Google’s cutting-edge phones run on Google's own Android operating system and get updates first!
Google has been releasing phones since 2010, with its Nexus range, but in recent years it’s famous for the Google Pixel range.
This is the phone brand for lovers of Android itself, as Google’s phones offer the purest take on the operating system. That makes them slick, simple, and intuitive, delivering the sort of polished experience more commonly associated with iPhones.
And as with iPhones, Google’s Pixel range is small, offering you just a few handsets to choose from each year, but you can be sure that they’re all high quality.
Why we love Google Phones
Google’s phones are brilliant primarily because they run stock Android – that means there’s no extra overlays or unnecessary apps added. Instead you get Android as it’s meant to be, meaning a slick, thoughtful interface that you can modify as much as you want.
They also benefit from day-one Android updates, where most phones have to wait months – if they get updated at all.
Beyond that, Google’s handsets tend to have excellent cameras, and be packed full of features, particularly in recent years, so they can easily stand up to any other flagship around.
And they’re usually available in multiple sizes and more affordable Pixel A-series options, so whatever your budget and whether you like a big screen or a more compact one there’ll be a Google handset for you each year.
Notable Google 5G phones
The Google Pixel 5 and the Google Pixel 4a 5G are Google’s first 5G phones, with the former being a flagship and the latter being a more affordable option.
Both are excellent though, with the best possible version of Android, along with class-leading cameras, competitive prices, and – in the case of the Pixel 5 – a metal back, which is unusual in modern phones and helps it stand out.