We’ve had a bit of a talk here amongst ourselves at Android Headlines and we’ve put together a list of what we feel are the absolute best Android devices available. These are the creme de la creme of Android smartphones today, and we’ve taken into account things like specs, overall experience, how easy it is to get hold of them and why they’re good devices in the first place. We’re sure that not everyone is going to agree with us, this is expected, so I welcome you to come join us in the comments (let’s just keep things clean, okay guys?).
10. Motorola Moto G
The Moto G is excellent value for money, there’s no denying that. Motorola managed to create the definitive blueprint for what a budget-minded device should be, as we found out in our review. Others like Samsung and HTC might be able to offer extra features for a somewhat similar price, but there’s really no beating what the Moto G has on offer for such a great price. It’s running the latest build of Android, it has a good display, doesn’t feel cheap and there’s even a 4G version available. What more could you want for something around $200 unlocked.
You can find the Moto G on Amazon.
09. Motorola Moto X
While we would love to put the Moto X higher up on this list, it just doesn’t offer the same sort of value as devices listed above it. After all, the device didn’t launch with the best specs in the world and sure, it still has some great tricks up its sleeve and the overall experience is good, but we can’t see the Moto X offering too much as time goes on. The Moto X+1 is on its way and well, compared to other smartphones out there that cost too much extra, the Moto X just isn’t the great deal it used to be.
08. LG G Flex
It has a 720p display and uses a slightly outdated Snapdragon 800 CPU, so why is the G Flex? Well, it’s a pretty interesting device, how many other phones out there are curved from top-to-bottom? Its 6-inch display will also please those looking for a larger device and in many ways it’s a sign of things to come in the smartphone industry. The self-healing back is a nice touch and even though it won’t survive a real beating, light scratches are kept at bay. LG continues to deliver excellent battery life and performance, so the G Flex is far from just a gimmick of a device. To find out how good a device it is, read our review.
LG’s G Flex is available from Amazon.
07. Sony Xperia Z2
Sony’s latest and greatest is easily their best attempt at a smartphone. The 5.2-inch IPS display is their best yet, it has 3GB of RAM and the same sort of Snapdragon 801 as most other 2014 flagships. The software is good and that 20.7-megapixel camera is excellent as well. We really liked the Z2 in our review, but Sony continue to delay their device launches in North America and throughout the globe their devices are still somewhat overpriced, making Sony’s latest smartphone a little too hot to handle.
06. LG G2
LG’s G2 might be around a year or so old at this point, but the device still exhibits excellent performance, excellent battery life and a good display. If there’s one thing about the G2 that doesn’t impress all that much is the glossy back to it which is like a fingerprint magnet, but that’s not too big a deal. Compared to the Z2, the 5.2-inch display takes up less space and the whole device feels easier to use in one hand. A great device that should be available for a great price on carriers throughout the country, the G2 is definitely worth taking a look at.
LG’s G2 is available through Amazon.
05. Google Nexus 5
It’s great value, has a good display, isn’t too big a device despite the 5-inch display and its fast. Oh, did we mention that it’ll get Android updates before anything else? That’s easily the main reason the Nexus 5 is so appealing to Android fans, the software is completely untouched by carriers and it’s great if you want to experiment with ROMs and such. It’s not perfect by any stretch though, the speaker is poor and the build quality – while sturdy – isn’t exactly “premium”.
04. One Plus One
Despite some interesting developments surrounding the company’s ties to Oppo, the One Plus One is a great device. Its 5.5-inch 1080p display looks good, its got slim bezels and the device runs CyanogenMod, a dream come true to a lot of custom ROM users. The major drawback with such an appealing device is the availability of the device which requires some sort of invite system and the device is still delayed in some parts of the world. Still, if you want a slightly larger, stock Android device that’s great value, the One Plus One is a great consideration.
03. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung’s latest version of the phablet that created a new market is easily their best. It’s their best-designed Galaxy Note and has all the power and battery life you need to get through the day and then some. If you’re put off by large devices though, this isn’t for you, but then again you won’t be considering it if that were the case. If you want a nice, big display with some serious multitasking power, the 5.7-inch, Snapdragon 800 packing Galaxy Note 3 won’t disappoint.
The Galaxy Note 3 is available from Amazon.
02. HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5
The more I think about it, the more I keep on thinking that these two devices are two sides of the same coin. They both have good, 1080p displays, they both run the latest version of Android, they cost the same and they’re aimed at the same time of consumer. Want a device with better build and better sound? Go for the M8. Want an arguably better camera and some extra features? Go for the Galaxy S5. There are pros and cons for both of these devices, but no matter which you choose you won’t be disappointed.
01. LG G3
With its 256- x 1440 5.5-inch display, it’s pretty impressive that the G3 manages to keep a svelte figure. Not much larger than last year’s G2 and smaller than the Xperia Z2, the G3 is a feat of engineering. Coupled with a Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM (if you opt for 32GB of storage), the G3 is easily one of the most powerful devices on the market, not to mention one of the better-looking devices thanks to a metallic-infused build. The buttons on the rear of the device help the display take center stage and LG’s software has been revamped for the better. An excellent device that anyone would be happy with, the G3 is one of the absolute best smartphones available right now.