Best Android phones 2022: which Google-powered mobile should you buy? (2023)

By James Rogerson

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The best Android phones vary wildly depending on what you use your phone most for. It's worth investing in one for the best power, design, and build quality, but that isn't to say there's a one-size-fits-all solution here. Fortunately, there are many different options on the market, so there's sure to be something that fits your exact needs, budget, and preferences.

We're here to help you find the best Android phone for you. We've extensively tested and reviewed hundreds of them, inspecting their screens, battery life, performance, cameras, and more. Alongside the other best smartphones, there's sure to be something here for you.

Commanding our list is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, the best Samsung phone, and one that absolutely blows away the competition in terms of performance. It's expensive though, so we've also looked at more affordable options, including the best Android phone on a budget. Photographers will love the Android phone with best camera option too.

If you're more of an Apple fan, you may prefer one of the best iPhones. Alternatively, if you're on a budget, our look at the best cheap phones may suit you better. If you're focused on the best Android phones though, read on while we look through the pick of the bunch.

The best Android phones 2022

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1. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The best Android phone

Specifications

Release date: February 2022

Weight: 228g

Dimensions: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.8-inch

Resolution: 1440 x 3088

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200

RAM: 8GB / 12GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB

Battery: 5,000mAh

Rear camera: 108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP

Front camera: 40MP

Reasons to buy

+

Incredible cameras and zoom

+

Excellent little S Pen

Reasons to avoid

-

No microSD slot

-

Battery life could be better

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is seemingly designed to be the ultimate Android phone – or at the very least the ultimate Samsung phone – and it succeeds at both, by building both on the impressive Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and taking the essence of the Samsung Galaxy Note range.

You can see this in the two things we liked most about this phone in our 4.5-star review. It has what we described as zoom capabilities that “simply blow away anything we’ve ever seen before from a mobile phone camera,” thanks to 10x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom – which actually delivers usable shots.

The other highlight is the S Pen stylus, which for this model is included with the phone, and also has its own slot, just like on a Galaxy Note. It’s a useful feature for productivity and creativity, while beyond that the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a superb screen, oodles of power, and more tech and features than you’ll probably ever use.

The battery life could be better, and it sure is expensive. However, Android excellence comes at a cost, and for power users it’s well worth the price tag.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

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2. Honor 70

Premium phone for a mid-range price

Specifications

Release date: June 2022

Weight: 178g

Dimensions: 161.4 x 73.3 x 7.9 mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.67-inch

CPU: Snapdragon 778G+

RAM: 8/12GB

Storage: 128/256/512GB

Battery: 4,800mAh

Rear camera: 54MP+50MP+2MP

Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+

Great display

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+

Gorgeous design

Reasons to avoid

-

No zoom camera

-

No headphone jack

The Honor 70 has the specs and style of a much pricier phone, making it an excellent choice. It has a gorgeous 6.67-inch curved-edge screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. It's well suited for playing games, streaming content, or just browsing the internet.

A decent set of cameras in the form of a 54MP main camera, 50MP ultra-wide lens, and a 32MP selfie camera means snaps look great. There's good performance too from the Snapdragon 788G Plus along with excellent battery life.

It all ensures that the Honor 70 is a remarkable bargain for the price, not really missing a beat.

Read our full Honor 70 review.

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3. Samsung Galaxy S22

A powerful, budget-friendly Android phone

Specifications

Release date: February 2022

Weight: 167g

Dimensions: 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.1-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2340

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 128GB / 256GB

Battery: 3,700mAh

Rear camera: 50MP + 10MP + 12MP

Front camera: 10MP

Reasons to buy

+

Small and solidly built

+

Attractive design

Reasons to avoid

-

Not a major update

-

Camera system pales in comparison to its Ultra cousin

The Samsung Galaxy S22 isn’t a major improvement on the Samsung Galaxy S21 – so if you have that phone, it’s probably not worth upgrading, but this is still an excellent handset in its own right. It’s especially good for fans of compact phones, as with a 6.1-inch screen, small bezels, and a slim build, this is definitely on the small side by modern Android phone standards.

It’s a good-looking phone too, and significantly more affordable than the rest of the Galaxy S22 range – or than many other high-end phones. That’s despite packing in flagship power – benchmarking the Galaxy S22 against the bigger S22 Ultra, we found their Geekbench scores to be comparable.So the Samsung Galaxy S22 won’t hold you back.

Its cameras can’t touch those on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, and that small screen may feel cramped for some users. But, for everyone else this is one of the best Android phones – and at a surprisingly great price.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 review

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4. OnePlus 10 Pro

The best ultra-premium phone for budget-conscious buyers

Specifications

Release date: March 2022

Weight: 201g

Dimensions: 163 x 73.9 x 8.6mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.7-inch

Resolution: 1440 x 3216

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

RAM: 8/12GB

Storage: 128/256GB

Battery: 5,000mAh

Rear camera: 48MP + 50MP + 8MP

Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+

Fantastic screen

+

Super-fast charging

Reasons to avoid

-

Cameras aren’t perfect

-

Too big for all users

With a price that undercuts key rivals, not to mention the launch price of its predecessor – the OnePlus 9 Pro – it’s easy to recommend the OnePlus 10 Pro. You’re getting a whole lot of phone for that price too, with incredibly fast 80W charging (or 65W in the US), a big, bright, and beautiful 6.7-inch 1440 x 3216 screen, top-end power, and a distinct design.

Where it struggles a little is the cameras, which we found were great at times but inconsistent. Portrait mode would often be overzealous with its blurring, the color profile noticeably changed when jumping between lenses, and the 8MP telephoto lens struggles once you move beyond 3.3x optical zoom.

Still, most of the time – and particularly when sticking to the 48MP main and 50MP ultrawide cameras – photos come out well, so even these are small complaints, really. Given the cost and everything that the OnePlus 10 Pro does get right, it comes highly recommended, and is one of the very best Android phones.

Read our full OnePlus 10 Pro review

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5. Google Pixel 6 Pro

The best phone for pure Android

Specifications

Release date: October 2021

Weight: 210g

Dimensions: 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.71-inch

Resolution: 1440 x 3120

CPU: Google Tensor

RAM: 12GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Battery: 5,003mAh

Rear camera: 50MP + 48MP + 12MP

Front camera: 11.1MP

Reasons to buy

+

Multitalented camera

+

Big and beautiful screen

Reasons to avoid

-

Contentious design

-

Average battery life

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is the most high-end phone Google has ever made, packing a 6.7-inch QHD+ display which we found to be crisp and impressively bright. It also has a highly capable triple-lens camera, with a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide and a 48MP telephoto (sporting 4x optical zoom). We found this camera setup to be far more versatile than on previous Pixel phones, letting you get a wider area of shots and allowing you to shoot in a more diverse range of scenarios / environments.

Then there’s its Google Tensor chipset, which is custom silicon designed specifically for the Pixel 6 range. It's capable of delivering very smooth performance – though in benchmarks it ranks below the top Android chipsets like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Other highlights include Android 12 software out of the box, and a unique – if divisive – design. The Pixel 6 Pro’s battery life could be better, but as a showcase for Android it’s an impressive handset.

Read our full Google Pixel 6 Pro review

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6. Xiaomi 12 Pro

Xiaomi's best phone right now

Specifications

Release date: April 2022

Weight: 205g

Dimensions: 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.2mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.7-inch

Resolution: 1440 x 3200

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

RAM: 8GB/12GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB

Battery: 4,600mAh

Rear camera: 50MP + 50MP + 50MP

Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+

Sleek finish

+

Incredibly fast charging

Reasons to avoid

-

Limited optical zoom

-

No IP rating

The Xiaomi 12 Pro is a ‘Pro’ handset at a slightly lower price than that suffix usually leads to. However, that doesn’t mean this has skimped on specs, as with a display that we described as “brilliant” in our review (and found to offer great color accuracy), plus ridiculously fast 120W charging, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is brimming with highlights.

Other aspects that stood out to us include its sleek, well thought out design, its powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and its large 5,000mAh battery. The restrictive 2x optical zoom of the telephoto camera lets it down a little, as does its slightly bloated software. But these are small niggles in an otherwise exceptional package and are all the more forgivable given that the Xiaomi 12 Pro undercuts most of the competition.

Read our full Xiaomi 12 Pro review

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7. Oppo Find X5 Pro

A great all-round Android flagship

Specifications

Release date: March 2022

Weight: 218g

Dimensions: 163.7 x 73.9 x 8.8mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.7-inch

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Resolution: 1440 x 3216

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

RAM: 8/12GB

Storage: 256/512GB

Battery: 5,000mAh

Rear camera: 50MP + 13MP + 50MP

Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+

Great main camera

+

Super-fast charging

Reasons to avoid

-

Weak zoom camera

-

Buggy software

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is in many ways an upgrade on the Oppo Find X3 Pro (with there being no X4 models). But, it’s also a slight downgrade in at least one way, as it lacks its predecessor’s impressive microscope camera.

Still, that was a niche feature, so not the biggest loss. Plus, the 50MP main camera here is fantastic in our experience – though the limited 2x optical zoom of the telephoto lens is rather less impressive.

Away from the camera though almost everything about the Oppo Find X5 Pro impresses, from its fast 80W wired and 50W wireless charging to its remarkably customizable software, its ceramic finish (which is unusual to find on a phone), and of course a chipset and screen that are fit for a flagship. With all that and more, this is easily one of the best Android phones.

Read our full Oppo Find X5 Pro review

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8. Realme GT 2

The best budget Android phone

Specifications

Release date: March 2022

Weight: 194.5g

Dimensions: 162.9 x 75.8 x 8.6mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.62-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2400

CPU: Snapdragon 888

RAM: 8GB / 12GB

Storage: 128GB / 256GB

Battery: 5,000mAh

Rear camera: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP

Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+

Powerful processor

+

Very strong primary camera

Reasons to avoid

-

Weak secondary cameras

-

Needs bug fixes and UI tweaks

The Realme GT 2 isn’t one of the biggest names on this list, but Realme could soon be spoken of in the same breath as Samsung and OnePlus if it keeps producing phones like this. This phone isn’t quite trying to play in the same league as the top handsets from those brands, as it’s more of a mid-range option, with a chipset that was top end a year ago and a FHD+ (rather than QHD+) screen.

But that’s all paired with an extremely reasonable price. There are some real highlights here as well, including a 50MP main camera which in our review we described as capable of taking “excellent photos in just about any situation.”

It’s a powerful phone for the money too, packing the same chipset as the likes of the OnePlus 9 Pro. Our testing yielded performance result that's comparable with last-generation flagship phones.

It also has an unusual 'paper-like' biopolymer backplate, and fairly fast 65W charging. The secondary cameras don’t impress, battery life is unremarkable, and there’s no wireless charging, but if you can live with those issues then you’ll find the Realme GT 2 is easy to love.

Read our full Realme GT 2 review

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9. Asus Rog Phone 6D Ultimate

The best Android phone for gaming

Specifications

Release date: September 2022

Weight: 247g

Dimensions: 173 x 77 x 10.4mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.78-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2448

CPU: MediaTek Dimension 9000+

RAM: 16GB

Storage: 512GB

Battery: 6,000mAh

Rear camera: 50MP + 13MP + 5MP

Front camera: 12MP

Reasons to buy

+

Great screen and speakers

+

Excellent heat management

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Reasons to avoid

-

Average camera performance

-

Expensive

For anyone looking for a gaming phone to reckon with, the Asus Rog Phone 6D Ultimate is impressive. It has a 6.78-inch full HD OLED panel with a 165Hz refresh rate that's ideal for fast-moving games. A series of viewing modes help here, while powerful speakers ensures the phone is suitably immersive.

While it has the same camera lens as the Oppo Find X5 Pro (a 50MP lens featuring a Sony IMX 766 sensor), it lacks optical image stabilization so this isn't a good pick for a photographer.

Still, for performance and speed, the Asus Rog Phone 6D Ultimate is fast and potent, while staying cool over extended use. For gamers, it's hard to resist.

Read our full Asus Rog Phone 6D Ultimate review.

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10. Xiaomi 12

A top smaller Android flagship

Specifications

Release date: April 2022

Weight: 180g

Dimensions: 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.2mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.28-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2400

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

RAM: 8GB/12GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB

Battery: 4,500mAh

Rear camera: 50MP + 13MP + 5MP

Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+

Great handfeel

+

Fun camera modes

Reasons to avoid

-

Overheats easily

-

No zoom camera

The standard Xiaomi 12 isn’t quite as impressive as the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but then it doesn’t cost as much either and it still achieved four stars in our review. With a compact and attractive design, a great in-hand feel, fast 67W charging and decent power from its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, this is a strong alternative to the similarly small Samsung Galaxy S22.

However, we don’t recommend it quite as highly for most people. It doesn't just lack a telephoto lens, but we found that it can get hot when gaming and comes slightly buggy, bloated software – though it is at least highly customizable.

The screen could be sharper too at 1080 x 2400, though the Xiaomi 12 again rivals the Samsung Galaxy S22 on that front. Ultimately, there’s not a huge amount to choose between the two, and both are great options if you want a relatively compact Android flagship.

Read our full Xiaomi 12 review

How to choose the best Android phone for you

Screen size and resolution, battery life, power, camera performance and price tend to be the main things to consider when looking for one of the best Android phones. The top models will excel in most or all areas - but often at a high price.

And when it comes to the screen, bigger isn't always better. If you have small hands or want to use your phone one-handed, then you may want to consider something more compact.

How we test

Every phone in this list has been put through a rigorous review process. We test every aspect of a device's hardware, software and functionality, and put manufacturers' claims to the test (where possible).

We compare camera samples, measure charging speeds, assess display viewing angles, brightness and color balance, performance and heat management under intense load (such as gaming), analyse battery life and more.

This process – paired with real-world usage and our year's of experience – allows us to say with confidence which Android phones are the best, and how they compare to one another.

Which Android phone brand is the best?

No single Android phone brand offers the definitive 'perfect smartphone', so instead we try and filter out what different users are looking for and make recommendations based on the greatest strengths of a particular brand's devices.

Samsung's flagships tend to be among the very best Android phones out there; namely for their rich feature set, capable software, versatile cameras and great long-term software support, but there are a wealth of other devices from other phone makers worth considering too.

Brands including OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, Google and others, all have something to offer to the right user, and we aim to show a diverse range of handsets, including those you might not have heard of or considered.

Is Android or iOS better?

Choosing between Android and iOS is a matter of personal preference. With Android you get a much wider selection of phones and brands, so it can be easier to find a handset with the features (and at a price) that you're happy with. With iOS, you get a more consistent experience across phones, and iPhones work well with Apple's other products and services.

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James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James alsocontributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.

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  • Alex Walker-ToddSenior Phones Editor

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Some tracfones, flip phones, Jitterbugs and even older-style smartphones will no longer be able to make calls once the networks are taken down. Most of these phones, which are sometimes called “third generation” phones were launched nearly 20 years ago and will no longer work with most of the carriers in 2022.

Is my 4G phone going to be obsolete? ›

5G networks are not being designed to replace 4G, rather they are designed to work in conjunction with 4G networks. Therefore, no one really knows when 4G will be phased out because cell phones that are 5G-capable will still be using 4G technology for quite some time to come.

Will 4G phones be obsolete in 2022? ›

T-Mobile and Sprint 3G/2G/4G LTE network shutdown dates

T-Mobile has listed the dates for shutting down Sprint's 3G and 4G LTE networks, and migrating people to modern broadband speed pastures. These are January 1, 2022 for Sprint's 3G network sunset, and June 30, 2022 for the 4G LTE connections, respectively.

Will smartphones get cheaper in 2022? ›

With the announcement of Union Budget 2022-23 earlier on Tuesday, mobile phones are set to get cheaper in the country with the reduction in duty on parts of mobile phones. The Finance Minister believes that duty concessions will contribute towards boosting domestic manufacturing of electronic goods.

What phone will come out in 2023? ›

The Samsung Galaxy A74 5G phone is a flagship product and might launch at the end of 2022 or in 2023. It has an Android 12 operating system. Galaxy A74 5G has different storage capacities for different versions such as 128 GB and 256 GB.

Should I buy a new phone now or wait? ›

The best time to buy a new phone's predecessor is around a month or so before the latest model comes out, as that's usually when retailers start offering discounts to get rid of their stock. Discounts are also available, sometimes even higher, right after the new phone hits the market.

How long will I be able to use my 4G phone? ›

Eventually, in an estimated 15 to 20 years when there are few 4G LTE devices in use, most if not all of the spectrum will be used for 5G. Dynamic spectrum sharing lets carriers use the same spectrum band for both 4G and 5G.

Will only 5G phones work in 2022? ›

If you own an older cellphone with 3G, be aware that in 2022, some of your electronics will stop working because of a 5G upgrade. If you own an older cellphone with 3G or a Kindle, be aware that in 2022 some of your electronics will stop working because of a 5G upgrade.

Why do I need a 5G phone? ›

5G can be significantly faster than 4G, delivering up to 20 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) peak data rates and 100+ Megabits-per-second (Mbps) average data rates. 5G has more capacity than 4G. 5G is designed to support a 100x increase in traffic capacity and network efficiency. 5G has lower latency than 4G.

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