Ten Super Smart Android Phones to Choose From; Which One Are You Buying?
When Google unveiled Android, most of the high-end handset producers embraced this upgradeable and sophisticated OS that enabled them with possibilities of unique tweaks. Many phones from the cheap, utility handsets to high-end smartphones – are backed by Android OS these days. A look around for some of the premium handsets that operate state of the art Android technology would be an interesting proposition. Major handset makers have tweaked up some unique UI from Android combined with novel technologies that is now posing serious competition to woo potential buyers. Let’s look at the 10 prominent Android Smartphones currently ruling the marketplace.
Google Nexus S
If you want to get some unique and pure experience of Android it is always better to choose a Google phone. The Nexus S proves that beyond doubt. The device may be seen as the first ever handset that proves worthy of all those Android upgrades. The neutral glossy black plastic frame phone is manufactured by Samsung and looks like a sibling of the original Galaxy S. Offered with a startlingly bright 4in Super AMOLED touch screen with 480 x 800-pixel resolution, a 5MP camera that produces moderate quality pictures and 16GB of onboard memory though without a microSD slot to add more, the Nexus S is worth the money you spend on it.
HTC Desire S
Slightly smaller than the original HTC model it takes of from, the phone comes in a cool aluminium ‘unibody’ casing that gives it a classy look. The 3.7-inch touch screen comes with a normal 480 x 800-pixel resolution and Android 2.3 with upgraded power managements that help keep the single-core 1GHz processor skipping speedily through the apps. It has a 5MP camera, so much like previous HTC snappers, and also has a 1.3 MP camera on the front for video chat. The HDMI link is absent even though you are able to transfer video to your TV with Wi-Fi using plug ‘n’ play DLNA technology.
HTC Incredible S
Shunning the aluminium and chrome hood that has been made popular by HTC, this model has chosen a tactile rubberized plastic casing. On a negative note, the Android 2.2 equipped in phone is certainly not the latest edition and updates are a bit complicated. HTC’s highly rated Sense UI may provide some benefits in the graphics side, but it definitely is a set back as it complicates updates from Google. There’s an 8MP camera with dual LED flash with a functional, picture quality, plus 720P HD video recording and a 1.3 MP camera on the front. The 4 inch touch screen offers 480 x 800-pixel resolution and while the 1GHz single-core processor does a good job.
The HTC Sensation presently forms the flagship of HTC’s Android batch by boasting its new energetic 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It also claims creamy layer features of HTC’s, with a 4.3in touchscreen equipping the company’s highest-yet resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It also features the company’s latest Sense UI that now comes with a snazzy graphics. It also provides for access to video store so as to pick some films and TV shows. The 8MP camera comes above expectations ‘Instant Capture’ quick snapping and offers for the prime time 1080p HD recording. No specific HDMI port, though the micro USB port supports MHL for HD connection to a TV. A VGA camera is placed on the front for video chat and self portraits.
LG Optimus 2X LGP990
The LG Optimus 2X comes with the reputation of being the first dual-core Android phone in the market and in fact has made an impressive start. The speed in the processing department compares with its predecessors, though no large difference in speeds can be experienced. But the difference is distinct when it comes to multi tasking such as syncing large files. The 8MP camera can record 1080p HD video – which we cannot expect from a single core model. There’s also a 1.3MP camera up front, and a mini HDMI for connecting to your telly for a big screen experience. The 4-inch touch screen offers 800 x 480-pixel resolution but lets itself down with a lack of sensitivity. Operating on Android 2.2, the device is due for an update soon. The S-Class UI is decent, and some motion sensor tricks are available too. Gimmicks such as tapping the side to skip music tracks, or to move the cursor also makes it appealing.
LG Optimus Black P970
LG’s Optimus Black is several steps behind in comparison to its 2X brother. It has LG’s powerful single-core processor and only a 5MP camera even though it runs the 2.2 version of Android. The device has been trimmed to 9mm and is lightweight too at 111g. It comes with a Nova display with 480 x 800 pixels yet is impressively bright and sharp, even in sunlight. But it’s not free from LG’s lack of touchscreen sensitivity, and demands quite some pecks in screen to come back to life and do some process. It comes with some cool gesture controls that permit the phone to zoom in and out of web pages and pics. Battery life has nothing special but this smartphone is worth a look if you can’t go with Optimus 2X price tag.
Though a tad heavier compared with the contemporary handsets it packs some high end features. The Atrix is Motorola’s first dual-core handset that comes with a 4 inch touch sensitive screen offering 960 x 540-pixel resolution under a scratch proof Gorilla glass. Although it operates on Android 2.2, an upgrade to 2.3 is an evident option in the future. In spite of just 1GHz under hood for its dual core, it’s faster compared to the other 1.2GHz dual-core brands. A decent 5MP camera able to record 1080p HD video is part of the package. Motorola is also providing customers with value addition accessories for the handset like the Lapdock screen and keyboard, that will enable processing and memory as that of a PC – though for an extra payment. Other features include biometric fingerprint security pad (with password backup), mini HDMI output and better than usual battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830
Though it’s not fair to compare this with the Samsung Galaxy S II, the next high end Android range smartphone from Samsung Family has something for the market. The pluses include a portable Wi-Fi hotspot feature, DLNA networking and Social Hub. The hood is styled iPhone-like with black plastic casing with metal trim that sports a 3.5 inches of touch screen with 320 x 240-pixel resolution. Now, that’s a let down when compared to Samsung super AMOLED display. The 5MP camera is decent enough to produce some good pics though not the best and offers a decent range of features. Storage Memory is expandable to 32GB with a microSD card. Although it operates on Android 2.2, Flash support is absent on the browser and the low power extracting 800MHz processor helps on a budget use of battery power, since it easily outlasts all the other phones here.
Samsung Galaxy S II
The superstar among the present touch screen smartphones – hat’s what we would want to cal the Samsung Galaxy S II. This sleek and stylish phone is the skinniest of the lot with the vitals measuring 8.5mm and is freakishly light at 115g. Under the case, the 1.2GHz dual-core processor conducts display to the 4.3 inches of Super AMOLED touch screen, which is remarkably crisper and bright in spite of its 480 x 800-pixel resolution. Android 2.3 runs the phone that is tweaked for Samsung’s latest Touch Wiz 4.0 user interface, which now adds the four ‘hubs’ of Social, Game, Music and Reader. The 8MP camera offers outstanding features, plus a 2MP camera on the face for video chat. It also comes with the option of 1080p HD video recording, and but does not have a HDMI port to send it direct to your picture tube. But, akin to the HTC Sensation, it has an optional adaptor for the micro USB port. If we must say some minuses about the Galaxy S II, we can point out that its battery life which needs to be charged every 24 hours is a put off.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
This SE flagship single-core super skinny handset is just 9mm thick, and its curved rear makes it more slender yet packs an enviable range of top though its curved back makes it seem even slimmer. The Xperia Arc’s 4.2 inch touchscreen offers 480 x 854-pixel resolution and equips the Bravia processing engine modified from Sony’s TVs that nullifies the noise and offers a better contrast for viewing videos. The outstanding 8MP camera is packed with Exmor R sensor that was previously featured in Sony’s mid to high-end cameras adapted for less than ideal light situations. It is able to record 720p HD video and equipped with a mini HDMI slot and a cable for direct transfer to your TV. Powered by a single-core processor, which is crisper and quicker with Android 2.3 on the helm. Designed and powered with unique ideas, it a classy handset to choose from.