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The 5 Best Android Smartphones August 2012

You want to buy the best Android smartphone?  Over the last half year, there have been so many Android phones released into the market – someone who may not be up to date with the news and the importance of particular specs may not know just which phones are better than the others.  In my opinion, here is the list of the top 5 Android phone in the market now.

1. [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy Nexus: $0.01 ( 2 yr contract)[/easyazon-link]

The release of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 threatened the dominance of the the Nexus but in my opinion it remains the finest Android smartphone you can find today –about half a year since it took the first position.  I am sure there will be readers who will feel that there are phones with better specs and better benchmark performance than the Nexus but I have my reasons to think this handset deserves the first spot.  First off, I like it that a flashable ROM for this phone was available just days after it was released – meaning that you can customize it the way you want and upgrade the operating system to Jelly bean without having to wait or go through complicated processes.  This is not to mention the device’s power – a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 32GB memory to store all the HD pictures and your videos and a whole gig of RAM.  The phone of course has its issues but which doesn’t?  Here is an overview of its core specs:

Core Specs:

Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-core Processor (OMAP 4460)

OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Memory: 1GB RAM + 16/32GB Internal memory

Display: 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED

Camera: 5MP AF with LED Flash , 1.3MP Front

Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 Specifications above may differ on the LTE version.

Battery: Standard battery, Li-on 1750 mAh.

Size: 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm, 135g

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2. [easyazon-link asin=”B008HTJMY6″ locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy S III: $149.99 (2 yr contract)[/easyazon-link]

Samsung Galaxy S3 was an instant hit after it was released – and for a good reason for that matter.  This is one of the most powerful and high performing smartphones in the market – both in specs and features.  If you are a Samsung fan, then this is the device you should be going for – a wonderful upgrade of the S2 which too was a great performer in the market.  Although there is no jelly bean OS for this sleek and beautiful device yet, Samsung announced that it is working on it and I expect it to win even more admiration from its fans once the upgrade is rolled out.  What I love about this gadget the most are the TouchWiz interface, the camera and the quad-core processor.

Core Specs:

Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core processor

Screen: 4.8″ Super AMOLED display

OS: Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4

Memory: 16 / 32GB Internal storage memory (SD Card slot to expand memory to 64 GB)

Camera: 8 megapixel camera (1080p video recording at 60fps capability)

Battery: 2100mAh battery

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3. [easyazon-link asin=”B007UOIVAU” locale=”us”]HTC One X 4G: $99.99 (2 yr contract)[/easyazon-link]

HTC has been Samsung’s most formidable competitor in the smartphone market.  The HTC One X is among the most recommended smartphone on the market today thanks to its impressive specs, high quality build and HTC’s name – some people just like the sound of the name.  HTC had been famous in the past for tired and old designs but they have changed their strategy and now make devices that are comfortable to use and with beautiful shapes, One X being one of them.  I must also point out that the specs of this smartphone are beyond reproach – no wonder I had quite a number of comments in my last month’s post people asking me how come this was not on the first spot.  My best feature about this phone though is the thin yet longer lasting 1800mAh non-removable battery.

 

Core Specs

Processor: Quad-core 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon (depending on LTE radio)

Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

RAM: 1GB

Display: 4.7-inch Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen (720 x 1280)

Storage: 32GB built-in storage

Cameras: 8-megapixel (rear) with AF and LED flash and 1.3-megapixel (front) camera

Battery: 1800mAh battery (non-removable)

GPU: ULP GeForce

Dimensions: 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm

Others: Bluetooth v4.0 w/ A2DP, MicroUSB, Beats audio, Corning Gorilla Glass, HTC ImageSense, NFC capable, Sense 4.0, 3.5mm audio output

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4. [easyazon-link asin=”B007H7G6IE” locale=”us”]HTC One S: $485 (unlocked)[/easyazon-link]

The HTC One S is another enviable device if you are someone who values phones with solid build and one that comes with a ton of add-ons and applications.  At the moment, I think this is T-Mobile’s best seller (in the past 2 months) and is more preferred by users who like simplicity with power.  What cot this phone many points though is the weak battery – something that HTC sacrificed to have a thin profile design.  It’s screen is also nothing to write home about – it is pretty small for an AMOLED device.  Anyway, other specs are pretty good, have a look at the overview below:

Corer Specs:

Processor: Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor

Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

RAM: 1GB

Memory: 16GB

Display: 4.3-inch 540 X 960Super AMOLED capacitive display

Cameras: 8MP rear with AF and LED flash and 1.3MP front cameras

Dimensions: 130.9 x 65 x 7.8mm, 119.5g

Battery: 1650mAh

GPU: Adreno 225

Others: HTC Sense v4.0, Bluetooth v4.0 w/ A2DP, MicroUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack, Beats audio

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5. [easyazon-link asin=”B0077DEZ4U” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy Note: $199.99 (2yr contract)[/easyazon-link]

I wouldn’t be surprised if some people voted this phablet the number one smartphone, because to some extent, it could be.  Another smashing hit from Samsung, the Galaxy Note is a perfect handset for people who are torn between a phone and a tablet.  It has specs that solidifies is name too – a dual core processor, an 8MP camera and a large HD 5.3 inch WXGA screen.  If you want to increase office productivity or play games better on your phone, then this is the handset to go for.  One downside though is that the Note comes with the old Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread operating system although Samsung has hinted on several occasions that an ICS update is in the kitchen.  If you would like something newer though, you may want to wait a few more weeks for Samsung to Launch the Galaxy Note 2 which is expected to be more dashing than its predecessor.

 

Core Specs:

Processor: Dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9

Operating System: Android 2.3(Gingerbread) with promise for 4.0 ICS

Display: 5.3” WXGA(1280×800, 285 ppi) HD Super AMOLED

RAM: 1GB

Memory: 16GB/32GB storage,

Camera: 2MP front and 8 MP rear with [email protected] ~ 30fps video recording capability.

Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 2500mAh

Size: 178 g 146.9 x 83 x 9.7mm

Network: HSPA 21Mbps  850/900/1900/2100 EDGE/GPRS  850/900/1800/1900

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Others that did not make it to the top 5 are:

6. Droid Razr Maxx

7. Droid Razr 4G

8. Galaxy S II

9. LG Spectrum 4G

10. HTC Evo 4G LTE