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Finder's team of experts have tested and reviewed every phone on this list. For each phone, we consider the design, cameras, performance, battery life and overall value for money.
Our editorial team selected the phones on this list based on their overall quality and value compared to other phones on the market. The selection and order is not based on review scores. More detail on methodology below.
It feels like a natural fit that the best competitor phone to the Apple iPhone would come directly from Google. The reality here, though, is that Google's own Pixel phones have struggled to be the best of Android… until now. The Pixel 6 Pro does it all, with a large and pleasing display that's also surprisingly tough.
Combine that with smart cameras that work well for portrait, landscape and some of Google's own AI magic and you're looking at a camera phone that can go toe-to-toe with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and in many ways best it.
Google's own Tensor processor didn't quite live up to the hype in our tests, but the idea of an AI-led processor is that Google can eke out extra performance down the track with it – and it's certainly nippy enough for a flagship handset anyway. The final icing on the cake here is Google's incredibly competitive pricing, hundreds of dollars cheaper than the entry level iPhone 13 Pro Max or iPhone 13 Pro.
Head here for Finder's review of the Google Pixel 6 Pro.
It's a very close race between Samsung's standard flagship and Google's impressive Pixel 6 Pro. We'll give the slight edge to Samsung here, because the inclusion of a full 108MP standard sensor gives it a lot more scope for cropping and zooming, over and above what the Pixel 6 Pro can manage.
Samsung also manages a great job of appealing to both pro shooters with lots of customisation, while also making it easy for novices to capture some really eye popping photos in its "Single Take" mode.
Head here for Finder's review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.
Motorola has, for years now, delivered some solid affordable phones, but few of them were great. The Motorola Edge 20 hits an absolute sweet spot of affordability, nice thin design and quality performance, alongside a display that can refresh at up to 144Hz for silky-smooth scrolling.
Technically, it's the middle child of the Edge family, but we'd pick the Edge 20 over the Edge 20 Pro, and pay that little bit extra over the Edge 20 Fusion for the Motorola Edge 20 every time.
Head here for Finder's review of the Motorola Edge 20.
It should come as no surprise that the best pure Android phone would come from the company that makes the Android operating system. The advantages of the Pixel 6 and its pure Android approach are twofold. Firstly, you get full Android updates guaranteed for 3 years, and you get them before any other handset on the market.
Secondly, pure Android is almost endlessly customisable, so you can really make your Pixel 6 work and look the way you want it to, not the way the manufacturer's launcher or pre-installed apps insist you have to. The Pixel 6 also benefits from the same aggressive pricing as its bigger Pixel 6 Pro sibling, as well as the future improvement possibilities of Google's Tensor system on a chip.
Head here for Finder's review of the Google Pixel 6.
It might seem like a foregone conclusion that the ASUS ROG Phone 3 would win out on battery. With a 6,000mAh battery, it's got more power than any other phone by a clear 1,000mAh margin. However, it's not just the size of its battery but what it can do with it, topping our battery test charts in real-world usage scenarios too. The ROG Phone 3 is a niche handset, primarily aimed at mobile phone gamers, but if you're after a phone with lots of endurance, it's the one to buy.
Head here for Finder's full ASUS ROG Phone 3 review.
In the table below, you will find the chief specs for every phone mentioned in this list. See how they compare side by side.
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|Display||AMOLED displays don't need a backlight and 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.|
|OS||This is the operating system. Apple's iOS works seamlessly with the App Store for a dynamic and engaging mobile phone experience. Android is an open source platform created by Google, meaning anyone can play around with it. All the phones on our list use the Android OS except the Apple iPhones.|
|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. Apple's iPhones have far less RAM than Android smartphones. When the RAM reaches capacity on an Android phone, RAM is recycled through a memory-heavy process called garbage collection. Apple does it differently and is able to run just as smoothly with half the RAM of most Android mobile phones.|
|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.|
The Motorola Moto G82 is an odd hybrid of the cheaper aspects of Motorola's G-series phones and the select features from fancier Edge phones.
The Motorola Moto e32 is a cheap phone that outperforms its budget rivals and for those on a strict budget it’s a fair buy.
The Motorola Edge 30 improves on the Edge 20 in a lot of important ways – but not when it comes to camera features.
The Motorola Moto G22 is one of the company’s more basic phones, but it does have surprisingly good battery life for a budget handset.
The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a gorgeous and powerful phone that’s a delight to use. But with a steep price can it compete with Apple & Samsung?
The TCL 30+ hits the basics for a mid-range phone, but it never really goes any further than that, lagging well behind the best phones in this price space.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 is an entirely adequate phone, but it doesn’t compare well against other phones in its price class – or even cheaper options like the Galaxy A33 5G.
It’s not quite Samsung’s cheapest Galaxy A series phone for 2022, but it might just be Samsung’s best value A series phone this year.
Oppo’s Find X5 Lite impresses primarily on the strength of its exceptional battery endurance.
Quick verdict: The Oppo Find X5 is a pretty good phone, but for the asking price it needs to be great. And it doesn't quite manage that.
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