Especially in the realm of Android, there are new phones being released on a constant basis. Apple’s iPhones will always be popular, but phones running Google’s mobile operating system provide a plethora of options – and typically offer far superior specifications for the same price.
Given that the year 2022 has only just begun, we’re only just beginning to see the Android phones that will shape the coming year, with devices such as the Xiaomi 12, OnePlus 10, and OnePlus 10 Pro among the most recent additions, and devices such as the Galaxy S22 series and Oppo Find X5 Pro already in stock.
Until then, last year offered us several incredible devices that are still well worth purchasing, with the Xiaomi Mi 11 being one of our top picks and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 serving as a superb foldable.
It was, however, a disappointing year for OnePlus flagships, with the OnePlus 9 series failing to wow us enough to enter our top 10 – while the mid-range Nord 2 did manage to make the cut.
Here at Tech Advisor, we extensively evaluate each phone on our own to ensure that you are presented with the absolute finest alternatives worth considering at any particular point in time. Here is a ranking of the top 10, but be sure to come back often as we update this list on a regular basis.
You can learn more about each product by reading our in-depth evaluations. You’ll find extensive benchmarks, test pictures, and other useful information there.
The Best Android Smartphones for 2022
1. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – The best Android Smartphone on the Market.
- Pros: Excellent camera | Phenomenal display | Stylus support
- Cons: Bulky | Expensive | Slower charging
- From £1,149
Rather than feeling like an S22 at all, the Galaxy S22 Ultra feels more like a clandestine resuscitation of Samsung’s once-popular Note brand, complete with a separate design from its S22 siblings and a built-in slot for storing the S-Pen pen that comes with the phone.
Featuring a 108Mp primary camera complemented by an ultrawide and two telephoto lenses with varying zoom capabilities – with the zoom performance being significantly enhanced over previous generations — the camera is one of the best available in any phone today.
In addition to offering a high WQHD+ resolution and an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz, the 6.8in LTPO AMOLED display, which includes compatibility for the S-pen stylus, is designed to easily occupy the productivity niche vacated by the previous Note phones.
2. Google Pixel 6 Pro – The Best Camera and Software on the Market Today.
- Pros: Pixel camera | Google’s best software | Beautiful display
- Cons: Divisive design | Big and heavy | Slow charging
Pixel phones are often focused on the camera, and this year has been no exception in that regard. Not that the camera has remained unchanged – with a 48Mp primary lens, as well as an ultrawide angle and a periscopic zoom, this is the most powerful Pixel camera to date, according to Google.
It’s enhanced by artificial intelligence capabilities enabled by Android 12 and Google’s new Tensor processor, and few phones can compete with the photographic output on display here.
You’ll have to put up with sluggish charging (and purchase your own charger on top of that), and you’ll have to accept the fact that this is a large phone with a polarising design – you may well like it, but there are plenty of people who don’t like it.
3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 – The World’s Best Foldable Smartphone
- Pros: Stunning design | Waterproof | Affordable (for a foldable)
- Cons: Average camera | Limited battery life
- £949 (128GB) | £999 (256GB)
Samsung’s first few folding devices were entertaining, but they came off as novelty items. When it comes to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the Korean tech titan has unquestionably hit the nail on the head.
Because of the bigger cover display, the new design not only looks a lot better but also integrates waterproofing and is more functional.
Although the Snapdragon 888 is in the mix, the core specifications remain strong throughout. The 12Mp primary and ultrawide cameras are both good if not spectacular, but the lack of a telephoto lens may be a disappointment.
The Flip 3’s biggest flaw is its battery life, which is barely adequate for a single day’s worth of use. But, if you can get past it, this is the first foldable that feels truly competitive at its price range, according to our tests.
4. Oppo Find X5 Pro – The Best All-Around on the Market.
- Pros: Best screen around | Versatile camera | Unique design
- Cons: No periscope zoom | Expensive
By any standard, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is an outstanding smartphone. One of the nicest screens on any phone right now is the 6.7in 10-bit 120Hz QHD+ panel, which Oppo backs up with 80W wired and 50W wireless charging, a large 5000mAh battery, and an excellent camera with 50Mp sensors on both the primary and ultrawide lenses.
Because the telephoto lens is just 2x zoom, you won’t be able to take advantage of periscopic zooming, but the results from all three back lenses are outstanding. The phone’s appearance is also distinctive, thanks to a camera module that is flawlessly slanted and integrated into the ceramic of the phone’s body.
For sheer performance, the Find X3 Pro is hard to top, with to its combination of all of the features listed above as well as a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 256GB of storage, and 12GB of RAM. To obtain it, you must first demonstrate a willingness to pay the price, which is not insignificant.
5 Samsung Galaxy S22+ – The Best Smartphone for Keeping Up With the Latest Technology
- Pros: Strong camera | Beautiful design | Long-term software updates
- Cons: Middling battery life | Worse value than rivals
Don’t think of the S22+ as a less-expensive version of the S22 Ultra – Samsung has utilized its Goldilocks model to get an extremely well-balanced set of specifications and features that have just a few shortcomings.
As a consequence, you’ll receive some of the finest performance presently available in an Android phone, a glass-bodied design, and the newest Android 12 (dressed in Samsung’s own One UI 4.1 at launch), as well as a pledge to years of software maintenance from Samsung.
This is a fantastic representation of what we may expect from Android flagships in 2022, despite the fact that battery life is a touch variable and several camera functions will most likely gain from firmware updates over time.
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