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One of the great things about the Android market is the diversity of features, prices, and even software. There are a ton of Android phones out there, but what’s the best available in 2020 so far?

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Spec sheets and feature lists aren’t always enough to get an idea of how good a phone really is. In this roundup, we’re looking at the absolute best — the Android phones of 2019 and 2020 you can’t go wrong with. We picked based on a combination of internal testing and subjective reviewing. Without further delay, here are the best Android phones!

Best Android phones update:March 1, 2020, 12:00 am

Added Samsung Galaxy S20 series.

Best Android phones:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus

Wondering why each of these Android phones made it onto the list? Read on.

Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best Android phones regularly as new devices launch.

Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus

What makes it “the best”

  • The S20 Plus is a total powerhouse thanks to a compelling blend of features, performance, and that crazy camera system.
  • It’s also a battery life champ with its massive 4,500mAh power cell that’s able to keep the phone up and running.

Samsung’s Galaxy S line side-steps perfection with the polarizing Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. The S20 phones are super powerful, but also super expensive. There’s little the S20 Plus can’t do. Featuring the Snapdragon 865, a massive 12GB of RAM, and a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED panel with an Infinity-O punch hole, this is a powerhouse, though some argue it isn’t exactly attractive. This high-performance machine packs only the best of the best, including a variety of storage options, a 4,500mAh battery that’s more than capable of making it through the day, and rapid wired and wireless charging.

More importantly, Samsung overhauled the camera system in a way that’s exciting and appealing. The new camera has a feature called Space Zoom that allows you to zoom in up to 30x. It also has bokeh video shooting, 8K video capture, and all the other bells and whistles to keep people creating. Once the focusing bug is sorted out via software update, it should be the camera to beat.

If you don’t need a giant phone and still want a similar Galaxy S20 Plus experience, you should absolutely check out the Samsung Galaxy S20. It’s smaller, cheaper, and easier to use. Conversely, if you want it all, the biggest of the best, then be sure to take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Why you should buy

  • Peak performance
  • Every possible feature

Why you should pass

  • The Galaxy S20 Plus is really pricey
  • You’re not a fan of phablets

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus

What makes it “the best”

  • The Note 10 Plus is one of the best Android phones overall thanks to a great mix of features, performance, and beautiful design.

Although the Galaxy S family is the most popular line of Samsung devices, the Galaxy Note line takes the power and versatility of the S line a few steps further. This is especially true with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Featuring the Snapdragon 855 (or the Exynos 9825, depending on market), 12GB of RAM, and a 6.8-inch AMOLED panel with the Infinity-O punch hole, this is a powerful phone. The design is equally attractive, though not necessarily massively different from the S line. On the downside, Note 10 Plus doesn’t offer a 1TB option, but the 256 and 512GB options should be more than enough for most.

The camera remains largely the same as the S10 Plus, though in our review we noted it made a few improvements to processing and software. The S10 Plus had a decent camera but was considered a bit of a downgrade from the Note 9, and this will remain mostly true with the Note 10 Plus. Still, it’s not a bad camera just not as impressive as we’ve seen from Samsung in the past.

For those who love the S Pen, the Note 10 Plus continues to excel. This time around the S Pen even gets a few new tricks like gesture controls that let you do things like control your smartphone camera remotely just by waving your hand in certain ways.

Why you should buy

  • Exceptional performance
  • Feature packed
  • The only phone with an S Pen

Why you should pass

  • It’s expensive
  • You aren’t going to use the S Pen
  • You’re not a fan of Samsung’s software

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Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL

What makes it “the best”

  • One of the best Android camera phones thanks to a combination of great camera software and a quality camera sensor. That’s even more impressive considering its one of the few single-camera setups left on the market.

The Pixel 4 family pack high-end specs like the Snapdragon 855 (paired with 6GB of RAM), but that’s not what makes these phones stand out. The Pixel series has always been great at photography and this continues with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The Pixel 4/XL camera captures more detail than the Pixel 3 series, handles white balance even better, and improves on HDR, portrait mode, and selfies.

Night Sight (Google’s name for night mode) is also better this time around than it was in the Pixel 3 series, and Google now offers a killer feature called astrophotography mode.

The Google Pixel 4 XL takes stunning photos, even if you're a novice

When in Night Mode, if the Pixel 4 detects the light is low enough and the sky is visible it will enter astrophotography mode automatically. It then takes up to sixteen 15-second-long exposures, aligns and tweaks them in the background and pops out the kind of astrophotography you normally only get from a fancy DSLR and a lot of editing. The results speak for themselves and are truly incredible.

On the downside, there’s no ultra-wide sensor, unlike the iPhone 11 series and many flagship Android devices. Google also doesn’t prioritize video. While the iPhone 11 has 4K at 60fps on its front-facing camera, the Pixel 4 still doesn’t even support it on its primary camera. The Pixel 4/XL shoots decent looking 1080p video at 30, 60, and 120fps but you can only shoot 4K at 30fps. Bottom-line, if video is important to you, the Pixel 4 XL might not be the best option.

As for the rest of the experience? The Pixel 4 and 4 XL would be nearly perfect but suffer from well below-average battery life.

Why you should buy

  • Exceptional camera
  • Fast Android updates
  • Clean software experience

Why you should pass

  • Poor battery life
  • Fewer bells and whistles than the competition

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What makes the LG G8X “the best”

  • One of the best Android phones for audio thanks to LG’s DAC and its decision to keep the headphone jack in a world where few other flagships have it.

The LG G8X is very similar to the previously released G8, at least in terms of specs and design. The phone is a slightly bigger device with its 6.4-inch display, as opposed to the G8’s 6.1-inch screen. Other specs and features of the LG G8X include an in-display fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, IP68 water/dust resistance, and the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The phone also has stereo speakers and a 4,000mAh battery.

For music lovers, LG is always a great option and this remains true with the LG G8X. Not only does it sport a headphone jack, but it also offers a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for an improved audio experience.

The LG G8X isn’t a major upgrade to its predecessor but it makes several improvements, it also offers a detachable second screen in the box for those looking for a dual-screen experience. The second display is exactly the same as the main display, meaning it measures 6.4 inches and offers Full HD+ resolution. It even has a notch, although it’s just for uniformity, as it lacks a selfie camera.

Why you should buy

  • Excellent audio features
  • Solid specs overall
  • Great battery life
  • Dual screen is a fun extra

Why you should pass

  • Cameras aren’t the best
  • Not enough apps support dual-screen features
  • For US buyers, it’s only sold via AT&T and Sprint

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Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL

What makes the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL “the best”

  • These phones provide about 85 percent of the flagship Pixel experience without the big price tags.

Ever since the Nexus 5X days, Google has pretty much exclusively focused on top-tier smartphones. The original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 were all very pricey at launch, leaving those of us wanting a cheaper Google-made phone out to dry.

Finally, Google is back to its more affordable roots with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The Google Pixel 3a XL has many of the same internals as the Pixel 3, but at a much lower price. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB of RAM, squeezy sides to access Google Assistant, and a nice OLED display. Oh, and a headphone jack!

The most important aspect brought over from the Pixel 3 is the camera — the Pixel 3a and 3a XL have the exact same rear camera sensors as the Pixel 3 line. That means you’re getting one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.

Why you should buy

  • Fantastic cameras
  • Durable plastic design
  • They both have headphone jacks!

Why you should pass

  • Performance doesn’t match high-end models
  • No water resistance

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  • Google Pixel 3a review Google Pixel 3a XL review
  • Best Google Pixel 3a cases Best Google Pixel 3a XL cases

OnePlus 7T

What makes it “the best”

  • One of the best value Android phones thanks to a reasonably low price tag while still featuring specs and a premium body that are normally found on high-end flagship phones that cost around $1,000.

OnePlus jumped into true flagship territory earlier this year with the OnePlus 7 Pro, and we highly recommended it on this list for a long time. While it’s still a great phone, the OnePlus 7T is now our main OnePlus recommendation for most users. The 7T gets all the features that made the Pro versions so good. A 90Hz display and an upgraded processor lend to the phone’s ultra-smooth feel. The updated triple-rear camera system is one of the best you can get in its price range. And then there’s the price point.

The OnePlus 7T starts at just $599. While the 7 Pro is just $50 more, unless you really want the pop-up camera the OnePlus 7T is probably the better choice for most users.

Editor’s note: There’s also a 7T Pro in some regions, though it doesn’t bring much new to the table, and again we’d recommend the 7T over it if you have the choice.

Why you should buy

  • High-end hardware
  • Extremely aggressively priced

Why you should pass

  • Camera isn’t quite as good as higher-end flagships
  • Not as many bells and whistles as more expensive options

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That’s it for our list of the best Android phones you can buy, but it’s only a fraction of what’s out there. If you’re a gamer you might want to consider a gaming phone. Budget shoppers will want to check out our guide to the best cheap Android phones. Want to know what your carrier is offering? Check out our guides to the best Verizon phones, best AT&T phones,best Sprint, and best T-Mobile Android phones. Or, if you’re in the market for a new tablet, check out our list of best Android tablets.

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Finding the best Android phone for your needs is hard work. It's easy to get swayed by a pretty handset design or a convincing salesperson at a retail store. Carriers might tempt you with an affordable 24-month payment plan. But before you make an ill-informed impulse buy, read up. From the bottomless pit of phone choices, we bring you our favorites—including our top picks, the Pixel 3A and OnePlus 7T.All the phones we've selected here have their own advantages, and we've laid them out as honestly as we can.

Be sure to check our list of and for more recommendations. You can find all of our.Updated for March 2020: We've added the Galaxy S20 to this guide. We recommend unlocked phones in this guide.

When a phone is sold as 'unlocked,' it means the phone can be used on multiple wireless carriers/networks. When you buy a phone directly from your wireless carrier, usually on a payment plan, it often comes locked to that network. Carriers are legally required to unlock a phone upon request so you can switch networks, but it's a big hassle. Try to pay full price for your phone, or make sure it specifically says it's unlocked. If that's too expensive, opt for a cheaper model, buy it from the manufacturer directly, or investigate your carrier's policies for unlocking phones.Verizon and Sprint Tips: Buying an unlocked phone is smart (it is!), but even if you do the smart thing, networks like Verizon and Sprint will put up hoops for you to jump through. To find out if your phone works on Sprint,.

Verizon users, if you put in your SIM card but still have trouble receiving text messages or something else, contact customer service and have them enable 'CDMA-Less roaming.' The steps should be similar for other phones.You'll also see lots of ads encouraging you to upgrade to a 5G plan and buy a 5G phone. Yes, you do need a new phone that supports 5G to make use of the new network (we have a ), but at the moment 5G is still sparse, only available in certain areas of a handful of cities in the US. The default type of 5G carriers like AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are offering (sub-6) isn't that much faster than 4G—yet. And if you opt for Verizon's gigabit fast 5G network, you'll be spending more on its 5G plans and will have a hard time finding the service, whether you're indoors and outdoors. Think about 5G for the phone you buy next, not for the one you're upgrading to now.

The Pixel 3A is under $400, but it feels better than many high-end $800 phones, including the standard Pixel 4 (which is also ). It has cameras that match almost any device out there, and they take advantage of Google's Night Sight mode, which makes it possible to take night shots and selfies that actually look great. It also has a classy polycarbonate body, which is cheaper but more durable than glass. And it comes with a headphone jack. The interface is speedy because it runs on a great new midrange Snapdragon processor, and it gets monthly security and regular feature updates directly from Google (most phones don't).The only downsides: It's splash-proof, not waterproof; the screen isn't as nice (though it is notchless); and it has no wireless charging. The phone is still a very good deal, but a suggest a Pixel 4a could be on the way this May, so it might be worth waiting if you're not in a rush.Works on all four major networks. The OnePlus 7T offers a lot of luxury features we'd expect from a top-tier phone in 2019.


These include triple rear cameras—2X zoom, 48-megapixel standard, wide-angle—a beautiful dual-tone glass design, a Snapdragon 855+ processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and super-fast charging. It also has a class-leading 90 Hz AMOLED screen that runs noticeably smoother than almost any other device outside the OnePlus 7 Pro, which (surprise!) also has a 90 Hz display. Its in-display fingerprint sensor is incredibly speedy, and the phone comes bundled with a case. All for hundreds less than competing phones.The other big benefit is OnePlus' dedication to bimonthly security updates and quick platform updates that add new features. The OnePlus 7T ships with the new. Most phones won't get Android 10 for another three to six months.

Do note, OnePlus has been heavily, and there's a chance we can see elements of it soon in a rumored OnePlus 8, potentially in April or May.Works on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. If you want a phone that has everything and then some, look no further than the standard Samsung Galaxy S20. The picks above may lack features like wireless charging, a MicroSD card slot, and proper water resistance, but the S20 has it all. That's on top of being one of the most powerful phones, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor inside and 12 GB of RAM. The triple-camera setup is fantastic too, allowing you to snap great photos at a variety of zoom levels.Other perks range from a bright 120-Hz OLED screen (the smoothest display we've seen) and killer battery life to booming speakers, as well as a nice 6.2-inch size that fits most palms.

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Samsung does go overboard offering 8K video recording and 5G, which can't really be utilized to their fullest potential at the moment, so don't let those additional features influence your buying decision. Sadly, there's no headphone jack, but you do get decent USB-C earbuds in the box.Why We Chose This S20: There are three flagship Samsung phones this year: the. The Plus is $200 pricier but isn't worth the extra cash, and the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra is an excellent phone with even better cameras and a much bigger screen—if you want to pay a huge premium for it.Works on all four major US networks. Verizon won't sell the S20 until the second quarter of 2020. If you're a shutterbug, then you most likely have heard of Google's Pixel line, regarded as the phones with some of the best cameras on the market (though the gives it a run for its money). Pixel 4 is Google's latest, and its dual-camera system is excellent. Portrait Mode lets you effectively blur out the background of a subject, the 2X zoom telephoto lens is handy for close-ups, and Night Sight mode lights up the darkest scenes—you can even use it to capture starry skies.It packs great performance with a smooth 90-Hz screen just like the OnePlus 7 Pro.

You can also use Face Unlock as authentication, which works similarly to Apple's Face ID, and Google also added a slew of sensors that let you wave your hand to trigger certain functions, like switching tracks or snoozing alarms. That's without mentioning all the software smarts that put it a rung above the rest. For example, Call Screen will monitor robocalls for you so you don't have to answer them, and Now Playing uses on-device machine learning to show you songs playing in your surroundings, so you don't need to try and look it up.We're still waiting for the feature that doesn't allow people to hold your phone to your face and unlock it if your eyes are closed. But the Pixel 4's biggest downside is battery life, which can barely last a full day if you're a heavy user. If you're going to buy one, opt for the bigger Pixel 4 XL since it has a beefier battery.Works on all four major networks. The Moto G7 is a cheap phone without as many caveats as you might expect. It's snappy and runs apps smoothly (even the camera app) with no noticeable lag, which is a change, even from last year's.

The camera is also very good for the price and won't let you down under most circumstances—though it will still have some trouble capturing the best shots in extreme lighting environments, like at a concert.In this phone, Moto included a nicer display and a lovely glass back that you'll want to promptly protect with a, like most phones. The 2020 models—called the —are set to launch later this spring so if you're not in a rush you should wait.Works on all four major US networks. The Moto G7 Power has less memory and a lower-resolution display than the standard Moto G7, but it's still not bad if your needs are basic. It also comes with a killer feature: a 5,000 mAh battery. This is a phone that can last two to four days on a single charge. To fit all that battery, it's a little thicker than phones you see these days (9.3 mm), but ending a day with a 65-plus percent battery never gets old.As mentioned above, the 2020 Moto G Power is right around the corner.

Waiting means you can either get the Moto G7 Power for a good deal less money or the new one for a similar price.Works on all four major US networks. The problem with Motorola phones, like the ones mentioned above, is that Motorola offers very limited software support—usually, you get one Android version upgrade, and then your phone is left to languish.

HMD, the maker of Nokia phones, is different. Most of its phones are part of the Android One program, meaning the company makes a commitment not only to have no bloatware on the phone but also to deliver two years of Android version and security updates. The Nokia 7.2 is no exception; it's on track to get Android 10 very soon.You also get a great 6.3-inch LCD screen (with HDR support, rare in a phone of this price), 128 GB of storage, a decent midrange processor, day-long battery life, and it has the benefit of not looking like a budget phone. The triple-camera experience is solid, too, though it can't match the Pixel 3A's quality. The downsides are that the back is made of glass, so a case is a good idea, and it's only slightly water-resistant, so be careful around the toilet!Works on AT&T and T-Mobile. LG's G8 ThinQ isn't the flashiest phone, but it gets the job done. It has the same processor as the one inside, so you get great performance, the 6.1-inch and OLED screen is sharp, not to mention the dual-camera system can reliably snap some nice pics (the wide-angle lens helps add a little versatility).

You also get about a workday's worth of battery life and support for wireless charging makes it easy to top up the phone during the day.But LG phones are best for audiophiles because they still sport headphone jacks with a 32-bit Quad DAC (digital-to-analog converter), as well as support for hi-res playback for high-quality music streaming if you've transitioned to Bluetooth headphones. It's one of the slipperiest phones we've used, though, so you should definitely.

LG's software interface is also a little clunky, it has a lot of bloatware (useless apps), and the company is often slow at pushing out Android updates. Keep all of that in mind when making your decision. You can also ignore the gimmicky Air Motion feature that lets you use hand gestures to control specific functions, because it's not very good.You might have seen that LG has announced a new phone—the. We're currently still testing it, but it's very similar to the that released last year. Either way, we don't recommend buying LG phones at their launch price because the company often offers steep discounts a couple of months later.Works on all four major US networks. There are a lot of Android phones out there, and most of them are not on this list. Here are a few good standouts to also consider.The is perfect for people who binge-watch movies on their phone because its 21:9 aspect ratio is ideal for cinema.

But it is pricey, and its triple-camera system falls short of competitors. There's no wireless charging, either. You can check out our for more details. The Xperia 1 is almost exactly the same as the 5, just bigger and more expensive.The comes bundled with a case that. The is still available too, now at a reduced price. They're still excellent and powerful phones, with some great value for the money.

If you want a headphone jack in a high-end phone, get these phones.The and (which supports Moto mods) are also pretty good, just not top picks right now.Take a look at the. It offers up decent performance, and while it struggles with its camera as we noted in our review , it will get two years of Android version and security updates. The is a decent alternative that also has a poor camera, but it's dead cheap to repair and has a.