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While Apple’s iPhone is a hugely
popular smartphone with over 800 million users worldwide, devices using the
Android operating platform currently account for over 80% of worldwide
smartphone sales. Major manufacturers using Android include Samsung, LG and
Sony giving users a wide choice of phone.

The main Android advantage

Android is Google’s platform developed
for smartphones and tablets and, like Windows compared to Apple’s computer
operating system, offers an alternative to the iOS platform as used on iPhones.
A key advantage of Android is that of choice; with Apple you can only choose
from the current and immediate predecessors of one smartphone, the iPhone.

With Android, you have a welter of
phones to choose from by various manufacturers often at differing price points.
Also, certain manufacturers offer variations of the Android platform so it’s
easier for you to find something ‘hand in glove’ suitable for your main
requirements.

So what phones to consider? Here are
some suggestions.

1. Samsung Galaxy S7

A hugely popular smartphone, the S7
improves considerably on its predecessor, the S6.

With a stylish design, quality feel
and its own ‘take’ on the Android platform with its Touch Wiz software, the S7
is also a rugged phone that can even survive being immersed in water up to a
depth of five metres. A used Galaxy S7 is an option worth considering to make savings on the
price of a new one if buying outright as opposed to on a contract.

A variation on the S7 is the S7 Edge
which is basically the same phone but with a slightly larger screen. On average
this would cost nearly £100 more than a standard new S7, so quite a price hike
for increased screen real estate.

2. HTC 10

Maybe not as strong in certain areas
as phones like the Samsung, the HTC is nevertheless a stylish and solid
all-rounder.

It also represents a good value used
option if you don’t need the latest model; the M8 and M9 are currently
available at attractive prices.

3. Sony Xperia

The Z series was superseded last year
by the XZ range with a 5.2 inch display and HD screen (although not as higher
resolution as the Samsung S7 or LG G5). 

Not everyone needs or wants a larger
screen, so the older Z5 Compact offers a 4.6 inch screen making it more easily
pocketable than larger smartphones from other manufacturers. The Xperia range’s
camera quality is particularly good – not surprising perhaps in view of who
makes it – and they’re waterproof, rugged phones able to take a few knocks to
their well made cases.

Buying used can save money, and the
latest XZ isn’t considered to offer huge advantages over the Z5 it
supersedes
, so
buying a used one offers significant savings over the current model and is
still an advanced phone.

4. Huawei P9

Chinese manufacturer Huawei makes the
highly thought of Nexus 6P, and its own-brand phones represent very good value
for money with a simply styled, attractive smartphone option.

The P9 is considered only a fraction
behind the more expensive Samsung S7, and if you value good camera quality
highly then the P9 is definitely one to consider. Its dual lens system has been
developed with world renowned prestigious camera maker Leica.

Used examples of the Nexus 6P and
older models such as the Ascend G620s make owning a Huawei an even more
attractive option from a value for money viewpoint.

5. LG G5

While most manufacturers usually
increase screen size with each successive phone release, LG has actually
reduced the screen to 5.3 inches on the G5 from the 5.5 inches of its
predecessor, the G4.

Noteworthy for the quality of its
display, overall performance in day to day operation and decent quality wide
angle camera, the G5 has an easily removable battery. This is a definite plus
when a second, fully charged battery could help at times of restricted access
to a power point.

The G4 is worth considering if you don’t
need the G5’s extra features or new, metal case compared to the G4’s plastic
variety. Used examples are available and attractively priced.

Options from Android

The Android platform certainly offers
you plenty of options in terms of phones from different manufacturers. Whether
you’re already on Android and thinking of a change or considering moving from
Apple’s iOS, the above should give food for thought.

Also,
buying used can help your budget further if you’re buying your next smartphone
outright.