Top Android Phones

Find the right Android cell phone

Growing legions of consumers prefer Android cell phones, especially with the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system update. To make the most of the thousands of helpful and entertaining apps on the market, look for stock Android cell phones with fast processors, plenty of memory and a long battery life. Beyond these must-have features, the right phone for you is going to be largely a matter of preference. Some models have better cameras, while others have better connectivity capabilities. Spend some time considering which features are must-haves and which you don’t really need as badly.

Here are our picks for the top-performing Android cell phones on the market:

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the near-unanimous pick as the top Android cell phone on the market. Rivaling the iPhone 4 and 4G in every way, this smartphone offers a complete set of features include a generous screen with responsive touch capabilities and a user experience that leaves nothing lacking. With comprehensive connectivity capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be even more powerful and user friendly if you add the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system update. The only drawback of this cell phone is that it offers only six hours of talk time, which is a relatively small amount for a full charge.

Specifications:

  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • Expandable memory: None
  • Talk time: 360 minutes
  • Standby time: 230 hours
  • Multimedia: Android 2.3 operating system (Gingerbread), digital music player, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, GPS, USB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Screen size: 4 inches
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Motorola Droid 4

There are many who think this might be the top smartphone on the market outside of Apple’s iPhone family. There is a lot to like about the Motorola Droid 4: it is powerful and fast, with a sleek and stylish design. It offers excellent functionality, comprehensive connectivity and three different keyboards for its responsive touch screen. However, if you’re looking for a slim and lightweight phone, this might not be the best choice. The Motorola Droid 4 is one of the heavier Android smart phones on the market, and it also suffers somewhat from a lack of the pinch-to-zoom feature.

Specifications:

  • Operating system: Android 2.0
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB microSD
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi
  • Talk time: 385 minutes
  • Standby time: 275 hours
  • Dimensions: 4.56 inches x 2.36 inches x 0.54 inches
  • Weight: 5.96 ounces
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LG Nitro HD

On paper, the LG Nitro HD has some of the most impressive specifications on the market. In fact, it may be second to none in the world of Android smartphones. However, numerous reviewers have pointed out that the product somehow fails to perform the way you’d expect it would on paper. It has a very large battery, yet provides only three hours of talk time. It has a 1.5 GHz processor, but occasionally lags. On the whole, though, this is a good-performing phone with plenty of bells and whistles.

Specifications:

  • Operating system: Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.5 GHz
  • Display screen: 4.5 inches, 720p HD display
  • Rear camera: 8 megapixels, 1080p HD video
  • RAM: 768 MB to 1 GB
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Samsung Galaxy S II
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Samsung Galaxy S II

One of the neatest abilities of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone is its ability to shoot crystal-clear HD video. If this is a capability that’s a priority for you, this is one of the wisest choices you can make. The phone also offers very high screen resolution, a slim profile and a light weight. It does suffer somewhat from poor and unreliable voice command technology, but on the whole, this is a very solid phone that will provide you with years of satisfaction.

Specifications:

  • Processor speed: Dual-core 1.2 GHz
  • Screen size: 4.52 inches, 800 x 480 pixel resolution
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, GPS, WiMAX
  • Operating system: Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • Expandable memory: 32 GB
  • Talk time: 520 minutes
  • Dimensions: 5.11 inches x 2.74 inches x 0.38 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
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HTC Rezound
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HTC Rezound

With 4G capability and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, the HTC Rezound provides excellent functionality for the price. One of its most desirable features is actually an add-on: the Beats Audio ear buds, which provide one of the best listening experiences on the smartphone market. It’s a little on the heavy side, but its price is definitely right. It’s designed for the Verizon network, but unlocked cell phones can function with any carrier.

Specifications:

  • Operating system: Android 2.3.4
  • Dimensions and weight: 5.08 inches x 2.58 inches x 0.54 inches
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 3
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • Expandable memory: Up to 16 GB
  • Battery: 1620 mAh
  • Front camera: Included
  • Rear camera: 8 megapixels, 1080p video
  • Display: 4.3 inches S-LCD, 342 pixels per inch