Best Android phones of 2014


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.

High five for the S5

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: $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: $0.00 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

This beauty is a beast

Sony Xperia Z2

Sure, it costs a bundle, but the Sony Xperia Z2 is everything you should expect from a top-end phone. Its impressive performance rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 for smartphone top dog, but the Z2's slick glass and metal design trumps the S5's plastic body. If you're looking for both style and substance from a phone, you've come to the right place.

Price: $539.89 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

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: $99.99 - $449.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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