Most Android smartphone manufacturers sell smartphones with their very own user interface, which offers additional customisation and other useful features. However, if you like the clean and smooth stock Android, your choices might be pretty limited. From Google to Motorola, here are the best smartphones across different price segments that offer stock or near-stock Android experience.

The Nokia G42 (review) is a budget smartphone that runs near-stock Android 13. Featuring the Snapdragon 480+ 5G chipset, it also has a 6.56-inch LCD screen that offers an HD+ resolution with a refresh rate of 90Hz.

The rear panel, which is made from plastic, houses a triple camera setup on paper that consists of a 50MP primary shooter alongside a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies and video calls, you get an 8MP front camera. It comes with 128GB of internal storage and up to 6GB RAM and packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 20W wired charging.

The phone has what Nokia terms as a ‘QuickFix design’ that lets users fix the device at home if they have the parts and tools. The base variant of the phone that comes with 4GB RAM is priced at Rs 12,499, but you can find it at a lower price on popular e-commerce platforms.

Lava Agni 2 The Lava Agni 2 looks and feels premium thanks to the glass back. (Express photo)

Lava Agni 2

Want a mid-range phone that offers a near-stock Android experience with a curved display? The Lava Agni 2 (review) might cater to all your needs. Featuring the Dimensity 7050 chipset, which also powers devices like the Oppo Reno 11 and the recently launched Realme Narzo 70 Pro, the phone easily blazes through everyday tasks and offers a lag-free experience.

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It runs on Android 13, with Lava promising an update to Android 14. Lava Agni 2 has only one variant that comes with 256GB of internal storage and 8GB RAM. On the back, you get a 50MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 2MP macro sensor and a 2MP depth lens.

All of this is backed by a 5,000mAh battery that supports 66W charging. The only downside is that there are some software bugs and the phone packs a single speaker. It is currently selling on Amazon for Rs 17,999, making it one of the best-value-for-money devices in its segment.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro Motorola Edge 50 Pro runs on a lightly modified version of stock Android called Hello UI. (Express Photo)

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

For years, Motorola has been making impressive phones that offer a clean near-stock Android experience, and the recently launched Edge 50 Pro (review) is no exception. Running on a slightly modified version of Android 14 dubbed HelloUI, it has some AI-powered features like a wallpaper generator.

The IP68 water and dust-resistant phone has a 6.70-inch 144Hz pOLED screen with a peak brightness of 2,000 nits and is powered by the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset. It has a soft vegan leather back that looks and feels premium. The Motorola Edge 50 Pro has a 50MP primary camera accompanied by a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and a 13MP ultrawide shooter.

While the camera may not be the best for the asking price, it takes good photos during both day and night time. The device has a 4,500mAh battery that supports 125W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. However, you will have to buy the wireless charger separately.

If you are looking for a mid-range phone that offers a clean user interface and a premium look and feel, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro is a good buy. It starts from Rs 31,999, but we recommend going with the 12GB variant, which is priced at Rs 35,999 but comes with a 125W charger in the box.

Pixel 7 Pixel 7 has one of the best cameras for its asking price. (Express Photo)

Pixel 7

If you don’t like Motorola phones, consider checking out the Pixel 7 (review), which has a slightly smaller screen but a much better camera setup. Powered by the Tensor G2 chipset, the Pixel 7 came with stock Android 13 out of the box It has a 6.3-inch OLED screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3Victus.

The Pixel 7 has a dual camera setup that consists of a 50MP primary sensor and a 12MP ultrawide lens. The Pixel 7 may not win the megapixel war, but the device takes really good photos in broad daylight as well as low light conditions.

Compared to other phones, the Pixel 7 packs a smaller 4,300mAh battery, but that’s fine considering the screen is small as well. However, the charging speed is limited to 20W for reasons unknown. If you are looking for a phone that offers a stock Android experience without breaking the bank, the Pixel 7 is a good buy. It can be purchased from Flipkart and starts from Rs 37,999.

Pixel 8 Pro The Pixel 8 Pro has several tricks up its sleeve. (Express Photo)

Pixel 8 Pro

The Pixel 8 Pro (review) is Google’s latest and most powerful phone to date. Featuring the Tensor G3 chipset, the company has promised 7 years of Android updates and security patches.

It has a 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED screen that is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and also offers IP68 water and dust resistance, meaning you can wash the phone in water without giving it a second thought. As is the case with the latest Pixel devices, you also get access to exclusive Google features like Best Take, Photo Unblur and Live HDR+.

The device has a 50MP primary camera alongside a 48MP telephoto lens and a 48MP ultrawide shooter. All cameras take excellent photos during both day and night time, making it one of the best camera phones of all time.

However, the 5,050mAh battery is limited to 30W wired charging, which is not bad by any means but is comparatively slower than other options in the price bracket. If you are looking for a flagship phone that will last you almost a decade, the Pixel 8 Pro is an easy recommendation. It starts from Rs 1,03,999.


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