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.
Metal unibody design makes phone feel ultra-premium
Bigger display than original One
Includes microSD card slot
Camera has gotten poor reviews, despite improvements from original model
Some reviewers found the previous model to be slightly more sleek
Devices partners with Fitbit in a major way, but this won’t matter to you if you don’t like the Fitbit
Three 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.
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.
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.
Phone design makes it hard for people with small hands to use
A 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.
Screen is bigger and better than the iPhone 5S, but at a much cheaper price
No expandable memory
Camera is only so-so
Has water-repellent coating, but is not waterproof
Good 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.
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.
Supports a number of features that are specific to S-Pen
Will not appeal to stylus haters
Lack of metal parts makes this feel cheap to some
Charging cable failure a known issue
Some people feel the Samsung features like My Magazine are just bloatware
Some 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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Uniquely curved design fits in your hand or against your cheek
“Self-healing” coating prevents scratches from ruining the case
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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