Finding the best Android smartphones can be tough. Even tougher to narrow that list down to the one you want, or should buy. That's where we come in. Throughout the year, a lot of Android smartphones come across our desk, making it easier to find which ones are the "best". It also makes it easier to find out which ones are not worth your attention.
This list has the best smartphones in different areas like battery life, camera experience, 5G, etc. So no matter what you're looking for, you'll find the right smartphone for you. If you are looking for something a bit cheaper, you can check out our Top 10 Best Value Smartphones.
Top 10 Best Android Smartphones 2020
Right now, we are in a bit of a weird place with smartphones. It's that time of the year where many of these phones have been on the market for many months, but no new phones have really come out recently. However, that will change next month with Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona. Where we expect to see the Galaxy S20 series, LG V60 ThinQ, and many others.
We've done a lot of research and have reviewed just about every smartphone that is listed here. There are a couple that we weren't able to get our hands on long enough for a review, unfortunately. So you can trust our judgement when we say this particular phone is the best you can buy.
|Cost||Where to buy|
|Samsung Galaxy S20+||$1199||Samsung.com|
|OnePlus 8 Pro||$899||OnePlus|
|Google Pixel 4 XL||$810||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy S10e||$713||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra||$1399||Samsung.com|
|ASUS ROG Phone II||$629||Amazon|
|ASUS ZenFone 6||$549||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10+||$1099||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy Z Flip||$1380||Best Buy|
Best Overall Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S20+
- Price: $1,199
- Buy: Samsung.com
The Galaxy S20+ is currently the best smartphone available. While there is the Galaxy S20 Ultra also available, we don't think that is the best phone for many people. But the Galaxy S20+ sports most of the same features, for $200 less.
Samsung packed the Galaxy S20+ with a 6.7-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display, the Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There is also a micro SD card slot available for expanding storage. And finally, it has a pretty massive 4,500mAh capacity battery inside.
It is also a 5G smartphone, and in the US, it is only available as a 5G device.
There is also a brand new camera setup available here, which offers better zoom capabilities up to 30X. With it actually being usable at up to 10X. Which is fairly impressive. Of course, there is still ultra wide and wide available too.
Best Battery Life Smartphone
OnePlus 8 Pro
- Price: $999
- Buy: OnePlus.com
The OnePlus 8 Pro is our new pick for the best battery life smartphone, because well, it has incredible battery life. Which is honestly quite surprising given the fact that this has a 120Hz Quad HD+ display, and only a 4510mAh capacity battery inside. But it will get you through a full day and then some. And if you tweak the settings a bit, you can get even more juice out of this one.
It also sports a 6.78-inch Quad HD+ OLED display, at 120Hz. There's a Snapdragon 865 chipset inside, along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. For another $100, you can up that to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage too.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports wireless charging now at 30W. That's the same speed as the wired charging that OnePlus offers. Which means that you can quickly recharge the OnePlus 8 Pro when the battery is running low.
Best Camera Smartphone
Google Pixel 4 XL
- Price: $810
- Buy: Amazon
The Google Pixel 4 XL is not one of the best Android smartphones out there, but it is the best camera smartphone available today.
Google has consistently been putting out some pretty incredible smartphone cameras since the birth of the Pixel. And with the Pixel 4, we finally get a second lens. It's a telephoto lens, which makes zoom photos look pretty good. Instead of grainy and just bad, on your phone. It still has that impressive portrait mode. As well as a few new features like Astrophotography, where you can take photos of the stars. For real.
Google equipped the Pixel 4 XL with a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ display, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There is also a pretty small 3700mAh capacity battery inside keeping this one alive.
It also runs on Android 10, and since it is a Pixel, it does get monthly security updates, and it's one of the first to get the next version of Android. Both of which are really good reasons to buy the Pixel 4 XL.
Best Compact Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Price: $713
- Buy: Amazon
Samsung introduced the Galaxy S10e last Spring as a cheaper "flagship" offering that actually ditched some of the features that people did not like. Including a curved display and in-display fingerprint sensor. Instead it's a flat display and the fingerprint sensor is in the power button now. It was actually the dark horse of 2019, when it came to smartphones.
Galaxy S10e is compact by today's standards. With a 5.8-inch Full HD+ display, sporting the Snapdragon 855 chipset, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There is still a micro SD card slot available on this one. And that's powered by a 3100mAh capacity battery.
Essentially the Galaxy S10e is a flagship for less. It sports the same internals (a tad bit less RAM) as the regular Galaxy S10, but for over $200 less. It's also great for those that want a smaller smartphone, seeing as smartphones are getting larger and larger these days.
Best 5G Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Price: $1,399
- Buy: Samsung.com
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the only 5G phone worth buying, and that is mostly due to the battery capacity. It sports a 5,000mAh capacity battery, which will get you through the day, if not two full days. And that's needed for 5G. Seeing as the technology hasn't matured yet, it is still very battery hungry. So having a larger battery is definitely a nice thing to have.
Additionally, the Galaxy S20 Ultra sports a 6.9-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display, powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There is also a 16GB/512GB model available for $1,599. There's a triple camera setup on the back, which includes a 108-megapixel sensor that is capable of shooting 8K video. It also has support for Space Zoom, which allows you to zoom in at up to 100X. That's fairly impressive for a smartphone.
At $1,399, you are getting what you pay for here, which is a whole lot of smartphone. And this is also a pretty heavy one, so you'll want to take that into account before you pick one up.
Best Gaming Smartphone
ASUS ROG Phone II
- Price: $629
- Buy: Amazon
When it comes to gaming on Android, it really doesn't get any better than the ASUS ROG Phone II.
It has the best specs that you'll find on literally any smartphone available today. It has a 6.59-inch Full HD+ resolution, which isn't as high of a resolution as most of these other phones, but it has 120Hz refresh which is more important for gaming.
Inside, you'll find the Snapdragon 855+ chipset inside with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage. Which can really drive up the price, the 1TB model starts at $1099. And to top it all off, there's a 6000mah capacity battery inside, that will let you play all day long and then some.
There are also some pretty cool accessories that you can get for the ASUS ROG Phone II, including a gamepad, so you can really take gaming to the next level. We reviewed the ASUS ROG Phone II late last year, and said that it was the "gaming smartphone to beat". And now, that is still true. Especially with a starting price of $629.
Best smartphone with stock Android
ASUS ZenFone 6
- Price: $549
- Buy: Amazon
You might be a bit surprised that ASUS is the one with the best stock Android experience. Given, a few years ago ASUS had a pretty heavy skin on their smartphones. But starting with the ZenFone 6, ASUS started going fully stock Android. It removed a lot of its own pre-installed apps, and ones it kept, it redesigned to match the design of Android 10. Making it look and feel really good.
On top of it having stock Android, the ASUS ZenFone 6 is a really powerful device for the money. It sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display, with the Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It also has a pretty sizeable 5000mAh capacity battery that should get you through the day and then some.
You might have noticed that the front of the ZenFone 6 doesn't have a camera. And that's because technically, there is no front-facing camera. Instead, the rear camera will pop up and take care of any selfie needs. And that's a 48-megapixel camera sensor, that also has a 13-megapixel ultrawide lens accompanying it.
All of this for just $549 might sound pretty insane, and that's because it kind of is, but that's why this is such a great value.
Best Flagship Value
- Price: $499
- Buy: OnePlus.com
The OnePlus 8 is our flagship value pick now, since it offers basically everything that every other smartphone on this list does, but at a much cheaper price. Starting at just $699. Considering most other smartphones here are around$999, that's a really good deal.
OnePlus 8 sports a 6.55-inch FHD+ OLED display, with a hole punch for the camera. Inside, you'll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. For another $100, you can up that to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
It is unlocked and will work on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in the US. Both T-Mobile and Verizon are selling the device too, and if you want Verizon 5G, you'll need to buy it from Verizon.
Best smartphone with a stylus
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
- Price: $1099
- Buy: Amazon
There aren't many smartphones available with stylus', so it really comes down to the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. We ended up going with the standard Note 10 here, because it is cheaper and still has all of the same flagship features as the Galaxy Note 10+. Which we have listed at the top of our best Android smartphones right now.
The Galaxy Note 10 also has a smaller display. That's a thing that many people have been asking Samsung for, for many years now. It's a 6.3-inch full HD+ display. And it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There is no micro SD card slot available though. All powered by a pretty hefty 3500mAh capacity battery.
The S Pen is available on the Galaxy Note 10. Allowing you to write and draw, and of course do some air gestures. Which can be very useful for swiping through photos or controlling a Powerpoint presentation.
Galaxy Note 10 is a really good phone, not just in the "Best Stylus" category either. And if you're looking for a new phone, this is a good option.
Best foldable smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Price: $1,380
- Buy: Best Buy
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the newest foldable smartphone out there, and that alone doesn't make it the best. But the fact that Samsung learned from its mistakes with the Galaxy Fold, and lowered the price dramatically, makes it the best option.
Galaxy Z Flip is like a flip phone, but with the inside being all display. It sports the Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage too. There's a 3300mAh capacity battery inside, which does a decent job at keeping it going all day.
It does run on Android 10 with Samsung's One UI 2.1, which is the latest version of both software.