Android is without a doubt, the most diverse mobile operating system on the planet. Hundreds of manufactures from around the world produce Android devices, each device having its own unique design and features. The problem with having so many OEM’s (original equipment manufacture) is that it can make choosing the right Android phone for you pretty difficult. For instance, if you want a large iPhone, you buy the iPhone 6s Plus. If you want a smaller iPhone, you buy either the iPhone 5SE or the 6s. It’s that simple. However, if you want a large Android phone for example, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, S7 Edge, Galaxy J7 and A7 among many more. And the funny thing about the phones I just listed, is that they’re just the large phones that Samsung make, it doesn’t include the large phones that the hundreds of other OEM’s from around the globe produce. So you get my point, there are A LOT of Android phones for you to choose from! So without any further ado, lets go over the best Android smartphones that you can buy, as of right now! (In no particular order).
Samsung Galaxy S7
Like I said in the previous paragraph, Samsung make a large array of devices, some being better than others. Although the best of the bunch is the Samsung Galaxy S7. On paper it’s a powerhouse, top of the specifications including the Snapdragon 820 and 4GB. What also makes this an amazing Android device has to be the camera. It’s a 12mp shooter, it’s lower resolution that the 16mp one found on last years s6, but don’t let that fool you. It’s amazing. It has a huge variety of shooting modes including the ability to shoot in 4k and slow-motion (not at the same time) and has lightning fast launch, focus and take the shot. Other features that are worth noting about the Samsung galaxy s7 include its beautiful 5.1 inch quad HD display, the fact that it’s water-resistant up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes according to Samsung and it also has quick wireless charging. The S7 truly is a beautifully designed phone and a very impressive performer.
Next up we have the HTC 10. HTC have had a rough last couple of years. Their last flagship device – One M9 – didn’t impress too many people as it didn’t bring a lot to the table if you compared it to its predecessor, the M8. It was also plagued with overheating issues as well as having a pretty terrible camera. The HTC 10 hopes to change all of these issues. Like the S7, the 10 comes with top of the line specifications, as you would expect from a flagship device. It also features a quad HD display (5.2 inches) and a camera which is much improved over the M9’s, even if it isn’t quite as good as the terrific S7’s camera. Without a doubt, one of the best parts about the 10 is that it has an amazing metal unibody design that just screams premium. HTC has also done an excellent job with the skin which they put on top of Android this year. They decided to remove all duplicate applications, this means that you have one camera app, one gallery app and one messages app for example. This simply makes using the phone a much nicer experience. The HTC 10 has a lot going for it this year, great design, software, camera and it also has excellent speakers for listening to music and watching videos.
Blackberry’s mobile division has been in decline for the last few years. Due to this, Blackberry decided to make a change. They made an Android device, the Blackberry Priv. Priv standing for privacy and privilege. Now I understand that many of you will disagree with the Priv being part of this list, but especially seen as its just had a price reduction, I couldn’t not include it. Unlike almost every other Android device on the market, the Priv has a slide out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard itself is more than decent to type on and it also acts as essentially a touch pad; you can scroll through menus and webpages simply by brushing your finger up or down on the keyboard, pretty cool. The Priv also has enhanced security and privacy features build in which you won’t find on other Android devices. The Priv is an all round good device, it’s fast, has a nice display, good camera, close to stock Android software and its QWERTY keyboard makes it a productivity powerhouse.
Google, the company that makes Android has their own devices, Nexus devices. Nexus devices are typically manufactured by a third party company, which Google partners with. The latest Nexus flagship is the 6P, manufactured by Huawei. Much like the HTC 10, the 6p is mostly made out of metal, which is a large selling point of the device. Unlike other phones in this list, its pure Android; there’s no skin. Pure vanilla Android makes for a very enjoyable Android experience; it means that the device runs very smoothly, there’s no bloatware and because it’s a Nexus device you’ll get Android updates before any other Android phone on the market. Overall, the 6P is a very good performer; has an excellent camera, beautiful design, superb display and doesn’t have any skin on top of Android, which many consumers feel is the best thing about the 6p.
They are some of the best Android mobile phones out right now. Other devices which didn’t quite make the list include the LG G5, an excellent device with some cool modularity features and a removable battery. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which has an incredible 4K display. And finally the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which also has a very impressive specification list and offers a huge selection of features with the edition of the S pen.