Android smartphone buyers are spoiled with choices. New handsets from manufacturers such as HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung are hitting store shelves all the time. So choosing which new phone to get — and when to get one — can be daunting.
Yahoo Tech is here to help. Read on for the best Android phones to buy right now (April 2015). Whether you’re on a budget, are looking for a big-screen behemoth, or just want the overall best smartphone, these are the Android handsets to get.
The best Android smartphone is:
The Samsung Galaxy S6
$200 with 32 GB of storage, $300 with 64 GB of storage, $400 with 128 GB of storage
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is the hands-down best Android smartphone you can buy. Its beautiful all-metal-and-glass design, brilliant display, and better-than-iPhone camera quality make the 5-inch Galaxy S6 the only Android phone you need to buy.
It’s not just the Galaxy S6’s looks that make it such a winner, though. The handset also comes with built-in wireless charging capabilities, so you’ll be able to place the S6 on a wireless charging pad and it will instantly begin pulling in juice.
The S6, like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, comes with a built-in mobile payment system that lets you tap your phone on a compatible payment terminal to pay for goods at participating stores. But unlike the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Galaxy S6 can be used with existing magnetic credit card readers, so you’ll be able to use your S6 to pay for items at nearly any store in the U.S.
The best big-screen Android phone is:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4
$300 with a two-year contract and 32 GB of storage
If you want a big phone that you can almost use as a tablet, you’re going to want to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Packing a 5.7-inch display, the Note 4 also features a powerful 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization that helps move the lens to compensate for shaky hands.
The Note 4 comes with a built-in stylus that can turn your chicken scratches into editable text, as well as a cool feature to make use of that giant screen: You can run two apps onscreen at the same time in resizable app windows.
To top it all off, the Note 4 has one of the best-looking screens of any smartphone, offering extremely sharp images and gorgeous colors.
The best budget-friendly Android phone is:
The Motorola Moto E
$149 without a contract
Short on cash? Get Motorola’s Moto E. For $149 you get a 4.5-inch handset that runs the latest version of Google’s Android operating system.
This budget-friendly phone features 4G LTE connectivity, something you can’t get on most low-cost smartphones. And the Moto E’s $149 price tag is the full retail price, no two-year contract (or a contract’s monthly fees) required. You can bring the Moto E to your carrier of choice.
You’re not going to find a better deal on an Android smartphone anywhere else.