Top, Best Android Phones of 2014 to 2015

With so many great Android phones being available to UK and global customers you can spend literally hours trying to decide which one to get with your next mobile contract. So we keep an Android Top 10 list up to date to help me your decision easier.

Rankings our list of the best Android phones have been decided upon by adding together and averaging out the scores from Tech Radar, CNET, Phone Arena, Wired and Trusted Reviews for each phone.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • OS: Android OS, 4.4
  • Dimensions: 6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm)
  • Weight: 6.21 oz (176 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 5.7 inches/1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 20.00 hours
  • CPU Speed: 8-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 32 GB
  • Camera Resolution: 16 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 9/10

The Galaxy Note 4 features an extraordinary 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display which offers you a stunning and immersive viewing experience with deeper contrasts and more vivid colours. Bringing your favourite movies, images or anything else you are viewing to life. The enhanced Multi Window functionality lets you make the most of the large screen - ideal for smooth multitasking. You can multitask easily, access apps with full, split or pop-up screens, and change their size and position with one easy swipe.

The Galaxy Note 4's S Pen takes this device to the next level with a series of innovative enhancements. It now offers a much more authentic pen experience, with a more natural, smoother brush effect that emulates writing on paper. New features, like Smart Select enables you to easily piece together content from different places and share it with ease.

The Galaxy Note 4 introduces a new sleek and stylish Galaxy design. Featuring a soft and textured back cover combined with a fluid curvature to provide you with the most comfortable grip. Its premium metal frame enhances the Samsung Note 4's durability and beauty-,balancing stunning looks with stunning performance.

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2. Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.4
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 72mm x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 5.36 oz (152 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 5.2 inches/1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 14 hours
  • CPU Speed: Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 16 GB
  • Camera Resolution: 20.7 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8.3/10

Xperia Z3 is the premium phone from Sony with incredible performance, an innovative camera and PS4 gaming technology.

Xperia Z3 is the smartphone that does more and goes further - whether further is a run in the rain or a dive into the pool on a sunny summer holiday. With the highest waterproof rating*, you can find your way in a downpour, take pictures underwater or just wipe off your phone after an unexpected spill. Combined with a super-slim body and aluminium frame, Xperia Z3 is the Android smartphone that teams durability with beauty.

Xperia Z3 combines premium materials with the best Sony technologies, to give you a better smartphone experience, every hour of the day. We matched our best waterproof camera and next-level gaming with a unique two-day battery life. The Z3 smartphone that lets you do more than ever before, without interruption. For those who don't settle for life at 10%.

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3. LG G3

LG G3
  • OS: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Dimensions: 5.42 x 2.74 x 0.41 inches (137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm)
  • Weight: 4.83 oz (137 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixel Quad HD display
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: TBA
  • CPU Speed: QualcomM Snapdragon with 2.46 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 16 GB/Micro SD (up to 128GB | 2TB capable)
  • Camera Resolution: 13MP
  • Overall Rating: 9.3/10

G3's stunning Quad HD display supports an astounding 538ppi, commonly used to print high-quality gallery artbooks. This delivers vibrant colours and ultra-sharp images in 2,560 x 1,440pixels, so you won't ever notice any pixel. Plus, with its near zero bezel edge to edge 5.5 inch screen, you can experience the exquisite picture quality of Quad HD right in your palm.

A classic, metallic body that is light-weight, adds comfort and portability. Intuitively refined Rear Key and Floating Arc Design make the sides much thinner, allowing easy one-hand control of the phone.

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4. HTC One M8

HTC One M8
  • OS:Android (4.4) HTC Sense 6 UI
  • Dimensions:5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35)
  • Weight:5.64 oz (160 g) the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
  • Screen Size:5.0 inches
  • Screen Resolution:1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration:441 ppi
  • Camera Res:4 megapixels, Duo camera
  • Computer Chip:Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
  • Computer Processor:Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
  • Graphics Chip:Adreno 330
  • Phone Memory:2048 MB RAM / LPDDR3
  • Phone Capacity:16 GB
  • Expandable Capacity:microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 128 GB
  • >Battery Talk Time (3G):20.7 days (496 hours) the average is 20 days (489 h)
  • >Battery Standby Time:20.00 hours the average is 13 h (757 min)
  • Camera Res:1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD)
  • Front Camera Res:5 megapixels
  • Available Colours:Yellow, Gray
  • Overall Rating: 9.16/10

The HTC One (M8) has been precision crafted from a single block of aluminium to achieve a smooth, zero edge finish that wrap right around to the screen. The soft curves and sleek lines feel perfect in the palm of your hand. The brushed aluminium finish to the HTC One (M8) make it as beautiful to the eye as it is in the hand.

The camera on the HTC One (M8) allows you to take photos and make them amazing with professional photo editing features. The HTC Duo camera allows you to take a photo and then re-focus it afterwards to blur the background or the foreground, just like you would with an SLR camera. The 5MP front camera has a wide angle lens and a special selfie mode with a countdown tier so you can take a perfect selfie to post online. The HTC UltraPixel technology is designed to capture just the right amount of light in different conditions so you can take a brilliant photo in day or night.

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5. Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5
  • OS:Android (4.4.2) TouchWiz UI
  • Dimensions:5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1)
  • Weight:5.11 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size:5.1 inches
  • Screen Resolution:1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration:432 ppi
  • Camera Res:16 megapixels
  • Computer Chip:Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
  • Computer Processor:Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Graphics Chip:Adreno 330
  • Phone Memory:2048 MB RAM / LPDDR3
  • Phone Capacity:16 GB
  • Expandable Capacity:microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 128 GB
  • Battery Talk Time:21.00 hours
  • >Battery Standby Time:16.2 days (390 hours)
  • Camcorder:3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps)
  • Front Camera Res:2.1 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 9.02/10

The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of customers tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of colours, with Charcoal Black, Shimmery White and Electric Blue ranged by Three UK.

You're serious about the photos you take on your mobile, so Samsung took camera quality to a new level on the Galaxy S5. For one thing, it has a super fast Auto Focus (<0.3s) meaning you'll never miss the action, no matter how fast it happens. It has selectable advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), which means your photos will be artfully lit, even when the subject is in the shade, or backlit. Selective Focus allows you to focus on what's important and blur the background. All this with a stunning 16MP camera, means your mobile photography just got amazing.

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6. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4
  • Dimensions: 5.00 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches (127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm)
  • Weight: 4.55 oz (129 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 4.6 inches/720 x 1280 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 14.00 hours
  • CPU Speed: Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 16 GB
  • Camera Resolution: 20.7 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 9/10

Good is compact, great is a compact smartphone with uncompromised performance.

Xperia Z3 Compact is the smartphone designed to enhance your life. And life isn't lived inside. With the highest waterproof rating, Xperia Z3 Compact lets you answer calls in the rain or take pictures in the pool. And it can handle all the drops into the sink in between. Combined with a slim, compact design that's easy to use with one hand, Xperia Z3 Compact is the Android smartphone that teams durability with beauty.

Xperia Z3 Compact is a waterproof mobile* that combines premium materials with the best in Sony technologies. The result is a better smartphone experience, every hour of the day. You get the most advanced camera, next-level gaming and a two-day* battery life - all in a slim, compact design. It's a smartphone that pushes the boundaries of what's possible.

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7. Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
  • OS: Android (4.4) TouchWiz UI
  • Dimensions: 5.16 x 2.55 x 0.36 inches (131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1 mm)
  • Weight: 4.23 oz (120 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 4.5 inches/720 x 1280 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 10.00 hours
  • CPU Speed: Quad core, 1400 MHz
  • Memory: 1.5GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 16 GB
  • Camera Resolution: 8 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8/10

If you like your smartphone a little more pocket friendly, the Galaxy S5 mini expertly combines the iconic design of the S5 with a sleek and stylish, compact body.

And it offers almost all the same great features as the S5, like S Health, water resistance and fingerprint recognition.

Truly the best of both worlds.

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8. Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.4
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 72mm x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 5.36 oz (152 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 5.2 inches/1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 11 hours
  • CPU Speed: Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 16 GB
  • Camera Resolution: 20.7 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8/10

With its high-quality metal frame, elegant curved corners and solid finish, Samsung's sophisticated new design approach to the Galaxy Alpha has resulted in a smartphone that's as beautiful as it is durable.

Compact Build

With a slender 6.7mm body, the Galaxy Alpha easily slips into your pocket. And at only 114g, you'll hardly know you're carrying it. Ergonomically designed, it looks as good as it feels in your hand.

A 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display provides amazing clarity and a viewing experience.

Support for a healthier lifestyle

Not only does the Alpha come with a built-in heart-rate monitor, but it also provides enhancedS-Health services to help you set and achieve your fitness goals.

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9. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Dimensions: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 5.93 oz (168 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 5.7 inches/1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 25 hours/22 days (528 hours)
  • CPU Speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon, Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
  • Memory: 3072 MB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 32 GB/Expanded up to 64 GB with Micro SD
  • Camera Resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8.74/10

Samsung build's on the success of their second edition note with an additional 1GB of Memory, twice as much in built storage to fit all those useful apps on and over 40% more processing power with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad core 2300 MHz processing power. This is a serious monster of a phone with a great deal of improvements at it's core beyond power - just check out the full range of note features at the official micro site.

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10. Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2
  • OS:Android (4.4)
  • Dimensions:5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2)
  • Weight:5.75 oz (163 g)
  • Screen Size:5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution:1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration:424 ppi
  • Camera Res:20.7 megapixels
  • Computer Chip:Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AB
  • Computer Processor:Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
  • Graphics Chip:Adreno 330
  • Phone Memory:3072 MB RAM
  • Phone Capacity:16 GB
  • Expandable Capacity:microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
  • Battery Talk Time:15.00 hours
  • Battery Standby Time:28.8 days (690 hours)
  • Talk Time (3G):19.00 hours
  • Standby Time (3G):30.8 days (740 hours)
  • Camcorder:3840x2160 (4K)
  • Front Camera Res:2.2 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8.7/10

Enjoy your photos and videos in the same quality and performance as a real compact digital camera. The Xperia Z2 comes with a 20.7 megapixel camera with Exmor sensor for sharp, clear and bright photos and 4K video capture.

The 5.2-inch Full HD screen provides the perfect place to view your photos, or the latest blockbuster movie, and gives you an incredible viewing experience no matter what you're watching.

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11. LG G2

LG G2
  • Dimensions: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 5.04 oz (143 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 5.2 inches/1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: Info hours/Info days (Info hours)
  • CPU Speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad core, 2260 MHz
  • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 32 GB/None expandable
  • Camera Resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8.82/10

The first phone to contain the Snapdragon 800, Quad core, 2260 MHz processor this is a seriously fast phone and big Android contender from LG. The 13 Mega pixel camera takes super sharp photos and with a generous 2GB of memory we would have put this phone at the number one slot had it not been for the fact that in the UK neither Three or O2 offer the phone in the 32 GB internal storage version.

With the 16 GB version being the only model available some users may find this capacity just a little limiting. If LG would have kept to the expandable memory option (micro SD slot) that was present in their previous phones this may not be have been too much of a hurdle for users who like more space. If however you are not a heavy gamer or app user and can manage your inventory more efficiently this won't cause you a problem.

On the whole the LG G2 deserves second spot due to it's many powerful features compared to previous models. It scores an impressive 8.82/10 across the big phone review sites.

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12. HTC One Mini 2

HTC One Mini 2
  • Dimensions: 5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches (137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6)
  • Weight: 4.83 oz (137 g) the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 4.5 inches/720 x 1280 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 23.2 days (556 hours) the average is 22 days (516 h)
  • CPU Speed: Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
  • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 16 GB/Expanded up to 128 GB with Micro SD
  • Camera Resolution: 5 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8.3/10

Good things come in small packages. Boasting the award-winning features and design of its larger counterpart, the HTC One mini has a compact 4.3" display screen and a slimmer build. Its dual frontal stereo speakers, automatically updating home screen and low-light camera come in a premium metal design more compact than ever.

Constructed of polished metal alloy, the HTC One mini features a compact profile that's designed for easy one-hand use. Its durable construction is shaped to seamlessly conform to your grip and provide on-the-go convenience for your busy life.

Dual frontal stereo speakers project sound at you, not away, for unrivalled sound from a smartphone. Built-in amps enhance everything so you'll experience louder, fuller, richer sound for a more immersive experience. The only thing small about the HTC One mini is its size.

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13. LG G Flex

lg g flex
  • OS: Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dimensions: 160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight: 6.24 oz (177 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 6.0 inches /720 x 1280 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: TBA
  • CPU Speed: Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 32 GB
  • Camera Resolution: 13 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8.2/10

After the Samsung Galaxy Round’s release in Korea, there was no way that rival phone companies weren’t going to come up with a like-for-like response: the LG G Flex is LG’s answer to this wonderfully curved device. The G Flex has a curved screen measuring 6 inches and possesses a quad-core 2.26GHz processor. Its camera is quite impressive at 13mp, but the one thing that may put many off at this stage is the substantial price tag, ringing in at well over the usual high-end phone price at roughly $900 or so. The Flex is no doubt a high-end masterpiece but waiting for the price to drop would be a smart move that will save you money. 

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