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Best Android phones of 2014

Updated

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. And to find other great phones, check out our list of the best phones overall.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will thrill anyone who loves a fast phone with a large screen, but it's best for compulsive scribblers willing to pay a lot for its winning stylus.

Price: $299.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

High fives all around

Samsung Galaxy S5

Just about every aspect of Samsung's marquee mobile is better than ever, with souped-up specs under the hood revving up performance at every turn.

Price: $199.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Buffed-up S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.

Price: $199.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

LG G3

Possessing the right blend of features and design, the G3 finally gives LG the right phone with which to challenge Korean rival Samsung.

Price: $199.99 - $629.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Sony Xperia Z3

The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's most formidable to date with a formidable display and promising features that easily give Android competition from HTC, LG and Samsung a run for their money.

Price: $579.95 - $630.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Google Nexus 6

Although the Nexus 6 trails the slimmer Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in processor performance and native productivity features, it's still the most powerful pure Android handset available and the largest Nexus yet.

Price: $249.99 - $682.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Motorola Droid Turbo

Even with its hefty design, the Motorola Droid Turbo's robust battery, powerful processor and vivid display put it on the short list for Verizon customers.

Price: $124.99 - $649.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Motorola Moto X

The Motorola Moto X hits all the right notes, delivering stock Android inside a powerful high-end handset that you can customize yourself.

Price: $99.99 - $699.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best budget Android

Motorola Moto G (4G LTE)

Although the Motorola Moto G with 4G LTE is a bit pricier than its 3G-only sibling, it still has one of the best displays in the budget arena, its processor makes operation enjoyably smooth and its rounded, compact body is both comfortable and attractive. If you're after an affordable all-round entrance into the high speeds of 4G, you've come to the right place.

Price: $189.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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