10 Best Android phones in the UK 2022

10 Best Android phones in the UK 2022

Included in this guide:

1. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra CHECK PRICE

2. OnePlus Nord 2T CHECK PRICE

3. OnePlus 10 Pro CHECK PRICE

4. Google Pixel 6 CHECK PRICE

5. Realme GT 2 Pro CHECK PRICE

6. Samsung Galaxy S22 CHECK PRICE

7. Oppo Find X5 Pro CHECK PRICE

8. Xiaomi 12 Pro CHECK PRICE

9. Redmi Note 11 Pro CHECK PRICE

10. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 CHECK PRICE

Among the best Android phones on this list, you'll find phones that offer amazing value for money, cutting-edge features, or something in between that fits your needs and budget perfectly. You're certainly not short of choices thanks to Google's open-source software, so see just how wide your selection is on the list below. The most expensive Android phones cost upwards of £1,000, but for that price you’ll experience the latest and most powerful hardware. Meanwhile, the cheapest phones, which cost between £200 and £400, have fewer bells and whistles but can still take on flagships with one or two premium features and in some cases no google playstore app.

Whether your priority is a phone with the best camera, best display, the most powerful chipset, googleplay store features or the longest battery life — or something else entirely — these are the best Android phones in the U.K. you need to shortlist. What are the best Android phones in the UK? Just like on the other side of the Atlantic, the best Android phone in the U.K. right now is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Although Samsung’s flagship phone doesn’t have as powerful a chipset as its U.S. counterpart, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s great screen, strong photography, google playstore and built-in stylus are all intact and just as good. If you fancy something premium but slightly more affordable, we like the OnePlus 10 Pro if you want all the best features but for less money, the Google Pixel 6 if you want to focus on photography features, or the Realme GT 2 Pro if you're looking to pay even less but with some more unique abilities. At the budget end of things, picking between the OnePlus Nord 2T and the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G should satisfy whatever your priorities are. The Nord 2 also offers strong photography, along with a brilliant display and above-average performance. Meanwhile, Redmi’s Note 11 Pro gives you a fab screen and strong battery life and charging for a remarkably small sum. If you're on an iPhone at the moment, the good news is you'll soon be able to switch to (almost) any of these devices easily. The Switch to Android app for iOS now supports all Android 12 phones, which covers the vast majority of phones on this list. The best Android phones in the U.K. you can buy today

1. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra The best Android phone in the U.K. overall SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.8-inch QHD OLED (3200x1400; 1 to 120Hz) Chipset: Exynos 2200 RAM: 8GB/12GB Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB Rear cameras: 108MP main (ƒ/2.2); 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2); 10MP telephoto (3x zoom, ƒ/2.4), 10MP telephoto (10x zoom, ƒ/2.4) Front camera: 40MP (ƒ/2.2) Battery: 5,000 mAh Operating System: Android 12 with OneUI 4 Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra £996.00 VIEW We check over 250 million products every day for the best prices REASONS TO BUY +Camera system with dual telephoto cameras and excellent low-light performance+Incredibly bright display+Built-in S Pen+45W fast charging REASONS TO AVOID -Charger not included-Less RAM by default than S21 Ultra Once again, the top Android phone in the U.K. is Samsung's latest Ultra flagship. The Galaxy S22 Ultra takes the S21 Ultra as a base, then freshens up its design, improves the display, chipset and cameras and bundles in an S Pen to make a phone that covers all the bases. There's faster 45W charging too, but there's no charger in the box so you'll have to provide your own if you want the top speeds. Also, Samsung's changed the default RAM to 8GB, meaning that compared to last year you're getting slightly poorer performance for the same price. Don't pay too much attention to these though, as everything else about the phone is outstanding.

2. OnePlus Nord 2T The best Android phone in the U.K. for smaller budgets SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.43-inch FHD AMOLED (1080 x 2400, 60,90Hz) Chipset: Dimensity 1300 RAM: 8GB/12GB Storage: 128GB/256GB Rear cameras: 50MP main (f/1.88), 8MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 2MP mono (f/2.2) Front camera: 32MP selfie (f2.4) Battery: 4,500 mAh Operating System: Android 11 with OxygenOS 11.3 OnePlus Nord 2T £469 VIEW We check over 250 million products every day for the best prices REASONS TO BUY +Great performance for asking price+80W wired charging+Generous overall specs REASONS TO AVOID -Fixed refresh rates-Short software support If you've got only £400 to spend on a phone, the best place to spend them as far as we're concerned is into the Nord 2T. OnePlus' revised version of the OnePlus Nord 2, itself a reworked version of the original Nord, is a well-rounded phone for the cost, excelling in charging speed and performance in particular. What we like less is that you only get two years of guaranteed Android updates, which is quite low in comparison to rival phones. There's also the matter of the display refresh rate, which is a below-average and static 90Hz. Overall though, this is a great phone to go for if your budget is limited or you don't see the appeal of the advanced features found on more expensive phones.

3. OnePlus 10 Pro The best value Android flagship SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED (3216 x 1440) Android version: 12, OxygenOS 12.1 CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 RAM: 8GB, 12GB Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No Rear cameras: 48MP (f/1.8) main, 50MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 8MP (f/2.4) 3.3x telephoto Front camera: 32MP (f/2.2) Weight: 7 ounces Battery: 5,000 mAh TODAY'S BEST DEALS View at Amazon REASONS TO BUY +Excellent battery life and charging+Beautiful display+Best OnePlus cameras to date+Lower price than last year REASONS TO AVOID -Telephoto is just 8MP The OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the best deals in Android phones right now. After reviewing it, we were thoroughly impressed with its upgrades as well as its much more competitive price. Now starting at an appealing £799, you get one of the best displays on any phone - a 6.7-inch QHD panel with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. Its 80W wired charging is also one of the fastest we've tried, and the cameras are worthy of the best camera phones on the market. The 10 Pro's telephoto isn't quite up to the standard of the other cameras, but that's the biggest complaint we can find. This is a seriously capable phone that deservedly steals the spotlight from Samsung and Google.

4. Google Pixel 6 The best Android phone for photography SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.4-inch FHD OLED (2400 x 1080); 90Hz Chipset: Google Tensor RAM: 8GB Storage: 128GB/256GB Rear cameras: 50MP wide (ƒ/1.85), 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2) Front camera: 8MP (ƒ/2.0) Battery: 4,614 mAh Operating System: Android 12 Google Pixel 6 £479.99 VIEW We check over 250 million products every day for the best prices REASONS TO BUY +Excellent photos backed up with smart editing features+Incredibly well-priced+Tensor chip-enhanced AI REASONS TO AVOID -Only two rear cameras-Disappointing battery life-Unreliable fingerprint sensor Google has really turned its flagship fortunes around with the amazing Pixel 6 series. While this spot could easily belong to the Pixel 6 Pro, which offers an extra camera, a larger, more detailed display with a higher refresh rate, and superior computing performance, the sheer value of the £599 Pixel 6 makes it the better choice for the majority of buyers. Just watch out for the minor snags of a short battery life and the unreliable fingerprint scanner if you go for either Pixel 6 model. Just like on previous Pixels, the photography is the standout feature. You may not have a telephoto camera, but between the initial quality of the images and clever editing features like Magic Eraser and Motion Mode, you have the best photo-taking experience around. The new key part of the Pixel experience is Google's proprietary Tensor chip. This has decent performance, but shines when it comes to AI tasks like reading text from an image or translating for you in real time.

5. Realme GT 2 Pro The best Android phone performance for your money SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED (3216 x 1440, 120Hz) CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 RAM: 12GB Storage: 256GB Rear camera: 50MP main (f/1.8), 50MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 3MP microscope (f/3.3) Front camera: 32MP (f/2.45) Weight: 199g Battery: 5,000 mAh REASONS TO BUY +Below average price for specs+Good performance+65W charging REASONS TO AVOID -Photo quality can be unreliable For your money, it's hard to find a better deal than with the GT 2 Pro. Realme's stuffed its unique bio-polymer body with all the stuff you'd expect from a flagship Android but it's kept the price generously low. It's also a great phone if you're a fan of strange features. You can take microscope-style close-ups, fish-eye and 150-degree ultra-wide shots with the rear cameras, and you can use NFC features from any side of the phone. Beyond the gimmicks, the quality of the photos doesn't match up with other phones on this list though. Everywhere else though, you're not missing out on much, if anything at all, by saving some cash and picking the Realme.

6. Samsung Galaxy S22 The best Android flagship for most people SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.1-inch OLED (2340x1080; 48-120Hz) CPU: Exynos 2200 RAM: 8GB Storage: 128GB, 256GB Rear camera: 12MP (ƒ/1.8) wide; 12MP (ƒ/2.2) ultrawide; 10MP (ƒ/2.4) telephoto with 3x optical zoom Front camera: 10MP (ƒ/2.2) Weight: 167 grams Battery: 3,700 mAh TODAY'S BEST DEALS View at Amazon REASONS TO BUY +Compact for a flagship phone+Attractive and smooth display+Big improvements to telephoto and night photography REASONS TO AVOID -Poor battery life

-No 45W charging The Galaxy S22 has taken the S21's approach to Samsung flagships and refined it into something much easier to recommend. While you could go for the Galaxy S22 Plus if you like a bigger display or access to a larger battery or 45W charging (all things the S22 lacks), this smaller model provides the best value. Besides, perhaps you're after a smaller than average phone given how hard those are to find in the Android market. Also the smaller size hasn't deprived the S22 of all of the improvements, like a glass back, improved cameras and an excellent display.

7. Oppo Find X5 Pro The best alternative Android phone in the U.K. SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.7-inch OLED (3216 x 1440, 1 to 120Hz) Chipset: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 RAM: 12GB Storage: 256GB Rear cameras: 50MP main (f/1.7); 50MP ultra wide (f/2.2); 13MP telephoto (f/2.4) Front camera: 32MP (f/2.4) Battery: 5,000 mAh Operating System: Android 12 with ColorOS 12.1 Oppo Find X5 Pro £969.00 VIEW We check over 250 million products every day for the best prices REASONS TO BUY +Top-quality display+Better low-light photos+Powerful chipset/RAM combination REASONS TO AVOID -Inconsistent photos

-Expensive We found the Oppo Find X5, while still a well-put-together flagship phone, didn't quite capture us the way that the Oppo Find X3 Pro did last year. While the price has dropped, it's still more expensive than equivalent phones without offering the extra abilities that would justify that cost. Highlights here include the large and smooth display, the improved low-light photography enhanced by Oppo's new MariSilicon X NPU, plus the unique unibody design of the back. The rest of the photography doesn't quite stack up so well though, meaning unless you really care about avoiding Google, Samsung or Apple, there's not really much to push you Oppo's way.

8. Xiaomi 12 Pro The fastest charging phone around SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED (3200 x 1440, 120Hz) CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 RAM: 8GB/12GB Storage: 128GB, 256GB Rear camera: 50MP main (f/1.9), 50MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 50MP 2x telephoto (f/1.9) Front camera: 32MP (f/2.45) Weight: 205g Battery: 4,500 mAh REASONS TO BUY +Fastest charging we've tested+Top quality display+Competitive price REASONS TO AVOID -More expensive than Mi 11-Poor speakers If you don't like waiting around for your phone to charge, then we present to you the Xiaomi 12 Pro - a phone that can go from 0 - 100% full in only 22 minutes. There's more to the phone than just its super-powered charger though. We really like the detailed and smooth display, the triple 50MP camera array on the back, and how you get all this for less than an S22 Ultra, with the charger included in the box. For limitations, we'd point to the tinny speaker quality, and the fact that the price, while below Samsung, is a big bump compared to last year. So while it's no longer quite as good a value buy, it's still got its unique attractions to rely on.

9. Redmi Note 11 Pro The best cheap Android phone in the U.K. SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD (2400 x 1080, 60, 120Hz) Chipset: Snapdragon 695 RAM: 6GB/ Storage: 64GB (microSD slot available) Rear cameras: 108MP main (f/1.9), 8MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 2MP telemacro (f/2.4), Front camera: 16MP (f/2.4) Battery: 5,000 mAh Operating System: Android 11 with MIUI 13 Redmi Note 11 Pro £299.09 VIEW We check over 250 million products every day for the best prices REASONS TO BUY +Excellent display for a phone in this price range+Above-average charging speed and battery life+Great value REASONS TO AVOID -Sluggish performance-Uses older version of Android For users with smaller amounts to spend on a phone, the Redmi Note 11 Pro offers a taste of the premium device life without much compromise. It's equipped with a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate similar to phones way higher up on this list of the best U.K. Android phones. It also charges quite a bit faster and offers excellent battery life, making it a great workhorse of a phone for your daily usage needs. Where the cheapness of the phone is revealed is in the performance department. Its chipset noticeably lacks power, and for some reason Redmi's shipping the phone with Android 11 rather than Android 12 like most phones this year. If you don't use demanding games and apps and aren't fussed about having the latest and greatest Android features though, the Redmi is a great choice for its cost.

10. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 The best foldable phone in the U.K. SPECIFICATIONS Display: 6.2 inches external (2268 x 832; 120Hz), 7.6 inches internal (2208 x 1768; 120Hz) Chipset: Snapdragon 888 RAM: 12GB/16GB Storage: 128GB/512GB Rear cameras: 12MP wide (f/1.8); 12MP ultrawide (f.2.2, 123-degree FOV); 12MP telephoto (f/2.4, 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom) Front cameras: 10MP cover (f/2.2), 4MP internal (f/1.8) Battery: 4,400 mAh Operating System: Android 11 wut One UI 3.1 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 £1,499 VIEW We check over 250 million products every day for the best prices REASONS TO BUY +Enhanced water-resistant design+Amazing multitasking potential+S Pen support REASONS TO AVOID -S Pen costs extra

-Very expensive Do you have £1,600 and want to spend all of it on a phone? Why not throw caution to the wind and buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the most advanced phone currently on sale in the U.K. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is flexible — both literally, with its folding inner/outer display design, and metaphorically thanks to modified software and the introduction of S Pen compatibility for even more options. Plus, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 now offers IPX8 water resistance, making it less likely to suffer catastrophic damage. The main limitation here is the Z Fold 3’s price — both the astronomical cost of the phone and the fact that the S Pen doesn't come as standard (although some retailers do offer it as a welcome package, so shop around). This is such a cool phone though, and one that's genuinely useful in ways few others are. So perhaps all that money is worth it after all.

How to choose the best Android phone for you To start off on making your Android phone shortlist, have a budget in mind. The price of a mid-range phone is around £400, with cheaper phones costing less than that, and the most expensive phones clearing £1,000 or more. Figure out what you can afford and stick to it. Next, decide which features you want to prioritise. Even on phones that in theory do it all, there are some big differences in how well they handle things like photography, charging speed or performance. Whichever phones do these better should be your first port of call when looking for more information or prices. The final bit of advice we'll give is to keep in mind how large the phones are. If you don't mind using your phone with two hands, then this won’t matter so much. But if you like to be able to swipe around, type messages and browse through your apps with one hand, then you might be better off going for a more compact device, which we'd class as phones around 6 - 6.3 inches in size.

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