If you’re in the market for a new Android phone, you are probably trying to make a decision on which one you should get. With the amount of options and choices you have today, there are many factors you may consider before actually purchasing one such as size, specs, build quality, screen resolution, speaker quality, removable battery and much more.
To help you with your decision, I have put together a list of some of the best high-end Android phones that you can buy today. These are the 3 top Android phones you can buy and this list should help you decide which of the phones suit you the best.
1. HTC One M8
With it’s aluminum unibody design, the HTC One M8 is arguably the best looking Android device available to buy. Sure, there are other aluminum built Android phones but none look quite as beautiful as this one. Even it’s little brother, the M7, also looks extremely elegant.
If you’re switching from an iPhone, and you think that no Android phone could ever feel as premium in your hand, think again. This device feels like a slab of metal fitting perfectly in your hand due to it’s curved back, and carries a bit of weight to it which adds to that premium feel.
While the design and feel in hand is good, the M8 is no slug when coming to performance. This device is run by a Quad Core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 chip supported by 2GB RAM and the Android skin which comes preinstalled on it is also heavily optimized and runs extremely smooth. It is so snappy and fast that it can sometimes outperform pure Android tasks such as switching between apps on the multitasking screen.
The speakers are another story. The HTC M8 has two front firing speakers which are hands down the best speakers I have ever heard an a smartphone. The runner up, is its little brother the HTC M7, which previously held the crown of the best speakers on a smartphone.
This phone also has a 5″ 1920×1080 display with a pixel density of 441ppi, along with a Micro-SD expansion slot which can support up to 128GB.
Although having the best build, best speakers and awesome performance, there are a few downsides.
- The first one being the black HTC bar at the bottom. Some might not find it a problem but it makes the screen sit a bit higher than the center on the front of the device.
- Although very high quality material is covering this phone, that aluminum is also easy to scratch and there have been multiple reports concerning scratches on the aluminum as well as the glass covering the camera module, which brings us to the next downside.
- This device as a 4MP Camera. Although called 4 Ultrapixels, this camera is basically 4 Megapixels which are a bit larger than normal camera pixels. It takes good photos but this can be a deal-breaker for some.
- Non-Removable battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is definitely one of the more well-known devices. It’s polycarbonate body and build allows for a removable back cover, which exposes the battery (user replaceable), sim and Micro SD expansion slot. The design follows its predecessors, the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, but builds on that design and includes some new modules. The new Galaxy S5 includes a heart rate sensor under its 16MP camera at the back, and a fingerprint sensor in its home button on the front which is surrounded by two capacitive buttons (back and multitasking).
The Galaxy S5 is also no slouch when coming to performance, however, due to its custom Touchwiz skin, there is a bit of lag in the system apps and functions such as multitasking and opening system apps. This is hardly a deal breaker and can easily be fixed with software updates. This smartphone is run by a Quad Core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU supported by 2GB RAM and definitely packs more additional features than any of its competition, while running Android on its gorgeous, greatly calibrated 5.1″ AMOLED display.
In addition to all its software features that blows the competition out of the water, it is also IP67 Certified meaning it should support full dust protection, and full water protection when submerged in up to 1 meter of water, for up to 30 minutes so you don’t have to be afraid to take it on a trip to the pool or beach.
- Minor lag in system apps and functions (can be fixed by an update).
- Polycarbonate build (might be an upside for some).
- Touchwiz UI is a bit too colorful and bright for some.
3. Nexus 5
The Nexus 5 is wrapped in a premium feeling, matte plastic which is soft to the touch. Its design is extremely simplistic and elegant with no “fancy” additions. If you are looking for a phone that stands out with it’s hardware features such as fingerprint readers and high end cameras, the Nexus 5 is not for you. What it does offer however, is a very elegant looking design, great performance, comfortable feel in hand, speedy updates and awesome price.
This device is run by a Quad Core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU backed up by 2GB RAM, has a 4.95″ 1920×1080 panel with a pixel density of 445ppi and comes with 16GB internal storage.
Performance wise, this phone FLIES through anything youc an possibly throw at it and runs pure vanilla Android out of the box. No carrier or manufacturer bloatware like the rest of phones mentioned here and is just extremely snappy. Using this phone is a breeze and you almost feel like the phone is moving faster than the speed you can operate it at. While all of this is good, that’s about all that this phone has going for it. There is no Micro-SD expansion slot and the camera performs average, while the speaker is nothing special to talk about. Although, its main upside is PRICE! You get high specs, snappy performance and updates immediately from Google faster than any of its competition, for a fraction of the price of the other devices.
- Speaker quality is not up to par with the rest of high end devices.
- Camera performs average for an 8MP shooter.
These are arguable the best devices immediately available for you to purchase, and after reading this article, you should have a pretty clear idea on which device you are heading for. If you already know which device you want, or already own one of these, let me know in the comments. If you think a phone was worth mentioning here but wasn’t, feel free to leave your opinion in that comment box below also.