Introducing the Android Central Smartphone Buyer's Guide

It's increasingly likely that you're reading this on your smartphone. In fact, it's likely you're doing more on your phone than ever before, which is why it's so important to buy the right one — for you and the people in your life.

Here at Android Central, we don't just play with phones — we live and breathe them. We're constantly comparing them to the competition, seeking out the ideal device for each particular use case. We believe in the Android mantra of, "Be together, not the same," which is why we are launching the Smartphone Buyer's Guide to help you pick the right phone for your unique situation.

To do this, we spent hundreds of hours using, evaluating and often abusing all the phones that you see on retail shelves, glimpse on billboards, and see us write about every day. We then determined the most important categories, based on carrier, price, feature, size, user profile, manufacturer, and camera, and wrote guides that are easy to understand and quick to reference. And where applicable, we'll highlight individual phones that have earned our coveted Choice Award. In each guide, we'll highlight a Best Overall — that's the phone we think would suit most people the best most of the time in that particular category — and at least one alternative, because choice is good.

These guides are living things, and we will constantly be reviewing the choices to make sure they are up-to-date.

But this isn't the end. These guides are living things, and we will constantly be reviewing the choices to make sure they are up-to-date. For example, we understand that Google's new Pixel phones are highly anticipated and coming soon, and we're looking forward to using them for hundreds of hours so we can refresh our guides accordingly. Of course, you may not agree with our choices, and that's fine — we have a dedicated forum to discuss just that. While we can't promise your suggestions will impact our decisions, we promise to read everything, and to take them into account!

This guide couldn't have happened without the help of a few very hard-working people, including Florence Ion, Alex Dobie, Andrew Martonik, Jerry Hildenbrand, Derek Kessler, Harish Jonnalagadda, Marc Lagace, and many others behind the scenes. And this is just Phase One: we promise to expand the Smartphone Buyer's Guide to include more categories, price points, features, and more, and we eventually plan to expand to other regions, so we can recommend devices from carriers in Canada, India, UK, and Australia.

Get started with the Smartphone Buyer's Guide!

Personally, I'm really excited about this launch, which I feel is a natural next step for the site, and our community.


Daniel Bader

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central.