Best Android Phones

Check out the best Android phones, as rated by Digital Trends' expert reviewers.

Best Android PhonesApple's iOS may have kicked the smartphone era into high gear, but Google's Android OS has reaped many of the rewards. The vast majority of all smartphones sold are based on Android, and entire companies like Samsung and HTC, have become huge players thanks to Google's OS. Android handsets represent a majority of smartphones sold around the world. With that said, for those of you on the hunt for your next phone, here are some of our favorite Android devices.

Our best Android phones list is continually updated as we review new products that enter the market.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is another win for Samsung. If you’re looking to upgrade, there are a lot of watertight reasons to choose GS5.

  • Pros: Fast, powerful processor, Clean, redesigned…
  • Cons: Stale design, Poor speaker quality, No KnockOn…
  • Features 4G
  • Screen Size 5" - 5.5"
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier AT&T
  • flash LED
Our Score: 9
Viewer Score: 0

Motorola Moto G

The Moto G is the bargain of the year. It refuses to look, act or feel like a cheap phone, and out-performs more expensive phones. The only letdown is its small amount of internal memory, and basic camera.

  • Pros: An absolute bargain at $180 unconnected, Stock…
  • Cons: The camera is basic, A choice of 8GB or 16GB of…
  • Screen Size 4.5" - 5"
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier AT&T
  • Features Front-Facing Camera
  • flash LED
Our Score: 9
Viewer Score: 6.7

LG G2

With the G2, LG is stepping up to the plate. This is a powerful phone with a myriad of simple, but useful new features. Audiophiles and spec junkies should flock to it, and will be available on every major carrier.

  • Pros: Most powerful phone around, Most comfortable phone…
  • Cons: Too many apps pre-installed (62), No MicroSD…
  • Features 4G
  • Screen Size 5" - 5.5"
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier AT&T
  • flash LED
Our Score: 9
Viewer Score: 9.0

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

The Galaxy S4 Active is the best phone on AT&T. It has everything the S4 has, with added water and dust resistance. Like the S4, battery life isn’t amazing, but the Active requires no compromises.

  • Pros: Waterproof and dustproof, Beautiful 1080p screen…
  • Cons: Mediocre battery life, Rear camera is weaker than…
  • Screen Size 5" - 5.5"
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier AT&T
  • Features External Storage
  • flash LED
Our Score: 9
Viewer Score: 9.0

HTC One X+

The One X+ is just about the best phone on AT&T right now. When it comes to specs, it outshines the competition, and in almost every way, it’s the best value you can get for your $200 (with a two-year contract).

  • Pros: Beautiful, vivid screen, 64GB of storage, Great…
  • Cons: Disappointing battery life, No microSD slot…
  • Screen Size 4.5" - 5"
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier AT&T
  • Features Front-Facing Camera
  • flash LED
Our Score: 8.5
Viewer Score: 8.0

HTC One M8

HTC’s One M8's design detail is only matched by the iPhone. It has the technical specs, camera prowess, and software innovations to make it a top competitor for phone of the year.

  • Pros: Apple-level design detail, Excessively comfortable…
  • Cons: No water resistance, Slippery grip could lead to…
  • Features 4G
  • Screen Size 5" - 5.5"
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier AT&T
  • flash Dual LED
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

LG G Pro 2

The G Pro 2 is another great phablet from LG, and is a point-for-point draw against the Galaxy Note 3.

  • Pros: Powerful processor, Gorgeous screen, KnockOn…
  • Cons: It’s still massive, Not waterproof or extra…
  • Screen Size 5.9"
  • Operating System Android
  • Features External Storage
  • flash LED
  • Carrier Unlocked
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Sony Xperia Z1S

With 32GB of memory, a waterproof shell, and a 20.7-megapixel camera, Sony’s Xperia Z1S looks like it will be a great addition to T-Mobile’s lineup later this month.

  • Pros: Impressive camera, especially in low light…
  • Cons: Poorly placed speaker, Underwater camera ability…
  • Features 4G
  • Screen Size 5" - 5.5"
  • Operating System Android
  • flash LED
  • Carrier T-Mobile
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 8.0

LG G Flex

Thanks to its curved design, the LG G Flex is the first six-inch phone that we want to hold. It also has a better battery (two to three days) and more processing power than any phone out there.

  • Pros: Most powerful phone we’ve tested, Very…
  • Cons: Too expensive, No built-in stylus, OLED screen has…
  • Features 4G
  • Screen Size 6"
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier AT&T
  • flash LED
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 8.0

Google Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 is an amazing deal for $350, but its mediocre camera and understated design hold it back.

  • Pros: Gorgeous screen, Android 4.4 is the best version…
  • Cons: Boring design, Lacks the wow factor, The camera…
  • Screen Size 4.5" - 5"
  • Features 4G
  • Operating System Android
  • flash LED
  • Carrier T-Mobile
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

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