Best smartphones that run stock or near-stock Android

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When it comes to Android smartphones, most fans of Google's platform agree that no other firmware can best the user experience that stock Android totes with itself. As per this breed of folk, neither HTC's Sense UI, nor Xiaomi's MIUI, Sony's Xperia UI, LG's UI, let alone Samsung's TouchWiz UI can come close to the pure enjoyment that derives from the "vanilla" edition of Android, regardless of the latter's version.

It comes to no surprise that the fans of the stock Android user experience are usually looking for a smartphone that will provide them with such; and if they have failed to acquire such a device, they are usually looking for ways to treat their phone to Android that is as close to stock as possible with the aid of third-party custom firmwares, almost all of which are just slightly altered versions of the AOSP platform (looking at you, custom ROMs!). 

Here follow some of the more notable and compelling smartphones of late that run stock or almost-pure Android right out of the box. Check them out right below, but note that the various Android One devices have not been listed.


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Nexus 6

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.5
  • Display 6.0 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
Nexus 5

PhoneArena Score:

9.5

User Score:

9.4
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
DROID Turbo
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Display 5.2 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3900 mAh
Moto E

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.3
  • Display 4.3 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1980 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.4
Moto G (2014)
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Display 5.0 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2070 mAh
Moto X (2014)
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
One

PhoneArena Score:

8.6

User Score:

9.1
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow CyanogenMod UI
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3100 mAh

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