Best Android telephones to purchase for 2021 – TNE


Phone expertise strikes quick, with in the present day’s high producers pushing out improvements quicker than ever. Features reminiscent of tremendous quick 5G connectivity and Super AMOLED shows are commonplace, with extra futuristic tech like foldable shows obtainable for individuals who need the leading edge (and who’ve the deep pockets to pay for them). Samsung’s Galaxy line dominates the Android class, and that most likely will not cease anytime quickly. But different corporations are gunning for the consideration of being the most effective Android cellphone — and also you, the potential buyer, profit from all this competitors.

There are actually quite a few improbable Android telephones obtainable at quite a lot of costs, starting from high-end flagship telephones to funds units. We took a take a look at the most effective Android choices and rounded up our favorites, which we hold updated. These telephones have typically nice battery life, screens, cameras or the entire above. We additionally took into consideration options reminiscent of a fingerprint sensor, wi-fi charging and expandable storage. Read on to see our high picks for the most effective Android cellphone selections and take a look at our recommendations on methods to purchase a brand new cellphone, too.

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As Samsung’s elite flagship cellphone for 2021, the Galaxy S21 Ultra contains a good 6.8-inch AMOLED show with an ultra-smooth 120Hz refresh charge that additionally helps Samsung’s S-Pen stylus, an superior rear digital camera with unimaginable zoom abilities and 5G connectivity for tremendous speedy knowledge. This is the most effective in cellular expertise that Samsung has to supply, and it is the cellphone to go for in the event you’re eager to place cutting-edge tech in your pocket. 

Read our Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G evaluate.


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If you need a 5G cellphone that does not value an excessive amount of, the Pixel 4A 5G is one in all our high picks. The handset has a strong battery life, improbable twin rear cameras and strong software program assist from Google. There’s additionally the Pixel 5, which has an incredible 90Hz show, however it prices extra at $699 (£599, AU$999).

Read our Google Pixel 4A 5G evaluate.


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Pixel telephones have a loyal following and with good motive. Without contemplating its worth, Google’s Pixel 4A Android cellphone has top-notch digital camera efficiency that takes good images. But this Android system is an excellent higher deal because the funds smartphone prices $349 (£349, AU$599). The 5.81-inch handset additionally contains a headphone jack, 128GB of storage out of the field and higher battery life than final yr’s Pixel 4.

Read our Google Pixel 4A evaluate.


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While OnePlus is not as well-known as Apple or Samsung, the OnePlus 8 and eight Pro smartphone presents a premium expertise at a comparatively extra inexpensive funds cellphone worth than its rivals. As the extra superior Android smartphone, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 120Hz show and a telephoto digital camera. But the OnePlus 8 is extra inexpensive funds Android telephones and nonetheless has 5G, a quick 90Hz show and the identical top-of-the-line processor.

Read our OnePlus 8 evaluate.


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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE packs a lot of what we have come to count on from its premium S vary of telephones, together with a number of rear cameras, nice efficiency and 5G connectivity, however wrapped it in cheaper supplies and introduced the worth right down to a extra inexpensive cellphone. It gained a coveted TNE Editors’ Choice award, and it is the cellphone to go for if you would like an incredible Samsung cellphone however do not need to empty your checking account to get it.

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Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition evaluate.


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Foldable telephones have but to hit the mainstream, remaining as an alternative solely within the attain of these prepared to spend high greenback on the most recent in cellular innovation. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the most effective folding cellphone round, providing top-notch efficiency, an incredible digital camera setup and quite a lot of tweaks to its folding expertise that make it extra sturdy that its predecessor. 

Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 evaluate.


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The Motorola Edge Plus has just about every part you’d hope for in a premium 5G cellphone: A Snapdragon 865 chipset, a large battery, an OLED show display with a excessive refresh charge, and a number of rear cameras with heavy-duty specs. Motorola took options discovered on different top-of-the-line Android telephones, put its personal Moto spin on them and constructed all of them into one in all our favourite Android telephones of the yr.

Read our Motorola Edge Plus evaluate.

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