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There are a lot of Android devices on the market. Whether you prefer Samsung, Google or OnePlus, you have sizes, shapes and prices to choose from, which means there’s something for everyone. But having so many options also means the buying decision can be difficult. If you aren’t sure where to start, you’re in the right place: We’ve tested and researched all the best Android phones you can buy in 2023.
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A great phone should have high-quality cameras, long battery life, compelling software features and 5G support. We considered these factors when putting together our list of the best Android phones in 2023, which you can check out below. The CNET team updates this list periodically as we review new products.
What’s the best Android phone?
The Google Pixel 7 Pro sits at the top of our list of best Android phones, largely because it has some of the best cameras found on any phone sold today and represents one of the best values for your dollar on this list. The Pixel 7 Pro also packs a number of convenient features that are unique to it. There are calling tools like the ability for the phone to wait on hold and notify you when a representative becomes available. You can also sharpen old photos that are out of focus to make the subject look clearer. And then there’s the ability to automatically caption videos, podcasts, phone calls and more.
There are plenty of other excellent choices out there, however, even though the Pixel 7 Pro is our current favorite.
Best Android phones of 2023
Google Pixel 7 Pro: $649
Google’s best gets better
Read more $649 at Best Buy
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Best premium Android phone
Read more $1,200 at Samsung
Google Pixel 7A
Best Android phone for under $500
Read more $444 at Best Buy$444 at Target You’re receiving price alerts for Google Pixel 7A
Samsung Galaxy S23
Best small phone
Read more $800 at Samsung
Google Pixel 6A
Best camera for its price
Read more $349 at Google
High performance flagship with a lower price
Read more $649 at OnePlus
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
The best folding phone
Read more $1,465 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Best compact folding phone
Read more $900 at Samsung
Sony Xperia Pro
Best phone for creatives
Read more $1,998 at Walmart$1,998 at Amazon$1,998 at B&H Photo-Video
Nothing Phone 1
A flashy, affordable phone (Update: Low stock)
Read more $449 at Amazon You’re receiving price alerts for Nothing Phone 1
How we test phones
Every phone on this list has been thoroughly tested by CNET’s expert reviews team. We actually use the phone, test the features, play games and take photos. We assess any marketing promises that a company makes about its phones. And if we find something we don’t like, be it battery life or build quality, we tell you all about it.
We examine every aspect of a phone during testing:
- Design and feel
- Processor performance
- Battery life
- Camera quality
We test all of a phone’s cameras (both front and back) in a variety of conditions: from outdoors under sunlight to dimmer indoor locales and night time scenes (for any available night modes). We also compare our findings against similarly priced models. We have a series of real-world battery tests to see how long a phone lasts under everyday use.
We take into account additional phone features like 5G, fingerprint and face readers, styluses, fast charging, foldable displays and other useful extras. And we weigh all of our experiences and testing against the price so you know whether a phone represents good value or not.
Read more: How We Test Phones
Android phone FAQs
How reliable is an Android phone?
Android phones come in all shapes and sizes. Prices range from just a couple hundred dollars for a basic smartphone to $1,800 for state-of-the-art foldable phones. All the phones on this list are durable, have an IP rating for water and dust resistance and years of software support.
How long does an Android phone last?
While every phone on this list varies in how many years of software support you get and how long you can extend the warranty, most should last you a few years if not more.
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