The best An­droid phones

Los Angeles Times - - TECHNOLOGY - By Ryan Whit­wam

Af­ter test­ing ev­ery f lag­ship An­droid phone re­leased in the last two years over hun­dreds of hours, we think the Sam­sung Gal­axy S6 is the best new phone for most peo­ple. It looks and feels fan­tas­tic, it’s packed with use­ful fea­tures, and its 16-megapixel cam­era and 1440p Su­per AMOLED screen are the best on any An­droid phone. The screen is bright, crisp and col­or­ful: It’s very high-res­o­lu­tion, so ev­ery­thing looks sharp, and be­cause it uses AMOLED tech­nol­ogy, the black pix­els on its screen are ac­tu­ally black (and do not use any back­light).

We came to this de­ci­sion af­ter comb­ing through all the avail­able re­views of the top An­droid phones and test­ing them hands-on. If you want a phone with a larger screen or one that’s friend­lier to your bud­get, we have al­ter­na­tive picks as well. Should you up­grade?

If you’re happy with your old phone, don’t get a new one yet. The phones that will be out when you are ready for an up­grade will be bet­ter than what’s avail­able to­day. Un­less you’re a power user or a se­rial early adopter, you prob­a­bly don’t need an up­grade if you bought a phone in 2014 or later. If you use your phone con­stantly and your old one isn’t serv­ing you well any­more, a new model is worth the cost, even if your cur­rent phone is only a year old.

Grab­bing what­ever phone your car­rier of­fers for free with a two-year con- tract can be tempt­ing, but those phones usu­ally have some com­bi­na­tion of un­in­tu­itive user in­ter­face, out­dated soft­ware, sub­stan­dard specs and poor build qual­ity. When it is time to get a new phone, we rec­om­mend choos­ing the best, new­est phone you can af­ford. Wrap­ping it up

The Sam­sung Gal­axy S6 is the fastest and most well-made An­droid phone avail­able, and it should be a great fit for most peo­ple. This post was done in part­ner­ship with The Wire­cut­ter, a buyer’s guide to the best tech­nol­ogy. This guide may have been up­dated. To see the cur­rent rec­om­men­da­tion, please go to TheWire­cut­

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