- Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Google Pixel XL
- OnePlus 5
- Google Pixel
- HTC U11
- LG G6
- BlackBerry KeyOne
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium
- Motorola Moto G5 Plus
- Honor 9
- Honor 8 Pro
- Motorola Moto Z2 Play
- Huawei P10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy A5
Our top recommendation
Here's our recommendation for the best Android phone on the market:
1. Samsung Galaxy S8
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a beautiful dual-edge design with a wonderful 18.5:9 aspect ratio Super AMOLED 5.8-inch display that is fantastic for entertainment. The company delivers something exciting in this handset, which steps away from the similar designs of its competitors.
The repositioned fingerprint sensor on the rear is poorly placed and iris and face recognition logins aren't perfect, but the Galaxy S8 has the best Samsung software experience to date, even if a few of its features are hidden in menus.
It's expensive but there is a decent battery life, good optimisation and an absolutely excellent rear camera. In short: the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a masterpiece; one with a few brush-strokes out of place, but a masterpiece nonetheless.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8 review
Best of the rest...
The Samsung Galaxy S8 isn't for everyone though, even if it is our top recommendation. There are plenty of other great Android phones on the market to consider whatever your budget. They have ranging pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages.
Here are the best alternatives:
2. Samsung Galaxy S8+
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ brings the same gorgeous eye-catching design as the Galaxy S8 but in a slightly larger format, making it the better option for those that want a bigger device without compromising on design. Like its smaller sibling, the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8+ takes a back seat compared to iris scanning and the internal speaker isn't amazing.
That said, the 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display is fabulous and like the Galaxy S8, it's perfect for movie watching and will be even better when HDR content takes off. The camera is brilliant, the user interface is refined and fully-featured for the best Samsung software experience yet and you can even avoid some of the bloatware.
Like the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8+ is a pricey handset, but it delivers a brilliant battery life and top-class performance. It's another masterpiece, just a slightly bigger and more expensive one.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8+ review
3. Google Pixel XL
Google comes out all guns blazing with the Pixel and the larger Pixel XL. It's this larger phone that has the greater appeal with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and greater battery life than the smaller model though. The Pixel XL has been in demand, offering a pure Android experience uncluttered with changes and additions. About the only negative is the lack of a microSD card slot.
Pure Android means you're first in line for updates and the chance to run Android as it was intended. But that's not the biggest draw. For many, it's the camera experience. Without too much song and dance, and sidestepping the gimmicks, the Pixel XL has a fast shooting camera that delivers excellent results.
The design might not be for some with that divided back and it's also expensive, as we said previously, though the price has dropped quite a bit since it first launch, probably because the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are rumoured to be close to debuting.
Read the full review: Google Pixel XL review
4. OnePlus 5
For many, the OnePlus 5 is the best Android phone of the year. This is a device that offers many premium features, like a metal body, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and an impressive dual-camera experience, but at a fraction of the price of the big name rivals.
The OnePlus 5 offers a fairly clean, fast and fluid Android experience, but it introduces additional customisation through the Oxygen OS. In recent times, OnePlus has been fast to update too, meaning you have the latest from Android to make things just that little sweeter.
There's no avoiding the price though, which is this device's biggest accolade. Even with a slight increase over the OnePlus 3 and 3T, the OnePlus 5 gives you a much better deal than many of the big names. Some might criticise the Full HD display as being sub-premium, but the draw of super-fast Dash Charge will make up for it.
Read the full review: OnePlus 5 review
5. Google Pixel
The smaller of the Pixel pair, there's a lot going for this 5-inch handset. Top of the list for many will be the uncluttered Android experience, free from additions or tinkering, just as Google intended. Then there's the great camera, that like the Pixel XL, gives you great results.
The smaller handset takes a bit of hit when it comes to the battery, but this is still a keen performer. It has the added advantage of being cheaper than the XL, but you drop to a 5-inch Full HD display, making this a phone that looks rather expensive, especially given it comes in around the same price as the Samsung Galaxy S8 despite being nearly a year older.
However, like other phones at the top of this list there's plenty of power on offer, making this a great Android workhorse. If the Pixels are the devices that appeal to you most from this list though, remember they are set to be replaced in the next couple of months so it might be worth holding on.
Read the full review: Google Pixel review
6. HTC U11
The HTC U11 is the Taiwanese company's latest flagship, succeeding the HTC 10. The new device offers a unique eye-catching design thanks to the colour variation and all the models feature squeezable sides, which even though are gimmicky, bring something a little extra to the standard rectangular slab.
There's waterproofing on board, fantastic sound quality as many will now expect from HTC and there's plenty of power too, with a fluid operation to boot. The HTC U11's battery life could be better and the Sense Companion feature feels unnecessary, but overall this device brings with it some of the core components you'd want from a flagship.
HTC does very little wrong with the U11. It's a flagship device that is up there with the best and although it's got some stiff competition and a "squeezable" phone might not be for everyone, it will be a perfect phone for a great many people.
Read the full review: HTC U11 review
7. LG G6
The LG G6 was the first truly great flagship of 2017, pipping South Korean rivals Samsung to the post in terms of announcement. LG's flagship offers an impressive glass and metal design with a more conveniently-positioned rear fingerprint sensor than the Samsung devices.
There's a lovely standout 2:1 aspect ratio display on the LG G6, making it another brilliant device for entertainment, while its compact body allows for easy one-handed operation. To top it all off, you'll get excellent results from the dual-rear cameras and an all-day battery life, as well as slick performance from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.
Despite the up-and-down G-series history, LG knocked it out of the park with the G6. It's a great phone that's every bit the flagship and one that is a little cheaper than its competition too.
Read the full review: LG G6 review
8. BlackBerry KeyOne
If you thought BlackBerry was dead, think again. The KeyOne is a brilliant device that is well-worthy of your consideration if you want an Android device with a built-in physical keyboard. In fact, it's your only consideration if that's number one on your priority list.
The keyboard implementation and programmable shortcuts are brilliant, the software additions enhance the excellent Android software and the battery life is great. About the only bad things we have to say about the KeyOne are you have to stretch to reach some parts of the screen and the power button is in the wrong place.
If there was ever a device to convince BlackBerry loyalists to jump onboard Android, the KeyOne is it. It won't be for everyone, granted, but for the ones the BlackBerry KeyOne is made for, it's quite simply masterful.
Read the full review: BlackBerry KeyOne review
9. Sony Xperia XZ Premium
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium brings stacks of spec appeal to the flagship smartphone playing field. There is a brilliant 4K display with HDR technology that is great in most part, waterproofing and all the power you could want tucked under the hood.
The software experience is good and will be very familiar for Xperia fans, while the battery life is also up there with the best thanks to Sony's Stamina mode. The design hasn't moved on much from the original Xperia Z smartphone, meaning it doesn't carry the same eye-catching beauty of some others on this list, but the super slow-motion video feature makes up for this as it's excellent.
There is plenty to love about the Sony XZ Premium, especially if you're a Sony fan and into that flat-slab design. It's a flagship device with some great features, some of which can't be found elsewhere.
Read the full review: Sony Xperia XZ Premium
10. Motorola Moto G5 Plus
The Lenovo-owned Motorola Moto G5 Plus is the best Android device you can get for the money. Its sub-£250 price tag brings a solid metal build quality, great app and game performance and a good battery life.
It might not have the most vibrant screen on the market, or the best camera close up focusing, but it has a fingerprint sensor and gesture controls work well, while its software experience delivers much, if not more than most will ever need.
If you need a device for further under £250, you could always consider the slightly lower-specced Moto G5, but for this price tag, you won't find a better device. It's a affordable phone that addresses its predecessor's issues resulting in a best-in-class proposition.
Read the full review: Motorola Moto G5 Plus review
11. Honor 9
The Honor 9 is a beautiful looking device with a striking design that makes it stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons, even if its prone to picking up scratches.
The performance is brilliant for its £380 price tag and although the graphics aren't always 100 per cent smooth, its a pleasure of a phone to use. It offers a good battery life and its camera performance is solid too, even without the Leica certification found on parent company Huawei's P10 models.
The Honor 9 is a siren in the mid-range phone market. It's not far from perfection, with only graphics and user experience needing a little tweak in our opinion in order to achieve it. It's a mid-range marvel.
Read the full review: Honor 9 review
12. Honor 8 Pro
Buy from around £475 from Amazon.co.uk
The Honor 8 Pro is another lovely-looking Honor device with a super slender design at sub-7mm. It's feels wider in the hand than some of the other devices on this list, but it offers a great finish nonetheless.
Its 5.7-inch Quad HD display is fantastic, it delivers strong battery performance with QuickCharge and its dual cameras are great fun. The EMUI interface isn't our favourite and it's a little heavy handed but this is still a decent, affordable device.
If you're looking for a big-screen phone that's long-lasting and powerful, but which won't destroy your bank account, the Honor 8 Pro is well worth considering.
Read the full review: Honor 8 Pro review
13. Motorola Moto Z2 Play
Buy from around $570 from Amazon.com
The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is all about the Moto Mods, which are specially-designed (pricey) accessories that snap onto the back of the device. Some don't for perfectly but they do work with minimal fuss and there are a few that are genuinely useful, like the battery Mod.
The Moto Z2 Play's battery life on its own is exceptional though, its fingerprint sensor and gesture controls are also great and it delivers flagship-level smoothness and operation, with a slightly lower price tag than some of its rivals.
If you find Moto Mods enticing then the Z2 Play is a super phone with plenty to offer beyond its quirky unique selling point. There are little to no slip-ups in use, securing it a commendable position in the mid-range market.
Read the full review: Motorola Moto Z2 Play review
14. Huawei P10 Plus
The Huawei P10 Plus makes up one of two flagship smartphones from Chinese company Huawei. It offers a great-looking, slender design that is available in some interesting colour options, though perhaps not as eye-catching as the more recent and cheaper Honor 9.
The P10 Plus delivers an excellent battery life though, smooth operation, and ample power on tap. It also has the most mature software offering from Huawei to date. There are a few fingerprint issues and the screen loves to smear, but visually, it's one of Huawei's best by far.
For those after a smaller option, the P10 might be a better fit, but after using both, we consider the P10 Plus to be the better device. The P10 Plus shows that Huawei has put in the legwork and for the most part this is a solid example of a 5.5-inch phone, even if it is expensive.
Read the full review: Huawei P10 Plus review
15. Samsung Galaxy A5
The Galaxy A5 is a solid, elegant smartphone coming in at comfortably under £400. It's easily one of the most complete mid-rangers Samsung has ever made and offers an experience close to that offered by the more high end Galaxy S series phones.
Its AMOLED display is bright and punchy, the design looks and feels great and the Exynos 7880 processor is more than powerful enough to get you through any of your daily tasks. In short, it's a Galaxy for people who don't want to spend the money on a Galaxy S8, but don't want to compromise too much.
The biggest drawback might be the dominance of the OnePlus 5 and Honor devices at these more affordable prices. The Galaxy A5 sells itself on delivering a Samsung experience though, with the added benefit of a microSD card slot.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy A5 review