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Best Android Phones 2024: Flagships to budget options tested and ranked

The top Android phones we've tested and reviewed.

Finding a new Android phone can be a tricky task in 2024, with so many tempting options available at a variety of price points.

That’s where we at Trusted Reviews come in; our team of experts have meticulously reviewed a huge range of Android phones, from budget blowers to top-end temptations. That includes a comprehensive testing process involving both thorough real-world testing and benchmark testing covering performance, battery life, camera performance and much more, with testing lasting at least a week but often longer.

Based on what we find, we assign each phone a rating out of five, with the highest-scoring devices being considered for inclusion in our esteemed list. Only the very best Android phones on the market in 2024 make it into this list, so you know whatever you decide on will deliver a great experience.

Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to Android smartphones. Some are better at capturing those Instagram-worthy snaps, while others deliver blisteringly fast performance for top-end mobile gaming. There’s also form factor to consider, from compact smartphones to big-screen foldables. That’s why we’ve assigned each product with a specific award, helping you find which is best for your needs.

If you have a more specific craving for your smartphone, then it’s worth checking out our best camera phone, best gaming phone and best mid-range phone guides which offer more tailored recommendations. And if you want to see how the very best Android phones compare to Apple’s iPhones, then have a look at our best phone roundup.

Best Android phones at a glance

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All the phones included in our Best Android phone list have been thoroughly tested and used by one of our expert reviewers. We will never review a phone based purely on specs and benchmark scores. We use them as our everyday device for the review period, which is usually at least five days but often a lot more.

Whenever you read a phone review published on Trusted Reviews, you should be confident that the reviewer has put their personal SIM card into the phone, synced across their most-used apps and logged into all their typical accounts. We do this so you’ll feel confident in our review and trust our verdict.

Our review process includes a mixture of real-world tests, along with more than 15 measured tests and industry-standard benchmarks. We believe this gives the most rounded view of a device.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

The best Android phone
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  • Excellent camera and loads of clever camera tricks
  • The best version of Android on the market
  • Priced well for the European market


  • Charging could, and should, be faster
  • Very glossy finish and some odd design elements
  • Not a huge upgrade on the Pixel 6 Pro

If you’re shopping for an Android phone right now, the Pixel 7 Pro is our current favourite pick. It’s not better in all respects than the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, however it does come in at a more affordable price and packs a load of clever software features our reviewer actually used.

As with any Pixel phone, the 7 Pro is mostly about two things – the Google software and the camera. The cameras remain fairly similar to what we saw on the Pixel 6 Pro, but the ultrawide is a little wider and the telephoto a little more zoomed. There are software tweaks too, including a bunch of updated modes – including a clever Unblur option that does exactly what it suggests  – you’ll actually want to use.

Photos from the phone are great. They are richer and more immersive than those from the Galaxy S23 series and often better in darker situations too. The zoom might not match up to Samsung’s Ultra efforts, but if you keep to around 5x the results are great.

Powering the phone is Google’s Tensor G2 chipset. It’s not the quickest around – many phones on this list will post better benchmark scores – with the focus being AI intelligence. There are many software additions here that are made better by this chip, including voice transcription, and everything works very well.

The phone impresses elsewhere too. The screen is on par with the Oppo Find X5 Pro and Galaxy S23 Ultra while the battery life matches up mostly too. The charging could be faster, but that’s a minor issue.

Reviewer: Max Parker
Full review: Google Pixel 7 Pro Review

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

The best Samsung Android phone
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  • 200MP camera delivers in both well-lit and low-light conditions
  • Top-notch performance from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • All-day battery life
  • Stunningly detailed 6.8in 120Hz display


  • Very expensive
  • Relatively slow 45W charging
  • Difficult to use one-handed

The very best Samsung Android phone we’ve reviewed is the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. It’s the option to choose if you want a really high-end, luxury experience – and are happy to pay for the privilege.

The S23 Ultra may not be a completely different beast from 2022’s excellent S22 Ultra, but small but meaningful upgrades to performance and camera allow it to stand apart from most other flagships in 2024.

Let’s start with performance. The S23 Ultra ditches the Exynos/Snapdragon split for the past few years and worked with Qualcomm on an exclusive version of its latest top-end chipset dubbed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, allowing the S23 Ultra to remain slightly faster and more powerful than other flagships like the OnePlus 11.

The biggest upgrade of all has to be the inclusion of a new 200MP rear camera. The upgraded camera offers an all-around improvement on the already-capable 108MP camera of the S22 Ultra, particularly in low light, with the newer handset able to capture more light, more detail and more colour via 16-in-1 pixel binning tech. It also allows you to take photos of the stars in the phone’s astrophoto mode, and it benefits low-light video too.

The other cameras, including a 12MP ultrawide and two 10MP telephoto lenses at 3x and 10x, remain largely unchanged, but the latter still offers some of the best quality 10x images around. There’s also Samsung’s 100x Space Zoom that’ll let you take photos of the moon but not much else.

Cameras aside, the other big reason to get the Galaxy S23 Ultra is the impressive 6.8-inch dynamic AMOLED 2X display with its WQHD+ resolution, dynamic 120Hz refresh rate and support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision delivering a stunning viewing experience whether you’re scrolling through TikTok or watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster on Netflix. It’s plenty bright, and boasts support for the S23 Ultra’s built-in S Pen that allows you to doodle on-screen with an impressively low latency of 2.3ms.

Throw in all-day battery life with a 5,000mAh battery and you’ve got a capable premium smartphone. It’s not perfect, with relatively slow 45W charging, a large, bulky design that makes it hard to use one-handed and an extremely high-end price tag, but it’s certainly the most capable Samsung smartphone around.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter
Full review: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review

Samsung Galaxy S23

The best Android phone under £1000/$1000
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  • Pocketable, minimalistic design
  • All-day battery life
  • True flagship performance


  • Near-identical to Galaxy S22
  • Slow charge speeds
  • Display only drops to 48Hz

The S23 Ultra may be the very best handset in Samsung’s locker, but it’s far from the only one in there vying for your attention; the standard Galaxy S23 is also a standout smartphone with a more compact design than many competing flagships.

Compared to the bulky S23 Ultra, the Galaxy S23 is much smaller and easier to manage. That is largely down to the use of a smaller 6.1in display, but it’s still very much top-end with a dynamic AMOLED 2x 120Hz panel that delivers crisp, bright and vibrant visuals, and it’s perfectly serviceable for watching YouTube videos and TikTok. Besides, those that demand a larger screen could always opt for the near-identical (but larger) Galaxy S23 Plus.

Elsewhere, it boasts top-end performance via the exclusive Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy exclusive to the S23 range, a versatile camera system consisting of a wide, ultrawide and 3x telephoto lens, and it fixes one of the biggest issues with its predecessor; battery life.

Despite having a smaller battery than much of the competition, the improved energy efficiency of the Galaxy S23 means it’s a comfortable all-day device, still managing to reach the end of the day with 30-40% charge on most days.

Of course, it doesn’t have the big 200MP camera upgrade of the S23 Ultra, images can look a little over-saturated and charging is pretty slow at just 25W, so it’s far from perfect, but it’s an excellent compact handset that you should seriously consider.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter
Full review: Samsung Galaxy S23 Review

Google Pixel 7a

The best value Android phone
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  • Excellent camera for the price
  • Plenty of upgrades over the Pixel 6a
  • Smart software
  • Some nice colour options


  • Middling battery life
  • Achingly slow charging

The Pixel 7a is a compact Android phone with an excellent camera, Google’s fantastic software and a price tag that won’t break the bank. It’s one of our favourite Android phones on the market right now.

Despite its more affordable price tag, it matches many of the essential features of the more expensive Pixel 7 and boasts several advantages over the Pixel 6a. Among these advantages are Qi wireless charging, 8GB of memory, a faster 90Hz screen (compared to the Pixel 6a’s 60Hz), and a more robust body.

The Pixel 7a also has an impressive camera with a new 64MP sensor that produces excellent images in various lighting conditions and accurately captures skin tones. At this price, there isn’t a better phone included on this list

While the 6.1-inch 90Hz OLED screen on the Pixel 7a is comparable to the slightly larger Pixel 7’s 6.3-inch display, the Pixel 7 Pro has the best screen among the Pixel phones.

The Pixel 7a is powered by the same Tensor G2 chip found in the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Fold. This offers adequate performance for the price point and handles many of the phone’s AI features such as call screening and voice recording.

However, the Pixel 7a’s battery life is mediocre, and charging can be slow. Though the phone can typically last a day, users may need to recharge quickly on busy days with heavy screen usage – something our reviewer had to do on a few occasions. It can also take over 100 minutes for a full charge and you’ll need to provide your own charger.

Reviewer: Max Parker
Full review: Google Pixel 7a Review

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra

The best Android phone for clamshell fans
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  • Premium clamshell foldable design
  • Genuinely useful 3.6-inch exterior display
  • Great camera performance from main 12MP sensor
  • Top-end 6.9-inch pOLED foldable display


  • Battery could only last about a day
  • Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a year old

After years of Samsung dominating the clamshell foldable market with its Galaxy Z Flip range, Motorola has knocked Samsung off its perch with the Razr 40 Ultra.

The Razr 40 Ultra takes the clamshell experience to new heights with its large 3.6-inch pOLED exterior display, featuring a super-smooth 144Hz refresh rate.

This generous display size allows not only the use of widgets like the Oppo Find N2 Flip, but also full Android apps. You can control smart home technology, respond to messages, and even get directions from Google Maps without having to unfold the phone. This not only reduces the need to open the device frequently but also makes it comfortable to use in its folded form.

However, you won’t always rely on the external display, especially with the presence of a tall, narrow 6.9-inch pOLED display inside. This screen is incredibly smooth at 165Hz and incorporates LTPO technology, intelligently adapting the refresh rate based on your activities.

While the main 12MP camera may not sound overly impressive on paper, its combination of optical image stabilization (OIS), phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), and a wide f/1.5 aperture allows it to excel in both well-lit and low-light environments. Although it doesn’t quite match the quality of top-end flagship cameras, it’s impressive for a slimline foldable device.

Powering the phone is the ageing Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, which may deter some users. Nevertheless, everyday performance is solid, though it tends to overheat during graphics-intensive gaming sessions.

With a 3,800mAh battery, the Razr 40 Ultra offers an improvement over the Razr (2022)’s 3,500mAh cell. It’s capable of lasting the entire day, although it might not make it through the second day. The good news is that it charges in less than an hour thanks to the inclusion of 30W fast charging technology.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter
Full review: Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

The best cheap Android phone
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  • Vibrant OLED screen
  • Long battery life
  • Stereo speakers


  • Mediocre gaming performance
  • Camera stumbles with trickier scenes
  • No 5G mobile internet

If you want an excellent, and very affordable, Android phone then the Redmi Note 11 is a strong pick and one of the best cheap phones around. Considering the much lower price, it’d be unfair to compare this to the far pricier phones on this list; however it still stands out in certain areas.

We particularly liked the display, which uses the same OLED tech as all the other phones above. It measures 6.43-inches, has a smooth 90Hz refresh rate and great colour reproduction that makes this display just entrancing when you’re watching films or playing games.

We were impressed with the battery life and the speakers too, though were less enamoured with the camera when it came to taking pictures in difficult conditions, and the mediocre performance was a tad disappointing too.

The phone also misses 5G and the faster download speeds that come with the modern network tech. This isn’t a dealbreaker for us, as we don’t think 5G is a vital feature yet, but it is something available at this price. The Moto G50, for example, costs around the same price and has 5G. But then that phone sacrifices screen quality. If you want a phone with an OLED display and 5G, we’d suggest the OnePlus Nord CE 2.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Review

Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate

The best Android gaming phone
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  • Elite performance
  • Mammoth battery life
  • Loud and booming speakers
  • AirTriggers improve gaming controls


  • Very expensive
  • Too similar to ROG Phone 7

The Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is not the most rounded Android phone on this list, but it excels at its main point of interest: gaming. 

There are oodles of gaming-centric features here, from the AirTriggers that allow for gamepad-esque controls to the Armoury Crate software that enables you to fiddle with the performance settings and display frame rate, temperature and GPU workload figures while you play your favourite mobiles games. 

Thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, this is one of the most powerful Android phones you can buy. The superb cooling system also allows the phone to maintain a high performance over long stretches of heavy workloads, with our benchmark tests showing it to have the slight advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra on that front. 

The colossal 6000mAh battery is also an important inclusion, with our reviewer noting that it allowed the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate to last well over a day from normal use. And if you fancied playing Call of Duty Mobile nonstop, our tests indicate the phone could last over seven hours on a single charge, which is remarkable. 

The only major stumbling block for this phone is that it’s incredibly expensive, requiring a sum beyond the £1000/$1000 mark. As a result, it may be worth sacrificing a couple of features and opting for the cheaper Asus ROG Phone 7 instead. But if you fancy the most complete gaming phone currently available, then the Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is a no brainer. 

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate review

Asus Zenfone 10

The best small Android phone
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  • Top-end performance
  • All-day battery life
  • Six-axis gimbal stabilisation steadies photo and video capture
  • Pocketable design


  • Bio-plastic rear feels a little cheap
  • Same main camera sensor as Zenfone 9
  • Relatively slow 30W charging

If you’ve been looking for a handset that’s slightly smaller than the others on this list – one that you could even use with just one hand, for instance – then you can’t do much better than the excellent Asus Zenfone 10.

The smartphone measures in at a compact 5.9 inches, but don’t let that fool you; this is very much a premium device. From the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that allows it to compete with much more premium options, to the 50MP main shooter with unique six-axis gimbal stabilisation that allows for blur-free photos and super-smooth videos, the ZenFone 10 is a capable option.

It also delivers some of the best OS customisation we’ve seen, with the option to pick and choose between Asus’ ZenUI and stock Android 13, and there are plenty of handy tweaks available too. It’s just a shame that it only offers two OS upgrades alongside its four years of security patches.

Still, if you find that your hands aren’t quite big enough to wield some of the cumbersome phablets that have been mentioned above, then the 5.9-inch screen on this device could suit you right down to the ground.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Asus Zenfone 10 review


Should I buy a 5G phone?

While not vital yet, most of these phones are 5G so are futureproofed.

What’s the best Android phone?

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the best Android phone available right now.

Which Android phone has the best camera?

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has the best all-round camera we’ve found on an Android phone, but the Vivo X90 Pro wins in low-light conditions.

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Trusted Reviews test data

We run all the phones we review through a number of tests to gauge performance and other aspects, like screen quality. The S22 Ultra, for example, has a wonderfully accurate display with a high 770 nits of sustained brightness.

Geekbench 5 single core
Geekbench 5 multi core
Geekbench 6 single core
Geekbench 6 multi core
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1 hour video playback (Netflix, HDR)
30 minute gaming (intensive)
30 minute gaming (light)
1 hour music streaming (online)
1 hour music streaming (offline)
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30-min recharge (no charger included)
15-min recharge (no charger included)
3D Mark – Wild Life
3D Mark – Wild Life Stress Test
3D Mark – Sling Shot
GFXBench – Aztec Ruins
GFXBench – Car Chase

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