Our staff regularly review technology products that include accessories, software, services and of course, Android smartphones and tablets. Each year, we thoroughly test hundreds of products and provide our readers with in-depth reviews written by our team of experts.

In an effort to highlight products we like, we've established the Android Central Awards. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to read long, detailed reviews in pursuit of your perfect device. For that reason, we've done most of the hard work for you. We use Android all the time, so we know good when we see it.

There are two awards you need to look out for, and they’ll help you decide whether you should splash your hard-earned cash. If a product is good and worthy of buying, you’ll see our silver Recommended stamp of authority. Some products stand out for being the top products in their category, and those products will get our gold Best seal of approval.

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We don't take these awards lightly, either. We know that you rely on us to help you make an informed decision when it comes to tech — and Android in particular — so we absolutely use these products as you would to help cut through the clutter. There are many products that are really good and they’ll get our Recommended badge, but we’re reserving our Best Award for the absolute cream of the crop. Simply put, the Best Award is for products we love, and use ourselves.

Fewer than 5% of the products we review each year will qualify for this award and we’ll only give out a handful of them throughout the year. Can’t decide on a smartphone? Let our Gold standard do the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to!