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Aaron’s Top 5 Android phones (December 2011)

It’s a holiday season, and in a midst of all that eggnog and gingerbread, we might be in a marketplace for a new Android phone.  They’ve been entrance out during a harried gait this year, creation it even harder to choose.  DROID?  Galaxy S II?  Nexus?  The list can be daunting, to contend a least.  Couple that with today’s treacherous advertisements, and a whole routine can go from “fun and easy” to “annoying and hard” quickly.

There are some good choices out there, yet as with anything, there are a few that mount out above a rest.  Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your nerdy brother, your needy Mother (I’ve got rhymes!), here are my tip 5 Android inclination for a holidays.


1. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket ($249.99, ATT)

At this indicate in time, we like a Skyrocket – a latest member of Samsung’s Galaxy S II family – softened than a Galaxy Nexus.  It’s a bit on a pricey side during $249.99 with a two-year agreement, yet it’s rocking a good 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU. 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, and Android 2.3.6 with TouchWiz 4.0, a newest chronicle of Samsung’s user interface.

Skyrocket takes each underline we like from a Galaxy S II variants, like a vast shade on a Epic 4G Touch and vast battery in T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II, and throws in 4G LTE connectivity to boot.  TouchWiz 4.0 is an excellent, easy to use interface that’s been drastically softened over past versions.  Some will be drawn to a HTC Vivid given they cite a steel build and HTC’s pattern cues, yet in regards to altogether features, Skyrocket stays a Android device to beat.


2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (unlocked)

Verizon is boring a feet with a recover of a US – and LTE-capable – Samsung Galaxy Nexus, yet if you’re peaceful to spend somewhere in a ballpark of $750, we can measure an unbarred GSM chronicle now that’ll work on ATT and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ networks.  There’s a lot of hype around a Galaxy Nexus due to it being a initial sell territory to run a latest chronicle of batch Android, chronicle 4.0 (also famous as Ice Cream Sandwich – or as we call it, “Ice Cream Sammich”).  You get that tender feeling that we can usually get on a Galaxy Nexus

The specifications are decent, yet partially speaking, they’re not as modernized as past Nexus devices: 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD (720p) display, 5-megapixel camera with 1080p recording, only to name a few.  It lands precisely in a center of today’s high-end Android lineup, that would be glorious if it wasn’t a Nexus.  But it is a Nexus.  It’s not ostensible to tumble in line.  It’s ostensible to have cutting-edge specs that place it forward of a Android competition.

The HD arrangement is really nice, and a build peculiarity is glorious (loving a winding build in particular), yet a camera is a disappointment.  If being an early adopter of Ice Cream Sandwich and carrying 4G LTE connectivity (when it comes to Verizon) are critical to you, you’re going to adore a Galaxy Nexus.


3. Motorola DROID RAZR ($299.99, Verizon Wireless)

If this list were formed on looks and distance alone, a Motorola DROID RAZR would tip a charts.  It’s a large tiny device, entrance in during 7.1mm skinny and charity Gorilla Glass on a front and a KEVLAR cloaking on a behind to strengthen it from drops, tiny animals, and teething toddlers.  Inside, it has a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced arrangement with PenTile technology, an 8-megapixel camera, and a non-removable 1,780 mAh battery.  It’s a thinnest 4G LTE device in Verizon‘s lineup, and I’d be peaceful to peril that a other LTE smartphones are jealous.  Especially that corpulent Motorola DROID BIONIC.

Love it or hatred it, it ships with Motorola’s tradition user interface, yet it has been tweaked significantly given a MOTOBLUR days.  It’s slated to get Ice Cream Sandwich subsequent year, and given Google’s due merger of Motorola, we could see a Motorola UI finally float off into a sunset.


4. Samsung Captivate Glide ($149.99, ATT)

All too often, we feel like manufacturers trip into a “RIM mindset” and integrate mid-range specifications with keyboards, so that’s because a Samsung Captivate Glide was a exhale of uninformed air.  The Captivate Glide can reason a possess with a vast boys interjection to a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording.  It also has Android 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0, a latest chronicle of Samsung’s UI.  On tip of that, it packs a QWERTY keyboard that, while it needs some work, still gets a pursuit finished and gives a hard-core email fiend an additional choice over a on-screen buttons.  This is a quick device that’s labelled impossibly well.


5. HTC Amaze 4G ($229.99, T-Mobile)

I like a build peculiarity of a HTC Amaze 4G.  If we cite steel accents, this is going to be a device for you.  Under a hood, you’ll get a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, and Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0.  It’s a beautiful device for sure, yet HTC’s Sense is removing a tiny bit too rude for my liking.  Like a EVO 3D and Sensation 4G, we see loiter on a Amaze 4G from time to time.


What are your tip 5 must-have Android inclination for a holiday season?  Hit a comments territory with your lists – and many importantly, a logic behind your choices!

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Motorola Droid RAZR
  • HTC Amaze 4G Black
  • Samsung Captivate Glide

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