With iOS and Android in head-on competition, it is no wonder Android has so many sizes, shapes, and features that come on the phones. There is a variety of excellent handsets that are always being released, so check back often to stay ahead of the race. Here are which Android Phone is the Best?
Here we rank the top ten but keep checking back as we update this list regularly.
Clicking through to our in-depth reviews will help, as we have detailed benchmarks, test photography, and more for you to explore.
5 Best Android Phones 2022
1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – Best Android phone
After 2020’s not so cool Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung has finally earned the name with a follow-up that delivers almost everything you could want from an Android flagship – admittedly at a price ($1,549) that only a few can afford, and in the form factor that will simply be too big for some.
The camera is one of the best in any phone, with a 108Mp main shooter backed up by an ultrawide and two telephoto lenses at different zoom levels.
The expansive 6.8in display delivers both high WQHD+ resolution and adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, and with new S-pen stylus support, it comfortably fills the productivity niche of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra too.
2. Google Pixel 6 Pro – Best camera & software
Pixel phones are usually all about the camera, and in that sense not much has changed this year. Which isn’t to say the camera’s stayed the same – now packing a 48Mp main lens along with an ultrawide and a periscopic telephoto, this is the most powerful Pixel camera yet.
It’s bolstered by AI smarts driven by Android 12 and Google’s new Tensor chip, and few phones can rival the photographic output here.
You’ll have to put up with slow charging (and buy your own charger to boot), and accept the fact that this is a big phone with a divisive design – you may well love it, but there are plenty out there who don’t. This is available for $ 1,200.
3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 – Best foldable
Samsung’s first few attempts at foldable were fun but felt like novelties. With the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the Korean tech giant has unequivocally got it right.
A revamped design not only looks much better but incorporates waterproofing and is more useful thanks to the larger cover display.
Core specs are solid throughout, with a Snapdragon 888 in tow, and the 12Mp main and ultrawide cameras are solid if not exceptional – though you may miss having a telephoto lens.
The big drawback is a battery, with the Flip 3 only just lasting a full day’s use. But if you can live with that, this is the first foldable that feels absolutely competitive at its price point. This phone is available for $1,299.
4. Oppo Find X3 Pro – Best display
The Oppo Find X3 Pro is a phenomenal phone by any measure. The 6.7in 10-bit 120Hz QHD+ panel is one of the best displays in any phone right now and Oppo backs it up with 65W wired and 30W wireless charging, a 4500mAh battery, and a top-tier camera that boasts 50Mp sensors on both the main and ultrawide lenses.
You’ll have to live without a periscopic zoom lens – the telephoto here is a measly 2x zoom – but Oppo instead includes a novel microlens camera capable of microscopic super-closeups. That’s not the only oddity, as the design itself is utterly unique thanks to a seamlessly sloped camera module built right into the glass of the phone’s body.
For pure performance, the Find X3 Pro is also hard to beat, with all of the above plus a Snapdragon 888 chip, 512GB storage and 12GB RAM. You just have to be willing to pay the price, as it doesn’t come cheap for $1,213.
5. Samsung Galaxy S22+ – Best all-rounder
Don’t think of the S22+ as a poor man’s S22 Ultra – Samsung has used its Goldilocks model to strike a super balancing act of specs and features that comes with few flaws.
As a result, you get some of the best performance found in an Android phone currently, a glass-bodied design, and the latest Android 12 (dressed in Samsung’s own One UI 4.1, at launch) with a commitment to years of software support.
The battery life is a little inconsistent, and some of the camera features will likely benefit from firmware fixes over time, but this remains an excellent example of what we can hope for from 2022’s Android flagships. This phone is available for $1,249.
6. Xiaomi Mi 11 – Best value flagship
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is a rock-solid performer thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, which comes paired with 8GB RAM and plenty of storage.
Throw in a WQHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display (quad-curved, no less), 108Mp rear camera, and 55W fast-charging paired with 50W wireless charging, and you can see that the Mi 11 won’t be beaten for specs at its price.
There are minor downsides – you won’t get an IP rating, there’s no telephoto camera, and Xiaomi’s MIUI software still has room for improvement. But if pure performance is what you’re looking for, then look no further.
There’s also the more expensive Mi 11 Ultra, which upgrades to faster charging and a more powerful camera, but with a massive trade-off: that camera is big and ugly, which is why we prefer the regular Mi 11. This is available for $1,098.
Even though some phones come with hefty price tags, with a little patience and shopping around some can be scooped up for $50. Not all carriers are offering the same phones so be sure and check before purchasing. With the vast selection out there it can be tough making a decision on which phone will work the best throughout your demanding day.