance benchmarks can be found in our Galaxy A54 review.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G

Unlocked, 128GB Storage, 6GB RAM, Exynos 1380 SoC, Black and Violet Color Options

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G

Unlocked, 128GB Storage, 6GB RAM, Exynos 1380 SoC, Black and Violet Color Options, No Carrier Activation Required
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Honorable mentions


With so many phones out there nowadays, how do you just pick 10 and call them "best"? You can't... that's why, we felt like a few still needed to be called out in a honorable mentions segment. These are in no way worse than the ones above, they are just not much different than others that already made the top 10.

Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+

Two sides of the same coin... well, one side is bigger
PhoneArena Rating: 8.5/10 - 9/10 (legacy ratings)



Pros

  • Design is fresh, comfy, solid
  • New speakers sound great
  • Display is sharp and vibrant
  • Great performance bump
  • Good triple camera system
  • Very dependable battery life

Cons

  • 128 GB model comes with slower storage and RAM (S23)
  • Screen leans slightly towards the greenish side
  • 25 W "fast" charging - bigger Galaxies do 45 W (S23)
  • Lots of storage reserved by the system


While the Galaxy S23 Ultra is a whole different beast, these two are almost the same phone. The S23 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 mostly the same internals as the S23+ and S23 Ultra, as well as the same cameras as the S23+.

The one thing to be careful of is the base Galaxy S23 with 128 GB storage — that's the only one that still has UFS 3.1, which is a slower storage chip than the new UFS 4.0 that all other Galaxies are using.

They don't have quite the camera performance and features of the Ultra, but they are not bad at all — in fact, they have excellent cameras in their own right. Since the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ are more accessible price-wise, it can be argued that they are Samsung's duo of flagship phones, while the Ultra is the enthusiast device.

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 insane 100x camera, this one is your next best bet.

As for design, they are often considered the most premium Android phones, due to their pristine build quality and beautiful AMOLED screens. We compared the Galaxy S23+ vs the Galaxy S23 in-depth to help you choose the right one for you.

Galaxy S23+ is available at Amazon at $51 off

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Google Pixel 8a

Google's new midrange Pixel is a great bang for the buck
PhoneArena Rating: 6.2/10


Pros

  • Great deal at $499
  • Bright and crisp screen
  • Seven years of software support

Cons

  • Big bezels around the screen
  • Slow charging

The new Pixel 8a is here, and boy oh boy, isn't it great? This $499 midranger is actually so good that Google might rethink its strategy, and differentiate the flagship non-Pro model from the a-series. Because almost no one would buy the Pixel 8 at $699, when it's so close to the a-series model.

Back to the Pixel 8a. The phone comes with a bright 6.1-inch OLED screen (we measured 1,500 nits), cool design with matte glass on the back, and Gemini onboard. It's actually the cheapest way to hop on the AI bandwagon, as this model will receive seven years of major OS updates, including Feature drops, and security patches.

The Tensor G3 inside brings performance, comparable to the regular Pixel 8 flagship, and the camera system isn't far off, too. All in all, you can't go wrong with this phone, especially if you want longevity and fast software updates.


Best Android phones - benchmarks and test results



Of course, we have the raw numbers. All of these phones have been reviewed and ran through our regular benchmark tests. You can compare them below



Now moving to performance, let's see which one is the fastest out there.

Geekbench 6
SingleHigher is better
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra2187
Honor Magic 6 Pro2188
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 52062
Google Pixel 8 Pro1720
Sony Xperia 1 V1994
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate2003
OnePlus 111510
Nothing Phone(2)1658
Motorola razr+1789
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G994
Geekbench 6
MultiHigher is better
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra6669
Honor Magic 6 Pro6844
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 55531
Google Pixel 8 Pro4268
Sony Xperia 1 V5167
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate5466
OnePlus 115046
Nothing Phone(2)4358
Motorola razr+4468
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G2765
3DMark Extreme(High)Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra4960
Honor Magic 6 Pro5212
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 53886
Google Pixel 8 Pro2382
Sony Xperia 1 V3613
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate3722
OnePlus 113692
Nothing Phone(2)2674
Motorola razr+2840
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G809
3DMark
Extreme(Low)Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra2710
Honor Magic 6 Pro2907
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 52158
Google Pixel 8 Pro1622
Sony Xperia 1 V1999
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate3673
OnePlus 111739
Nothing Phone(2)1654
Motorola razr+1502
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G805


And finally, the battery. A phone can be amazing on all fronts but if the battery dies prematurely, it's as good as a door stopper, right? Here are all the battery tests for the best phones you can get.

hoursHigher is better
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
20h 6 min
Honor Magic 6 Pro
20h 37 min
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
9h 22 min
Google Pixel 8 Pro
15h 51 min
Sony Xperia 1 V
8h 15 min
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
16h 33 min
OnePlus 11
13h 22 min
Nothing Phone(2)
15h 59 min
Motorola razr+
10h 33 min
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
16h 11 min

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Why should you trust this buying guide


The Author

Mariyan Slavov is a technology enthusiast and expert in mobile phones. With a background in Nuclear Physics and Journalism, Mariyan is the former Editor-in-Chief of PCWorld Bulgaria and currently writes for PhoneArena. He enjoys writing about emerging technologies such as graphene batteries, holographic smartphone displays, smart contact lenses, and nanotechnology. In his free time, Mariyan can be found playing guitar, practicing Japanese, or hitting the running track.

The Publisher

PhoneArena was founded in 2001 with the sole purpose to demonstrate and compare the capabilities of mobile handsets from the get go. With 20-some years of experience, we serve an audience of over 5 million monthly US readers and continuously evolve our expertise to keep up with the trending technologies and evolving consumer needs.

The Approach

Since there isn't one "best Android phone", it's more important to consider which devices have strong selling points and negligible cons. However, even then, different users will prefer different features, designs, or price points. This is why, we point out the best Android phones that are worth your consideration. The rest is up to you!

How to pick the best Android phone?


There are two ways to look at what makes the best Android phones — is it the one that's jam-packed with all the bleeding edge features, or is it just the one that will do a great job at a reasonable cost.

Obviously, depending on your budget, "reasonable" is a variable that we can't identify.

But here's what we look for in a "decent" Android phone — battery life that can take you through a day with casual usage, without going under 20% and activating our low power phobia. A camera that doesn't need to best, but is capable of taking pretty photos in most common scenarios. And a performance that doesn't make us anxious with small stutters or long load times.

All of the phones we've listed here cover these basics. Of course, if you don't mind spending some extra cash, you will find the best Android phones near or slightly north of that $1,000 threshold.

Then, you also want to consider aesthetic. We'd say all Android manufacturers have improved on the design front and are either looking to make a device that looks unique, or at the very least presents itself as a stylish accessory. It's up to you to decide which one you like most, of course. But all of the phones on this list defy the old stereotype that an Android phone can look like a flimsy plastic rectangle.

How we picked the phones in this list?


Of course, we can't talk about the best Android phones without pointing out the heavy lifters and their insane specs — like the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the ROG Phone 6 Pro. And it's important to also consider what makes this Android phone special when compared to other phones.

But then, there are also the devices that don't break the bank, which are still perfectly good and have an unique spin of their own.

We run all phones through our proprietary battery life test, we measure their screen brightness and color accuracy, and we have them pass multiple perfomance benchmarks — not just to measure processor speed, but to see how it does when forced to throttle. On top of all of that, we also spend time with the phones, making sure how it actually feels and responds when being used for casual daily smartphone needs.

Also, it's important that a phone has some sort of future-proofing, so we made sure the brands have a good history of updating and customer support.

An outlier here is the Asus ROG Phone, as Asus still only promises 2 years of Android updates, when the industry leaders have moved to 3 years and beyond.

Each phone in this list has scored high in our reviews, where we consider phone features and performance and compare it to price before passing final judgment. If any model tickles your fancy, be sure to read the full review and make the best informed decision for your next purchase!

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