Despite chip shortages and other issues, 2021 has been a good year for smartphones. We have witnessed continued advances in new form factors, the entry of possible game changers and other developments. What was your favorite 2021 Android phone? For the 9to5Google staff, one gadget – or rather a pair – stands out as a favorite.

The result? The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were easily among the best Android phones of 2021 by anyone’s judgment, with cameras that outperform much of the competition. Android 12’s marvelous pure software and targeted performance delivered some genuinely useful features such as better voice-to-text transcription. Both models are a joy to use, and the good certainly outweighs some of the recent errors caused by Google updates.

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were a turning point for Google’s smartphone lineup, bringing the company’s first real attempt to compete at the flagship level and the debut of Tensor, a single-chip design that ditched Qualcomm. Additionally, both phones were considerably more affordable than expected.

On the other hand, Google’s flagships aren’t the only devices that particularly impressed us. Samsung has made big strides in 2021 on its Android phones, with the Galaxy S21 Ultra boasting a formidable camera system and rock-solid experience. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3, meanwhile, propelled foldables into the mainstream. Of course, the “best Android phone” is quite a subjective thing. Everyone has different priorities and different things they like to see in their device. Our pick is pretty clear – Google’s Pixel 6 series – but which is yours?

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