Best Android phones 2019

The 10 top Android phones you can buy right now

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Summary

  • Right now, the best Android phone you can buy for a combination of power, camera quality, battery life and value for money is the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

1. Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G gives you the future-proofing of 5G, but that's currently not the reason we'd recommend it. Its combination of style and exceptional camera prowess are what puts it at the top of the Android pile right now.

Updated August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.7
inches
  • Display

    6.7 inches
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 16MP
  • Battery size

    4,500 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 16MP
4,500
mAh
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2. Oppo Reno 5G

Oppo's Reno 5G runs a very close second to the S10 5G, and actually bests it on cost and battery life. The camera is good and performance is excellent, but you do go without wireless charging or water resistance in return for its unique "shark fin" front camera array.

Updated August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.6
inches

1080 x 2340px

  • Display

    6.6 inches 1080 x 2340
  • Rear camera

    48MP + 8MP + 13MP
  • Battery size

    4,065 mAh
48MP + 8MP + 13MP
4,065
mAh
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3. Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei's P30 Pro flagship has the single best camera we've ever tested, alongside exceptional battery performance and style. It'd place higher in our list, but recent moves from the US government around Huawei's access to Google Android services on an ongoing basis cast a shadow over the brand's long-term appeal.

Updated August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.47
inches

1080 x 2340px

  • Display

    6.47 inches 1080 x 2340
  • Rear camera

    40MP + 20MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,200 mAh
40MP + 20MP + 8MP
4,200
mAh
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4. Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10+

The non-5G flagship for Samsung remains the Galaxy S10+. It has an amazing dynamic AMOLED display, triple cameras and plenty of processing power, although it's notably not quite the battery behemoth that previous Samsung phones have been.

Updated August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.4
inches
  • Display

    6.4 inches
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 16MP
  • Battery size

    4,100 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 16MP
4,100
mAh
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5. LG V50 ThinQ

LG V50 ThinQ

LG's innovative dual-screen phone isn't quite foldable and its bulk won't appeal to everybody. Still, it's 5G-capable, with great app performance and a solid triple-lens camera to boot.

Updated August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.4
inches

1440 x 3120px

  • Display

    6.4 inches 1440 x 3120
  • Rear camera

    16MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh
16MP + 12MP + 12MP
4,000
mAh
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6. 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 August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
5.5
inches

1080 x 2160px

  • Display

    5.5 inches 1080 x 2160
  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    2,915 mAh
12.2MP
2,915
mAh
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7. 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 August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.4
inches
  • Display

    6.4 inches
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh
12MP + 12MP
4,000
mAh
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8. 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 August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.3
inches

1440 x 2960px

  • Display

    6.3 inches 1440 x 2960
  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    3,430 mAh
12.2MP
3,430
mAh
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9. 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 Samsung's 2018 flagship and the Samsung Galaxy S10 series is already available. It has a crisp display screen, great camera, superb battery life and shows just how good Samsung phones can be.

Updated August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.2
inches
  • Display

    6.2 inches
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    3,500 mAh
12MP + 12MP
3,500
mAh
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10. Nokia 9 Pureview

Nokia 9 Pureview

Nokia's forte is generally in more affordable phones, but in the Nokia 9 Pureview it has gone all in for camera optics, with an arresting array of paired lenses at the back. It's not a phone for everybody, because you've got to be keen on post-processing and have patience for that special shot, but the Nokia 9 Pureview is something special.

Updated August 21st, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
5.99
inches
  • Display

    5.99 inches
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    3,320 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 12MP
3,320
mAh
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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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