The Pixel lineup is your best bet if you’re willing to experience Android in its best form. Despite the niceties that Samsung & Co throw inside their custom skins, there’s something comforting about Google’s take on Android, which despite its strengths isn’t that common and loses it when it comes to custom Android skins.
Google Pixel 6 & 6 XL
All that being said, the “regular” Google Pixel 6 also sounds like a pretty solid upgrade over 2020’s upper mid-range Pixel 5, with a significantly bigger AMOLED display in tow, a 50MP primary rear-facing camera, a 12MP secondary ultra-wide-angle lens, a reasonably hefty 4,614mAh cell, the same 8GB RAM count, both 128 and 256GB storage configurations, and of course, pre-installed Android 12 software. Unsurprisingly, the Pixel 6 Pro is expected to borrow the main snapper and the ultra-wide imaging sensor from the Pixel 6 while adding that aforementioned telephoto shooter to its back and upgrading the single selfie cam from 8 to 12 megapixels. There are also rumors for a massive 5,000mAh battery that would be powering the larger upcoming Pixel, and that should be enough for a full day of heavy usage.
Google Pixel 4a & 4a 5G
Okay, it’s weird that the second mid-range Pixel is possibly the best Pixel out there right now, but it checks so many boxes that it makes it not only a worthwhile equivalent to the Pixel 5, but also completely trumps it in our opinion as it essentially does all the same things but cost significantly less at launch.
Google Pixel 5
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL
So those are the best Pixel phones in 2021. We have been expecting a Google Pixel 5a series to join the fold in 2021, but so far, it has remained a pipe dream. There are rumors that it could arrive by the end of the summer, but in all honesty, the Pixel 6 leaks have gotten us far more pumped up.
Continue to watch this space as we will be frequently update this article as new Pixels arrive and older ones fall out of grace.