Best Android Phone 2020: Find the Right Handset for You
There are new phones arriving all the time, especially when it comes to the world of Android phones. Apple’s iPhone might be popular but handsets running Google’s mobile OS provide you with a wealth of choice.
2019 brought along some amazing handsets like the Galaxy S10, Xiaomi Mi 9 and Huawei P30 Pro. 2020 is shaping up to be a corker too (at least where phone releases are concerned), with offerings like the Galaxy S20 Series, the Realme X50 Pro and, of course, more recent entries, such as the Google Pixel 5.
Here at Tech Advisor we independently test each phone thoroughly so we can bring you the very best options worth considering at any given moment. Here we rank the top ten but keep checking back as we update this list regularly.
Clicking through to our in-depth reviews will help, as we have detailed benchmarks, test photography and more for you to explore.
Best Android phones 2020
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1. OnePlus 8 Pro – Best overall
The OnePlus 8 Pro is arguably the company’s first full flagship, finally incorporating long-requested features like wireless charging and an IP68 waterproof rating to make it a genuine contender with the likes of Samsung’s finest.
Understandably, the price has gone up accordingly, but even the base model – no slouch at 8GB RAM and 128GB storage – still represents serious value by flagship standards, meaning you will save at least some money by opting for OnePlus over most other manufacturers.
The 8 Pro’s camera is the company’s best yet and while it still lags behind rivals, OnePlus’s imaging engineers have clearly worked hard to narrow the gap considerably. Throw in 5G, a great design and the best Android skin around and the OnePlus 8 Pro is easy to recommend to anyone who can afford it.
Read our full OnePlus 8 Pro review
2. Google Pixel 5 – Most compact
Google’s first 5G flagship walks a different path to its predecessors, showcasing Android 11 to the best of its abilities but also shedding the more experimental features of previous generations and opting for more conservative hardware at the same time.
Its clean design and user experience are supported by a set of superb – and now more feature-rich – cameras, as well as an incredibly compact design and battery life that’s actually usable.
Read our full Google Pixel 5 review
3. Samsung Galaxy S20 – Best for ease of use
The Galaxy S20 is compact, powerful and packs a versatile camera system that may not match the top-tier S20 Ultra on zoom or detail, but meets – and sometimes beats – it across the rest of the board, which means it’s more than a match for most other phones out there too.
The wider 5G ecosystem isn’t quite there yet but will be within the lifetime of this phone, making it almost worth the upgrade. And while battery life remains a slight concern, that’s really the only major fault here. The Android ecosystem offers more for less elsewhere, but usually, without Samsung’s level of prestige or polish, and in this case, we think that’s worth paying for.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S20 review
4. Oppo Find X2 Pro – Best camera
The Oppo Find X2 Pro is a phenomenal phone by any measure. The 6.7in, 10-bit, 120Hz, QHD+ panel is among the best displays in any phone right now, and Oppo backs it up with the fastest wired charging around at 65W, as well as a top-tier camera that boasts two 48Mp lenses and up to 10x hybrid zoom.
You’ll have to live without wireless charging and the choice between bland grey ceramic or garish orange vegan leather finishes might leave some struggling to find a design that suits their style.
For pure performance though, the Find X2 Pro faces little competition right now, with all of the above plus a Snapdragon 865 chip, 5G, 512GB storage and 12GB RAM. You just have to be willing to pay the steep asking price, as it doesn’t come cheap.
Read our full Oppo Find X2 Pro review
5. Realme X50 Pro 5G – Best value
Realme’s first 5G flagship (and second-ever flagship phone) is an impressively affordable device that doesn’t skimp on high-end specs and features.
The Realme X50 Pro forgoes aspects like IP water resistance and a thin body but in return sports the powerful Snapdragon 865 chipset, 5G, up to 12GB of RAM, fast UFS 3.0 storage and insane 65W ‘SuperDart’ fast charging; which delivers 60% charge in just 15 minutes and a full charge in only 35 (on-par with the Oppo Find X2 and X2 Pro).
Best of all, the X50 Pro costs nearly half that of most top-tier Android flagships on the market in 2020.
Read our full Realme X50 Pro review
6. Google Pixel 4a – Most affordable
If you’re in the US and looking for a great mid-range Android phone then you should buy the Pixel 4a today. It really is a knockout handset from Google with so much on offer for an incredibly affordable price.
Things are a little more complicated in the UK and Europe, where there’s much tougher competition from rivals with things like 5G support and higher refresh rate displays – if you consider those attributes important features.
Otherwise, it’s a charming phone with a rare compact design, smooth performance, excellent cameras and easy-to-use software with at least three years of updates.
Read our full Google Pixel 4a review
7. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – Best for productivity
A true powerhouse – the Note 20 Ultra doesn’t take any prisoners, with its flagship performance, greatly-improved camera (compared to the Galaxy S20 Ultra), new low-latency S Pen experience and the sheer number of features it offers.
Samsung’s One UI 2.5 user experience is jam-packed with functionality without feeling overwhelming. You have control over pretty much every aspect of the phone and it’s designed to help you get things done.
The pairing of S Pen and the new Samsung Notes experience is a particular highlight, as is the tighter Microsoft integration. There’s also the matter of DeX desktop experience – which is now fully-wireless with compatible displays.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review
8. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – Best design
The Galaxy Z Flip isn’t a perfect phone. It’s expensive, there are only two main camera lenses, and the fingerprint sensor sucks.
Price aside, these are minor quibbles, however, and even while this may not be the best phone we’ve used this year, it’s one of our favourites. With the Z Flip, Samsung has nailed the compact foldable form factor, and by comparison, every other 2020 flagship feels ungainly and oversized.
This phone looks great, offers solid performance and flagship features, and is just plain cool. Most people probably shouldn’t spend this much on a phone, but if you can afford to then nothing else right now can match the Z Flip (save for maybe the tweaked 5G version).
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review
9. Sony Xperia 1 II – Best for multimedia
Sony’s latest flagship doubles down on the unique attributes of 2019’s Xperia 1, with an enhanced 21:9 4K HDR OLED display, a wealth of audio technologies (including a 3.5mm headphone jack) and a Sony Alpha-influenced triple-camera module.
Its augmented-but-clean take on Android includes meaningful improvements and despite not looking as competitive on paper as other Android flagships, its performance and battery longevity proved more than capable in testing.
Read our full Sony Xperia 1 II review
10. OnePlus 8T – Best for fast charging
Bigger numbers in all things except price renders the OnePlus 8T a great buy. It’s cheaper than the OnePlus 8’s original RRP and yet sports a smoother 120Hz refresh rate display and is the first of the company’s phone’s to integrate blisteringly-fast 65W fast charging.
It’s also one of the first phones outside of Google’s own Pixel 5 to boast the latest and greatest Android 11; in this instance, covered by OnePlus’ OxygenOS 11 user experience on top.
Read our full OnePlus 8T review
Your buying guide for the best Android phones in 2020
While you only get to choose from a handful of Apple handsets, there’s something for everyone when it comes to Android.
They come from a variety of different manufacturers, in all shapes, sizes and colours, and each has selling points – whether it’s a sleek waterproof design, a massive display or no fewer than three cameras. Sometimes, you might find all of those attributes on one phone.
Since you’re often paying in excess of £700 for these devices, you can expect to get tip-top build quality and the latest hardware and software features. On some occasions, differences between devices can be slight, so a lot will likely come down to personal preference.
If every entry here seems too expensive, then we also have dedicated charts for mid-range phones and budget phones. So you’ll find something worthwhile no matter how much you’re willing to spend.
We’ve done our best to rank the phones in order, taking into account build, value, performance and features. However, make sure you get a phone that’s right for your needs – it might not simply be the phone in the top spot.
Note that where phones are very similar – like the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus – we’ve picked the one we think is better to appear in the chart. This is so that the ten phones are nicely varied; providing you with a wider choice.
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