PC Advisor reviews the 19 best Android phones that are available to buy in the UK in 2013.
There are loads of Android smartphones to chose from in 2013 - coming in all different shapes, sizes and specs. PC Advisor lists the 19 best Android smartphones you can buy in 2013. When you've found the phone you like, compare mobile phone deals to get the best tariff. (See also: what's the best Android tablet?)
There was a time when Android was the poor relation to iPhone, and even BlackBerry. The smartphone platform that catered for those who couldn't afford Apple's premium prices. That time is long gone: look down our list of the best Android phones in the UK and you'll find a great selection of smartphones at a variety of prices.
Yes, there are still bargain buys from the likes of Huawei and LG, as well as cut-down versions of top rank phones from premium manufacturers such as Sony, HTC and Samsung. Ratchet up your budget and you'll find the very best premium smartphones on the market are Android handsets from those same manufacturers, especially HTC, Sony and Samsung. Then there is the ultimate bargain from Google itself (albeit with a little help from LG), the Nexus 4. iPhone-like performance at half the price. Bargain! Unfortunately the Nexus 4 is now out of stock, and we await the Nexus 5 with great anticipation.
Best Android phone reviews: what to look for
As you'll see from our reviews of the best Android smartphones (below) there is a wide variety of Android operating systems on the market. So do be aware that not all Androids are made equal. Each manufacturer puts on to Google's OS its own stylings and features: Samsung's TouchWizz interface is very different from HTC's Sense, for instance. But it's also worth pointing out that there are different iterations of Android included with brand new phones, and your phone is not likely to be upgraded when a new Android comes out. Also some Android phones - none here - don't give you access to Google Play and all the apps and media contained therein. This is a big point: don't get caught out.
Unlike Windows Phone and BlackBerry the Android world is full of great apps. Unlike Apple's iOS you have a choice of music and movie stores. And almost all Android phones charge and synch from vanilla USB cables, and allow for the addition of SD cards for expanded storage.
The bottom line is that the best Android phones, those reviewed here, are the best phones you can buy. They certainly offer the best value. But be aware that there is wide variety in the Android world. Check reviews from trusted sites such as PC Advisor before parting with any cash. (See also: The 15 best smartphones: What's the best phone you can buy in 2013?)