Best Android phones

Updated April 11, 2014 10:08 AM PDT

Arm-wrestling iOS for market share, Android phones come in all different shapes, sizes, and feature sets. With such a steady stream of excellent handsets, this list updates often, so sign up for our Mobile Weekly newsletter to catch the latest Android winners.

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Subtly improved and smartly refined, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a superior superphone that hits every mark but the sharpest design.

Price: $189.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Stunning sequel

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 packages powerful quad-core specs, two rear-facing cameras, and a bright 1080p screen in a beautiful, all-metal design.

Price: $149.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Sub-5-inch Android to beat

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

4.5 stars Outstanding

The write stuff

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Though its plastic skin doesn't do its high price justice, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 makes the most compelling case yet for a supersize phone.

Price: $99.99 - $799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Android power at the right price

Google Nexus 5

Strong performance, high-end specs, and an ultra-affordable price make the Google Nexus 5 not just the best unlocked phone on the market, but the best Nexus phone by far.

Price: $149.99 - $449.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Long-life beast

Motorola Droid Maxx

If you can get past its steep price, the massive-screened Motorola Droid Maxx is currently Verizon’s best Android smartphone.

4.5 stars Outstanding Superb battery life for a high price
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