Since its release, Google’s Android operating system has established itself as a worthy competitor to Apple’s iOS in the ever-growing mobile market. What’s interesting is the thing that makes Android great – open source accessibility – is also what hurts it. Many mobile device manufacturers add a skin to make the operating system seem unique, and it slows down the phone in the process. For those that prefer a phone without the bloat, there are several pure Android devices on the market. Here are some of the best pure Android devices in 2019. Regardless of which device you choose, make sure to recycle your old cell phone to do your part in fighting the e-waste epidemic.
Google Pixel 3
According to Strategy Analytics, Google Pixel is the fastest growing smartphone brand in the country. This is happening as Apple is experiencing less-than-stellar iPhone growth for the first time in years. One of the things that make this one of the best pure Android devices is the camera quality.
The Pixel 3 adds a second front-facing camera that allows for a variety of wide-angle shots on selfies, as well as the use of portrait mode. The new camera also processes HDR+ 40 percent faster and an improved detail clarity during zoom. The night shot mode makes it the top low-light smartphone camera on the market. This is the phone to get if you want something that competes with the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.
Xiaomi Mi A1
The one downfall of the Pixel is the price. Not everyone wants to pay top dollar for their cell phone. This is typically true of the type of person who wants a pure Android device. They value simplicity. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a great option in the mid-tier price range.
While you can’t buy this phone in US stores (even though it’s available in 40 countries), you can find an unlocked version with a global SIM card on Amazon for around $200. It has two 12 megapixel rear cameras and a five-megapixel camera, as well as 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM. The LCD screen is 5.5 inches and has a 1,920 X 1080 resolution, which is a great quality for this price.
Coming in at just $100, the Nokia 2 flys off the shelves of electronics retailers. This is a budget smartphone option for people who just want a pure Android device that has a simple-to-use interface and minimal distractions from the phone’s core apps.
It runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box but can be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo. There is 1 GB of RAM, as well as a Snapdragon 212 chipset. The display comes in at 5 inches. All of this is serviceable for the price, but what makes the Nokia 2 really stand out is the 4,100 mAh battery. This smartphone can last for days on a full charge.
These are just three of the dozens of pure Android devices that are a part of the Android One initiative, which is a commitment to not adding bloat to Google’s stock Android software. Within this initiative, you can find a pure Android device at any price level.