Update: Our best Android phone list has been upended by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Here’s the update rankings for April 2017.
The best Android phones from a year ago have gotten better in 2017, with more advanced cameras, faster processors and fresh apps, and some of them are now available at cheaper prices.
That has made deciding between the overwhelming number of Android handsets a seemingly impossible task. The good news is that we’re on top of it. It’s sort of our job to write brilliant phone reviews.
Our official best phones list and best unlocked phones list serve their purpose for wider audiences, including iPhone lovers, and our AT&T plans, Verizon plans, T-Mobile plans and Sprint plans give you the best rates on service.
But there are also plenty of Google-powered phones with Android 7.0 Nougat that deserve extra focus. You demanded it.
10. Moto Z Play
Long-lasting battery and MotoMods
Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 156.4 x 76.4 x 7mm | OS: Android Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Chip: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3510mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP
Moto Z Play is the $400 Android phone that sometimes bests the top handsets from Samsung and LG. It’s compatible with Motorola’s innovative MotoMods, allowing you to magnetically fasten accessories like a battery pack, mini boom box, 10x zoomable camera or even a pico projector to the back.
Where is excels is in battery life. It’s the longest-lasting phone we tested in the last 12 months thanks to a top-notch 3510mAh battery capacity and smart efficiency software tricks. No, it’s not technically as powerful as the Moto Z and Verizon-exclusive Moto Z Force. However, it’s fast enough for everyone who is willing to skip out on VR gaming and wants a phone that is all about endurance and creative MotoMod accessories.