Best Android Phones


We’re a little bit past the midway point of 2021, and we’ve seen a lot of great phones come and go. The year is far from over, and we’re expecting some pretty big announcements before the calendar turns the page into 2022. But for now, we’ve rounded up our top 10 best Android phones that you can get today!

1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

If you’re looking for the best all-around phone, with little-to-no compromises, nothing beats the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung came out swinging for the fences with this device, as it’s the first non-Galaxy Note phone to feature S Pen support. And in true “Ultra” fashion, the camera system here is absolutely incredible, even allowing to capture shots of the moon and have them come out looking crystal-clear.

  • Key Features: 
    • The best camera system available
    • S Pen support
    • A beautiful 6.7-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

2. OnePlus 9 Pro

Ignoring the future update woes, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a strong contender for the #1 spot on this list. The phone offers the best camera system ever for a OnePlus phone, ultra-fast 65W wired AND 50W wireless charging, along with the latest specs. If it weren’t for a few minor complaints in the camera department, this might have been the year for OnePlus to overtake Samsung.

  • Key Features:
    • OxygenOS is still arguably the best non-Pixel software interface
    • Warp Charge 65T is a game-changer
    • The best cameras ever included in a OnePlus phone

OnePlus 9 Pro

3. Samsung Galaxy S21

Compact flagship phones aren’t really a thing, for the most part, which makes the regular Galaxy S21 an easy choice here. The phone’s 6.2-inch display is small enough for you to not feel like you need to perform finger gymnastics just to reach the top of the phone. Although battery life could be a bit better, you can’t argue with the fantastic pairing of the Snapdragon 888 with a 120Hz display and a fantastic triple camera setup.

  • Key Features:
    • Flagship specs at a lower price
    • Smaller design is more comfortable for most
    • The 120Hz display is a dream

Samsung Galaxy S21

4. Google Pixel 4a

The Pixel 4a continues Google’s latest push to get the Pixel into the hands of as many people as possible. After seeing the success of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, the Pixel 4a was the next logical solution. While you won’t get 5G support, it’s hard to argue with getting the latest updates as soon as Google makes them available. Plus, it’s priced under $350, making it a fantastic value.

  • Key Features: 
    • The best image processing software
    • Stock Android is still amazing
    • OLED display is better than you would expect at this price

Google Pixel 4a

5. Samsung Galaxy A52

Mid-range phones are all the rage nowadays, and that includes the Samsung Galaxy A52. This phone is the successor to the Galaxy A51 from last year, which was the second-most popular phone in the world, behind the iPhone 11. Although you won’t find the best specs across the board, it features a gorgeous display, a quad-camera setup, and all-day battery life.

  • Key Features:
    • Offers an incredible balance for the money
    • Samsung has upped its game in the software department
    • Main cameras are much better than expected

Samsung Galaxy A52

6. ASUS ZenFone 8

If you’re the type of person who thinks even the Galaxy S21 is too large, then the ASUS ZenFone 8 is for you. The phone offers flagship specs thanks to the Snapdragon 888 and up to 16GB of RAM, to go along with a 5.9-inch OLED display. But this display is also equipped with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and is even IP68 water and dust resistant.

  • Key Features:
    • A lightweight and pocketable powerhouse
    • Fantastic build quality and durability
    • Built-in DAC for audio nerds

ASUS ZenFone 8

7. Moto G Power (2021)

Motorola may not be a player in the flagship market anymore, but with phones like the Moto G Power, it doesn’t need to be. The Moto G Power (2021) offers a massive 5,000mAh battery, along with a near-stock Android software experience. The cameras aren’t going to wow, but you do have a triple 48MP camera setup on the back.

  • Key Features:
    • All-day battery life (and then some)
    • Sleek design considering the price
    • Can be found for under $200

Moto G Power (2021)

8. ZTE Axon 30 Ultra

The Axon 30 Ultra kind of took us off guard, as you would expect this phone to be priced around $1,000 given its specs and design. But that’s not the case, as the phone starts at just $749 with the Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, and a 144Hz display. It also might just be the cheapest phone on the market to feature an 8MP periscope camera to go along with the triple 64MP camera sensors.

  • Key Features:
    • Flagship-level build quality with tiny bezels
    • Ultra-fast 65W charging included
    • Camera system is top-notch and features an 8MP periscope camera

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra

9. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

It wouldn’t be a “best Android phones” list without including the best folding phone. While the Huawei Mate X2 may boast a better camera system, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 makes up for it by offering an all-around fantastic experience without crossing that $2,000 threshold. Even today, the phone is extremely fast, and the display still holds up much better than we were expecting when it was released.

  • Key Features: 
    • The best folding smartphone available today
    • Battery life is better than you would expect
    • The perfect “couch” phone

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

10. ASUS ROG Phone 5

Mobile gaming has never been more popular, and as long as that trend continues, we expect to see new ROG phones from ASUS. The ROG Phone 5 is the latest in the bunch and offers a fantastic experience for those who spend hours playing games on their phone. There’s a massive 6,000mAH battery capable of handling 65W fast-charging, along with built-in fans to keep your phone from overheating.

  • Key Features:
    • The dream phone for mobile gamers
    • Enormous 6,000mAh battery with a 65W charger
    • Built-in fans to keep the phone cool

ASUS ROG Phone 5


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