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Best Android phones out right now

Top 5 Android phones of 2018

Apathetic about Apple? Wincing at the thought of a Windows Phone? Been burnt before by BlackBerry? Sounds like you need an Android.

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Thankfully, there's a lot of choice out there. And that means that whatever features you want on your new mobile, there's an Android out there to accommodate you - whether you're tightening the purse strings, splashing out, or looking for the perfect gaming device. Here are our five favourite Androids on the market right now.

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Best Android on a budget: Motorola Moto G5

The whole of the Motorola Moto range is worth looking at when you're on a budget, but if you’re after a solid all-rounder, the G5 could well be it.

With a slick metal design and fresh HD display, the G5's build quality disguises its budget origins and will have you convinced it's a higher-end phone. An Android that can upgrade to Nougat, for instance, is pretty rare in this price range. And an octa-core Snapdragon chipset means it can handle most tasks with little issue. Oh, and there's a 13MP camera with dual-tone flash.

Of course, you'll have to make sacrifices for a low-priced handset. In this case it's in the RAM - there’s only 2GB - and in Wi-Fi tech that could be better. But all in all, the Moto G5 is a cracking addition to the Motorola range and represents excellent value for money as one of the best budget smartphones around.

Best Android phablet: One Plus 6T

The phablet - a phone with a size that edges a bit closer to a tablet - has a lot of competition, especially from Apple, but the One Plus 6T is quite simply one of the best phones around.

A massive OLED display (6.41inches, 2340 x 1080px) with an elegant glass design houses a Snapdragon 845 processor, and 6 or 8GB RAM depending on the model you opt for. You’ll see fantastic results from its camera, too – a 16Mp main sensor with optical image stabilisation and a secondary 20Mp telephoto lens.

You won’t get a headphone jack, but let’s face it, that’s yesterday’s news. And there’s no wireless charging, but the One Plus 6T’s performance competes well with the Google Pixel 3 and its cheaper price means you’d be hard pushed to find a better, and more competitively-priced, premium Android smartphone.

Best camera: Samsung Galaxy S9

The snappers in our phones are reaching incredible quality today, and the innovators at Samsung have taken things up a notch on the Galaxy S9.

The big news here is the S9 can shift between f/2.4 and f/1.5 apertures for greater flexibility when shooting in low-light or brighter light – as opposed to most other phones which work with a fixed aperture lens. And you don’t need to retrain as a pro-shooter to manage this feature, the ‘Auto’ setting will adjust the lens accordingly.

As well as a single 12-megapixel sensor, the Galaxy S9 has also improved its photography modes and there’s a lot here to experiment with. The super-slow-mo camera is excellent, too, but you’ll need to keep the phone steady when using it.
With extra memory that lets you capture multiple shots (the camera will combine the shots for you) to achieve the best results, there’s a lot here to smile about.

Best Android for gaming and media: Sony Xperia Z5

Whether it's games, movies, TV, or even just surfing the net that you're interested in, there's really no better phone than the Sony Xperia Z5.

There's a 5.2-inch Full HD screen, an octa-core Snapdragon chipset, and 3GB RAM - more than enough for this phone to handle any game you can throw at it. And because it comes from Sony, you can link it up to your Playstation network or SEN account.

Not only is it great for gaming, the Z5 is a good all-rounder. The camera has a whopping 23MP, and you'll get Android Lollipop straight out of the box, plus there's the cool frosted glass back that feels pretty premium. You've also got the option of going for the Xperia Z5 Premium when it arrives: its 4K screen means an even clearer picture on games and movies, though running such a high-res screen may drain the battery quicker.

Best of the best: Google Pixel 3

Refuse to settle for anything other than the absolute best when it comes to your phone? Then get your hands on a Google Pixel 3 – it’s the phone to beat.

With slick quad-core processors and 4GB of RAM, the Pixel 3 can handle everything you need it to, from games to videos to document editing. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner, hefty 3000mAh battery, and a pretty decent camera. Not only has it got a 12MP lens, there’s phase detection and laser autofocus, plus dual-tone flash – and f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures.

Solid specs, an elegant design, superb software and all the features you could possibly want from a premium flagship phone mean the Pixel 3 is the Android phone to bag.

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