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Best Android phones 2023: From foldable flagships to well-priced Pixels

The top Android phones we've tested and reviewed.

Introduction

If you’ve got the itch to swap out your ageing phone for something a little newer, and you’re sure that you don’t want to buy an iPhone, you’ll want to take a good look at our hand-picked selection of the best Android phones.

You aren’t exactly short of choice given that Google’s phone OS is the dominant player in the smartphone market these days. Such a large share though inevitably means there are a lot of tricky choices to make, but the good news is that our experts have tested and reviewed a vast selection of Android phones in all shapes, sizes and budgets, and picked out the very best options for you to help make the right choice.

What’s great about Android phones is the variety. There are small ones, huge ones, foldable ones along with ones with a big battery, long camera zoom and ones focussed on gaming. Even the software changes depending on which company manufactures the phone. In this list, you’ll find all sorts of phones that suit everyone’s needs.

Each Android phone that we review gets put through a rigorous course of real-world experience and benchmark tests so that we can get accurate and comparable results for key metrics like battery life, camera quality, processing power and more. These can help us to determine whether a handset is really worth your money, or whether it merely flatters to deceive.

However, if this guide isn’t quite precise enough for your needs then try checking out our best phone, best camera phone and best mid-range phone guides which offer more tailored recommendations.

Best Android phones at a glance

How we test

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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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Pros

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

Cons

  • 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 S22 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 S22 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 S22 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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Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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 last year’s excellent S22 Ultra, but small but meaningful upgrades to performance and camera allow it to stand apart from most other flagships in 2023.

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 2023 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 this year’s model 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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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

Realme GT 2 Pro

The best mid-range Android phone
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Pros

  • Gorgeous display
  • Flagship-grade performance
  • Excellent battery life and fast charging

Cons

  • Lacks a dedicated telephoto camera
  • Paper-like design will divide opinion
  • No wireless charging or IP rating

Realme might not be a brand known to many, as it’s fairly new in the smartphone space, yet that doesn’t stop the GT 2 Pro from being a phone we’d happily recommend to someone looking for a top-tier Android phone at a more affordable price. 

Our reviewer was thoroughly impressed with it during the testing process, noting how well it performed on a daily basis and how good the battery life was. It also has some of the very fastest charging speeds you’ll get right now, with a full charge taking just over 30 minutes during our checks. This is a lot faster than the S22 Ultra and Pixel 6 Pro, both of which need a full hour to get to 100%.

It’s not just in the charging stakes where the GT 2 Pro outperforms its modest price, but the high-end Qualcomm 8 Gen 1 chipset inside is just as snappy as the chip inside the Galaxy S22 and faster than the one in the Pixel 6 Pro based on our benchmarks and experience using the phones. 

We also liked the rather unique, paper-textured plastic body which comes in both white and green hues. It’s a nice change of pace from all the glass-backed (and very delicate) phones we review.

Some sacrifices have been made to hit the desired price, although none of them is a dealbreaker. There’s no IP rating for protection against dust and water, no convenient wireless charging, and no telephoto camera for the added versatility. If those three features are a must, the Oppo Find X5 Pro, Galaxy S22 Plus and Pixel 6 Pro are better picks.

Reviewer: Tom Morgan

Full review: Realme GT 2 Pro Review

Google Pixel 6a

The best value Android phone
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Pros

  • Lovely small form-factor
  • Reliable camera for the price
  • Google’s excellent software

Cons

  • 60Hz display feels slow compared to the rivals
  • Slow to fully charge

The Pixel 6a is a stripped-down version of the base Pixel 6 that impressed us in 2021. Getting it in for testing, while it’s missing a few top-end features like a high refresh rate screen, it remains the best value Android phone, based on our experience using it.

Highlights include the same camera setup and Tensor silicon that let the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro earn places among the best camera phones currently available. During our tests the combo worked just as well on the 6a with it delivering best-in-class image quality for a phone its price, which includes difficult low-light situations.

This plus its small design, solid build quality make it an easy recommendation at a hardware level. But what really differentiates it from most of the phones we test at this price is its future proof software. The Pixel 6a is made by Google and runs an unskinned version of the company’s Android software. This means it’s one of the only phones you’ll find at this price that’s guaranteed to get long-term software support from Google and be upgraded to more than one new version of Android.

It’s this future proofing, plus its solid hardware, that makes it the best value Android phone we’ve tested currently on the market.

Reviewer: Max Parker

Full review: Google Pixel 6a Review

Oppo Find X5 Pro

The best Android phone for quick charging
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Pros

  • Great screen
  • Strong main and ultrawide cameras
  • Charges very quickly

Cons

  • The shiny back is a miss
  • Poor camera zoom
  • Software needs more polish

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a phone that tries to directly take on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, both in terms of features and cost. This is a great choice for someone who wants something a little different to what Samsung is offering, with more of a focus on fast charging and a more standout design.

In many areas, the Find X5 Pro is just as good a phone as our number one pick. It’s just as fast in both real-world and benchmarks tests and has a screen that’s bright, clear and sharp. The photos we took from the Oppo Find X5 Pro are reliably strong too, especially when it comes to pulling out warm and rich colours. 

Where the camera falls down though is with zoom, as the telephoto camera here just can’t compare to what’s on offer with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. When you zoom in close with the Find X5 Pro pictures tend to get blurry and lose detail fast – something that just doesn’t happen when you push the Samsung.

That’s not to say the Find X5 Pro doesn’t come out on top in certain areas. Charging is far quicker here taking around 30 minutes to get to 100% rather than around an hour on the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Pixel 6 Pro – and the X5 Pro even has its charger included in the box. The design is also a little more unique, though we’d suggest going for the white version unless you’re happy with rigourously cleaning the phone every few minutes to rid it of swathes of fingerprints.

Reviewer: Max Parker

Full review: Oppo Find X5 Pro Review

Oppo Find N2 Flip

The best Android phone for clamshell fans
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Pros

  • Most affordable clamshell foldable around
  • Gapless folding mechanism
  • All-day battery life
  • Versatile folding form factor

Cons

  • Performance isn’t quite flagship-level
  • Less water resistant than rivals
  • Software needs some tweaks
  • Foldable display can be a fingerprint magnet

After years of Samsung dominating the clamshell foldable market with its Galaxy Z Flip range, Oppo has knocked Samsung off its perch with the Find N2 Flip. It’s the best clamshell foldable available at the moment, fixing many of the complaints with clamshells in general, as well as boasting key improvements compared to Samsung’s foldable.

For those unaware, a clamshell foldable is designed much like an old-school flip phone. When open, you can experience a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate and support for HDR10+, and when it’s closed, it’s about half the size of a typical big-screen smartphone, making it easy to carry and slip into a pocket.

The crease caused by foldables has always been an issue, and while it won’t be going away anytime soon, Oppo’s second-gen Flexion hinge system really does minimise how noticeable it is, both when looking at it and when running your finger over it. There’s still a subtle change in feel, but nowhere near as noticeable as other foldables.

The Find N2 Flip’s 3.26-inch outer display is the largest out there, providing plenty more screen space for notifications than the Galaxy Z Flip 4 while offering a more curated experience than the Motorola Razr with custom widgets designed for Oppo’s foldable. It allows you to reply to incoming messages, take photos using the high-quality rear lenses with a live preview, check the weather and more without having to actually open the phone.

It also fixes one of the big complaints about clamshell foldables, battery life. The Find N2 Flip boasts true all-day battery life with a 4300mAh battery, and 45W fast charging means it’ll go from flat to full in under an hour.

Throw in great performance from a custom Dimensity 9000+ chipset, capable cameras in the form of a 50MP main, 8MP ultrawide and 32MP selfie camera with autofocus, a stunning design with no visible gap when closed and a price tag cheaper than any other clamshell foldable on the market and you’ve got the best foldable clamshell around.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Oppo Find N2 Flip Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

The best cheap Android phone
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Pros

  • Vibrant OLED screen
  • Long battery life
  • Stereo speakers

Cons

  • 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 made 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 6 Pro

The best Android gaming phone
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Pros

  • Muscular performance
  • Smooth and responsive screen
  • Good battery life and fast-charging

Cons

  • Cameras aren’t the best
  • Not for non-gamers
  • Expensive

While the previous phones we’ve mentioned have been admirable all-rounders, this one is built to excel in just one area: gaming.

To that end, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro packs in phenomenal performance standards – being the only device on this list to run the top-end Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, bolstered here by 18GB of RAM – and it’s got a great screen for gaming too, which hosts a super smooth 165Hz refresh rate and a highly responsive 720Hz touch sampling rate.

No matter how well top-tier games run on the other excellent phones here, none of them can touch these insane specs, and the result is a fantastic mobile experience that throws you into the thick of the action and gives you a genuine edge over your competitors in online multiplayer. Believe us, this uncompromised experience can quickly become thrillingly addictive.

However, being a master of one trade means it cannot turn its hand to all things quite as well as the other mainstream handsets previously mentioned; for example, the main camera is decent but not brilliant, and its auxiliary sensors are a real let-down.

If you’re an avid gamer who can’t get enough of your favourite hobby then go ahead and grab this phone, as you won’t be disappointed; but for everyone else, a top-class mainstream handset (such as one of those above) is likely to tick more of your boxes.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

The best foldable phone
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Pros

  • Smart UI tweaks
  • Camera no longer an issue
  • The form factor really does work

Cons

  • Lack of apps making true use of the big inner screen limits usefulness
  • Crease and thick body remain from the previous iteration
  • Price still puts it out of reach for most

There are lots of phones at varying price points included in this list, however none of them is quite as pricey as the Galaxy Z Fold 4. For the hefty outlay though you’re getting the most futuristic Android phone around.

This is both a phone and tablet, making it ideal for productive tasks (you can add an S Pen for doodling and notes), gaming and even reading. No other offers the versatility you’ll get with a foldable. Samsung has also added a taskbar so you can easily jump between apps without always heading back to the homescreen – this is a great touch, and makes the Z Fold 4 feel even more like a tablet. It’s just a shame then that app support is still fairly minimal.

The camera system, which includes a main 50MP sensor, isn’t the best on this list but is still very capable, while the 4400mAh battery got our reviewer through a full day. We weren’t as impressed with the slow charging, though.

Durability has often let Samsung’s foldables down but this feels like the strongest Z Fold yet. The IPX8 water resistance remains, there’s stronger Gorilla Glas Victus on the front and the hinge feels sturdy. There’s even a satisfying thud when you close it up.

Reviewer: Max Parker

Full review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review

Asus Zenfone 9

The best small Android phone
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Pros

  • Small footprint
  • Top-tier processor
  • Very high quality camera hardware
  • Has a headphone jack

Cons

  • The finish does not seem hard-wearing
  • Charging is a little slow
  • Camera image processing lags behind the best

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 9.

This device offers some similar qualities to the other Android smartphones above, including packing a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset to give you all the muscle you need, and a strong dual camera system as well, but it also comes in a smaller (albeit fairly thick) package.

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: Andrew Williams

Full review: Asus Zenfone 9 review

FAQs

Should I buy a 5G phone?

While not vital yet, most of the 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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