Discover the Top Picks from Android Central’s Best of 2023 Awards: Unveiling the Best Phones, Smartwatches, Tablets, Apps, and More!

The year 2023 has come to a close and we’ve seen some awesome tech releases in the last year. Despite a year full of great products, Android Central has chosen the best in a few categories. And the winners are…

First, the Best Android Phone Overall went to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. This phone launched in early 2023, and Android Central thinks it blows away the competition with its impressive display, built-in S Pen, five rear cameras, performance, and battery life. The phone had a bit of a camera issue at launch, but Samsung quickly fixed it and now maintains the best portrait mode, zoom detail, and video capture. It also gets quick updates with lots of new features. The runner-up for the best overall Android phone was the Google Pixel 8 Pro. This phone uses Google’s Tensor chipset and boasts AI features, a great camera, and a new seven-year software update promise.

Next, the Best Android Phone (Value) was awarded to the Google Pixel 7a. This phone gives you everything you need in a phone for a great price with all the best Pixel features. The Pixel 7a offers a 90Hz OLED screen, long lasting battery, IP67 water resistance, a great design, the best cameras in its price range, and a clean, fast interface with NO ads. The runner-up for the best value Android phone was the Fairphone 5, which is a sustainable and repairable phone with good updates.

Finally, the award for Best Android Phone (Camera) went to the Google Pixel 8 Pro. It received fifteen of nineteen total votes and is best for anyone who prioritizes a phone’s camera. The camera UI is great and offers quick and easy switching between photo and video capture. The phone also provides full manual photo capture as well as RAW output, a stunning range of zoom levels, and excellent low-light detail. The XIaomi 13 Ultra was the runner-up for best camera phone, and features advanced camera hardware with four massive 50MP cameras.

This year’s best Android phones all have something unique to offer, from impressive overall features to affordability with great cameras. With so many fantastic options, it’s easy to see how Android users can find a great phone that suits their needs.