Android Phone Buyer’s Guide

By Simon Hill

And the winner is …

Some of the most advanced and powerful smartphones available run Android, so deciding on the best mobile to buy can be a seriously tough decision. Fear not! We’ve got everything you need to know about the world of high-end Android mobile phones to bring you the cream of the crop and help you make the right purchase decision.

Google’s Android has emerged as the fastest-growing mobile platform out there, and with more and more Android devices hitting the market every day, that situation looks set to continue. There are plenty of reasons for the success of the Android. The Android Market is packed with great apps and games, the platform is perfectly integrated with Google services, and it’s fast, efficient, and versatile. A wide range of top manufacturers support the platform, notably HTC and Motorola.

Motorola Droid X

Motorola had fallen on hard times when it made the clever decision to throw its weight behind the new Android platform. The company helped to build the Droid brand with the hugely popular Motorola Droid and now it’s back, with a new range of devices under the Droid banner. The best of the bunch is the Motorola Droid X.

Pros

Large 4.3-inch screen (854×480 pixel resolution)

Fast 1 GHz processor

8GB of internal memory (can be expanded up to 32GB)

8-megapixel camera (dual LED flash)

HD video recording (720p)

Cons

No physical QWERTY keyboard

No support for 4G

Android 2.1 (will be upgraded to Android 2.2)

4 out of 5 stars

Samsung Galaxy S

This big release has launched Samsung into the Android arena as a major player. In the U.S., Samsung has released four variations of the Galaxy S for different carriers, and each is slightly different. There’s the T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G and Verizon Fascinate.

Pros

Big 4-inch screen (800×480 pixel resolution)

Fast 1 GHz processor

16GB of internal memory (can be expanded up to 32GB)

5-megapixel camera

HD video recording (720p)

Cons

No flash on camera (except the Verizon Fascinate)

GPS and compass problems (should be resolved by software update)

No physical QWERTY keyboard (except the Sprint Epic 4G)

No support for 4G

Android 2.1 (will be upgraded to Android 2.2)

3 out of 5 stars

HTC EVO 4G

Chosen to make the official Google Nexus One the manufacturer, HTC has a unique understanding of the Android platform and has released more Android devices than any other company. The long-awaited HTC EVO 4G is the company’s most powerful device yet, with some seriously attractive features. It’s also the first device to offer support for the new high-speed 4G networks.

Pros

Large 4.3-inch screen (800×480 pixel resolution)

Fast 1 GHz processor

8GB of internal memory (can be expanded up to 32GB)

8-megapixel camera (dual LED flash)

HD video recording (720p)

Android 2.2

4G Wi-Max support

Cons

No physical QWERTY keyboard

5 out of 5 stars

Motorola Droid 2

We already mentioned the Motorola Droid X, but the direct descendant of the original Motorola Droid is also worth a look. For fans of the physical keyboard, the Motorola Droid 2 may just prove to have the edge over the competition.

Pros

Big 3.7-inch screen (854×480 pixel resolution)

Fast 1 GHz processor

8GB of internal memory (can be expanded up to 32GB)

5-megapixel camera (dual LED flash)

HD video recording (720p)

Android 2.2

Physical QWERTY keyboard

Cons

No support for 4G

4 out of 5 stars

HTC Droid Incredible

At press time, this was undoubtedly the most powerful smartphone available on the market. It’s still an extremely good mobile phone, but it’s been surpassed by the HTC EVO 4G and so the lower price tag would be the only real reason to pick the Droid Incredible now.

Pros

Big 3.7-inch screen (800×480 pixel resolution)

Fast 1 GHz processor

8GB of internal memory (can be expanded up to 32GB)

8 megapixel camera (dual LED flash)

HD video recording (720p)

Android 2.2 (originally Android 2.1 but now upgraded)

Cons

No physical QWERTY keyboard

No support for 4G

4 out of 5 stars

The verdict

In terms of hardware specifications and features, these Android phones surpass all of the other mobile phones out there, regardless of platform. The overall winner is clearly the HTC EVO 4G; the only thing it lacks is a QWERTY keyboard. If this is an important consideration for you, then perhaps the Motorola Droid 2 will tempt you. Ultimately, if budget is no barrier and you quite simply want the best then it has to be the HTC EVO 4G.

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About Erin Lang Masercola

As Business Unit Editorial Director at Beckett Media, I lead creative teams in technology, gaming, collecting, autos, home decor, outdoor sports, and more.

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