[Update: May 2019] The best Android phones you can buy today

If you’re on the hunt for a new smartphone, chances are you’ve got a lot of devices on your shortlist. There are so many different options out on the market today that it can make finding the right one a bit difficult. So, let’s take a look at the best Android phones you can buy today, as of April 2019.


New for April:

  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7

Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+

The best Android phones for most people

Samsung is the biggest name in Android, and for 2019 the company has pulled no punches. The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are the two best Android smartphones you can buy today – here’s why.

The main focus of the Galaxy S10 is the display with a 6.1-inch panel on the S10 and a 6.4-inch panel on the S10+. In either case it’s an Infinity-O display at 3040×1440 with a “hole-punch” at the top right corner to house the 10MP selfie camera. There’s just a single camera on the S10, but a dual-camera array on the S10+ for improved portrait mode. Each display also has a built-in ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

As far as the build goes, Samsung has also stuck with the same aluminum and glass build as in years past. Wireless charging is on board, USB-C, and a dual-speaker system as well. Around back, the S10 and S10+ also both have three cameras with a standard 12MP primary sensor, 12MP telephoto zoom lens, and a 16MP super wide-angle option too.

Both devices also run on top of a Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The smaller Galaxy S10 has a 3,400 mAh battery while the S10+ has a 4,100 mAh battery. Both devices can also be upgraded 512GB of storage, but the S10+ can also go up to 1TB of storage and 12GB of RAM. Samsung has also managed to keep the headphone jack and IP68 water/dust resistance. Android 9 Pie ships out of the box with the company’s OneUI software layer.

Why they’re the best Android phones you can buy:

Put simply, it doesn’t really get much better than the Galaxy S10 lineup. These phones have the strongest processors on the market right now, a frankly crazy spec package, and promising cameras too. The software continues to get better too, and pricing is well in line with the rest of the industry.

The only glaring flaw with the Galaxy S10 and S10+ is software support. Typically, Samsung is slow to push out major updates, and security patches are generally delayed too depending on your carrier. It’s a shame, and something you’ll want to keep in consideration.

Where to buy the Galaxy S10 and S10+:

Unlocked, the Galaxy S10 starts at $899 while the S10+ starts at $999. That’s in line with other flagships, but a big jump from last year’s Galaxy S9 family.

  • Amazon (Unlocked)
  • Samsung (Unlocked)
  • Verizon: Galaxy S10 – Galaxy S10+
  • T-Mobile: Galaxy S10 – Galaxy S10+
  • AT&T: Galaxy S10 – Galaxy S10+
  • B&H Photo Video (Unlocked): Galaxy S10 – Galaxy S10+

Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL

The best Android experience you can get, and a killer camera

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the latest and greatest devices from the company, and they nail a lot of aspects that Google’s past Pixel devices have failed. You’ll find a Snapdragon 845 processor powering these devices, along with 4GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage, wireless charging, and IP68 water/dust resistance. The smaller Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch AMOLED 1080p display, where the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.4-inch AMOLED 1440p notched display.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL also run Android 9 Pie out of the box without any bloat or changes. This is Android as Google intends it, and it’s lightning quick, reliable, and gets updates quickly. You’ll also get enhanced security thanks to Google’s Titan M chip within the device. Further featured are dual front-firing speakers that are loud and clear, along with a new hardware design which feels more premium than its predecessors. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back that’s quick and reliable.

Google Pixel 3

As for cameras, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL share the same 12MP rear camera, as well as two front-facing 8MP cameras, one regular and one wide-angle. Google’s reputation with smartphone cameras speaks for itself, and that’s to say that, bar none, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have the best smartphone camera on the market today.

Why they’re the best Android phones you can buy:

On the spec sheet, most Android phones are pretty much the same today, so what sets Google’s Pixel 3 family apart? It comes down to really just one thing, the experience you’re getting.

While Google’s hardware is far from perfect, the performance you’ll get from the software is one of the best you can get and unlike most other Android phones today, that software gets updated quickly and regularly. Monthly security patches arrive at the start of each and every month, and major platform updates can be had first only on a Pixel.

The cameras here also stand out from everyone else, with a shooter that manages to get a near-perfect picture every time, even in unforgiving conditions. Not to mention the tight Assistant integration, support for handy features such as wireless charging, improved haptics that outrank most other Android phones, and much more.

Where to buy Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL:

If you want to buy a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, you’ll be looking at prices starting at $799. Add $100 for extra storage or the bigger model. Buying unlocked from the Google Store means the phone will work on any US network, but you can also pick it up directly from Verizon Wireless too in the United States.