The best Android phone 2022

There’s a lot of choice for Android phones, so we’ve reviewed and ranked the best you can buy right now – now including the OnePlus 10 Pro

There are new phones arriving all the time, especially when it comes to the world of Android. Apple’s iPhones will always be popular but handsets running Google’s mobile OS provide you with a wealth of choice – and usually much better specs for the same price.

We’re now a few months into 2022 and already have many of the year’s biggest Android flagships, including the Xiaomi 12OnePlus 10 ProGalaxy S22 series, and Oppo Find X5 Pro.

Last year also brought along some phenomenal handsets which are still well worth buying, with the Xiaomi Mi 11 still among our favourites, and a fantastic foldable in the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.

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 2022

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – Best Android phone

  • Pros: Excellent camera | Phenomenal display | Stylus support
  • Cons: Bulky | Expensive | Slower charging
  • From $1,199

The Galaxy S22 Ultra doesn’t feel like an S22 at all – in fact this is more like a covert revival of Samsung’s once-loved Note brand, with a distinct design from its S22 siblings and a built-in slot to store the included S-Pen stylus.

The camera is one of the best in any phone, with a 108Mp main shooter backed up by an ultrawide and two telephoto lenses at different zoom levels – with the zoom performance particularly improved on previous models.

The expansive 6.8in LTPO AMOLED display delivers both high WQHD+ resolution and adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, and with S-pen stylus support it comfortably fills the productivity niche of the former Note phones.

Google Pixel 6 Pro – Best camera & software

  • Pros: Pixel camera | Google’s best software | Beautiful display
  • Cons: Divisive design | Big and heavy | Slow charging
  • $899

Pixel phones are usually all about the camera, and in that sense not much has changed this year. Which isn’t to say the camera’s stayed the same – now packing a 48Mp main lens along with an ultrawide and a periscopic telephoto, this is the most powerful Pixel camera yet.

It’s bolstered by AI smarts driven by Android 12 and Google’s new Tensor chip, and few phones can rival the photographic output here.

You’ll have to put up with slow charging (and buy your own charger to boot), and accept the fact that this is a big phone with a divisive design – you may well love it, but there are plenty out there who don’t.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 – Best foldable

  • Pros: Stunning design | Waterproof | Affordable (for a foldable)
  • Cons: Average camera | Limited battery life
  • $999 (128GB) | $1,049 (256GB)

Samsung’s first few attempts at foldables were fun, but felt like novelties. With the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the Korean tech giant has unequivocally got it right.

A revamped design not only looks much better, but incorporates waterproofing and is more useful thanks to the larger cover display.

Core specs are solid throughout, with a Snapdragon 888 in tow, and the 12Mp main and ultrawide cameras are solid if not exceptional – though you may miss having a telephoto lens.

The big drawback is battery, with the Flip 3 only just lasting a full day’s use. But if you can live with that, this is the first foldable that feels absolutely competitive at its price point.

Oppo Find X5 Pro – Best flagship all-rounder

  • Pros: Best screen around | Versatile camera | Unique design
  • Cons: No periscope zoom | Expensive
  • Unavailable in the US

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a phenomenal phone by any measure. The 6.7in 10-bit 120Hz QHD+ panel is one of the best displays in any phone right now and Oppo backs it up with 80W wired and 50W wireless charging, a 5000mAh battery, and a top-tier camera that boasts 50Mp sensors on both the main and ultrawide lenses.

You’ll have to live without a periscopic zoom lens – the telephoto here is a measly 2x zoom – but results across all three rear lenses are exceptional. The design is unique too, thanks to a seamlessly sloped camera module built right into the ceramic of the phone’s body.

For pure performance, the Find X5 Pro is also hard to beat, with all of the above plus a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, 256GB storage and 12GB RAM. You just have to be willing to pay the price, as it doesn’t come cheap.

Samsung Galaxy S22+ – Best for updates

  • Pros: Strong camera | Beautiful design | Long-term software updates
  • Cons: Middling battery life | Worse value than rivals
  • $999

Don’t think of the S22+ as a poor man’s S22 Ultra – Samsung has used its Goldilocks model to strike a super balancing act of specs and features that comes with few flaws.

As a result, you get some of the best performance found in an Android phone currently, a glass-bodied design, and the latest Android 12 (dressed in Samsung’s own One UI 4.1, at launch) with a commitment to years of software support.

The battery life is a little inconsistent, and some of the camera features will likely benefit from firmware fixes over time, but this remains an excellent example of what we can hope for from 2022’s Android flagships.

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