Top rated Android phones

Good Gear Guide's top-rated Android phones.

Our top rated selections are a rank of the top Android phones based on review scores by the Good Gear Guide editorial team.

We keep this list constantly updated as we review new products. So this is your one-stop guide to the best Android phones on the market, as tested and reviewed by the Good Gear Guide team.

We test all smartphones accurately and to the highest standards, so that our readers are as informed as possible. Our review process is designed to ensure that smartphones are assessed equally. The basic criteria used by our reviewers includes value, features, performance and design. We rate each product using a five-star scale, with one star being poor, and five stars being highly recommended.


1. LG G3 review

Almost everything about the LG flagship represents an improvement. The design and screen put LG in a league of its own, while LG’s laser autofocus technology brings genuine innovation to the stagnant smartphone camera. Unfortunately, the G3 is too powerful ...
Review Date: 24th July, 2014
RRP: $ 799.00
One (M8)

2. HTC One (M8) Android smartphone review

HTC has managed to put together one of the best smartphones. Forget the DuoCamera gimmick, because the One M8 boils down to the basics — the screen, the speakers, the processor, the software — and HTC has laboured extensively to ...
Review Date: 1st April, 2014
RRP: $ 899.00
Editor's Choice
Galaxy Note 3

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android phone

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is best described as an evolutionary device, rather than a revolutionary one. Despite this, its fantastic display, slim build and fast software make it a fantastic option for anyone who's looking for an oversized smartphone.
Review Date: 8th Oct., 2013
RRP: $ 999.00
Editor's Choice
Xperia Z1 Compact

4. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony has achieved something special with the Xperia Z1 Compact. The company has created an excellent phone — first. Then its added wonderful features to it, like the high resolution camera, exquisite display and its I’m-not-scared-of-water attitude. By no means ...
Review Date: 19th March, 2014
RRP: $ 552.00
Editor's Choice
Galaxy S5

5. Samsung Galaxy S5 review

Samsung's new flagship just bristles with features. Some are undeniably innovative and useful - like the waterproofing and the camera - but the entire smartphone is let down by one of the heaviest, ugliest and most annoying Android overlays yet.
Review Date: 15th April, 2014
RRP: $ 929.00
Moto G

6. Motorola Moto G

Under Google's watch Motorola has managed to deliver one of the best value-for-money smartphones on the market today. It is wonderfully styled, has powerful innards and offers the money-saving advantages of a dual-SIM smartphone.
Review Date: 31st Jan., 2014
RRP: $ 249.00
Moto X

7. Motorola Moto X review

There is magic to the way the Moto X gets things done. Inconspicuous design and a level of intuition helps the smartphone blend into your lifestyle. It’s not that the smartphone is at arm’s length when you need it; it’s ...
Review Date: 23rd April, 2014
RRP: $ 549.00
Editor's Choice
Nexus 5

8. Google Nexus 5 Android phone

The Nexus 5 boasts an excellent screen, powerful internals and runs the latest version of Android, but is slightly let down by poor battery life, and a camera that can't quite match its flagship competitors. Despite a few flaws, it ...
Review Date: 18th Nov., 2013
RRP: $ 399.00
Best Buy
G Flex

9. LG G Flex Android smartphone review

The G Flex represents a huge innovative step forward for LG. The company has managed to give curved-screen technology validity in the smartphone form factor, and in Australia they managed to do it first. But they didn’t stop there: it ...
Review Date: 12th Feb., 2014
RRP: $ 999.00
Xperia Z2

10. Sony Xperia Z2 review

Sony’s Xperia Z2 is a genuine contender in the competitive smartphone market. Sony’s hallmarks are all there — the solid camera, excellent screen and refined software. Years of refinement has led to a product where the basics are spot on, ...
Review Date: 12th May, 2014
RRP: $ 759.00

11. Xiaomi Mi3 review

Plenty of fun can be had with the Xiaomi Mi3, but the standout has to be the software. Week by week, idea by idea, Xiaomi has fleshed out its vision of Android, until it has evolved into own comprehensive solution. ...
Review Date: 25th June, 2014
RRP: $ 455.00

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