List of Best Android Phones: Best Android Phones on the Market | Reviewed by Trevor Long

People often think that there are a few smartphone brands in the market to choose from when in reality that couldn’t be further from the truth. While Samsung and Apple dominate the upper end of the smartphone market in general, there are plenty of options to choose from at just about every price point.

Android phones dominate the market, with an estimated 56 per cent of all Australian smartphones being Android according to a Telsyte market report in the first half of 2022.

So, choosing to buy a new phone means weighing all the options and if you are on Android, there are a lot of options. Of course, for those who are looking for an iPhone, there is only one brand but many options.

Read more: The best iPhones to buy from Apple

What to look for when buying an Android phone

It is important to know that “Android” is a phone operating system created primarily by Google to rival Apple’s iOS and has been adopted by everyone except Apple since then.

However, when you run three different phones from three different companies, even if they all run Android, you’ll get three different user interfaces.

Every company can add a “layer” to the Android operating system that customizes almost every aspect of the system. From app icons to settings layout and even the appearance of the home screen.

But don’t let that stop you from switching phones or brands. Once you get past the cosmetic changes, they work very similarly.

Choose a phone based on features. What screen size do you want? How important is the quality of cameras? What will you do on the phone?

With all this in mind, you will stand a great chance of not only finding a great phone but potentially saving a lot of money.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G 512GB

price: $2,598

Screen Size: 6.2 inch cover, 7.6 inch inside unfolded

Weight: 263g

battery: 4400 mAh

cameras: Triple wallpaper plus a selfie at the bottom of the screen

If you are looking for the most innovative Android phone on the market, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4. This is an improved masterpiece from Samsung that, having built a strong loyal fan base with early models, the fourth generation really takes it to the next level with an improved hinge mechanism and slightly smaller bezels around the screens.

It is a whole new concept of smartphone. Thick when folded, yet still fully functional with a full smartphone screen on the cover. A fully advanced camera system on the back that can be used when the phone is closed or unlocked.

Open it and whatever you do outside portends a larger screen in the middle, a larger screen, a larger workspace, and even the ability to split screen and launch multiple apps.

It’s not for everyone, but if you’re a screen junkie, it could be a game changer.

This is a great unit, but for those who want it all, it’s a winner.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, 128GB

price: $1,797

Screen Size: 6.8 inches

Weight: 228 grams

battery: 5000 mAh

cameras: Rear quadruple plus selfie

The reigning champion when it comes to Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra takes everything Samsung has learned about smartphones over many years and puts it all into one device.

A massive screen for those who want it all in one view, the Ultra Plus takes it to a new level. Not only is it an amazing screen with great brightness, an always-on display and a fast refresh rate, but because a bigger screen means more space underneath for a big battery then some.

And that “extra thing” here is the S-Pen. It’s built right into the phone, just like the previous sibling generation of the Note series, which makes the S22 Ultra great for those of us who take notes and sketches.

Combine it all with the greatest camera system Samsung has ever produced and you are a winner. 100 times “space zoom” is something no other smartphone has come close to and probably won’t for some time, if at all.

This is a great unit, but for those who want it all, it’s a winner.

Google Pixel 6a 128 GB

price: $546.30

Screen Size: 6.1 inch

Weight: 178 g

battery: 4306 mAh

cameras: Double selfie and double background

For less than half the price of Samsung you can get the “vanilla” Android experience. That’s what we call it when Android is exactly what Google wanted, without those layers of customization by the phone brand. Since this is a Google phone, you’d expect it to be vanilla.

Pixel series phones are sleek designs with a streamlined yet powerful and powerful Android experience.

Exceptional battery life is a must here, while software features like Google’s Magic Eraser make photo editing a breeze.

Speaking of which, even though it only has a dual camera, it doesn’t let you keep you out of its capabilities. Google has always had a magic touch with cameras that produce really great photographic results.

Pixel lacks the zoom of other brands, but it makes up for it as a multi-tiered company. At the price of the Pixel 6a, it’s hard not to see this as the best Android phone.

It’s my first example of an important question everyone should ask: “Why do I spend so much on smartphones over $1,000?”

Oppo Reno 8 Lite

price: $463.20

Screen Size: 6.43 inches

Weight: 173 grams

battery: 4500 mAh

cameras: Triple lens plus selfie

It’s amazing to me that more people are not jumping into phones like the Oppo Reno 8 Lite. It has a 6.43-inch screen with a punch-hole selfie camera, nice square bezels and an ultra-thin 7.2mm profile including a minimal “island” camera.

Furthermore, the back design has a unique “rough” look, is soft to the touch, and comes in black or rainbow colors. Honestly, one of the best smartphones on the market.

If you carry data on a MicroSD card, this card can hold up to 1TB in size, so no data storage issues here!

It’s my first example of an important question everyone should ask: “Why do I spend so much on smartphones over $1,000?” Big savings if you wish.

Oppo A74 128GB phone

price: $399

Screen Size: 6.43 inches

Weight: 190 grams

battery: 5000 mAh

cameras: Triple lens plus selfie

I’d risk guessing that most people will be amazed at what a phone under $400 looks like. The Oppo A74 is a case in point. Stylish design, but most of all a full screen front chassis.

The selfie camera on the Oppo A74 is a “hole” design which means it is a circle cut out of the screen for the camera to run through.

Looking for merchandise, also delivers.

At this price, the Oppo A74 and its siblings models are probably the best options for converting from an iPhone for those who have been stuck with a much older phone.

Oppo’s approach to Android is more similar to Apple’s iOS than any other, which makes the tuning process much smoother. However, it still has the full potential and power of Android.

I’d risk guessing that most people will be amazed at what a phone under $400 looks like.

TCL 10 Pro

price: $363.78

Screen Size: 6.47 inches

Weight: 177g

battery: 4500 mAh

cameras: 64MP quad-camera system

TCL has been able to do a few things really, really well here. One is their screen and the other is the design along with the great camera capabilities.

For the price, it’s an absolutely fantastic unit.

The camera array on the back of the phone is neat and proportional to the body, unlike almost every other brand with its own camera islands. It is also a four-camera system. That means great macro photos, wide angle and standard shots.

All images are displayed on the NXTVision display, which simulates real-world colors in a gorgeous display.

It has a large screen, great second-day battery life, and takes great photos. The TCL 10 Pro is a great example of asking why you spend more than this…

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