There are many android/smart phones on the market today. There are some that feature touch-screen capabilities, while others feature vast selections of apps to choose from. The question is: What are the best of the best? Which android phones stand apart from the rest? Does the best android phone feature the best interface? What is the best android phone? All of these questions will be answered within the top five android phones available on the market today.
5. Samsung Behold II
– The heir apparent to the original behold, the 2nd generation model features a brilliant AMOLED display, and easy web apps such as facebook and youtube. With a display of 3.2,” and five-mega-pixel camera, the behold II features a vast android marketplace, and provides easy navigation for its users. The only drawback to the device is the clumsy touchwiz interface. The device can be purchased at any T-mobile store for approximately $149.99.
4. Mytouch 3g
– T-mobile’s quick answer to the Iphone, the 3g features an improved app store and easy to use interface. Although the original that came on the market lacked a 3.5 mm jack for headphones, the company was able to incorporate this feature in the “fender” edition of the device. At a reasonable $150.00, the Mytouch offers a 3.2” display and compact design. The weight of this device is only 4.1 ounces, compared to the T-mobile G1’s weight of 5.1 ounces. The only drawback is the lack of memory on the device compared to similar phones on the market, which can make some apps run a bit slow at times. However, it is a great phone for those craving a smartphone, but do not want to spend several hundred dollars. Overall, a great buy, good interface, and its compact size make it number four on the list. This phone can also be purchased at T-mobile stores nationwide.
3. HTC Google Nexus One
– HTC introduced this phone early 2010, and boasted its appeal with a large 3.7” display, which is larger than the Iphone’s 3.5″ display. What set this android phone apart from the rest is its massive 1 GHz processor via Qualcomm Snapdragon brand chip. Although it lacks some multi-touch features and Outlook calendar synching, this phone has a great media player. They only point preventing this from being higher on the list is the overall price. With a two-year T-mobile contract, it’s a reasonable $180, but the unlocked version will cost approximately $530.
2. Motorola Droid
– Verizon changed the game of Android phones by introducing the Droid. The Droid features a stylish and easily utilized physical keyboard, which many other similar phones lack in the current marketplace. The phone features a large 3.7″ display and offers great web browsing features. The only minor issue of the phone is the granny pictures from the camera at times. If taking pictures on your phone is not an issue, then this is a great Android phone. The phone is currently sold thru Verizon, and is priced at $200 with a two-year agreement.
1. Motorola Cliq
– This is the dream phone for any social-networking junkie. By far, this is the best overall Android phone in areas of interface, price, and features. The phone is offered thru T-mobile for approximately $200 with a two-year contract, and it features both a touch screen and physical keyboard. Although the phone weighs in at 5.7 ounces, the phone is not overwhelmingly heavy. It features a very compact design for its size, and feature Motoblur. This software allows users to receive constant updates from social-networking sites such as facebook, myspace, and twitter. This is the ideal phone for anybody on the go, but still wants to keep up on all aspects of social-networking. This phone is available at Verizon stores across the country.
“Nexus One Review,” Ginny Miles, PCworld 01/12/2010