As Black Friday and holiday deals start arriving, it’s a great time to pick up a new smartphone. If you’re in the market for a new Android phone, these are the best options available as of November 2022.
Best Android Phones – November 2022
9to5Google’s picks for the best Android smartphones look at the overall experience, pricing, reliability, camera quality, and length of software support to determine the best options. This list covers devices costing over $500 primarily in the United States.
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
The best value in a flagship phone
The first thing you might think of when you hear about a Google Pixel device is its camera and, yes, Google’s smartphones have the best cameras for still photography out there. But the offer goes beyond that.
Looking first at the core spec sheet, the Pixel 7 has a 6.4-inch 1080p AMOLED display at 90Hz in a glass and matte metal build. The Pixel 7 Pro has a larger 6.7-inch 1440p AMOLED display at 120Hz with glossy metal. The Pixel 7 has a 4,355 mAh battery while the Pro is at 5,000 mAh, with both charging at over 20W over USB-C and supporting Qi wireless charging.
In the camera department, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro share the same primary 50MP camera with a 12MP ultrawide and a 10.8MP selfie camera that’s also used for face unlock. (There’s also an in-display fingerprint sensor.) The only big difference between the two is a 48MP camera with a 5x telephoto lens on the Pixel 7 Pro that greatly improves the zoom capabilities.
Under the hood is the Google Tensor G2 processor. While it’s not quite as powerful as the latest Snapdragon chip, it gets the job done incredibly well, all while improving on heat and connectivity issues from its predecessor. The main hiccup is still with battery endurance, as Google’s latest phones still won’t last quite as long as devices from Samsung and others. You’ll find 8GB of RAM and at least 128GB of storage on the Pixel 7 and 12GB of RAM with at least 128GB of storage on the Pixel 7 Pro.
The biggest reason why the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are among the best Android phones in 2022 comes down to value.
The Pixel 7 starts at just $599 in the US, making it one of the most affordable devices on this list, despite having no major compromises to hit that price point. It has the same amount of memory, storage, and a similar overall experience to phones that cost $200-$300 more. The Pixel 7 Pro is a similar story at $899, undercutting devices well above that price with roughly the same package.
Google also offers excellent software support for both devices. You’ll get at least three years of major Android updates and be first in line for new versions, as well as quarterly “Feature Drops.” Monthly security updates continue for at least five years after the October 2022 launch as well. They, of course, both ship with Android 13 out of the box.
You’ll have to weigh out the pros and cons to make a final choice on the Pixel 7 series, …