We test a ton of Android phones. We like the following ones, but you’ll be better off with one of the options above. If you haven’t yet done so, check out our Best Cheap Phones guide for more.
OnePlus 9 for $600 and OnePlus 9 Pro for $800: These were the most expensive OnePlus phones yet (8/10, WIRED Recommends), but they’ve since dipped in price. They finally improve a component that has long plagued the company’s predecessors: the camera. The rest of the hardware is excellent as usual. However, neither phone has a real standout feature. OnePlus also only promises three Android OS upgrades and four years of security updates. The company already announced the OnePlus 10 Pro, which will make its way to the US soon.
Sony Xperia 1 III for $1,198: Sony’s latest Xperia is great for anyone who loves to tinker with the settings in the camera app, or prefers shooting photos or videos in manual mode. The camera experience is fun, but it still doesn’t deliver results that are better than some of our top picks above. You do get top-of-the-line performance, a beautiful 4K OLED 120-Hz screen, loud stereo speakers, wireless charging, and a headphone jack! It’s just so darn expensive. And the 5G here is just sub-6, which shouldn’t be the case on a $1,300 phone (5G also doesn’t work on AT&T).
Asus Zenfone 8 for $700: If you’re after the smallest, most powerful Android phone around, then look no further than the Zenfone 8. The 5.9-inch screen is tiny next to most flagship phones—and this is a flagship, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 inside. You also get a 120-Hz AMOLED screen, a headphone jack, and a full day of battery life. It doesn’t work on Verizon, though, and the camera system is just OK. Our review has more details.