Best Android Phones: Our top picks for July 2021

by Joseph K. Clark

If you want to get your hands on the best Android phone in 2021, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the one for you. It’s a device that delivers all of the high-end specs and features you could ask for in a flagship smartphone, all while coming in at a lower price than its predecessor. That said, if you’re in the market for a more affordable smartphone with different software, or a more unique design, there are plenty of other options to consider.

What are the best Android phones?

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There are many contenders for the best Android phones, but we think the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the best option for most people. Admittedly, the S21 isn’t the most premium Android phone you can buy in 2021 (that honor would probably go to the Galaxy S21 Ultra or Galaxy Z Fold 2). Still, when looking at the specs and features it offers for the price, it’s easily the best phone that most people should buy.

The best part is that the Galaxy S21 costs less than its predecessor, making it an even more enticing option. While Samsung made a few changes to bring down the price, the fundamentals are still intact: you get the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, a 120Hz AMOLED display, great cameras, reliable battery life, wireless charging, and IP68 dust/water resistance. Everything you could ask for is present on the Galaxy S21, and it does all of this with a retail price that’s easily palatable.

If you have a few more dollars to spend and want something even more impressive, our next pick is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. This is one of the most powerful Android phones currently available in 2021, and that’s evident with virtually every facet of the S21 Ultra. It has Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 chipset, and it comes with a Quad HD+ display that can run at 120Hz and a camera system that’s practically guaranteed to make your jaw drop.

We should also mention the Google Pixel 4a is in a completely different smartphone category compared to the Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra. It has lesser specs across the board and a cheaper design, resulting in a vastly lower price. However, times are tough for many people right now, and if you want a top-notch Android phone that can do everything you ask of it while spending as little as possible, the Google Pixel 4a is the phone to get.

The same as the insane 50W wireless charging on the 9 Pro, but the upside is that the OnePlus 9 works with any Qi-enabled wireless charger available today. This particular feature is missing on the Indian and Chinese models, but you’ll find it on the OnePlus 9 variants sold in North America and Europe.

Coming to the software, OxygenOS 11 continues to set the standard in terms of customizability. The bloatware-free UI is a delight to use, and recently OnePlus announced that it would begin supporting its flagship phones with three years of Android platform updates.

Overall, the OnePlus 9 is a solid contender to the Galaxy S20 FE. It has the latest hardware, great cameras, clean software, and fast charging, and for what it costs, you are getting a great overall value.

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