In the market for a new Android phone? These are the best Android phone options, and each one is a total gem.
1. HTC One (M8)
The original HTC One from 2013 won a ton of awards, but the new-for-2014 HTC One (M8) is even better. Boasting an even sturdier construction, and improved user interface, and the same great commitment to elegant design, HTC’s new version of the One is a great smartphone.
Pros:Exceptional battery conservationGreat reviews for design and interfaceMetal unibody design makes phone feel ultra-premiumBigger display than original OneIncludes microSD card slot
Cons:Camera has gotten poor reviews, despite improvements from original modelSome reviewers found the previous model to be slightly more sleekDevices partners with Fitbit in a major way, but this won’t matter to you if you don’t like the FitbitThree color options are all kind of similar“Dot View” case functionality is cool, but rather limited
2. Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung has packed a ton of great features into the Galaxy S5, including a power-saving mode, IP67 waterproofing, and a great camera. While it may be a bit expensive, this Samsung phone will appeal to those who are looking for a premium smartphone experience.
Pros:IP67 water and dust resistance rating16MP rear cameraErgonomic designPairs with Galaxy Gear watches or fitness bandsBuilt-in heart rate monitor and biometric sensor for mobile payments
Cons:Front camera is 2MP, compared to 5MP on the HTC One M8Some reviewers feel phone is all flash, with not enough substanceScreen is big, but perhaps not big enough for phablet fansA few new features aside, not a huge step up from the Galaxy S4May feel cheaper than all-metal unibody phones
3. Sony Xperia Z2
Sony makes some of the most premium Android smartphones on the planet, and the Xperia Z2 stands out for its impressive camera and waterproofing. This phone ships with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software.
Pros:Impressive battery life for so many battery-draining featuresTons of featureDazzling displayWaterproofScreen size larger than the previous model
Cons:Cost may make this phone prohibitively expensiveHas some issues recording in 4KCan run a bit slowly at timesScreen is prone to scratchingWaterproofing limited to 1.5 meters
4. LG G2
The LG G2 has gotten plenty of rave reviews from tech insiders. What sets the G2 apart from other Android smartphones is its outstanding camera and stunning display. This phone is a solid option for almost everyone.
Pros:Responsive camera (13MP)Great displayPowerful processorSlide Aside makes it easy to use multiple appsSlender design
Cons:Rear-key controls are divisiveLacks microSD slotUI slightly unintuitivePhone design makes it hard for people with small hands to useA magnet for smudges and fingerprint smears
5. Google Nexus 5
Google’s Nexus 5 strikes the right balance between power and design, giving users a phone that is lightning-fast and quite thin. Boasting a 2.26GHz Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 800 processor, the Nexus 5 rarely feels sluggish.
Pros:Conduct Google searches by voice command, right from the home screenAvailable in multiple colorsSlim and lightweightFull HD displayUser-friendly
Cons:Some user reviews complain about poor battery life8MP rear camera seems wimpy compared to competitorsDoes not have dual SIM cardsScreen somewhat dimCamera’s auto settings are lackluster
6. Motorola Moto G
The Motorola Moto G is attractive, relatively feature-rich, and a good option for Android shoppers on a tight budget. It also boasts an ergonomic design, and runs Android KitKat.
Pros:Great balance of price and featuresAttractive interfaceComfortable in your handCustomizable coverScreen is bigger and better than the iPhone 5S, but at a much cheaper price
Cons:No expandable memoryLimited storageCamera is only so-soHas water-repellent coating, but is not waterproofGood battery life, but only if you keep the screen dimmed
7. HTC Inspire 4G
Not everyone wants a top-of-the-line Android phone, and this HTC phone will appeal to people looking for a touchscreen phone that won’t break the bank. Even though this is an older phone, the Inspire still has HTC’s signature attention to design. This phone is a workhorse with a proven track record.
Pros:Great for budget-consciousScreen made from durable Corning Gorilla GlassFace detection6 hours of talk time, over 350 hours on standbyHas tethering capabilities
Cons:Camera and display seem a bit datedRuns Android OS v2.2 (Froyo), only upgradable to v2.3 (Gingerbread)Limited color optionsBattery is a bit wimpyNot ideal for those who want the latest and greatest
8. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, pictured above with a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, is a top-selling smartphone. If you’re the kind of person who likes using a stylus with your Android phone, this is definitely the phone to buy.
Pros:Large 5.7-inch display13MP cameraSupports microSD expansionMulti-window feature great for multitaskingSupports a number of features that are specific to S-Pen
Cons:Will not appeal to stylus hatersLack of metal parts makes this feel cheap to someCharging cable failure a known issueSome people feel the Samsung features like My Magazine are just bloatwareSome user reviews complain about overheating
9. LG G Flex
The G Flex is a phone you’ll either love or hate. Some critics have panned the phone’s display and gimmicky curved design, while others have gone wild for the ergonomic lines of this phone and its array of cool features. One thing both sides can agree on? This phone doesn’t look like anything else out there.
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Pros:Uniquely curved design fits in your hand or against your cheek“Self-healing” coating prevents scratches from ruining the caseScreen is largeCurved display reduces glareGreat for taking selfies
Cons:Display seems grainy to someQuite expensive for what you’re gettingAwkward key placementWeb browser feels slowHo-hum video capabilities
10. Sony Xperia L
The Xperia L is budget-friendly Android phone that doubles as a stellar camera. You can have a premium camera experience at a bargain basement price.
Beautiful screen for its price
Excellent rear camera
Perfect for someone who loves the new Xperia phones, but has a tight budget
Solid battery life
Feels nice in your hand
Typing on the keyboard can be frustrating
Front camera specs could be a bit beefier
Easy to hit the wrong buttons by accident
Lacks processing power
Battery-boosting STAMINA function may be overhyped, according to some reviewers
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