Android offers a plethora of options for fans of the operating system. Their famed openness isn’t only an advantage for users and developers, it also makes Android the most popular platform for cybercriminals.
Samsung has addressed some of the concerns with the launch of Samsung Knox, which adds security and features for business use, but malware and adware are both prevalent on the handsets and operating systems often outdated.
There are nonetheless a vast array of tempting Android smartphones, and the Samsung Galaxy 8 could be the new the leader of the pack once it's finally released in the UK on 21 April after a series of delays. Samsung's flagship model combines a 5.8-inch screen, 3,000mAh battery, 4GB of RAM and a curved screen as standard following the success of the S7 Edge.
It doubles the onboard storage to 64GB and comes 10 percent more CPU power than the previous edition. It also comes with an AI voice assistant called Bixby, in addition to the established Google Assistant. The souped-up S8 Plus boosts the display to 6.2-inches and the battery to 4,000mAh.
The South Korean company's earlier incarnations are a more affordable alternative. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have bigger screens and battery capacities than their iPhone equivalents. Both feature fabulous displays and offer additional storage capacity to the 32 GB standard with the addition of a microSD card.
Samsung also provides a range of Enterprise features, including Samsung Flow, which makes the phones into a user authentication device and can sync data and automatically activate the phone's hotspot. The S6 Edge and Edge Plus are cheaper Android versions, but less feature-packed than the new arrivals in the Samsung family.
The whopping 6-inch Nexus 6 is another option. The Motorola-designed device has a high-resolution display, encryption by default and gets Android updates straight from Google, whose own Pixel XL makes the company a new player in the market. It comes with 24/7 chat support and with Google Assistant built into the device for a personalised search experience.
The LG G54 is a more affordable Android alternative, with extra flexibility through the replaceable battery and expandable memory.