When considering smartphones, your choices essentially boil down to Android or iOS. Although Apple’s iPhone dominates in terms of sales, Android excels in its ability to be customisable, the wide range of options available, and its introduction of innovative features. Notably Samsung, Google and even Huawei have full-on ecosystems ready to integrate users into a seamless environment across different devices.
Finding the Right One for You
In order to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the top Android choices available, you can find a curated list of devices that cater to a wide range of consumer requirements. Whether you’re looking for the flagship offerings from the top manufacturers, or design-centric devices that might put form before flagship functions, there’s definitely something that will tickle your fancy.
Best Flagship Phones
Google Pixel 7 Pro, S$1299 (128GB) Shopee
A fast device featuring a class-leading camera, and the added software tweaks make a real difference in day-to-day use. Packed with a Tensor G2 chip, and a 6.7″ 120Hz AMOLED screen. The Pixel 7 Pro gets a boost in efficiency, performance, and a series of practical software features like Unblur and Guided Frame, along with last year’s fan-favourite, Magic Eraser.
Samsung S23 Ultra, S$1828 (256GB) Shopee
Featuring a subtly modified design, an upgraded 200MP camera, and remarkable battery longevity, it becomes very obvious that this device is truly a flagship – particularly for users who seek top-tier performance. If you desire a smartphone packed with features, including a stylus, it is definitely worth considering. Check out our review of Samsung’s flagship device of the year here.
Google Pixel 7a, S$749 Shopee
The Pixel 7a is the Pixel 7’s younger sibling, being just a tad bit smaller in size and features. The phone features a 6.1″ OLED display, accompanied by an enhanced 90Hz refresh rate to ensure seamless scrolling. Its a convenient form factor, easily fitting into pockets, while offering a very capable camera and sufficiently large screen for enjoying videos during commutes. Perfect buy-in without dropping too much money for those considering to get into the Google ecosystem.
Poco F5 pro, from S$659 Shopee
If you’re still looking at Poco’s offering from the F5 with a little more punch, then perhaps you can consider the Pro variant. Retailing about S$100 more, it comes with an impressive all-day battery with a 6.67″ 120Hz AMOLED screen. Perfect device for on the go users with heavy consumption.
Redmi Note 12 5G from S$369 Shopee
If you’re looking to pick up a device with flagship features at a midrange price range then the Redmi Note 12 series is definitely what you need. With a 200MP camera that has OIS to stabilise your shots and stunning night shots that’s capable of sharp photos handheld. We’ve previously covered it on an article write-up here.
Nothing Phone (1) S$679 Shopee
When form is just as important as function, the Nothing Phone (1) that comes loaded with Nothing OS and a 50MP dual camera is definitely something you want to consider. Winner of the Red Dot design for their products, Phone (1)’s features glyphs that light up on the back. Something that’s a plus for both form and function. If you’re not in a rush you should hold tight because the Phone (2) is just around the corner.
Best Flip Phones
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Samsung Store
The brand that single-handedly brought back the flip phone craze. Being more than just a passing fad, this form factor has brought unique use cases that fits in everyday life like taking a selfie or a full body fitcheck. Fun and foldable, the flip phone is definitely has its own crowd following.
Oppo Find N2, S$1299 Shopee
Flip phones are back and it looks like it’s here to stay. Oppo’s offering, Find N2 Flip is affordable for a foldable. Compact enough for tight pockets and small bags. Its display crease is relatively subtle, blending seamlessly into the screen, sometimes even making me forget that its there. Outer display is handy, especially for quick glances for text and music control.
Best Alternative Android Phone
Huawei P60 Pro, S$1548 Shopee
Running App Gallery instead of Google’s Play Store, Huawei’s offerings are not one to miss. Huawei’s P60 Pro comes packed with the technologies that makes great low-light photos. The 4815mAh battery and SuperCharge technology ensures you stay charged through the day. Check out the full write-up here.
Huawei Mate X3, S$$2598 Shopee
This phone is one of the slimmest and lightest book-style foldable device on the market at the moment. The external display is 6.4″ in a 20.9:9 aspect ratio with its internal foldable screen extends to 7.85″, both being 120Hz OLEDs – plenty of screens if that’s what you’re into. We wrote a little about it here.