Consumers change their criteria for buying a new Android smartphone every year. In 2020, a higher refresh rate, super AMOLED displays, and the presence of 5G connectivity are core specs that almost every flagship phone has. Samsung’s overtaking its competitors because its phones offer all of 2020’s trendy features. However, it’s not a single-player game, because other companies are also competing for the name of the best Android phone. 

It’s easy to get lost in this smartphone forest. There are different Android phone models for every taste, beginning from top-tier flagship handsets to lower budget gadgets. Lynn La from cnet had a chance to test a lot of gadgets, to look at their behavior during active work, and put the best models into a list. Read the article to see what smartphone you should be paying more attention to.

The best flagship Android

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20. Image credit: gsmarena.com

With no doubt, the Samsung Galaxy S20 is the best specimen among Android flagships. It has a 6.2-inch AMOLED display with a triple satisfying 120Hz refresh rate, plus an IP68 rating. This is the highest possible level of dust and water protection among current, market-leading phones. Also, it’s got reverse wireless charging and a triple-camera set. Of course, you can have the even better Galaxy S20 Plus or Ultra, but for its price, this one leads the pack. 

Pay for the camera

Google Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4A. Image credit: gsmarena.com

As a mobile maker, Google stands for reliability, thanks to its Pixel phones. The Google Pixel 4A is on this list because it’s a really good choice for its price. For only $349 (£349, AU$599) you’ll get a 5.81-inch handset, important to notice that it comes with a headphone jack, 128GB of storage, a brilliant camera, and greater battery capacity than last year’s Pixel 4.

Ultra giga mega smartphone 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note S20 Ultra. Image credit: gsmarena.com

The Note 20 Ultra is an ultra Android smartphone for those who really understand why they need such a gadget. In exchange for your money, you’ll get a smartphone with an expensive screen, an embedded S Pen stylus, and 5G connectivity. On the back of the phone, there’s a triple-camera set, the machine is powered with the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, and of course, wireless charging. Notice that this is a brief description, but for a better understanding of the Note 20 Ultra features, read our review.

Love from the first plus

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro

OnePlus 8. Image credit: gsmarena.com

The OnePlus hits right at the hearts of its fans and not only them. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro smartphones are not as stand-out as Apple’s iPhones, but they absolutely can compete with them. Purchasing a OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro is a good choice because you’ll save some money and get the same premium smartphone. As a better OnePlus model, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 120Hz display and a wide-angle camera, though the OnePlus 8 is more modest but cheaper. It still has 5G, a nice 90Hz refresh rate, and the same powerful processor as its older brother. 

Good ol` Motorola

Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus. Image credit: gsmarena.com

Motorola is a good, classic phone company that you can rely on. Motorola is better known in the budget smartphone sector, but the Motorola Edge Plus is far beyond. It’s a full flagship smartphone with all the top-tier specs you’d expect from a good device. A Snapdragon 865 processor is under the hood, a good battery capacity, an OLED screen with a high refresh rate, and excellent cameras. Motorola compiled all flagship features in one device but inserted their own Moto spin. It’s a wonderful device you should, with no reservations, take into account.

Cheap but lit Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A51

Samsung Galaxy A51. Image credit: gsmarena.com

As well as flagship smartphones, Samsung’s also produces the budget line Galaxy A series phones. In 2020, Samsung released the Galaxy A51 for $399 (£329, AU$599). For such a price you’ll get a nice gadget with a 6.5-inch super AMOLED display, four cameras, a fingerprint reader, and expandable storage. If you want 5G connectivity, you have to pay an extra $100 more.