May 20, 2022

Best Android phones 2022

By Harish Jonnalagadda Jeramy Johnson last updated 2 days ago

The definitive guide to the best Android phones you can buy this year.

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If you want to get your hands on the best Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ is the best option right now. It strikes the ideal balance between the regular S22 and the massive S22 Ultra, and the best part is that you get all of Samsung’s latest camera innovations. 

The S22+ has all of the high-end features you’re looking for in a flagship phone, and with Samsung now guaranteeing four Android OS updates, it will stay relevant for a lot longer than just about any other Android device, including the latest Pixels. 

What are the best Android phones?

There are many contenders for the best Android phones, but we think the Galaxy S22+ is the best option for most people. The phone has a great mix of sublime hardware backed by global 5G connectivity, a sleek design that allows it to stand out, and robust cameras that take fabulous photos in challenging lighting conditions. 

But what makes the Galaxy S22+ and the rest of the S22 series stand out is the long-term software commitment. Samsung will deliver four platform updates and five years of security patches, and with the phone launching with Android 12 out of the box, it will be updated to Android 16.

If you have a few more dollars to spend and want something even more impressive, the obvious choice is the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Although not labeled as a Note device, the S22 Ultra is the eventual successor of the Note 20 Ultra, featuring a similar design and the best hardware that Samsung has to offer at the moment. Best of all, you get an integrated S Pen that lets you write notes, doodle, and so much more.

We should also mention that the standard Galaxy S22 is a fantastic choice if you want a small Android phone in 2022. The compact phone category hasn’t received as much attention in recent years, but the S22 delivers high-end internals in an easy-to-use package.  

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Samsung Galaxy S22+

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+Sublime 120Hz AMOLED screen+Latest internal hardware with 5G+Powerful cameras+All-day battery life with 45W charging+All the extras you want+Four guaranteed Android OS updates


-Costly-No microSD slot

The Galaxy S22+ gives you everything you’re looking for in a high-end Android phone in 2022. The 6.6-inch AMOLED screen is the ideal size for browsing, streaming videos, or playing games, and you get HDR10+ playback on your favorite streaming services as well as powerful stereo sound. 

The 120Hz refresh rate ensures day-to-day interactions are sublime, whether you’re scrolling through social media or playing your favorite game. This is one of the best screens you’ll find on any phone today. 

The internal hardware has been refreshed for 2022, with the S22+ featuring Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. This is a monstrous chipset that will deliver stellar performance for several years to come. The phone also includes IP68 dust and water resistance as well as 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging as standard. 

There’s also a meaningful upgrade on the charging front, with the S22+ now offering 45W wired charging as standard. 

Then there are the cameras: the S22+ has a 50MP primary lens with OIS that takes outstanding shots in any lighting condition, and you also get a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 10MP zoom lens that goes up to 3x zoom without any loss in detail. 

Samsung has delivered reliable cameras for a while now, and it fine-tuned its software and camera tuning algorithms for 2022, allowing the S22+ to outmatch its predecessors. 

Then there’s the software side of things; Samsung is now the de facto leader for software updates thanks to its promise of four Android OS updates. The S22+ runs One UI 4 based on Android 12 out of the box, and you get the latest Google additions here along with a suite of Samsung’s own features. Advertisement

With the phone slated to pick up the Android 16 update down the line, you won’t be left wanting for long-term updates. 

There are a few downsides: you won’t find a 3.5mm jack, microSD slot, or a bundled wall charger. But when you consider what you actually get here, Samsung has managed to create the best all-around flagship in the Galaxy S22+. If you’re thinking of an upgrade, now is the time to switch. 

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Google Pixel 6

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+Truly amazing cameras+Best value in this category+Gorgeous, unique design+Three Android OS updates+IP68 and wireless charging


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The Pixel 6 lowers the barrier to entry for the best camera on Android. The 50MP primary camera takes truly amazing photos in any situation, and you get the best hardware in this class backed by a gorgeous 90Hz AMOLED panel, making it a truly great choice. 

The phone has the same 5nm custom Google Tensor chipset and an identical 50MP camera at the back as the Pixel 6 Pro, but it costs significantly less, making it a highly enticing value.

Back that up with Android 12 out of the box, the same three platform updates, and five years of security updates, and there’s no reason to look at any other phones in this category. The Pixel 6 has all the hardware extras you’re looking for — including IP68 dust and water resistance and wireless charging — and you get stunning cameras and a bold design backed by long-term updates.

The Pixel has to be the best value you can find today, and when you factor in the hardware and the amazing cameras, it is an easy recommendation.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro

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+Stunning, unique design+Incredible cameras+120Hz LTPO OLED panel is buttery smooth+Custom Tensor chipset offers unique features+First in line to get Android updates


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Google’s earlier Pixel phones had great cameras, but as phones, they were lacking in several areas. The hardware wasn’t on par with what Samsung, Xiaomi, and others were offering in the high-end segment, and they were plagued by a lot of quality control issues.

With the Pixel 6 Pro, Google is changing all of that. The phone has the same caliber of hardware as the latest flagships from Samsung and Xiaomi, but that doesn’t come at the cost of camera innovation; if anything, Google has managed to deliver huge upgrades on that front. There’s now a 50MP primary camera that takes outstanding photos, and you’ll also find an ultra-wide lens that holds up just as well and a 48MP zoom lens with 4x optical zoom.

That means that the Pixel 6 Pro has the best cameras you’ll find on any phone today, but it isn’t just a phone with great cameras; the rest of the hardware is also refined. You’ll discover a gorgeous design at the back with a wide camera bar, the screen is a 6.71-inch AMOLED with 120Hz refresh rate, and you also get a large 5,000mAh battery with 30W wired and 23W wireless charging.

A true differentiator is the internal hardware. The Pixel 6 Pro is the first phone to feature Google’s custom Tensor platform, and it is on par with high-end designs from Qualcomm and Samsung. It features two Cortex X1 cores along with A76 and energy-efficient A55 cores, basically ensuring that it can handle anything you throw at it with ease.

Google messed up with memory and storage in the past, but it isn’t making those mistakes with the Pixel 6 Pro. The phone comes with 12GB of RAM as standard, and you can pick it up in 128GB or 256GB storage configurations. 

The Pixel 6 Pro has its bases covered on the software side as well: it comes with Android 12 out of the box and will get three Android platform updates and five years of security updates. It isn’t quite the same as what you get with Samsung’s latest phones, but Google will be looking to address this issue pretty soon. 

And when you account for the fact that the Pixel 6 Pro costs less than the Galaxy S22 Ultra, you have a standout winner.Advertisement

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Samsung Galaxy S22

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+Ideal for one-handed use+Same internal hardware as S22+/Ultra+Stunning 120Hz AMOLED screen+Amazing cameras+Four guaranteed Android OS updates


-Limited to 25W wired charging-No microSD slot-Average battery life

With the Galaxy S22, Samsung has delivered the best compact phone you’ll find today. Phones have gotten taller and narrower over the last three years, and we haven’t seen many manufacturers cater to users looking for a small phone — particularly in the high-end category. 

The S22 fills that void, and although it has a 6.1-inch screen, it is diminutive at just 146mm, a full 17.3mm shorter than the S22 Ultra. It is also light, making it a delight to hold and use. Advertisement

While Samsung shrunk the size here, it didn’t omit any features. The Galaxy S22 comes with a 120Hz AMOLED screen that’s of the same caliber as the S22+ and Ultra, and it is powered by the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. 

You also get the same stellar cameras as the S22+, and the extras like IP68 rating and wireless charging are all intact. Unlike last year’s S21, the S22 has a glass back, and it has a layer of Gorilla Glass Victus+ at the front and back. 

Finally, the S22 will also get the same four guaranteed Android OS updates as its siblings. The only downside with the phone is the battery; the 3,700mAh battery manages to last a day, but only just — and when you need to charge it, you’re looking at 25W wired charging. 

But other than that, the S22 is a truly standout choice if you’re in the market for a small phone in 2022. 

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

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+Designed for productivity+Includes an integrated S Pen+Fabulous 120Hz AMOLED screen+Latest hardware and cameras+All the extras you need+Four guaranteed Android OS updates


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If you want the best Android phone that Samsung has to offer right now, you’ll need to take a look at the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The phone is particularly interesting if you’re a Note fan; Samsung killed off the Note series in 2021, but with the S22 Ultra, it has essentially created the successor to the Note 20 Ultra. 

Basically, the S22 Ultra eschews the design of its siblings and instead offers the boxier aesthetic of the Note 20 series. So if you’re using a Note device at the moment, you’ll feel right at home on the S22 Ultra. There is a new design at the back for the camera housing, but other than that, this phone looks and feels like a Note flagship in a Galaxy S moniker. 

But the biggest addition is the integrated S Pen stylus. It’s just as great as previous iterations, and comes with latency tweaks that better mimics the feel of writing. 

The phone comes with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and a massive 6.8-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen that is an absolute joy to use. The 4,500mAh battery lasts over a day with ease, and there’s 45W charging alongside 15W wireless and 5W reverse wireless charging. 

And of course, the S22 Ultra packs a lot of camera tech, featuring a 108MP primary lens that is outstanding in any situation. While the sensor itself hasn’t changed from last year, Samsung made a lot of noticeable tweaks to its algorithms, and the result is that you get much better photos. 

Finally, the S22 Ultra will receive four Android OS updates and five years of security patches, making it a great option for long-term use. 

Samsung should have added 256GB of storage as standard here — considering the phone has 8GB of RAM out of the box (4GB less than S21 Ultra) — but other than that, the S22 Ultra is the obvious choice if you want the ultimate flagship. 

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OnePlus 10 Pro

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+Sublime 120Hz AMOLED screen with dynamic scaling+Unique design and textured glass back+Incredible haptic motors+Hasselblad collaboration+80/65W wired / 50W wireless charging+Three Android OS updates


-Buggy software-Auxiliary cameras aren’t as good as the competitionAdvertisement

We previously featured the OPPO Find X5 Pro as the winner of this category, but the OnePlus 10 Pro now takes the spot for Android enthusiasts. OnePlus has long maintained a tight relationship with its community, often offering unique features and community-driven feature development in its own Oxygen OS than you see elsewhere.

While the last 12 months have been extremely rocky for the company as it attempted to combine Oxygen OS with OPPO’s Color OS, the OnePlus 10 Pro is the first step back in the right direction. While the OnePlus 10 Pro launches with what is unmistakably a Color OS-inspired UI, OnePlus says it’s getting back on track with Oxygen OS in the next release.

But that doesn’t mean the OnePlus 10 Pro is missing features. Far from it, actually. It’s just a little bit buggy at times thanks to some internal development team hurdles that had to be gotten over.

The software team might have been struggling to find its place but OnePlus’ hardware team is still at the top of its game. The OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the most unique-looking Android phones on the market, featuring a stylistic new camera housing, wonderful-to-hold curved frame, and a new textured fogged glass back.

The alert slider is still here and as good as ever, continuing to help OnePlus differentiate itself from other Android manufacturers. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor inside is blazing fast and, unlike some other OEMs, doesn’t run hot to the touch while gaming.

The OnePlus 10 Pro also features some truly great battery life, with the ability to top-off in minutes thanks to 65W or 80W charging, depending on the country you buy it in.

The biggest downside is that OnePlus seems to have missed the mark on the auxiliary cameras, which include telephoto and ultra-wide-angle cameras. They’re not terrible but they feel like a step back from last year. Meanwhile, the main 48MP camera takes excellent photos in any light and stands up to the competition in most areas.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G

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+Flagship cameras on a budget phone+Largest battery ever on a Pixel phone+AMOLED display looks great+5G support and IP67 water resistance+Three years of Android OS updates


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The Pixel 5a is the best phone value available today, period. Google’s packed most of what makes the Pixel 5 series good into a smartphone that costs over hundreds less. You also get a compact device that excels in the battery life department, unlike Pixels past. Seriously, this phone lasts all day and well on into the next.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the 5a is its camera setup, the same setup as the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 that preceded it. The primary camera shoots exceptional photos in all lighting conditions, with Night Sight showing its strength in poor lighting, and it boasts an ultra-wide shooter to help get everything in the frame. 

On both the front and back, you’re getting flagship-level camera quality out of a phone that’s a fraction of the price. The 5a also boasts 5G, the largest battery on a mid-range Pixel phone, and IP67 water resistance.

So what do you lose by spending a third of the price of a more traditional flagship? Well, the Pixel 5a is made of plastic and lacks wireless charging and mmWave 5G, features you can take for granted at a higher price point. It also comes in one size, a 6.34-inch variant, and one color, Mostly Black. 

There are no storage size options, either: you get 128GB of internal memory, which should be plenty for most people, but a lack of microSD expansion may be a problem for the content collectors out there.

All of these limitations shouldn’t impede your desire to buy the Pixel 5a, which is one of the best in this category. Google’s mid-range phone is a winner, from the size to the performance to the battery life and camera quality.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

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+Improved durability over previous generations+Compact and comfortable to hold+120Hz AMOLED display+IPX8 water resistance+Larger cover screen than previous versions


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The Galaxy Z Flip 3 feels like the device we’ve been waiting for since foldable smartphones burst on the scene a few years ago. This phone has some subtle iterations over the previous versions, which combine to make it a much-improved device in terms of performance and usability.

For starters, Samsung worked hard to make the Z Flip 3 more durable than ever, with an improved hinge, tougher glass and display covers, and IPX8 water resistance. We also get seven gorgeous color options, and some really fun and unique cases. And just because this is a compact, folding phone, that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on some great cameras. This phone’s cameras are on a similar level as Samsung’s Galaxy S21 line of flagships.

As much as we love this retro-futuristic phone, there are a few sacrifices to be aware of. For one, there is no telephoto lens, thanks to the shape and size of the device. In addition, the cover display is limited in what it can do (at least for now), and the battery life could be better. But all in all, this phone will make a lot of folks very happy.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3



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+Bleeding-edge design+Puts a mini-tablet in your pocket+Excellent displays+Great cameras+Works with S Pen+Improved durability and water resistance


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Just like any piece of technology, smartphones evolve and change as time goes on. We’ve seen screens get bigger, cameras get a lot more capable, and processors rival those found in computers. The next big thing for phones is the folding form factor, and so far, the best yet in this niche is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The best way to think about the device is as a phone and tablet in one. When the Z Fold 3 is closed, you’re treated to a 6.2-inch 120Hz AMOLED display that you can use for anything you’d like — checking email, scrolling through Twitter, watching YouTube videos, you name it. 

However, if you want a larger canvas, all you need to do is open up the Z Fold 3 up. There, you’re treated to a larger 7.6-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s a lot like having an iPad Mini that you can fold up and take with you wherever you want, and if you ask us, that’s pretty amazing.

This version of the Z Fold series is the best yet, with improved hinge and screen durability, IPX8 water resistance, and finally, S Pen support. That means that you can now draw or take notes on the interior screen for creative or productive work on the go. The only bummer is that you’ll have to keep track of your S Pen or put it in a bulky case, as there is no way to stow it in the body of the phone like with the Note series.

This isn’t a phone that we recommend everyone go out and buy right now, but as far as folding phones go, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the best we’ve seen to date. So if you’re willing to spend the money and put up with those quirks, the Z Fold 3 has a lot to offer.

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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

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+120Hz AMOLED panel is sublime+Great hardware with 5G connectivity+Camera improvements over last year+Bigger battery than last year’s model+microSD slot


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Samsung’s Galaxy A series is the company’s best-selling for a reason. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G deliver all the things you need in a new smartphone without adding in niceties that jack up the price. The inclusion of sub-6 5G means you’ll be getting blazing wireless speeds anywhere you go, and a larger battery than last year ensures those speeds won’t drag your battery life down.

Samsung changed up the processor this year, swapping out the traditional Snapdragon chipset with its own Exynos 1280. This one runs faster in all areas, even if it’s not a powerhouse for gaming. Additionally, the 120Hz display will make the phone feel blazing-fast at all times, with super-smooth scrolling that’ll make your old phone feel like it’s from another century.

Samsung also upgraded the camera sensors this year, so the results will look better than ever, even if the on-paper specs look identical to the A52. The improvements made in the camera software over the last generation are identically impressive, delivering the best camera experience on a Samsung Galaxy A series yet.

The biggest downside is the loss of the 3.5mm jack, which was offset by Samsung adding an extra 500mAh to the battery. This one is always a bummer to see, but extra battery life is never something to complain about. Still, Samsung kept the microSD slot, which makes getting the less expensive 128GB phone model more palatable.

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OnePlus Nord N20 5G

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+Gorgeous AMOLED display+Excellent cameras+3.5mm jack and microSD card slot+5G connectivity and NFC+Great-looking and feeling build+Lots of software features


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The OnePlus Nord series has gotten better and better with each iteration, and the OnePlus Nord N20 5G feels like the proper return to an almost flagship-killer status. While it’s not trying to be a “flagship killer” like other OnePlus phones have claimed, the sub-$290 price combined with the excellent specs make this feel much more like a budget flagship than a mid-tier phone.

Not only that but these specs at this price are basically unheard of. AMOLED on a sub-$300 phone is uncommon enough, but a powerful Snapdragon 695 processor and a 64MP camera that’s actually good, as well? We couldn’t believe how well all of it came together in a truly cohesive and impressive experience in our OnePlus Nord N20 review.

Now that’s not to say there aren’t a few snags in the phone. The Nord N20 ships with Android 11, which is a big strange given that Android 12 has been available for over six months now. Not only that but that Android 12 update is the only major OS update this phone is scheduled to receive. If it weren’t for the spec-to-price ratio, this would have been a big ding for OnePlus. At least you’ll get three years of security updates to make up for it.

We also had a few weird issues with the USB Type-C port on the phone and some problems with the messaging app that’s preinstalled on the device. Right now, this one is a T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile exclusive, but we’re expecting it to branch out in the future to other carriers and countries, as well.

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Nokia G20



+Bloat-free software+At least two-day battery life+Reliable in daily use+Good camera+3.5mm jack


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The Nokia G20 does a great job delivering the basics: you get a large screen, battery that lasts two days, bloat-free software, and a decent camera when you want to take photos. 

Sure, the phone isn’t particularly fast, but you shouldn’t see too much lag in daily use. For routine browsing, social media, and texting, the G20 gets the job done. 

The 720p screen is a limiting factor here as it isn’t as vibrant as the 1080p panels you get on most budget and mid-range phones, but it is passable. 

You miss out on 5G as well, and although the battery lasts two days, it takes over two hours to fully charge. That said, the G20 covers the essentials, and you don’t have to put up with bloated software — it comes with a clean Android interface without any extras. 

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Redmagic 7

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+Improved software over previous gen+Dynamic 165Hz AMOLED screen+Latest internal hardware+Custom ultrasonic gaming triggers+65W fast charging


-No water resistance-Poor cameras-Strictly average battery life

When you’re looking for a gaming phone, you want a device that stands out. As our Redmagic 7 review points out, the phone’s aggressive styling immediately grabs attention and helps it stand out from the pack.

And as for the hardware, you’ll get one of the strongest packages of any phone today. The Redmagic 7 has an insane 165Hz AMOLED screen backed by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and you’ll find 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage on the base model. 

You get ultrasonic gaming triggers on the side that you can customize to in-game actions. These triggers make a noticeable difference in games, and there’s a physical fan within the chassis to make sure the phone doesn’t overheat. 

Nubia finally polished its software, and as such the Redmagic 7 isn’t riddled with bugs. The 4,500mAh battery is good for a day’s worth of use, and it charges at 65W — the bundled 65W GaN charger takes just over 30 minutes to fully charge the phone. 

The cameras aren’t as good as traditional phones in this category, but you’re paying a premium here for that hardware and gaming-focused additions. In short, if you want a gaming phone that looks the part, the Redmagic 7 is the one to get. 

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How to pick the best Android phone

Android phones have never been better than they are right now. So regardless of whether you can afford a flagship device or one of the best cheap Android phones, you can go out and buy a phone that you’ll be thoroughly happy with. Out of every single phone on the market, however, we have to give our top recommendation for the best Android phone to the Samsung Galaxy S22+. 

Samsung’s latest flagship has all the essentials you want, including a brilliant 120Hz AMOLED screen, powerful cameras that take great photos in any lighting, fast charging, reliable internal hardware that holds up just fine for intense gaming sessions, and clean software with four guaranteed Android OS updates.

1. What size screen should I get?

When buying a new Android phone, you should consider many different things, and it all starts with the display. This is the component you interact with more than anything else, so you must get one that you’ll enjoy using. Things like the resolution and refresh rate of a screen are worth talking about, but more so is the size.

Smartphones come in different shapes and sizes, and the biggest determining factor for that is the display. A 6.8-inch screen results in a much larger phone than one with a 5.8-inch one, and because of that, you need to know how big or small you’re willing to go.

Take the Galaxy S22 Ultra, for example. It has the largest display on this list (outside of the Z Fold 3, but that’s different), and because the screen is so huge, it’s a phenomenal canvas for watching movies, playing games, and browsing the web.

Basically, any content consumption looks better on a larger display because the more room you have, the bigger and easier it is to see your media. The downside to this, however, is that phones like the S22 Ultra can be somewhat unwieldy. Especially if you’re someone with smaller hands, managing a phone like that can be a pain in the butt.

Then there are smaller-sized phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the standard Galaxy S22. These are substantially easier to manage and can be used with one hand, but you have less room for your movies and games on the flip side. It also means you can fit less content on the screen at one time, and if you’re someone who likes to increase your font size, things are easier to read, which could result in you having to do a lot of scrolling.

And, of course, there are plenty of phones that fall somewhere in the middle between these two extremes. If you’re really concerned about whether or not a phone will be too big or small, your best bet is to honestly go hands-on with it yourself at your local carrier store or Best Buy before making your purchase.

2. Are software updates important?

It’s easy to compare displays, processors, and cameras, but something that’s just as important to talk about is software updates. Android is constantly evolving and getting better, and unfortunately, only certain phones will have a few years of software support.

As it currently stands, Samsung is the best in the business when supporting its phones with long-term updates. Most of the Samsung phones mentioned in this list will get four guaranteed Android OS updates along with five years of security patches. 

Google offers three Android OS updates and up to five years of security updates to the Pixels, and OnePlus, OPPO, Xiaomi, and Vivo are now guaranteeing three Android OS updates for their flagship phones. 

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, you have a company like Motorola and Nokia. The Nokia G20 is only promised a single update to Android 12. Security patches are even worse, with Nokia failing to deliver these updates on time. 

So, how important is it that your phone gets software updates? That ultimately depends on how much you care about new Android features. Google releases a new version of Android every year, and while these updates don’t tend to be that drastic from year to year, they give your phone important features and security settings that help keep it running in tip-top shape for a long time.

It also ensures that your phone stays compatible with all the apps and games on the Play Store because as Android versions become too outdated, app developers eventually drop support.

A phone like the Nokia G20 won’t be unusable two years down the road just because it’s running Android 11 and not Android 13, but it’s also a bit disheartening to buy a product and know it’s backed by such a small window of post-purchase support. This divide in updates is something Android has faced for years, and while manufacturers are gradually getting better in these regards, we still have plenty of room to grow.

3. How many cameras and megapixels do I really need?

Over the last couple of years, there’s been a trend with certain phone companies to throw as many cameras onto their devices as possible. As it’s become more common for phones to ship with two, three, or even four cameras, there’s something of an expectation that phones have to have multiple camera sensors to be any good.

Spoiler alert — this isn’t true.

Let’s look at the Galaxy A53. It has a 64MP primary camera, 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, and a 5MP portrait camera. Compared to the smaller 12.2MP cameras on the Pixel 5a, one would assume that the A53 takes better photos, but that’s not always the case.

Having those extra camera sensors can be a lot of fun, but only if they’re high-quality. Far too often, we see companies throw in a lot of extra cameras on their phones only to have these secondary lenses not be very good. But, of course, the primary camera sensor is always the most important, so that’s the one you want to pay attention to the most. 

On a similar note, higher megapixels (referred to as MP) don’t always mean you’re getting a better camera. As mentioned above, the 64MP camera on the A53 sometimes takes photos that aren’t as good as those taken from the 12.2MP primary camera found on the Pixel 5a. 

There are so many other factors that come into play with phone cameras, so don’t let the megapixel count be your only factor for judging them when you’re out shopping. Read reviews, look at camera samples, and you’ll have a much better understanding of what kind of camera you’re dealing with.

4. What size battery should I get?

Battery life isn’t the most fun thing to talk about with smartphones, but ultimately, it’s one of the most essential components. Your phone can have the best display and processor around, but if it’s constantly dying throughout the day, what’s the point?

There are many different battery capacities for all of the phones on this list, and if you don’t regularly keep up with them, it can be challenging to know what a good size is and what isn’t. So, here’s a general rule of thumb. If you’re buying an Android phone, the ideal capacity is 4,000mAh or larger. As phones move toward larger displays with faster refresh rates, more battery is needed to keep them powered throughout the day.

Of course, this can vary a bit depending on the type of phone you’re buying. Phones with smaller screen sizes and lower display refresh rates can still get through a full day of use without a hitch because they generally draw less power than phones with more impressive specs.

These are factors you’ll need to consider when shopping for your phone, but generally, more mAh means more battery life.

5. What smaller features should I look out for?

Last but certainly not least, there are a few smaller features and specs that can be easy to overlook when doing your shopping — a prime example being NFC. NFC stands for Near Field Communication, and it’s the chip in most phones that allows you to pay with your smartphone with Google Pay at grocery stores, restaurants, etc. Most of the phones on this list support NFC, but many cheaper Motorola and Nokia phones often lack the feature. You may not care about Google Pay, but if you do, it’s worth double-checking that the phone you want to buy does have NFC.

Another spec to check for is an IP68 rating. This is a seal of protection many phones have, and it ensures they’re protected from a certain amount of dust and water. So if you get caught outside in the rain or take your phone to the beach, an IP68 rating ensures that your phone should survive just fine.

Some phones lack this IP rating yet boast water resistance or have a coating that gives them some protection. Those devices are also probably fine to get splashed with water here and there, but you don’t have that same guaranteed protection. The best-case scenario is to avoid getting your phone wet whenever possible, but if you happen to be around the water a lot, it’s probably worth getting something with that IP68 protection.

We should also address a trend going through the smartphone space for a few years now — the death of the headphone jack. The vast majority of new phones coming out these days no longer have the port, but few holdouts continue to offer it. It’s certainly nice to have if you’re someone that primarily uses wired headphones or earbuds, but if you’ve moved on to the wireless bandwagon, it’s not something you need to be all that concerned with.

We know that’s a lot to take in, but once you understand the kind of phone you’re looking for and the budget you have to work with, we hope this guide makes you feel better equipped to make the right decision. There are so many good phones out there, and we wouldn’t recommend one on this list if we didn’t think you’d be happy with it. Happy shopping, and enjoy your new phone!Round up of today’s best deals

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