Thinking of upgrading your existing Android, or considering making the switch? In either case, 2021 is a great time to invest in a new phone. It’s not just the price you’ll need to think about. Battery life, camera quality, storage space (and capacity for extension), memory, screen size, display resolution, user interface, durability and audio quality are all important factors. You may also want to consider how the phone can be charged (wirelessly?) and whether there’s a headphone jack. All this information can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together our top 10, randomly numbered choices for the best Androids on the market today.
Best for performance
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 performs brilliantly, is water-resistant and has robust 5G support. It has three cameras and a medium-sized screen, and its wireless-charging battery lasts for 24 hours. There’s no capacity for storage extension and it doesn’t support contactless payment technology (NFC). The S21 doesn’t have a headphone jack, so you may want to grab some Samsung wireless earbuds too.
The Google Pixel 5 is ergonomic, light and well-designed. It has great cameras that take fabulous portrait and night-time photos and is often cheaper than other premium phones. It has a battery life of around 11.5 hours and doesn’t have a headphone jack. There is no capacity to expand the inbuilt storage, but with 128 GB you should have plenty of room for your music and photos.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is one step up from the S21. It’s bigger and has two additional cameras with high-quality zoom that are effective day and night. The video quality is exceptional. It’s regarded as the pinnacle of camera capacity in Android phones. It’s all glass so may be prone to breaking, and it doesn’t have a headphone jack.
4. OPPO Reno 5G
The OPPO Reno 5G stands out for its design. This phone has great cameras (particularly the primary one) and is fast and smooth to operate. On the downside, it’s not water-resistant, relies on wired charging and doesn’t have a headphone jack.
The Google Pixel 3a is usually cheaper than most top-tier phones, but still has great performance and a fabulous camera. It has 24 hours of battery life and 64 GB of non-expandable storage. If you don’t like wireless headphones, you’re in luck because the Pixel 3a has a headphone jack. However, it’s not water-resistant and doesn’t charge wirelessly.
Best for affordability
6. and 7. Google Pixel 4A 350 and Pixel 4A 5G
The Pixel 4A 350 can be an incredible value-for-money option. It’s a compact phone with a wonderful camera—even for night-time. It operates easily and its battery lasts about 24 hours. The Google Pixel 4A 5G is also a smart choice. It’s more expensive, but it’s larger, performs very well and has an additional (ultrawide) camera. They both have lots of storage (128 GB), are durable (made of polycarbonate rather than glass) and have headphone jacks. On the downside, they’re not water-resistant and don’t have wireless charging or capacity for storage expansion.
The Motorola One 5G Ace is another great phone that shouldn’t cost the earth. It supports NFC for contactless payments, has 5G connectivity, a headphone jack and a relatively sophisticated display. As with many medium-range phones, the camera doesn’t work as well in dull light.
The Samsung Galaxy A71 is another smart choice and if you’re lucky you might find a real bargain with this one. It has 128 GB of expandable storage, good quality cameras, 5G connectivity, a headphone jack and 24 hours of battery life.
10. Nokia 5.3
The Nokia 5.3 is an ideal budget phone if you’re looking for basic functions such as messages and emails, and a few apps and games. The battery should last a full day and the phone even has a fingerprint reader and a card slot for extra capacity beyond the 64 GB of internal storage. It’s got a headphone jack and a camera, although the latter won’t perform well in dull light.
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