Best Android phones 2019: The 10 top Android phones you can buy

We comprehensively review all the major Android handsets released in Australia here at Finder to help you compare what they have to offer.

Right now, the best Android phone you can buy for a combination of power, camera quality, battery life and value for money is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. 2019 promises to reveal a host of competitors to its position, however.

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Info last updated 30 January 2019.

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This comparison was updated 30 January 2019 with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro topping the list.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro tops our inaugural best Android phones list.

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1. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei's Mate 20 Pro combines an amazingly good camera, Huawei's own high-performance Kirin 980 processor and a battery that can outlast the best in its class. All up, it's an easy recommendation in the premium Android phone space.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.39
3120 x 1440
128GB
4,200

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2. Samsung Galaxy S9+

It's a sign of just how good the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is that it's still this high in the rankings, given it's only a matter of weeks before the Galaxy S10 replaces it. It's got a crisp display screen, great camera and superb battery life, and it shows just how good Samsung phones can be.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
3,500

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3. Huawei Mate 20

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Mate 20 Pro's slightly cheaper sibling is still a great phone, with the same high-quality Kirin 980 processor running the whole show, and similar excellent battery performance. The camera isn't quite as sharp, but you do save a serious chunk of change in return. The choice, as always, is yours.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.53
2244 x 1080
128GB
4,000

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4. Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3

Google's smaller Pixel is our pick if you want a "pure" Android handset. It's slightly held back by having only 4GB of RAM, but it makes the most of it with clean Android 9 ("Pie") onboard, a great camera (especially in low light) and the promise of future updates built in.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
5.5
2160 x 1080
64GB
128GB
2,915

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5. Samsung Galaxy Note9

Galaxy Note9

Samsung's Galaxy Note9 sells itself on that unique S-Pen stylus, but it's not the only trick it has. The camera is great, the display is large and clear, and the battery life runs second only to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It would best out the S9+ as well, but Samsung's premium pricing may be a barrier to some, especially for that ultra-desirable 512GB model. Still, if you've been a fan of previous Note phones, this is a superb update that should be your next handset.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.4
2960 x 1440
128GB
512GB
4,000

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6. Google Pixel 3XL

Google Pixel 3XL

If you want pure Google Android and you like a larger phone, the Google Pixel 3XL is the phone for you. You'll get the latest Android updates as soon as they're available, an exceptional single lens camera with an almost magical night sight mode and good battery performance to boot.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.3
1440x2960
64GB
128GB
3,430

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7. Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

There aren't too many small-but-powerful Android phones outside of Google's own Pixel family, but the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact fills that gap rather nicely. If you're after a powerful phone that easily fits in your pocket, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is a great choice.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
5
2160 x 1080
64GB
2,870

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8. HTC U12+

HTC U12 Plus

Much of what makes the Google Pixel phones great comes via HTC. That's partly because they've been the OEM of choice for Google for some time, but also because Google bought a whole host of HTC IP – as well as the services of many of its developers – in 2017. The HTC U12+ is effectively the Google Pixel with a more flexible interface, especially as it relates to the "Edge Sense" squeezable sides feature. Add in a unique design and some solid performance, and you've got a quality handset. One catch here is that it only sells outright in Australia, so there are no contract options on offer.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6
2880 x 1440
128GB
3,500

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9. Oppo Find X

Oppo Find X

Oppo traditionally plays in the mid-range space, offering near-premium value at lower price points. The Oppo Find X is the company's first premium flagship phone, with a unique "pop-up" camera module that allows it to have a full screen display. If you're after a genuinely different phone, you'll find it in the Oppo Find X.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.4
2340 x 1080
128GB
3,730

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10. LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

LG's AI-enhanced LG G7 ThinQ has some of the best speaker performance on any Android handset you can buy right now as well as a dual camera array that incorporates a wide-angle lens, making it a great choice for landscape photographers. Its Snapdragon 845 CPU gives it plenty of power, too.

Updated February 24th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.1
3120 x 1440
64GB
128GB
3,000

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Why you should compare the best Android phones in Australia

Google's Android operating system runs more phones than any other, having entirely seen off Windows Phone and taken significant market share from Apple's iOS. It's where we see the most innovation, year in and year out, whether it's in battery capacity, new camera features or consumer-friendly ways to make each Android device your own.

That means it's much more than just a game of comparing specifications, especially as the vast majority of premium phones run off the same OS and mostly the same core processors. Premium Android phones bring features such as improved camera optics, wireless charging, large high resolution displays and stylish finishes with robust glass.

Here at finder.com.au, we've reviewed all of the flagship smartphones that have launched in Australia, putting them through their paces to see which is best. We've argued long and hard to create this list of 2019's best smartphones, which we update constantly.


Glossary: Key Android phone terms to consider

Display AMOLED displays don't need a backlight, screen pixels are actually turned off to produce blacks, which can save energy. Super AMOLED has improved visibility in direct sunlight. LCD displays use a backlight, which reduces contrast. An IPS LCD display has truer colour reproduction and looks better when you view the screen at an angle.
RAM RAM is your phone's short-term memory. When you use an app, instead of writing data to your phone's internal storage or SD card (long-term memory), the data is stored in the device's RAM so it can be recalled quickly and easily when it's needed. The more RAM the better, and in the premium space that typically means 4GB or more. When the RAM reaches capacity on an Android phone, RAM is recycled through a memory heavy process called garbage collection.
Megapixels MP is short for megapixels and is generally accepted as a guide for image quality. More megapixels doesn't mean a better-looking photo. Megapixels are about the maximum size of the image in relation to image quality. The more megapixels, the larger you can blow up your picture without it becoming distorted.
Sensor size Too many megapixels for a small image sensor will ruin the image quality.

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