Best Android Smartphone
In this best Android smartphone comparison you’ll get an advice about what Android smartphone is worth buying. I made 3 categories to separate them into namely: High-end, Midrange and low-end. High-end smartphones are those between 400 or more dollars, midrange are those in the range of 250 to 400 dollars and the low-end smartphones are 250 or less dollars. Almost all of them are available free of charge in combination with a subscription.
The battle for the best Android smartphone is between Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation. The Galaxy S2 has a beautiful 4.3 inch Super Amoled Plus screen and due to this special display the colours come to life and appear to jump right out of your screen.
The device is very thin (8.5 mm) and has a comfortable grip, powered by a 1.2 GHz “dual core” and an 8 MP camera. It runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with an update to Android 4.0 and the Touchwiz interface from Samsung.
The HTC Sensation is a high-end best Android smartphone of 2011 created by the Taiwanmanufacture and also has a 4.3 inch display. Unfortunately this screen has less quality compared to that of the Samsung Galaxy S2. Although the resolution of the HTC Sensation is higher (qHD) 960 x 540 against 800 x 400 of the Samsung Galaxy S2. The HTC is a bit thicker (11.3 mm) and also has a similar 8 MP camera and a 1.2 GHz “dual-core” CPU. Android Gingerbread has been more developed then on the S2 because of the HTC Sense skin. It has more functionality and ease for beginning smartphone users to handle.
Also one smartphone that arrived very late in 2011 and is equal or even better then the Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Made by Samsung and used by Google this high tech smartphone has an enormous 4.65 inch Super Amoled display, 5 MP camera and a 1.3 camera. It has a “dual core” 1.2 GHz and runs on the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box. It also has face recognition with the help of the 1.3 MP camera on the front for unlocking it.
Other high-end smartphones that are worth naming are the LG Optimus 3D Speed and the HTC Evo 3D. Both smartphones can produce 3D images without the use of special glasses. With both the LG Optimus and the HTC Evo is it possible to record 3D images with a double 5 MP camera. Unfortunately the Optimus 3D Speed runs on Android Froyo (but in the mean time there is an update for it), and the Evo 3D has Gingerbread right out of the box with HTC Sense included. Both Smartphones have a “dual core” CPU but the Evo is faster on paper with its 1.2 GHz compared to the Optimus 3D. If your looking for a 3D capable smartphone my recommendation is to go for the HTC Evo 3D. It is the best Android smartphone that has 3D capabilities!
HTC has two interesting smartphones in this range called the HTC Incredible S and the HTC Desire S. The Incredible S is more expensive because it has better specifications. The display is bigger 4 inches compared to 3.7 inches but the resolution stays the same. When you look in real life situations the Incredible S has a higher quality screen. Also the camera of the Incredible S is better with 8 MP versus 5 MP of the Desire S. Both smartphones run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) added with the HTC Sense Skin. The main difference is inside and both have a 1 GHz CPU so if you’re a fan of the HTC Sense software then these are just for you.
Also the older Samsung Galaxy S Plus and the original Galaxy S are still players in the market and still have a high value although they have successors. The only difference between the 2 smartphones is the Plus has a better CPU, 1.4 GHz to 1 GHz. Both smartphones have a Super Amoled display that provides you with a clear very good preview. Android 2.3 has been adapted with the Touchwiz interface of Samsung. If you like to have Android without any adapted skin then the Google Nexus S made by Samsung is the smartphone to choice. The Google Nexus S is similar on hardware compared to the original Galaxy S only this one is a bit heavier and has a special light bended display. There are 2 versions of the Nexus S, one with a Super Amoled screen and a cheaper version that has a Super LCD screen. Although they are not the best Android smartphone they have a nice price and good features.
Also LG and Sony Ericsson although not the best Android smartphone have some significant smartphones that can’t be forgotten. The LG Optimus Black has a 4 inch IPS LCD display and very accurate colour preview. It’s stylish but not a boring smartphone and weights109 gramand rest nicely in your hands. The only downside is it comes with Android 2.2 out of the box, but other updates are promised and probable are giving by now.
The Sony Ericsson Arc is a bit heavier then the Optimus Black, but has a 4.2 inch display and an 8 MP camera instead of 5. Although heavier it’s thinner and has Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) which is a bit adapted with the Timescape interface of Sony Ericsson. Also comparable to the Arc is the Sony Ericsson Neo which is almost the same but has a 3.7 inch display so it’s smaller.
In the lower sections there are many features put inside the smartphones, but also the effort to keep the price low. The big manufacturers each have there top models in this class, and all of them are about equal. 2 models are supplied with Android 2.3 and there names are the LG Optimus One and the HTC Wildfire S. The hardware specifications are about the same, both have a 3.2 inch screen and a 600 MHz CPUwith the addition of GPS. The Wildfire S has less battery capacity compared to the Optimus One. The main choice between these 2 smartphones will be specified by if you want to have HTC Sense.
If you want a bigger display then you can choice the Samsung Galaxy Ace, 3.5 inch display, 5 MP camera, 800 MHz CPU and Android 2.3 with Touchwiz interface. This smartphone offers a little bit more then the Optimus One and the HTC wildfire S against a similar price. If you want a real price fighter then you can choice the Samsung Galaxy Gio which is a budget version of the Ace with a similar CPU but less quality camera (3.2 MP) and a smaller 3.2 inch screen. If your main priority isn’t a good camera then you can save money by picking the Gio. It’s is the best Android smartphone in it’s price category.
Another low-end smartphone is the HTC ChaCha which is also more expensive. This phone is also known as the Facebook phone. With it physical button to quickly share information on your screen with friends on social networks. Its layout resembles more to a BlackBerry that is stretched, also it’s one of the few smartphones that still has a full qwerty keyboard. HTC didn’t cut in the camera so it’s 5 mp. Android 2.3 has been adapted with HTC Sense so the software is workable on the 2.6 inch touchscreen. The HTC Cha Cha is a good choice if you like to send a lot and many messages. If you want the best Android smartphone and want to spend the money you should look in the high-end section!