There are new phones arriving all the time, especially when it comes to the world of Android phones. Apple's iPhone might be popular but handsets running Google's mobile OS provide you with a wealth of choice.
Here at Tech Advisor we independently test each phone thoroughly so we can bring you the very best ones you can buy at any given moment. Here we rank the top 10 but keep checking as new ones will be added regularly.
In 2018 we had some cracking Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6T, Pixel 3 and Huawei P20 Pro. In 2019 some of those phones have been one-upped by handsets like the Galaxy S10, Xiaomi Mi 9 and Huawei P30 Pro.
Your buying guide for the best Android phones in 2019
You might still be considering an iPhone, but it's worth checkout out the amazing selection of Android phone before you make a final decision. While you only get to choose from a handful of Apple handsets, there's something for everyone when it comes to Android.
The top Android phones are made by the likes of Huawei, Google, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Samsung.
They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and each has selling points – whether it's a sleek waterproof design, a massive display or no less than three cameras. Sometimes, you might get all of this in one phone.
Since you're often paying in excess of £600 for these phones, you can expect to get tip top build quality and the latest hardware and software features. Differences between devices can be minimal so a lot will likely come down to personal preference.
We've done our best to rank the phones in order taking into account build, value, performance and features. However, make sure you get the phone that's right for your needs – it might not simply be the phone in the top spot.
Note that where phones are very similar – like the S10 and S10 Plus – we've picked the one we think is better to appear in the chart. This is so the ten phones are nicely varied, providing a wider choice, but the version not chosen is still a valid choice.
Clicking through to our in-depth reviews will help where we have detailed benchmarks, test photography and more.
So here they are, the best Android phones you can buy right now. There are so many great choices, that all of these have scored nine out of 10 in our rating system.
1. OnePlus 7T
- Reviewed on: 17 October 2019
The OnePlus 7T is a phenomenal smartphone that offers quite the upgrade over the standard OnePlus 7, featuring a large 6.55in AMOLED display with speedy 90Hz refresh rate, an upgraded triple-camera setup on the rear consisting of a wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lens and rapid 30W charging that boosts your phone by just under 50 percent in 20 minutes.
The design is eye-catching without being too in-your-face, thanks mainly to the frosted glass finish, and the lightweight form factor makes it feel great in the hand. Admittedly it’s not perfect, with a slightly buggy Super Stabilised video mode and a 60fps cap on games despite the 90Hz refresh rate, but there’s still a lot to be excited about with the OnePlus 7T.
Read our OnePlus 7T review.
2. Xiaomi Mi 9
- Reviewed on: 15 July 2019
Devilishly fast, insanely beautiful and offering the best value for money you'll find in any smartphone, anywhere. Mi 9 is a cracking deal at £499, and well worth the upgrade from even Mi 8.
New is an in-display fingerprint sensor as standard, Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 processor, 20W wireless charging, a larger screen and a triple-lens camera that includes a massive 48Mp lens.
It's available direct from Xiaomi at £499, or on contract from Vodafone. If you're happy to ship from China, GearBest offers an incredible deal at £300.07, and at this price no other phone comes even remotely close.
Read our Xiaomi Mi 9 review.
- Reviewed on: 22 May 2019
Rather than following the trend of notches and hole-punch camera cutouts, the ZenFone 6 offers an innovative Flip Camera system that provides a high-end shooting experience on the rear and front, without compromising on screen real estate.
Images captured are detailed and vibrant, and the ability to record at [email protected] with EIS is a nice touch, too. It's a versatile bit of kit, and more than a gimmick.
Beyond the camera setup, the ZenFone 6 is a stunning bit of kit; it boasts a curved rear that fits nicely into the palm of your hand, a glossy design and most importantly, a 6.4in full-screen display free of bezels and notches.
And with a 5,000mAh battery that comfortably provides all-day usage, there’s not much to complain about - especially at such a cheap price point.
Read our Asus ZenFone 6 review.
- Reviewed on: 24 October 2019
The Pixel 3 has great performance, the best camera on a smartphone and a premium design.
Google has paid special attention to the display, which is much better than the previous two generations of Pixels (though doesn't feature the 90Hz refresh rate of the Pixel 4), and Android software is best with this hardware. The all-glass back allows for wireless charging, and Google bundles USB-C headphones in the box.
The Pixel 3 XL is exactly the same experience save for the larger notched display and larger battery.
The Pixel 4 is now here, but thanks to a price drop, the Pixel 3 still makes an excellent case for itself if the new telephoto camera, upgraded internals and new gesture controls of its successor don't appeal - especially since the more recent phone disappoints in battery life.
Read our Google Pixel 3 review.
- Reviewed on: 4 March 2019
The Galaxy S10 Plus is the best Galaxy phone ever with outstanding cameras, build, display and performance. The Exynos version is let down by its merely acceptable battery life.
If you want to spend £100 / $100 less there's the regular Galaxy S10 which has most of the same features including the triple rear cameras and outstanding screen. You could even go for the S10e, but it's a different phone with a smaller screen, less battery and fewer cameras.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review.
- Reviewed on: 24 October 2019
The Reno 10x Zoom feels a lot like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but trades that phone's phenomenal screen for a better camera instead - a trade-off that's likely to make sense for a lot of people. It's got top specs, decent battery, and a slick design - as long as you don't mind the shark fin.
Getting a Snapdragon 855 and a full-screen, notchless display for £699 is a good deal no matter which way you look at it, but the real sell is the triple camera array. With a 48Mp main lens and a 5x optical zoom that can simulate 10x thanks to software tricks, this is one of the few cameras on the market that can rival the Huawei P30 Pro.
The few downsides are that the AMOLED panel is only 1080p, the speakers are a bit wimpy, and ColorOS still feels like a bit of a work in progress - but for most people these will hardly matter at all.
Read our Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review.
- Reviewed on: 20 May 2019
Taking lots of cues from the Mate 20 Pro, and improving the cameras and fingerprint scanner, the P30 Pro is Huawei's best phone yet. The design is out the top drawer, the display is outstanding and the cameras are truly some of the best ever seen on a phone.
It costs more than ever, but if you want the best cameras around, this is the phone to buy.
If you want to spend less (and get a little less), there's the Huawei P30 instead.
Do note that the P30 was announced before Huawei was put on the US trade blocklist and Google announced its decision to pull support, and therefore will continue to have full access to Google apps, services and security updates.
Read our Huawei P30 Pro review.
- Reviewed on: 27 August 2019
It's pretty clear the Galaxy Note 10+ is the phone that will satisfy fans of the series, by offering all the things that Note users love.
A big screen, a gorgeous design, and almost all the high-end specs you can throw at a phone. We particularly love the display and new cameras which just about distract from the missing headphone jack.
It is expensive though, so unless you really will make use of the real estate and S Pen, an S10 model might be a better choice - or even the smaller Note 10.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review.
- Reviewed on: 12 July 2019
The Mate 20 Pro is a very good phone, and it's even better at the current discounted prices. The cameras will be the highlight for many people, but it really is a fantastic all-rounder with a top-quality screen, super-fast charging, wireless charging and excellent battery life.
The newer Huawei P30 Pro has even better (and more versatile) cameras, but does cost a fair bit more.
Read our Huawei Mate 20 Pro review.
10. Sony Xperia 1
- Reviewed on: 12 June 2019
The Xperia 1 goes for broke on being really, really Sony - and it pays off. By catering to a niche audience, this phone will please you if you want an amazing display with a cinematic aspect ratio, very capable cameras and excellent build quality.
The tall design is different but makes the phone slimmer and so easier to hold in one hand, while IP68 water resistance, dedicated camera shutter button and Cinema Pro manual video recording app make this a high-end phone for video and film enthusiasts.
Read our Sony Xperia 1 review.