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Best Android tablets (February 2017)

Android tablets make great gifts, and the best thing about them is that everyone can use them, from a three-year-old to your grandma. But with so many devices out there, how can you make sure you get the best Android tablet for your money? There are probably hundreds of Android tablets on Amazon, and avoiding the overpriced and the plain bad can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.

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Just take a look at the tablets below – they are the very best Android has to offer, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Without further ado, here’s our list of the best Android tablets available so far in the year 2016.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.
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January 17, 2017

Google Pixel C

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Google surprised many of us at its 2015 Nexus event when it unveiled the Pixel C, an in-house built tablet that’s made for productivity. While it may be a tad overpriced, the Pixel C does a lot right. It comes with a big 10.2-inch display, a 34.2WHr battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, all powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 processor and 3 gigabytes of RAM. There are quite a few decent official accessories available for the tablet, too, like the official keyboard or folio keyboard.

Like we mentioned earlier, the Pixel C is overpriced for what it offers, though it’s still a great Android tablet if you have the extra money to spend. It’s available now from the Google Store starting at $499, with official accessories adding an extra $149 to your purchase.

Specs

  • 10.2-inch LTPS LCD display with 2560 x 1800 resolution, 308ppi
  • 64-bit 1.9GHz octa-core NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 34.2WHr battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 242 x 179 x 7mm, 517g

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Nexus 9

Best Android tablets (February 2017)

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While it’s a little dated at this point, the Nexus 9 is still a great Android tablet. It was created by Google and built by HTC, which is basically an Android lover’s dream. It runs the latest version of Android, and will continue to receive timely software updates for another year or so.

The specs aren’t bad, either. It comes with an 8.9-inch display, a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, either 16 or 32GB of on-board storage, a big 6700mAh battery and weighs only 436 grams. Thanks to this device’s specifications, navigating around the device, switching applications, playing games and streaming movies or videos is a breeze. It also has a nice soft touch material on the back (similar to the original Nexus 5) that makes this tablet easy to hold, as well.

Specs

  • 8.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1536 x 2048 resolution, 281ppi
  • 64-bit 2.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera
  • Non-removable 6700mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 228.2 x 153.7 x 8mm, 436g

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

Best Android tablets (February 2017)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 was one of our tablets of choice in the past, and its successor is here to make it an even better option. The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 comes with a smaller 8.0-inch display, which makes it more portable without sacrificing too much on screen real estate. It’s also only 5.6 mm thick and 265 grams.

Don’t mistake it for the “little guy” in the playground, though. It has plenty of power to keep you going through all your tasks. It may be a bit too similar to an iPad, but it’s still a great Android tablet that many of you will enjoy.

Specs

  • 8.0-inch Super AMOLED display with 1536 x 2048 resolution, 320ppi
  • 1.9Ghz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5433 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of-on board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 198.6 x 134.8 x 5.6mm, 265g

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1

Best Android tablets (February 2017)

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Did you love the original NVIDIA Shield Tablet? Well, you’ll probably feel just the same about the Shield Tablet K1, its direct successor. The specifications and design are pretty much the same with both tablets, aside from the addition of a rubberized surface next to the speakers and brushed metal lettering on the back of the K1.

NVIDIA also removed the stylus holder on the K1, which brings us to our next point – the stylus is gone! So are the charging cable and wall adaptor. The big news here is that NVIDIA is trying to cut costs, and they did just that by not including a stylus or charger. With that said, this tablet is now only $200, which makes it not only one of the best Android tablets out there, but also one of the most affordable.

Specs

  • 8.0-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1200 resolution, 283ppi
  • 2.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD card expansion available
  • 5MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 19.75WHr battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 221 x 126 x 9.2mm, 390g

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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Best Android tablets (February 2017)

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Sony may be struggling in the mobile device market, but that’s certainly not because of a lack of good products. The company has always done quite well in the high-end smartphone market, and that carries over to the tablet market as well. The latest flagship tablet to come from the company is the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

This is a sleek, thin and very attractive tablet offering from the company. It comes with a 10.1-inch display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3 gigabytes of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 128 gigabytes. It also comes with a big 6000mAh battery that should be able to last a very long time on just a single charge. It should be noted that while this tablet still runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, Sony has plans to skip the 5.1.1 update and roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow as soon as it’s ready. This isn’t the best news for some folks, as 5.1.1 brings many great bug fixes and performance improvements over 5.0. Still, a promised upgrade to Android 6 is the best Sony can do at this point, which is definitely more than what some other tablet makers can say about their devices.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1600 resolution, 299ppi
  • 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 8.1MP rear camera, 5.1MP front camera
  • Non-removable 6000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 254 x 167 x 6.1mm, 389g

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There you have it – our picks from the best Android has to offer right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

For more tablet information, head on over to our sister site, TabTimes, for more tablet news, reviews and information.

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HTC wants 6 or 7 profitable smartphones this year

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Business hasn’t been going well for HTC lately. The company released its financial report a few days ago for the fourth quarter of 2016. As expected, it recorded a loss, this time of around $116 million.

HTC knows that in order to stay in business and go head-to-head with other big names in the industry it has to make some serious changes. That’s why the company has a new business strategy prepared for 2017.

Chia-Lin Chang, President of HTC’s Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, recently said that the company will not try to increase revenue in 2017, but will instead focus its efforts on getting back to profitability. To accomplish this, HTC will only release six or seven highly profitable smartphones this year.

These will all be mid-range or high-end devices, as the company also confirmed it won’t be announcing any entry-level smartphones because the competition is too fierce and the profit margins are too low.

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HTC has already announced two smartphones this year — the U Ultra and U Play. This means that the company will launch only 4 to 5 additional devices, with one of them being the HTC 11, even if it won’t be called that (as HTC’s Chialin Chang told Engadget in an interview earlier this year).

The company’s strategy does make sense. It is a lot better to focus on a small number of smartphones and make sure that they really do offer something new and unique, than it is to launch a lot of different devices that don’t bring a lot of value to the table. Increasing profitability on those devices is even better.

But HTC must also understand that one of the reasons why their smartphones haven’t been selling well is the price. In addition to its goal of getting back to profitability, the company should therefore also focus on minimizing its expenses, so that it can offer its products at lower prices. HTC may well have a flagship powered by the Snapdragon 835 this year, but if it costs more than other 835-powered phones, its competition will be cut out for it.

HTC One A9 gets Android Nougat update on Sprint

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The HTC One A9 is being upgraded to Android Nougat on the Sprint network. The update details have been outlined on HTC’s support page along with detailed instructions on how to install it.

The new software version is 2.18.651.2 and, though HTC introduces the many benefits of Android Nougat including multi-window, enhanced notifications, improved Doze battery saving, and more.

To see if you’re device is ready for the update, navigate to Settings > System updates, and tap HTC software update. If you can install it, you’ll be notified.

HTC says the process should take around 10 minutes and recommends that your Play Store apps are up to date, that your device is charged to at least 35% and that it is charging before starting the process.

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If you don’t want to wait for the software to reach your device over-the-air, you can also install the software manually from HTC’s support page — detailed instructions for which can be found at the link.

How do you think HTC has handled the Nougat rollout? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

HTC is working on mobile VR, but don’t expect something like the Samsung Gear VR

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This post originally appeared on our sister site, VR Source.

It’s been less than a year since the HTC Vive virtual reality headset launched, but the Taiwan-based company is still best known for its smartphones. Today, at a launch event in Singapore for its new HTC U series of phones, a company executive confirmed it is working on some kind of mobile VR device, but it might not be what people first expect.

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At first glance, you might think HTC will offer some kind of headset that would use a smartphone for its display, similar to the Samsung Gear VR or Google’s Daydream View. However, in a chat with CNET, Chia-lin Chang, HTC’s president of global sales, stated flat out that what the company is working on is “not a phone slapped onto a headset.” He added that whatever this device is, HTC plans to launch it before the end of 2017. The VR device will also be compatible with the U Ultra, HTC’s new flagship device.

This is an interesting statement from HTC, and we wonder if this headset will be a standalone product that won’t require a phone, but will still have cellular wireless features so that people can connect to a app download store. If it is a standalone device, there are also questions about its battery life, how big its display might be and more.

We certainly think that the company has learned a lot about VR by developing the HTC Vive, even if it is a PC accessory that has to stay connected to the computer. We are certain those lessons will be used and put into its mystery mobile VR device.

However, the competition won’t be sitting down while HTC works on its mobile VR project. Samsung has already confirmed that it is developing a new version of the Gear VR, along with an all-new product that will support augmented reality features similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens.

What do you think HTC’s mobile VR device might be like?

HTC records big revenue drop, but smaller losses, for Q4 2016

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Like many of us, HTC is hoping that 2017 will turn out to be much better than 2016. The Taiwan-based smartphone maker announced its latest financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 earlier today, and it was mostly bad news for the company.

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Overall revenue for the time period came in at NT$22.2 billion ($720.7 million) for the quarter, which is a big 13-percent drop from the same period a year ago. HTC recorded a loss of NT$3.6 billion ($116.8 million) for the quarter. On the slightly better side, that’s an improvement compared to its loss of NT$4.1 billion ($133.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015. Part of the reason for that improvement might be due to HTC’s claim that it has cut down its operating expenditures by 34 percent.

The company tried to put the best spin on the results, saying that saw “robust sales performance” in the fourth quarter, and that revenues were actually seeing some improvements on a quarterly-to-quarterly basis. It also said it continues to beef up its VR business with its Vive headset as well as launching its first Vive-based arcade in Taipei.

HTC has already announced two new phones that are due to be released shortly, both of which are using its new “U” branding for its flagship devices. One of the phones, the HTC U Ultra, is already available for pre-order, with the first unlocked models scheduled to begin shipping in early March. The second phone, the mid-range HTC U Play, has yet to go on sale but is supposed to be available sometime in the near future. The company has already stated it plans to only launch six or seven new smartphones in 2017, compared to as many as 12 handsets in 2016. This strategy should help the company focus on new features for each phone so they can better compete with the new devices coming from rivals like Samsung, LG and Lenovo.

LineageOS builds now available for OnePlus 3T, ZTE Axon 7 and more

LineageOS, the Android-based custom ROM project launched late in 2016 by many of the former team members of CyanogenMod, has been quite busy adding new phones that can support the ROM. After launching its first official builds for a number of phones in mid-January, it has now added several more devices that can run the Nougat-based LineageOS 14.1.

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The biggest new addition is for the OnePlus 3T, and in fact that build has now been merged with the previous version for the older OnePlus 3, so both should now be updated for LineageOS at the same time from now on. Another new addition is the ZTE Axon 7, which recently got its own official update to Nougat.

The other devices are a bit older, including the HTC One M7, in both unlocked and Verizon versions, along with the Sprint version of the LG G3. Finally, you can download a build of LineageOS 14.1 for the 2016 versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablets in 8.0-inch and 9.7-inch models.

You can check out all the newly added builds on the LineageOS download page. The group’s statistic page shows that overall, it has gotten close to 440,000 total build downloads, at least as of this writing. It also shows that the OnePlus One (which is identified by the name “bacon”) has continued to get the most downloads, with over 35,000 recorded. That’s nearly twice as much as the second phone on the stats list, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (given the name “kenzo”).

Hopefully, the team will continue to add more phones to the LineageOS support list, and will also keep updating the custom ROM itself. If you have downloaded and installed LineageOS on your phone, what are your initial impressions? Do you think it’s a good successor to CyanogenOS? Let us know your first-hand impressions in the comments!

HTC’s US Valentine’s Day deals could save you a few hundred dollars

It’s that time of the year, and as HTC so poetically puts it, “loving is about giving, not receiving” so why not give yourself a brand-new HTC device? Chocolates are way overrated anyway, amiright?

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We all know that HTC loves special deals and giving huge discounts on his phones and accessories. This Valentine’s it’s called Seven Days of Sappiness. Though this promotion does not include the recently unveiled HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra, it does include past flagships like the HTC 10.

HTC 10, $150 off

For starters, the HTC 10, the Taiwanese company’s flagship device of last year. You have the option to choose one specifically for a carrier or you can get an unlocked device, and regardless of the color option, it’s $150 off, bringing the final price down to $549. It’s still quite expensive when there are phones like the OnePlus 3T for a bit cheaper, but if you’re a fan of HTC, this might be a perfect chance for you. Just to recap, the HTC 10 has a 5.2-inch Quad HD screen with a 12-megapixel low-light rear camera. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 820 and should last you a full day with its 3,000 mAh battery.

HTC One A9, $200 off

HTC One A9 may not be a flagship device, but it’s one handsomely designed phone. We can’t deny the similarities between this and the iPhone, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass protects the Full-HD 5-inch AMOLED screen on the front, and it’s powered by Snapdragon 617 and even has a microSD slot. On the back there is 13-megapixel camera with OIS.

The phone is now priced at $299, again, you have the option to choose your carrier or go unlocked. The four colors available are Carbon Gray, Deep Garnet, Opal Silver and Topaz Gold.

HTC One M9, $250 off

It may be a few years old, but it’s still an iconic device. The device is now $399, down from $645, available in grey or gold. I have to admit that $399 is still a bit hefty considering it is now two years old. But you still get a 5-inch Full HD LCD display, Snapdragon 810, and a 20-megapixel camera.

It’s worth mentioning that these three phones all come with free shipping, Uh-Oh Protection, and “a small gift,” whatever that may be.

It’s worth mentioning that these three phones all come with free shipping, Uh-Oh Protection, and “a small gift,” whatever that may be.

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Other than those, HTC is also giving you JBL Reflect Aware Earphones for $99.99, half the regular price. In case you don’t know what those are, they are the world’s first USB Type-C headphones. And along with that, all accessories are now 50 percent off.

Again, these are limited-time deals for Valentine’s Day, so hurry before they end! You can find out more about it from HTC’s official website.

HTC 10 Evo launches in India for Rs. 48,990

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The HTC 10 Evo, the international version of the HTC Bolt, was officially announced back in November 2016. The high-end device has now launched in India and is already available for purchase. You can buy the smartphone in Pearl Gold from HTC’s online store for Rs. 48,990.

The device comes with a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. You’ll find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset under the hood along with 3 GB of RAM. There’s 32 GB of storage available that can be expanded for an additional 256 GB. The HTC 10 Evo comes equipped with a 16 MP primary camera with optical image stabilization and an f/2.0 aperture as well as a selfie snapper that has an 8 MP sensor.

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The 3,200 mAh battery keeps the lights on, while the IP57 rating has your back in case you get the device wet. It can handle being submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Other features of the smartphone include the HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio technology, a fingerprint scanner located on the front, and a metal body that looks quite similar to the HTC 10. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with the added Sense user interface on top.

The HTC 10 Evo is already available, so if you want to buy it visit the company’s online store by clicking the button below.

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Best Android phones with expandable memory (February 2017)

A few years ago, smartphones with expandable storage were starting to become a dying breed. It makes sense, too – Google hasn’t included support for microSD expansion in their Nexus handsets for years. Something must have changed, though, because the company included support for adoptable storage in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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This is making microSD support popular again, and today we are making it easy for you to find a good smartphone with expandable storage. We have created a list of our very favorite phones with microSD support, so let’s get started!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei has done a great job at making its way to the mainstream over the past few years – first with the Huawei P9, and now with the Mate 9.

With a big 5.9-inch display, powerful Kirin 960 processor, dual-SIM capabilities, microSD expansion up to 256GB, and an impressive camera setup, the Mate 9 may be one of the best big phones of the year. While its display is ‘only’ 1080p and its software is a bit odd sometimes, we still think the high price tag is worth it. If you’re after a smartphone that offers exceptional battery life and incredible performance, the standard Mate 9 delivers in spades. If money is no object and you want a smartphone that is unattainable to most customers, the Porsche Design Mate 9 might be worth your while.

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 20 and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm, 190g

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LG V20

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, expandable storage up to 256GB, dual 16MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 16 and 8MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, 174g

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Moto Z and Moto Z Force

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Motorola (well, Lenovo actually) is doing something different with their flagship phones this year. Instead of releasing just one flagship under the Moto X moniker, they’ve decided to release two new smartphones that do things a bit out of the ordinary. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force not only bring flagship-level specs, but also support for modules.

These modules, called Moto Mods, attach to the back of both phones via magnets. There are only a few available right now, but they actually bring some handy features to the phones. You can purchase an external battery module, a powerful speaker, and even a projector!

They both have killer specs, too. Both devices come with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, expandable memory, and run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. You might be wondering – what’s the difference between these two phones? The standard Moto Z is super thin at only 5.2mm in thickness, but it only comes with a 2600mAh battery. The Moto Z Force is thicker, has a 3500mAh battery, and also has a shatterproof display.

These aren’t the cheapest phones on the market, but they’re certainly some of the best.

Specs

Moto Z

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 535ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2mm, 136g

Moto Z Force

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 535ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 21MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3500mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 155.9 x 75.8 x 7mm, 163g

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ZTE Axon 7

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ZTE’s Axon Pro from 2015 was a good phone, but it fell short in a few key areas. It came to market with only one storage option, no expandable memory, and the dual camera setup on the back of the device felt a bit gimmicky. Not only does the company’s latest flagship fix all of those problems, it brings much more to the table.

It has a big 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, the latest Snapdragon processor, plenty of RAM, multiple storage options, and yes, expandable memory up to 256GB. It also sports some killer front-facing speakers, all-day battery life, a great camera, and a sleek, attractive design. While certain parts of the software could use a little more polish, the ZTE Axon 7 goes toe-to-toe with the best in the Android market. It’s also inexpensive at only $400, making this an even more attractive option for folks looking to score a solid flagship device.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 20MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
  • Non-removable 3250mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm, 175g

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HTC 10

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HTC needed a saving grace this year, and the 10 just may be it. The Taiwanese company finally designed a phone that’s different enough from its predecessor yet still sports a familiar design language. With an all-metal chassis, front-mounted fingerprint sensor and a new-and-improved speaker setup, the HTC 10 easily made its way to our best Android phones list.

Under the hood, the 10 comes with some killer specs. A 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM are in line with most other flagships this year, and it also comes with expandable storage up to 200GB and a 3000mAh battery that will have no problems lasting an entire day on a single charge. HTC also improved the camera this time around, which was a big flaw in last year’s One M9 flagship.

All in all, the HTC 10 is an awesome device. Great specs and a solid build quality are what you’ll get here… what more could you ask for?

Specs

  • 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 565ppi
  • 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 145.9 x 71.9 x 9mm, 161g

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LG G5

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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Those are our favorite microSD-compatible smartphones! Do you have a favorite that is not listed? Is microSD support even a big deal to you? Hit the comments to let us know in the comments!

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Best unlocked Android phones (February 2017)

Now that an increasing amount of smartphone manufacturers are selling their phones at cheaper price points, it’s much easier for consumers to afford an off-contract device rather than purchasing one with a two-year contract. At least in the United States, the way smartphones are priced has changed dramatically, and that’s a good thing.

So, what are the best smartphones out there for those who’d like to forgo the standard contract and buy unlocked? We’re here to take you through the best unlocked Android smartphones for under $250, under $500 and over $500. As always, if you have anything you’d like to suggest, be sure to speak up in the comment section at the bottom of the post.

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch. It’s also worth noting that this article is written for a U.S.-centric point of view, though (since they are unlocked) pretty much all of these devices are available outside of the U.S., at least in some capacity.


Best phones under $250

Honor 6X

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If you’re looking for a phone under $250, you should definitely check out the Honor 6X. With its big 5.5-inch 1080p display, long-lasting battery, metal construction, dual-SIM support and super fast fingerprint sensor, the 6X gives many other budget phones a run for their money.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this device is its rear-facing dual camera setup, which features 12 and 2MP sensors. While every dual-camera setup utilizes the secondary camera differently, the 6X uses the 2MP sensor to capture depth information that can be taken advantage of when using the camera’s wide aperture mode.

This phone isn’t perfect, though. It doesn’t come with USB Type-C support, EMUI is a little unpolished, and the device’s bottom-firing speaker isn’t the greatest. If you can get past those few caveats, though, the Honor 6X might be well worth your money.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 12 and 2MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,340mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2mm, 162g

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Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Best unlocked Android phones (February 2017)

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Instead of announcing just one Moto G variant this year, Lenovo brought us three different devices – the Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play.

The highest-end of the bunch is the Moto G4 Plus, and it brings a handful of notable improvements to the Moto G range. It has a big 1080p display, capable processor, expandable storage, and even a fingerprint sensor this time around. While we had a slight problem with the volume/power buttons and the camera in low light, we can honestly say this is one of the best budget offerings in 2016.

Right now you can buy it in the U.S. for $249.99 through Amazon or Motorola.com.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 2/3/4GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm, 155g

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Moto G4 Play

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Lenovo’s Moto G4 Play enters the market with a low price tag, solid specifications and a familiar design language we’ve all grown to love.

It sports a 5.0-inch HD display, solid Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera that’s great for snapping the occasional photo. Plus, you get a removable 2800mAh battery, which is a feature many manufacturers have been leaving out of their phones lately.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 294ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 144.4 x 72 x 9.9mm, 137g

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Best phones under $500

OnePlus 3T

Best unlocked Android phones (February 2017)

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We weren’t expecting OnePlus to release another new flagship in 2016, but it happened. If you were a fan of the OnePlus 3, you’ll certainly love the OnePlus 3T.

With its powerful Snapdragon 821 processor backed by 6GB of RAM, the 3T absolutely flies through web browsing, gaming and most other everyday tasks. It also has a bigger battery this time around (3,400mAh to be exact), which is more than enough to get you through a full day of use on a single charge. In addition, the 3T now sports 16MP rear and front-facing camera sensors, a dual-SIM card slot, plenty of on-board storage, and a fast front-facing fingerprint sensor on the front.

Basically the OnePlus 3T is a better OnePlus 3, and we’re certainly not complaining. You can buy it from OnePlus’ website in Gunmetal and Soft Gold color options.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, 158g

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ZTE Axon 7

Best unlocked Android phones (February 2017)

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ZTE’s Axon Pro from 2015 was a good phone, but it fell short in a few key areas. It came to market with only one storage option, no expandable memory, and the dual camera setup on the back of the device felt a bit gimmicky. Not only does the company’s latest flagship fix all of those problems, it brings much more to the table.

It has a big 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, the latest Snapdragon processor, plenty of RAM, multiple storage options, and yes, expandable memory up to 256GB. It also sports some killer front-facing speakers, all-day battery life, a great camera, and a sleek, attractive design. While certain parts of the software could use a little more polish, the ZTE Axon 7 goes toe-to-toe with the best in the Android market. It’s also inexpensive at only $400, making this an even more attractive option for folks looking to score a solid flagship device.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 20MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
  • Non-removable 3250mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm, 175g

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Best phones above $500

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Best unlocked Android phones (February 2017)

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are here, and they truly are some amazing smartphones.

Not only are they the first phones to ship with the Google Assistant on board, they also come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence.

Under the hood, they sport some killer specs, too. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. The overall design of these phones may not be the most unique, but they do feel like premium phones through and through.

There are a few things about these phones that will turn some people away, though. For starters, they only sport an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they’re not nearly as waterproof as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. There are ways around that, but none that will make the devices truly waterproof. Plus, if you buy the Verizon model, you’ll have to deal with a small amount of bloatware (though you will be able to uninstall it), you won’t be able to unlock the bootloader, and Verizon will be handling all Pixel and Pixel XL software updates (though the company swears it won’t delay them).

If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone and don’t mind spending over $650, you should buy the Pixel or Pixel XL… these are two of the best Android phones out there.

Specs

Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm, 143g

Google Pixel XL

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm, 168g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Best unlocked Android phones (February 2017)

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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Huawei Mate 9

Best unlocked Android phones (February 2017)

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Huawei has done a great job at making its way to the mainstream over the past few years – first with the Huawei P9, and now with the Mate 9.

With a big 5.9-inch display, powerful Kirin 960 processor, dual-SIM capabilities, and an impressive camera setup, the Mate 9 may be one of the best big phones of the year. While its display is ‘only’ 1080p and its software is a bit odd sometimes, we still think the high price tag is worth it. If you’re after a smartphone that offers exceptional battery life and incredible performance, the standard Mate 9 delivers in spades. If money is no object and you want a smartphone that is unattainable to most customers, the Porsche Design Mate 9 might be worth your while.

Best unlocked Android phones (February 2017)

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 20 and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm, 190g

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HTC 10

Best unlocked Android phones (February 2017)

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HTC needed a saving grace this year, and the 10 just may be it. The Taiwanese company finally designed a phone that’s different enough from its predecessor yet still sports a familiar design language. With an all-metal chassis, front-mounted fingerprint sensor and a new-and-improved speaker setup, the HTC 10 easily made its way to our best Android phones list.

Under the hood, the 10 comes with some killer specs. A 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM are in line with most other flagships this year, and it also comes with expandable storage up to 200GB and a 3000mAh battery that will have no problems lasting an entire day on a single charge. HTC also improved the camera this time around, which was a big flaw in last year’s One M9 flagship.

All in all, the HTC 10 is an awesome device. Great specs and a solid build quality are what you’ll get here… what more could you ask for?

Specs

  • 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 565ppi
  • 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 145.9 x 71.9 x 9mm, 161g

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There you have it – our picks of the best unlocked Android phones you can buy right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

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