In our buying guide, we have selected the 10 best Android smartphones in 2021. We recommend that you take a look at it regularly as new ones could be added. As for the purchase, before turning to an iPhone, we advise you to look at the Side of Android. Indeed, unlike Apple products, you have a lot of choices and there is something for everyone.
Androids are available in all sizes, colors, and all (at least those of our ranking) a superb design and incredible features (waterproofness, screen, cameras, autonomy. Also, choosing an Android smartphone is all the more complicated as each manufacturer has many ranges of phones, each with its qualities and defects.
For this selection, we focused on the flagship models of each brand. The most high-end smartphones cost around $900, or even just over $1,000, but you can find Android vouchers for less than $300.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – The Best in All Areas
- 2 2. Oppo Find X3 Pro – At the Best Screen
- 3 3. Xiaomi Mi 11 – Best Performance
- 4 4. Samsung Galaxy S21 – The Most Complete
- 5 5. OnePlus Nord – Best Mid-Range
- 6 6. Google Pixel 5 – The Most Compact
- 7 7. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – The Best Foldable
- 8 8. Realme GT – The best competitor with flagships
- 9 9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro – The Best at a Low Price
- 10 10. Vivo X60 Pro – At The Best Design
1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – The Best in All Areas
Slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Samsung S21 Ultra still sports a superb 6.8-inch screen with WQHD+ resolution, a ratio of 20:9. In addition, it incorporates Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology that complies with HDR10+.
On the back, it is equipped with a quad photo module, consisting of a main sensor of 108 Mp (f/1.8), an ultra wide-angle of 12 Mp, two telephoto lenses of 10 Mp and a ToF sensor with laser autofocus. For even better results, it also features a 3x and 10x optically amplified dual zoom system.
This S21 Ultra features a Snapdragon 888 processor from Qualcomm engraved 5mm, supported by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB / 256 GB of storage.
2. Oppo Find X3 Pro – At the Best Screen
The Oppo Find X3 Pro is phenomenal in every way. Its 6.7-inch QHD+ panel, 10-bit color display and 120Hz refresh rate are the perfect combination for a sublime screen.
Oppo didn’t stop there since the Find X3 Pro is compatible with 65W wired charging and 30W wireless charging. Its autonomy, it, will satisfy you in particular thanks to its battery of 4500mAh.
Another advantage, it has a high-level photo module with two 50 Mp lenses and a telephoto lens with 2x zoom. It is a micro-lens device capable of making zooms worthy of a microscope.
Under its hood, we find a Snapdragon 888 chip, 512 GB of storage and 12 GB of RAM.
3. Xiaomi Mi 11 – Best Performance
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is a rock-solid device thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, which is combined with 8 GB of RAM and a large storage capacity.
Add to that a curved 120Hz AMOLED WQHD+ display, a 108MP rear sensor, and 55W fast charging combined with 50W wireless charging. All this at an unbeatable price, for the moment.
However, it can be blamed for some drawbacks, for example it is not waterproof, it is devoid of telephoto lenses, and Xiaomi’s MIUI software is perfectible.
4. Samsung Galaxy S21 – The Most Complete
With the Galaxy S21,Samsung does the same superb balancing act as for last year’s S20 and updates the hardware.
Thus, you benefit from the best performance that is currently found in an Android, a new design, a better autonomy, the latest Android 11 (with its own user interface One UI 3.1 Samsung) and 5G.
And most importantly, at a more affordable price than its predecessor.
5. OnePlus Nord – Best Mid-Range
The OnePlus Nord, one of the cheapest models of the brand, is a nec plus ultra. It’s not only powered by Qualcomm’s solid mid-range chip, the Snapdragon 765G, but it also has a 90Hz AMOLED display, a stunning 48 MP camera, and a solid fast-charging 30W battery.
On the hardware side, the company’s OxygenOS user experience is also a strong point, it brings responsive interactivity and a clean interface.
6. Google Pixel 5 – The Most Compact
The Pixel 5 features a balanced design and sports a 6-inch OLED display in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio larger than that of the Pixel 4. It offers an HDR10+, Full HD+ display, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, for exceptional image rendering.
With its Google Pixel 5, the priority for the brand is the photo and video quality of its devices. There is then a main sensor of 12 Mp, an ultra wide-angle (107 °) of 16 Mp and a lens of 8 Mp at the front. As for video, the Pixel 5 offers Cinematic Pan mode, some image stability and a slow motion effect.
It embeds a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, with 8 Kryo 475 cores and its Adreno 620 iGPU, supported by capacities of 8 GB of RAM.
7. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – The Best Foldable
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is not perfect. It is expensive, it has only two main purposes and its fingerprint reader is disappointing.
With the Z Flip, Samsung has succeeded in the bet of compact and foldable shape, and in comparison, all the other flagships of 2020 seem unsightly and oversized.
Design aside, the Z Flip performs well and has great functions. If you can afford to spend so much then don’t hesitate and get the Z Flip.
8. Realme GT – The best competitor with flagships
The Realme GT features a Snapdragon 888 chip, which is itself combined with the fastest RAM and storage space, with 65W wired charging and a 120 Hz AMOLED screen to complete the whole thing. All these characteristics are essentially those of a flagship.
However, its attractive price hides small omissions. This is because the Realme GT is not compatible with wireless charging and is not waterproof. Not to mention that it does not have an ultra-wide sensor and telephoto lens.
If performance is your priority, then its value for money is unbeatable.
9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro – The Best at a Low Price
The Redmi Note 10 Pro features a display with AMOLED technology and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
On the back, it has excellent photo sensors, including a 108 Mp with an ultra wide angle and a very satisfying macro TV.
Also, you will appreciate its headphone jack, its Arc fingerprint reader or its stereo speakers.
As for its performance, it is possible thanks to the inclusion of its Snapdragon 732G processor.
10. Vivo X60 Pro – At The Best Design
The most beautiful qualities of the Vivo X60 Pro are its design and camera. With a thickness of 7.6 mm and a weight of 177 g, it is one of the thintest and lightest phones that can be found currently, despite a 6.56-inch screen (AMOLED 120 Hz).
As for the camera, the main sensor of 48 Mp, f/1.5, stabilized by gimbal, is one of the most efficient on the market, especially in low light or for video. The 13 Mp wide-angle and 2x zoom lenses complete the set.
There is no waterproofing or wireless charging, and the screen caps at Full HD.