What Android phone do you think ruled 2020?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs. OnePlus 8T
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs. OnePlus 8T (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

While 2020 may have been a dumpster fire in almost every regard, it was honestly a pretty fantastic year when it comes to Android. We saw many excellent Android phones released this year, ranging from jaw-dropping foldables, high-end flagships, and impressive budget options.

Recently in the AC forums, one user reached out to the community asking what phone they should buy. There are so many great options to choose from, making it difficult to decide on just one when it comes time to pay up.

Many of our members were quick to jump in with their thoughts, with the conversation going as follows:

One plus 8 pro would be a solid choice. I owned one briefly and it was solid. Issue for me is that I unfortunately have a samsung note fettish.


I favor Pixel phones, but they've never been known for big internal storage. OnePlus would probably be the best overall choice, either the current OnePlus 8 lineup or the slightly older 7T. Excellent specs and build, and they're quite good with updates.

B. Diddy

Yeah pixel 5 128 is good for me But I also have 1+7Pro at 256gb which another very solid phone. Or Samsung S series or Note


All of this got us to wondering — What was the best Android phone of 2020?

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • It's got to be the Note 20 ultra 5G just like in 19 it was the Note 10 plus. The Note line has the most features Best hardware and hardware with lasting power for years to come,with One UI being so solid now the software is good. With Samsung offering such a high trade in value on a Note the price is not as sreep as it looks on paper.
  • Pixel 4a seemed like the phone of 2020. Aggressively priced from the start and delivering the best of Android experience. Fingerprint readers for the win too.
  • Moto G Power. Went from a Pixel to it and it gets the job done. 😁🤷‍♂️
  • Probably a OnePlus or Samsung device.
  • I love my S20 FE but it would have to be the Pixel 4a or the Oneplus Nord.
  • It will ALWAYS be the phone you bought!
  • XD you're not wrong. still, the ROG 3 and pixel 4a are amazing phones.
  • I agree with you but I've also bought a couple of phones I've used for few days and returned because I just couldn't gell with them for some reason like a Sony z3 that got so hot and the supposed great battery life at the time was rubbish, a Samsung S3 that I simply hated because of the complicated touchwiz of the day and most recently a Nokia 5.3 that just had too many annoying little issues even though I love a more stock Android. But landing on the Poco X3 I agree with you fully coz even though it's classed as a budget phone I love it and can see me keeping it for quite a while even though there are no doubt many 'better' phones technically speaking this one has all I personally need from a phone.
    (Sorry I'm starting to sound like Beno with his apple fanboying over the Poco phone, it's not meant to be I just can't believe how much phone you can get for so little money)
  • One of Samsung's phones I guess. 2020 wasn't a great year for phones IMO.
  • Depends what your criteria for 'best' means and how often you change phones. There will always be an absolute best but you will be paying big 1000+ pounds/dollars for it but there are also some really great phones that punch well above their weight for way less cash. I've got a Poco X3 NFC which cost just over £200 and it just blows me away the more I use it. I've never owned a top of the range flagship but my experience with this handset says I don't need one for a great mobile experience.
  • I'm not a Samsung fan but any means and own a OnePlus. But I would have to say the phone of the year is the S20 FE
  • Covid-19 ruled 2020, not a mobile phone....
  • The Pixel 4a is my favorite this year. Best for the world of Android and the wallet.