What’s the best Android phone? – A top five guide
Which? rounds-up the best Android phones currently available in the UK. From the Samsung Galaxy S4 to the HTC One, we judge which is best.
HTC One – big screen, big performance
A premium Android handset right down to its all-aluminium casing, the HTC One packs enough power to handle any smartphone task imaginable. Its 1.7GHz processor and 2GB Ram combination is perfect for handling the latest gaming apps or professional photo-editing on the go.
Whether its 4-megapixel camera can produce quality photos remains to be seen but HTC’s idea of using bigger ‘ultrapixels’ to achieve better lighting in your snaps is sound. We also like the HTC One’s new Blink Feed feature, which collates the news from all your favourite websites, Facebook and Twitter into one homescreen stream.
Watch our first impressions review of the HTC One to see what we thought of the brand new Android.
Samsung Galaxy S4 – powerful processor and outstanding battery
Samsung is probably the biggest name in the game when it comes to Android smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the most popular premium handsets on the market – Android or otherwise – and Samsung has taken a fantastic phone and made it even better.
The Galaxy S4 really is an impressive bit of kit, with a full-HD 5-inch display that is ideal for watching video in sparkling quality or playing games – although less ideal if you want a phone that will snuggly fit in to your pocket. There’s also a top end processor to let you run the latest games and apps without any slow down.
To find out how this Android did in our tests and how the battery life measures up against competitors read our Samsung Galaxy S4 review.
Sony Xperia SP – premium 4G capable smartphone
The Xperia SP is a premium smartphone with some excellent features. It may lack the waterproof coating that you get on the flagship Xperia Z but it has a great battery that achieved one of the highest ever ratings in our lab tests. The large 4.6-inch touchscreen display means that the onscreen keys are a good size and that text is easy to read.
The phone is 4G capable for superfast web access, though you’ll need to buy it on a special 4G contract to take advantage of this – prices start at £26/month.
Read our full review of the Sony Xperia SP
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – big screen that’s easy to use
Toeing the line between tablet and smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 has a gigantic 5.5-inch screen meaning it’s great for web browsing and watching videos. It’s a struggle to use one-handed, but the larger screen makes it easier to use for people who find smaller phones too fiddly.
As with the original Galaxy Note, owners of this ‘phablet’ get Samsung’s S-Pen to use for casual note-taking and sketching fun. That said, LG’s Optimus G Pro is a worthy contender for the oversized mobile crown.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review to see how the Note 2 compares with the competition
Google Nexus 4 – always has the latest Android version
Unlike phones from other manufacturers, Google’s Nexus-endorsed will always get updated to the latest version of Android and don’t come with custom ‘skins’ such as TouchWiz on Samsung phones. This ensures an Android experience that is always at the cutting edge of what the operating system can offer, so you’ll get brilliant features like Google Now before anyone else.
The Nexus 4 is the latest phone in this proud tradition, offering a crisp 4.7-inch touchscreen and 8GB of basic storage. Unfortunately, it lacks 4G connectivity but for £239 SIM-free, you can’t complain too much.
Read our first impressions on the Nexus 4 and it’s cousin the Nexus 10 to find out more.
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