Systems, but now, we see phones running Apple s iOS and Google s Android. Android is clearly the dominant platform of choice — with companies like Samsung, OnePlus, LG, Motorola, Google, TCL, Sony, and many others making hardware running Android.
Google s Pixel hardware typically runs a stock version of the Android OS, while Samsung has OneUI, OnePlus has Oxygen OS on top of Android, and other companies tweak things to optimize the experience for its hardware.
Samsung s Galaxy S series is available from carriers, Samsung, and other retail partners. After spending a couple of months with the S Ultra G, it is clear the phone is built for business and captures the crown for the best G device available today.
The focus on the S line this year is universal G and improved camera experiences. The S Ultra G is the top-of-the-line device, but in my experience, the S Plus may be the best fit for the masses.
Samsung s S series is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon , AMOLED Hz refresh rate displays ranging from . to . inches, GB RAM with GB option, GB to GB storage options with a microSD for even more capacity, three rear cameras the Ultra has unique camera specifications, IP rating, WiFi , and Bluetooth . Battery capacity ranges from , to ,mAh. The S does not support high band mmWave faster G networks so make sure you pick the device that will fit your network needs.
An argument can be made that the S series isn t the best smartphone available today, but in terms of G and the latest technology, the phones are tough to beat. The price makes them a bit tougher to justify, but when you realize how this tool is used constantly the price for the value is easier to comprehend.
The LG V ThinQ G is available now from T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and US Cellular. It s only available in the US from one of these wireless carriers, but it may appear as an unlocked model on Amazon in the future.
This latest LG V series device continues to focus on video creation with a triple rear camera system, K video recording, four microphones, ASMR and Voice Bokeh audio technology, and advanced camera software. It s also powered by a massive , mAh battery with a p display so it is sure to help you capture hours of video content.
The LG V ThinQ G is composed of two pieces of Gorilla Glass with a metal frame and is certified for shock resistance to MIL-STD G. LG s new phone has a .-inch OLED panel, Qualcomm Snapdragon , GB of RAM, GB of internal storage with a microSD card, and G. A Dual Screen cover is included for the $ price and gives you a large platform for serious productivity.
Along with G and a focus on video capture, the LG V continues LG s tradition of audio excellence with a .mm audio port with quad DAC support and stereo speakers. It sounds great through the speakers, but the wired headphone experience is even better. It s one of the last phones remaining with a .mm audio port so audiophiles are sure to be pleased.
LG also challenges the Samsung Galaxy Note line with extensive stylus support, which is not readily apparent since there is no option for an embedded stylus. Check out our full article on using a Bamboo Ink Stylus with the dual-screen LG V ThinQ.
OnePlus rolled out its new phones with the OnePlus and OnePlus Pro, both compatible with G networks. T-Mobile will carry the OnePlus while Verizon will also get a unique version with G mmWave support.
This latest OnePlus flagship offers extremely responsive performance with its Hz and Hz displays, fast UFS . internal storage, generous RAM, and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
The phones are lovely with Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and other color options available. There are is a couple of different RAM and internal storage options for each phone. With the size and battery capacity differences between the OnePlus and Pro, we also find some differences in cameras, display refresh rate, and wireless charging functionality.
The Samsung Galaxy Note sat on top of our best smartphone list for much of the past year. While the headphone jack is gone, everything else has been improved on the version of the Galaxy Note. The Note is now offered in two variants, with the presence of a microSD card slot, display size, and battery capacity being the prime differentiators.
The Galaxy Note Plus is an excellent enterprise smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, massive amounts of RAM, fast internal storage, microSD card expansion, capable rear quad-camera system, and much more.
The Samsung Galaxy Note has a Link to the Windows button in the quick controls area along with support for the latest version of DeX. Extending it to an external monitor with Samsung DeX is quick and easy, while also providing a full functioning desktop experience. The additional capability to charge up other devices and gear, such as the Galaxy Buds, via wireless technology on the back of the Note is convenient for road warriors.
Note , starting with GB of RAM and GB of internal storage, starts at $. while the Note Plus with GB of RAM and GB internal storage starts at $,.. There are also increased RAM and storage options for both devices, but the default base models offer ample RAM and storage for most users. The Note Plus is available now from Samsung and all carriers. T-Mobile also just rolled out a G variant, priced at $,..
The Sony Xperia II, spoken as the one mark two , was recently announced by Sony and will be available this month for an MSRP of $,. It matches the latest flagship Android smartphones with G support, Snapdragon processor, GB of RAM, GB internal storage with a microSD card slot, and Android .
The new Sony Xperia II is focused on the media experience with a .mm audio port, true front-facing stereo speakers, three rear cameras, and Sony gaming features. One rear camera has actual x optical zoom with a mm lens equivalent.
Sony is providing this phone for those looking to explore the camera experience with three camera applications and many elements from the Sony Alpha camera series included in the phone. It is not optimized for simply point and shoot with auto mode only, but is sure to please the imaging fan with advanced software and a dedicated camera shutter hardware button just where you need it to capture content.
Samsung s current mass-market flagship is a winner in almost every respect, remaining a more affordable and pocketable option compared to the new Note series. Prices have dropped over the past six months too so you can get this phone at a great price.
Last year s S Plus was a solid Android smartphone, but the S Plus improves upon that device with an ultra-wide camera, much longer battery life, better software with One UI, and the ability to wirelessly charge up other devices.
Samsung s S and S Plus have a Qualcomm Snapdragon , Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, GB RAM with GB option, GB to TB storage options with a microSD for even more capacity, five cameras, IP rating, WiFi , Bluetooth , ANT+, and a stunning design with gorgeous Prism color options.
The Samsung Galaxy S Plus continues to have all of the excellent Galaxy Foundation aspects such as a high level of water resistance, fast wireless charging, a stunning Super AMOLED screen, expandable microSD storage, a .mm headset jack, and much more. In addition, extending it to an external monitor with Samsung DeX is quick and easy, while also providing a full functioning desktop experience. The additional capability to charge up other devices and gear, such as the new Galaxy Buds, via wireless technology on the back of the S Plus is convenient for road warriors.
The Galaxy S Plus has now been available for six months, which means you can often find special offers from your preferred carrier. Amazon regularly has unlocked models at even more affordable pricing than Samsung or the carriers. The Galaxy S started at $. while the S Plus started at $. for the GBGB model. With the release of the S series, Samsung dropped the price $ across the board on the S series.
If you want an Android phone that will always have the latest firmware and security updates, while also offering a fairly stock experience, then nothing beats the Google Pixel and XL. These two phones are the same except for the overall size and battery capacity.
The Google Pixel XL has a large .-inch : display, Snapdragon processor, GB of RAM, GB, and GB integrated storage, dual rear MP and .MP cameras, MP front-facing camera, IP dust and water resistance, a ,mAh battery, and dual front stereo speakers. The smaller Pixel has a .-inch display and a smaller ,mAh battery while the rest of the specs are the same as the XL model.
It s too bad we see storage start at just GB, especially with Google no longer providing a free unlimited full-resolution backup of your photos. Battery life is a concern for both the Pixel and XL, especially when compared to other flagships in this price range that will power you through at least a day of use.
In addition to the software being a focus for Google, the camera is another reason to buy the Pixel or XL over other better smartphone hardware. However, while others have phones with three or four rear cameras, Google added just one and went with telephoto over an ultra-wide-angle so the utility of the Pixel cameras may not be as great as what you get on other smartphones in this list.
The smaller Pixel starts at $ while the Pixel XL starts at $ for the GB model. They are both powered by Android and will receive OS upgrades for three years. Monthly Android security updates are the most important software support for the enterprise since major firmware updates tend to break things and be less stable immediately after release.
TCL has been making smartphones for years, including the latest BlackBerry and Alcatel phones. With the TCL series, we see the first TCL-branded phones launching for North American customers. After a month with the stunning Ember Gray TCL Pro it is clear that TCL is offering a compelling choice for less than $.
Lately, I ve been testing the low-cost Apple iPhone SE and lowest priced G phone, the OnePlus , and the new TCL Pro offers something in between these two at a $ price. The design is lovely, the display is wonderful, and there are advanced camera features in this new phone.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon with Android , has a . inch AMOLED panel from TCL, GB of RAM, GB internal storage with a microSD card slot, four rear cameras, and a large , mAh battery to get you through more than a full, busy day.
Given that we focus on the display the majority of the time spent with a smartphone, you will not be disappointed by what TCL offers in the TCL Pro. The cameras perform well, especially with the MP lens offering pixel binning to capture great detail.
Google launched a couple of mid-level phones that are much more affordable and still include Google s industry-leading camera solution. The Pixel A and A XL are the same phones with just the screen size and battery capacity being different from each other. An $ price difference differentiates between the two sizes with the same color options also being available.
The Pixel A and A XL are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with . or -inch OLED displays, MP rear camera, MP front camera, GB of RAM, GB of internal storage, stereo speakers, and ,,mAh battery options. This is targeted to the masses with limited internal storage and US carrier availability at Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, as well as unlocked directly from Google.
The smaller Pixel A is priced at just $ while the Pixel A XL costs $. The only option, other than size, is the color of the phone. Available colors include Just Black, Purple-ish, and Clearly White. They are both powered by Android . Pie and will receive OS upgrades for three years. Google s newest Assistant features are present along with some other Google software advances. Rumors indicate we may see a Pixel a variant in the first half of .
Motorola launched two G series devices in , including the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power. The Moto G Power is rated to provide three days of battery life with some folks seeing even more from the massive , mAh battery.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Android powers this device. GB of RAM, GB internal storage with a microSD card slot, . inch LCD display, three rear cameras, and water repellent features are all available here for just $.
This is the lowest priced phone in this list of Android phones but is definitely a phone to consider for a new smartphone user or someone who wants a phone to last for days. Motorola does a great job of providing a fairly stock Android experience with its own utilities that optimize the smartphone experience.