Want to really spoil someone (or, ahem, possibly yourself) this year? There’s nothing like opening a brand new smartphone to ring in the holidays.
There has never been a better time to buy an Android phone. We really mean that. The choices in every price bracket are practically endless, with all of them being well worth your attention.
Fortunately for you, some are more worthy of your attention than others. Here are a few of the best smartphones you can buy this holiday season, and where to buy them.
The best of the best
Hands down, the best Android phone you can buy this holiday season is the Huawei Nexus 6P. It’s the most expensive in this guide, but for $499, you get well more than what you pay for: 5.7-inch WQHD display, a fantastic 12-megapixel camera, Snapdragon 810v2, 3GB of RAM and all the sensors and software upgrades you could possibly need. If you can afford it, get it.
As an alternative, you might consider the HTC One A9. The One A9 has been universally praised for its design, and while it’s not top of the line, it doesn’t need to be. It functions well and, as an added bonus, the One A9 will get updates just 15 business days after the Nexus 6P. The One A9 is $499.
For a little bit less
If you don’t want to spend $500, that’s fine. You don’t need to in order to get a great Android device. For around $100 less, there are two great choices from two different manufacturers.
For a phone that closely rivals the Nexus 6P for $100 less, check out the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. It has a 1440p 5.7-inch display, a great 21-megapixel camera, front-facing stereo speakers and water resistance. The Moto X Pure Edition also comes in a ton of different colors and materials, like wood and leather. At $399, it’s an excellent alternative to the Nexus 6P, and one of the best Android phones money can buy.
Much like the Nexus 6P, the LG Nexus 5X is a fantastic phone for the price. At $379, the Nexus 5P is a smaller, more manageable device than the Moto X Pure Edition, with the same camera and fingerprint reader as the Nexus 6P. It comes in three colors, including a unique mint green that really stands out from the crowd.
It’s been several years now, and there’s still one manufacturer who leads the pack in making excellent smartphones for under $200. That’s right, it’s Motorola.
The Motorola Moto G 3rd gen kicked the Moto G series up a notch yet again by throwing in excellent specs and making the device Moto Maker compatible. Starting at $180, the latest Moto G balances speed, size, specs and price like no other device on the market. We highly recommend the upgrade to the $220 model, which doubles storage and RAM of the base version, but the $180 model will still get the job done.
Want an even more affordable smartphone? Motorola comes to the rescue yet again with the Moto E. We know this list seems Motorola heavy, but the fact is that Motorola just does affordable phones the best. They are well spec’d for the money, offer great design and there’s no gimmicks to buying one. The Moto E starts at as little as $120. It simply does not get more affordable than that. Access to LTE will bring the device up to $150, but even, then you cannot beat the price.
We said it once and we’ll say it again, there has never been a better time to buy an Android phone. Any of the six phones above would make a fantastic gift this year for anyone on your shopping list.