Introduction

Deciding to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone is just the beginning of the journey, as there is a vast selection of Android phones available for purchase. So, which are the top Android phones in 2023?

To answer this question, our team of experts has meticulously reviewed every smartphone they could get their hands on. We subjected each phone to a comprehensive testing process, including benchmark tests, battery drain assessments, photo comparisons, and, of course, day-to-day usage for at least a week.

Based on our evaluations, we assign each phone a rating out of five, with the highest-scoring devices being considered for inclusion in our esteemed list. Different individuals prioritize various aspects in an Android phone, whether it’s capturing Instagram-worthy photos, delivering top-notch gaming performance, or even sporting a foldable design. Consequently, we have made it a point to incorporate as much variety as possible in this compilation of the best Android phones.

We’re currently in the process of reviewing some of the biggest phone releases of 2023, with Samsung recently unveiling the Galaxy Z Fold 5 – which is the successor to our previous favourite foldable device. Until we’ve fully reviewed the Z Fold 5, we’ve removed the Z Fold 4 from this list.

If you have a more specific craving for your smartphone, then it’s worth checking out our best camera phone, best gaming phone and best mid-range phone guides which offer more tailored recommendations. And if you want to see how the very best Android phones compare to Apple’s iPhones, then have a look at our best phone roundup.

Best Android phones at a glance

How we test

Learn more about how we test mobile phones 

All the phones included in our Best Android phone list have been thoroughly tested and used by one of our expert reviewers. We will never review a phone based purely on specs and benchmark scores. We use them as our everyday device for the review period, which is usually at least five days but often a lot more.

Whenever you read a phone review published on Trusted Reviews, you should be confident that the reviewer has put their personal SIM card into the phone, synced across their most-used apps and logged into all their typical accounts. We do this so you’ll feel confident in our review and trust our verdict.

Our review process includes a mixture of real-world tests, along with more than 15 measured tests and industry-standard benchmarks. We believe this gives the most rounded view of a device.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

The best Android phone

Pros

  • Excellent camera and loads of clever camera tricks
  • The best version of Android on the market
  • Priced well for the European market

Cons

  • Charging could, and should, be faster
  • Very glossy finish and some odd design elements
  • Not a huge upgrade on the Pixel 6 Pro

If you’re shopping for an Android phone right now, the Pixel 7 Pro is our current favourite pick. It’s not better in all respects than the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, however it does come in at a more affordable price and packs a load of clever software features our reviewer actually used.

As with any Pixel phone, the 7 Pro is mostly about two things – the Google software and the camera. The cameras remain fairly similar to what we saw on the Pixel 6 Pro, but the ultrawide is a little wider and the telephoto a little more zoomed. There are software tweaks too, including a bunch of updated modes – including a clever Unblur option that does exactly what it suggests  – you’ll actually want to use.

Photos from the phone are great. They are richer and more immersive than those from the Galaxy S23 series and often better in darker situations too. The zoom might not match up to Samsung’s Ultra efforts, but if you keep to around 5x the results are great.

Powering the phone is Google’s Tensor G2 chipset. It’s not the quickest around – many phones on this list will post better benchmark scores – with the focus being AI intelligence. There are many software additions here that are made better by this chip, including voice transcription, and everything works very well.

The phone impresses elsewhere too. The screen is on par with the Oppo Find X5 Pro and Galaxy S23 Ultra while the battery life matches up mostly too. The charging could be faster, but that’s a minor issue.

Reviewer: Max Parker
Full review: Google Pixel 7 Pro Review

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

The best Samsung Android phone

Pros

  • 200MP camera delivers in both well-lit and low-light conditions
  • Top-notch performance from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • All-day battery life
  • Stunningly detailed 6.8in 120Hz display

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Relatively slow 45W charging
  • Difficult to use one-handed

The very best Samsung Android phone we’ve reviewed is the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. It’s the option to choose if you want a really high-end, luxury experience – and are happy to pay for the privilege.

The S23 Ultra may not be a completely different beast from last year’s excellent S22 Ultra, but small but meaningful upgrades to performance and camera allow it to stand apart from most other flagships in 2023.

Let’s start with performance. The S23 Ultra ditches the Exynos/Snapdragon split for the past few years and worked with Qualcomm on an exclusive version of its latest top-end chipset dubbed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, allowing the S23 Ultra to remain slightly faster and more powerful than other 2023 flagships like the OnePlus 11.

The biggest upgrade of all has to be the inclusion of a new 200MP rear camera. The upgraded camera offers an all-around improvement on the already-capable 108MP camera of the S22 Ultra, particularly in low light, with this year’s model able to capture more light, more detail and more colour via 16-in-1 pixel binning tech. It also allows you to take photos of the stars in the phone’s astrophoto mode, and it benefits low-light video too.

The other cameras, including a 12MP ultrawide and two 10MP telephoto lenses at 3x and 10x, remain largely unchanged, but the latter still offers some of the best quality 10x images around. There’s also Samsung’s 100x Space Zoom that’ll let you take photos of the moon but not much else.

Cameras aside, the other big reason to get the Galaxy S23 Ultra is the impressive 6.8-inch dynamic AMOLED 2X display with its WQHD+ resolution, dynamic 120Hz refresh rate and support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision delivering a stunning viewing experience whether you’re scrolling through TikTok or watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster on Netflix. It’s plenty bright, and boasts support for the S23 Ultra’s built-in S Pen that allows you to doodle on-screen with an impressively low latency of 2.3ms.

Throw in all-day battery life with a 5,000mAh battery and you’ve got a capable premium smartphone. It’s not perfect, with relatively slow 45W charging, a large, bulky design that makes it hard to use one-handed and an extremely high-end price tag, but it’s certainly the most capable Samsung smartphone around.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter
Full review: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review

Samsung Galaxy S23

The best Android phone under £1000/$1000

Pros

  • Pocketable, minimalistic design
  • All-day battery life
  • True flagship performance

Cons

  • Near-identical to Galaxy S22
  • Slow charge speeds
  • Display only drops to 48Hz

The S23 Ultra may be the very best handset in Samsung’s locker, but it’s far from the only one in there vying for your attention; the standard Galaxy S23 is also a standout smartphone with a more compact design than many competing flagships.

Compared to the bulky S23 Ultra, the Galaxy S23 is much smaller and easier to manage. That is largely down to the use of a smaller 6.1in display, but it’s still very much top-end with a dynamic AMOLED 2x 120Hz panel that delivers crisp, bright and vibrant visuals, and it’s perfectly serviceable for watching YouTube videos and TikTok. Besides, those that demand a larger screen could always opt for the near-identical (but larger) Galaxy S23 Plus.

Elsewhere, it boasts top-end performance via the exclusive Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy exclusive to the S23 range, a versatile camera system consisting of a wide, ultrawide and 3x telephoto lens, and it fixes one of the biggest issues with its predecessor; battery life.

Despite having a smaller battery than much of the competition, the improved energy efficiency of the Galaxy S23 means it’s a comfortable all-day device, still managing to reach the end of the day with 30-40% charge on most days.

Of course, it doesn’t have the big 200MP camera upgrade of the S23 Ultra, images can look a little over-saturated and charging is pretty slow at just 25W, so it’s far from perfect, but it’s an excellent compact handset that you should seriously consider.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter
Full review: Samsung Galaxy S23 Review

Google Pixel 7a

The best value Android phone

Pros

  • Excellent camera for the price
  • Plenty of upgrades over the Pixel 6a
  • Smart software
  • Some nice colour options

Cons

  • Middling battery life
  • Achingly slow charging

The Pixel 7a is a compact Android phone with an excellent camera, Google’s fantastic software and a price tag that won’t break the bank. It’s one of our favourite Android phones on the market right now.

Despite its more affordable price tag, it matches many of the essential features of the more expensive Pixel 7 and boasts several advantages over the Pixel 6a. Among these advantages are Qi wireless charging, 8GB of memory, a faster 90Hz screen (compared to the Pixel 6a’s 60Hz), and a more robust body.

The Pixel 7a also has an impressive camera with a new 64MP sensor that produces excellent images in various lighting conditions and accurately captures skin tones. At this price, there isn’t a better phone included on this list

While the 6.1-inch 90Hz OLED screen on the Pixel 7a is comparable to the slightly larger Pixel 7’s 6.3-inch display, the Pixel 7 Pro has the best screen among the Pixel phones.

The Pixel 7a is powered by the same Tensor G2 chip found in the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Fold. This offers adequate performance for the price point and handles many of the phone’s AI features such as call screening and voice recording.

However, the Pixel 7a’s battery life is mediocre, and charging can be slow. Though the phone can typically last a day, users may need to recharge quickly on busy days with heavy screen usage – something our reviewer had to do on a few occasions. It can also take over 100 minutes for a full charge and you’ll need to provide your own charger.

Reviewer: Max Parker
Full review: Google Pixel 7a Review

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra

The best Android phone for clamshell fans

Pros

  • Premium clamshell foldable design
  • Genuinely useful 3.6-inch exterior display
  • Great camera performance from main 12MP sensor
  • Top-end 6.9-inch pOLED foldable display

Cons

  • Battery could only last about a day
  • Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a year old

After years of Samsung dominating the clamshell foldable market with its Galaxy Z Flip range, Motorola has knocked Samsung off its perch with the Razr 40 Ultra.

The Razr 40 Ultra takes the clamshell experience to new heights with its large 3.6-inch pOLED exterior display, featuring a super-smooth 144Hz refresh rate.

This generous display size allows not only the use of widgets like the Oppo Find N2 Flip, but also full Android apps. You can control smart home technology, respond to messages, and even get directions from Google Maps without having to unfold the phone. This not only reduces the need to open the device frequently but also makes it comfortable to use in its folded form.

However, you won’t always rely on the external display, especially with the presence of a tall, narrow 6.9-inch pOLED display inside. This screen is incredibly smooth at 165Hz and incorporates LTPO technology, intelligently adapting the refresh rate based on your activities.

While the main 12MP camera may not sound overly impressive on paper, its combination of optical image stabilization (OIS), phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), and a wide f/1.5 aperture allows it to excel in both well-lit and low-light environments. Although it doesn’t quite match the quality of top-end flagship cameras, it’s impressive for a slimline foldable device.

Powering the phone is the year-old Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, which may deter some users. Nevertheless, everyday performance is solid, though it tends to overheat during graphics-intensive gaming sessions.

With a 3,800mAh battery, the Razr 40 Ultra offers an improvement over the Razr (2022)’s 3,500mAh cell. It’s capable of lasting the entire day, although it might not make it through the second day. The good news is that it charges in less than an hour thanks to the inclusion of 30W fast charging technology.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter
Full review: Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

The best cheap Android phone

Pros

  • Vibrant OLED screen
  • Long battery life
  • Stereo speakers

Cons

  • Mediocre gaming performance
  • Camera stumbles with trickier scenes
  • No 5G mobile internet

If you want an excellent, and very affordable, Android phone then the Redmi Note 11 is a strong pick and one of the best cheap phones around. Considering the much lower price, it’d be unfair to compare this to the far pricier phones on this list; however it still stands out in certain areas.

We particularly liked the display, which uses the same OLED tech as all the other phones above. It measures 6.43-inches, has a smooth 90Hz refresh rate and great colour reproduction that makes this display just entrancing when you’re watching films or playing games.

We were impressed with the battery life and the speakers too, though were less enamoured with the camera when it came to taking pictures in difficult conditions, and the mediocre performance was a tad disappointing too.

The phone also misses 5G and the faster download speeds that come with the modern network tech. This isn’t a dealbreaker for us, as we don’t think 5G is a vital feature yet, but it is something available at this price. The Moto G50, for example, costs around the same price and has 5G. But then that phone sacrifices screen quality. If you want a phone with an OLED display and 5G, we’d suggest the OnePlus Nord CE 2.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Review

Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate

The best Android gaming phone

Pros

  • Elite performance
  • Mammoth battery life
  • Loud and booming speakers
  • AirTriggers improve gaming controls

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Too similar to ROG Phone 7

The Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is not the most rounded Android phone on this list, but it excels at its main point of interest: gaming. 

There are oodles of gaming-centric features here, from the AirTriggers that allow for gamepad-esque controls to the Armoury Crate software that enables you to fiddle with the performance settings and display frame rate, temperature and GPU workload figures while you play your favourite mobiles games. 

Thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, this is one of the most powerful Android phones you can buy. The superb cooling system also allows the phone to maintain a high performance over long stretches of heavy workloads, with our benchmark tests showing it to have the slight advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra on that front. 

The colossal 6000mAh battery is also an important inclusion, with our reviewer noting that it allowed the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate to last well over a day from normal use. And if you fancied playing Call of Duty Mobile nonstop, our tests indicate the phone could last over seven hours on a single charge, which is remarkable. 

The only major stumbling block for this phone is that it’s incredibly expensive, requiring a sum beyond the £1000/$1000 mark. As a result, it may be worth sacrificing a couple of features and opting for the cheaper Asus ROG Phone 7 instead. But if you fancy the most complete gaming phone currently available, then the Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is a no brainer. 

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate review

Asus Zenfone 9

The best small Android phone

Pros

  • Small footprint
  • Top-tier processor
  • Very high quality camera hardware
  • Has a headphone jack

Cons

  • The finish does not seem hard-wearing
  • Charging is a little slow
  • Camera image processing lags behind the best

If you’ve been looking for a handset that’s slightly smaller than the others on this list – one that you could even use with just one hand for instance – then you can’t do much better than the excellent Asus Zenfone 9.

This device offers some similar qualities to the other Android smartphones above, including packing a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset to give you all the muscle you need, and a strong dual camera system as well, but it also comes in a smaller (albeit fairly thick) package.

If you find that your hands aren’t quite big enough to wield some of the cumbersome phablets that have been mentioned above, then the 5.9-inch screen on this device could suit you right down to the ground.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams

Full review: Asus Zenfone 9 review

FAQs

Should I buy a 5G phone?

While not vital yet, most of these phones are 5G so are futureproofed.

What’s the best Android phone?

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the best Android phone available right now.

Which Android phone has the best camera?

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has the best all-round camera we’ve found on an Android phone, but the Vivo X90 Pro wins in low-light conditions.

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Trusted Reviews test data

We run all the phones we review through a number of tests to gauge performance and other aspects, like screen quality. The S22 Ultra, for example, has a wonderfully accurate display with a high 770 nits of sustained brightness.

Geekbench 5 single core

Geekbench 5 multi core

Geekbench 6 single core

Geekbench 6 multi core

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3D Mark – Wild Life

3D Mark – Wild Life Stress Test

3D Mark – Sling Shot

GFXBench – Aztec Ruins

GFXBench – Car Chase


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Harmony Evans is an award-winning author of Harlequin Kimani Romance, African-American romance, and so on. Harmony Evans is an award-winning author for Harlequin Kimani Romance, the leading publisher of African-American romance. Her 2nd novel, STEALING KISSES, will be released in November 2013. Harmony is a single mom to a beautiful, too-smart-for-her-own-good daughter, who makes her grateful for life daily. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, knitting, reading, and of course, napping and also review some of the best-selling and popular brands and services in the market and also write comprehensive blogs.

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