The Android smartphone market is more complex than the iOS market. There are several criteria to consider when choosing the best Android smartphones in 2019. However, it is important to note that Chinese brands are making the Android market more complex. Thus, if you are one of those who do not want to have anything to do with China, you may want to read to the end. Even without Chinese brands, the Android smartphone market is still complex. Differences in design, price, hardware, software and other areas of interest. However, some smartphones are much better than the rest. No matter the price, here are the best Android smartphones your money can buy
1. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra can be considered a “complete” flagship smartphone. Finally, Galaxy Note fans now have the S-series flagship series they can buy. Although this device is a little pricey at $1,200, it is worth every penny. In addition to its Note series-like design, this smartphone also supports the iconic S Pen. Screen Size? This device comes with a screen close to the tablet that supports a massive brightness of 1700 nits. As of now, the Samsung Galaxy S22 is arguably the most powerful Android smartphone in the western markets.
In addition to the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, it also houses a decently sized battery as well as regular fast charging capability. This makes this device also meet the needs of gaming, productivity and multitasking of users. For a camera that produces great detail as well as 8K video, you can use the Pro version if you know how to work with the settings. Samsung also makes this device attractive by updating its One UI 4.1 system with Material You. Now, flagship Android smartphones are more customizable than ever.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Brief Specifications Preview
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was released in February 2022, and it is the latest model in the Galaxy S22 series. This device comes with a 6.8-inch (3088 x 1440) 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display that supports HDR10+ video. Under the hood, this device comes with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200. As usual, in China and the United States, buyers will get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 version. However, in Europe and other markets, the Exynos 2200 version will be on sale. Both versions come in configurations Multiple memory/storage ranging from 8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB storage.
On the back, this smartphone comes with a quad rear camera setup. Specifically, this device uses a 108MP main camera that supports OIS. It also uses a 10MP telephoto camera that supports 10x optical zoom and OIS. Moreover, there is another 10 MP that supports OIS and 3x optical zoom. Finally, there is a 12MP wide-angle camera. It is interesting to note that three of the four cameras on the back support optical image stabilization (OIS). Under the hood, this device houses a 5,000mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. However, recent tests revealed that 45W fast charging is no different from the previous 25W charging.
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
- an offer: 6.8 inch 1440 x 3088 OLED @ 120Hz
- RAM: 812 GB
- storage: 128, 256, 512, 1024 GB
- battery: 5000mAh, max 45W charging, 15W wireless
- Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
- front camera: 40 MP f/2.2, 26mm
- Back camera: 108 MP f / 1.8 primary, 12 MP f / 2.2 ultra-wide, 10 MP f / 2.4 3x telephoto, 10 MP f / 4.9 10x telephoto,
- Delivery: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e; bluetooth 5.2; 5G mmWave and sub6
- Dimensions: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm, 229 grams
- price: Starting at $1199
- decent screen
- First class building
- You can only hate the S Pen
The first thing any smartphone lover will notice with the Google Pixel 6 is its amazing new design. The Pixel 6 series comes with a different but decent design that you can even call innovative. Of course, the new self-developed Google Tensor chip is also a strong side of this device. On top of that, Google has one of the best cameras in the world and therefore they don’t upgrade their camera system that often. However, the Google Pixel 6 comes with a camera upgrade. Given all this stuff for just $600, we’d have no choice but to include this device on this list.
Google software optimization is close to perfect. Google Assistant and Gboard voice typing are almost instant, thanks to the dedicated AI cores. Although the Google Pixel 6 does not come with a telephoto camera, this device takes realistic photos. This is especially true for dark-skinned people who often get a lot of “whitening” with regular camera treatments.
In addition to the fact that this device is getting regular updates, it is also the first to come with Android 12. With Material You feature, this device offers dynamic system elements, widgets, colorful apps, and much more.
While you may have heard of many bugs plaguing the Pixel 6 series, it is important to note that these bugs only hit a few units. Moreover, Google has since rolled out relevant updates to take care of these bugs.
- CPU: Google Tensor
- an offer: 6.4 x 1080 pixels, OLED, 90 Hz
- RAM: 8 GB
- storage: 128 GB, 256 GB
- battery: 4614 mAh
- Operating System: Android 12
- front camera: 8 MP f/2.0, 84° FOV
- Back camera: 50 MP f/1.85, 82° FOV (primary); 12 MP f/2.2, 114° FOV (ultrawide)
- Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches, 7.3 ounces
- Colors: Stormy Black, Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral
- price: Starting at $599
- decent camera
- decent therapist
- Android 12 with Material You are an added advantage
- Five years of security updates
- There is no telephoto camera
- Fingerprint sensor slow sometimes
- Updates were relatively slow
- Bugs hit a few units
3. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3
One of the best Android smartphones that money can buy should be a foldable smartphone. We can not ignore these luxury phones as if they do not exist. When it comes to foldable smartphones, Samsung and Huawei are on a different level. However, since we don’t think of Chinese brands, Samsung takes this place. The Samsung Galaxy X Fold3 is by far the best foldable smartphone you can get at the moment.
Despite the fact that it is a foldable smartphone, it packs all the main features of a regular device. First, it not only offers a regular 6.70-inch smartphone screen, but also turns into a large 7.6-inch tablet. This device also comes with the flagship Snapdragon 888 along with 12GB of RAM and supports S Pen. In fact, both screens support a high refresh rate of 120Hz. What do you want more from this device? It’s a foldable smartphone, so we don’t expect a perfect camera. Oh yes, the cameras of the Pixel 6 and S22 Ultra match that of the Galaxy Z Fold3 perfectly. The battery is also relatively small and may be insufficient. However, these are the necessary sacrifices that this device has to make.
In the early stages of foldable smartphone development, there were durability concerns. However, technology is now more mature and you no longer have to sit on your foldable smartphone. Of course, they are still close to the robust nature of regular smartphones. However, they are not as weak as many think. The price may be off for many users, however, a foldable smartphone is a luxury. All these flashy features and premium looks are available for $1800. If you can afford it, believe me, you will have one of the coolest smartphones ever.
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
- an offer: 6.70 inch OLED @ 2268 x 832, up to 120 Hz, 1500 nits (external); 7.6 inch OLED @ 2208 x 1768, up to 120 Hz, 1200 nits (internal)
- RAM: 12 GB
- storage: 256 GB, 512 GB
- battery: 4,400 mA dual-cell
- Operating System: Android 11 with a single user interface
- front camera: 10 MP f / 2.2 (cover); 4 MP f / 1.8 (internal)
- Back camera: 12 MP f/1.8 main with OIS, 12 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (123°), 12 MP f/2.4 2x telephoto with OIS
- Dimensions: 128 x 158 x 6.4 mm (unfolded); 67.1 x 158 x 16 mm (folded); 271 grams
- Colors: Black, green and silver
- pocket friendly
- Fast phone with decent hardware
- Screen – a huge plus
- Security updates to 2025
- dimmer camera
- Bad battery life
- The price
4. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3
If you think your Galaxy Z Fold3 is too big, don’t worry. There is a decent alternative that may not be as good as the Fold3 but it does a very good job. Of course we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy Flip3. This smartphone is not only practical but also portable and affordable. Basically, the Z Flip3 is the Galaxy S21+ that you can fold in half. This device is a foldable smartphone
Like most foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Flip3’s camera doesn’t meet Samsung standards. However, for a foldable device to be cheap, it needs some sacrifices. The camera and battery are the two closest things to the Galaxy Z Flip3 just like the Fold3. This one will fit perfectly in your pocket, it is in fact the only foldable smartphone that can do so.
- CPU: Snapdragon 888
- an offer: 6.7 x 1080 pixels, OLED, 120 Hz
- RAM: 8 GB
- storage: 128 GB, 256 GB
- battery: 3300 mAh
- Operating System: One UI on Android 11
- front camera: 10 MP f/2.4
- Back camera: 12 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (123°), 12 MP f/1.8 main with OIS
- Delivery: 5G (including mmWave), LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 supports eSIM and/or Nano-SIM
- Dimensions: Unfolded – 72.2 x 166 x 6.9 mm Folded – 72.2 x 86.4 x 15.9 – 17.1 mm 183 g
- Colors: Cream, green, lavender, phantom black, gray, white, pink
- Regular main price
- Excellent build quality
- Fits smoothly in your pocket
- low battery
- broken battery
- Charging speed is poor
5. Google Pixel 6 Pro
Google Pixel 6 Pro is one of the most popular Android smartphones on the market. This device comes with a 5nm Tensor SoC. The Google Tensor chip is a self-developed processor from Google and the Pixel 6 series releases this chip. Under the hood, the Pixel 6 Pro comes with 12GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB/512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. Furthermore, this device uses a 6.71-inch LTPO AMOLED display that supports a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels as well as a refresh rate of 120Hz. This device also comes with a massive 5000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging, 23W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. The battery department is one of the selling points of this smartphone. This device costs $900 and its operability is very good.
- CPU: Google Tensor
- an offer: 6.7 inches QHD+ (1440 x 3120, 19.5:9) LTPO OLED, 120 Hz, Gorilla Glass Victus
- RAM: 12 GB
- storage: 128, 256 or 512 GB; UFS 3.1
- battery: 5003 mAh, 30W wired charging (USB PD PPS), up to 23W wireless charging
- Ports: USB Type C
- Operating System: Android
- front camera: 11.1 MP f/2.2 (94°, fixed focus)
- Back camera: 50 MP f/1.85 primary (82° FoV with OIS), 12 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (114° FoV), 48 MP f/3.5 telephoto (23.5° FoV w/OIS, 4x optical and up to 20x” Super Res Zoom”)
- Delivery: 5G, Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Ultra-Wideband
- Aharon: Brushed aluminum frame, IP68, in-display fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1, Dual SIM via eSIM, reverse wireless charging
- Dimensions: 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, 210 grams
- Colors: Sorta is sunny, cloudy white, and stormy black
- price: Starting at $900
- Premium camera
- Excellent program
- Five years of security updates
- A little pricey
- slow fingerprint sensor
- Bugs for some units