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 Note 10+||$1079||Amazon|
|Huawei P30 Pro||$695||Amazon|
|Google Pixel 4 XL||$810||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy S10e||$713||Amazon|
|OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren||$899||T-Mobile|
|ASUS ROG Phone II||$629||Amazon|
|ASUS ZenFone 6||$549||Amazon|
|OnePlus 7 Pro||$499||OnePlus|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10||$949||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy Fold||$1980||Best Buy|
Best Overall Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
- Price: $1079
- Buy: Amazon
When it comes to the best Android smartphones on the market, the Galaxy Note 10+ is the absolute best. It's not hard to see why either. It has all of the latest specs, as well as the best build in any smartphone, and it has the software to back it up.
The Galaxy Note 10+ sports a massive 6.8-inch QHD+ AMOLED display, which is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That's going to give you enough power to do basically anything. Heck, it might even be more powerful than your laptop.
Samsung has also equipped the Galaxy Note 10+ with a pretty impressive battery capacity, we're talking 4300mAh. And you're going to need that much power to keep this one running all day long. There is a 25W charger in the box for some quick charging, but it does also support 45W charging. However, that charger is sold separately.
Android 10 is already available for the Galaxy Note 10+, giving it another box that's ticked for the best Android smartphones. Seeing as there are very few that have been updated to Android 10. It also has One UI 2.0, which is Samsung's latest software. It makes it much easier to use your smartphone, and brings in some new features.
This isn't the most expensive smartphone on this list, but it is certainly up there. So if money isn't an issue, it's definitely worth buying.
Best Battery Life Smartphone
Huawei P30 Pro
- Price: $695
- Buy: Amazon
For the best battery life, you could basically pick any Huawei smartphone and you'd be correct. Huawei has been doing some incredible things, when it comes to battery life in recent years. Switching to OLED displays that are more power efficient, optimizing its software and still keeping enormous batteries in their smartphones. The P30 Pro sports a massive 4200mAh capacity battery.
Now, the reason we picked the Huawei P30 Pro over the Mate 30 Pro (which is newer), is because it has Google Apps. While the Mate 30 Pro does not. This is due to the ongoing trade war that the US has with China right now. Where Huawei can't actually work with US companies. It's really unfortunate, since the Mate 30 Pro is such a good smartphone.
But the P30 Pro is also really good. Battery life is simply amazing. Two of our reviewers have spent some time with it, and both have sung the praises of the battery life on P30 Pro. So if you need something that is going to last you the entire day, P30 Pro is the way to go.
It sports a 6.47-inch Full HD+ display, powered by the Kirin 980 with either 6 or 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage.
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
OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
- Price: $899
- Buy: T-Mobile.com
There's a growing number of 5G smartphones on the market today, and that is only going to increase in 2020. But right now, the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren is definitely the best 5G smartphone you can buy. It's unfortunate that only T-Mobile is carrying it though.
The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren is a mouthful, but so are its specs. It has a 6.67-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display, the Snapdragon 855+ chipset with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There is also a 4085mAh capacity battery inside to keep it running all day long.
This is a McLaren edition, so it does have the Papaya Orange accents on the frame of the phone. And there's some customizations in the software too. This is a blazing fast phone, much like McLaren cars, and if you want the very best 5G smartphone performance, then this is the one to get.
It's a 5G smartphone, so it'll be able to access T-Mobile's 5G network. Which is currently the only nationwide 5G network in the country. You can check out T-Mobile's 5G coverage on their coverage map here.
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
OnePlus 7 Pro
- Price: $499
- Buy: OnePlus.com
Yes, we have two OnePlus smartphones on the list of the Best Android Smartphones. And they both deserve to be on this list. The OnePlus 7 Pro was released earlier in the year, and has seen a price drop down to under $500. Making it a really great value for anyone looking for a smartphone.
The OnePlus 7 Pro does have a fairly large display, coming in at 6.67-inches. But it also is the first OnePlus smartphone to go Quad HD+. That's a big deal, as the company has always stuck with Full HD+ because it's better on battery.
Internally, you'll find the Snapdragon 855 chipset, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage on-board. There is no micro SD card slot available on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Now, like the ASUS ZenFone 6, you won't see a front-facing camera when you look at the OnePlus 7 Pro. But there is one here. It's a pop up camera. It is not using the rear camera though. But it is there and can pop up pretty fast for face unlock. The rear has a triple-camera setup with a main camera, ultrawide and a telephoto.
The OnePlus 7 Pro really checks every single box and it has also already received the update to Android 10.
Best smartphone with a stylus
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Price: $949
- 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 Fold
- Price: $1,980
- Buy: Best Buy
Foldable phones are still very, very new right now, and honestly the Galaxy Fold is the only one you can actually buy right now. Huawei has one available, but in China only, and Motorola has one coming out very soon.
The Galaxy Fold has had a bit of a rocky reputation, after having the initial launch scrapped, while Samsung went back to re-engineer the device. As reviewers were having issues with the device. Like debris getting under the display, and the display just simply breaking.
But after re-engineering it, Samsung made a really impressive folding phone. While we haven't had a chance to use it at length yet, those that have, absolutely love it. Especially the fact that they can take their phone and instantly make it a much larger display, when they need too.
Now, unfortunately, the Galaxy Fold is not available everywhere, and you can't buy it online. Some Best Buy stores have it, but many don't. So you're going to want to check to make sure that your local store does have one (or two) in stock before you head over there.