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The 5 Best Andoid Phones You Can Buy Today

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I am eligible, as of Aug 1rst, for an upgrade through Sprint.  My HTC EVO 4G has been a great phone but it looks like it has been through the Civil War on a cannon ball.  I am a bit hard on phones.  I am fairly settled on the Galaxy S3 but thought I would investigate other phones as well.  As long as I was doing some research I decided to make a Page out of it and I hope some of you find it useful in your own search for a new phone. I have quite a bias against Apple so I only looked at Android phones.  I am, however, terribly curious about the Iphone 5 and even thought of waiting to see if it might be enough to swing me over to the dark side.  But, the deal-breaker for me is that it won't have a screen close to 5" and that is one feature that I want.  While there was pretty good agreement for the best phone (Galaxy S3), there was less for the rest of the lineup so for positions two through five you are seeing my own order.   However, a case could be made for any of these phones to be the best of the lot.

Samsung Galaxy IIIS.  Best Android Phone, according to a small majority of reviews.  Some sites even rated it better than the iPhone 4S.  According to Apple's lawsuit against Samsung it is that good because it is, essentially, an iPhone.  Here is CNet's review of the Galaxy S3.  This is actually a follow-on review after four weeks of using the phone.  For the original June 19th, 2012 CNet review click here.

Galaxy Nexus.  I had a hard time choosing between the S3 and the Nexus as the Nexus really is a sweet phone and has an unadulterated version of Android's Ice Cream Sandwich.  It also gets upgraded to newer versions of Android faster than other phones.  This is Google's offering though it is made by Samsung.  Here is the Android Tapp site's review of the phone (June 4th, 2012).

HTC One X.  I can't get this through Sprint as it is an AT&T offering.  A lot of folks would choose this as the number one phone but I think it is either the number two or three.  It is a fantastic phone and if I had AT&T I would have strongly considered it for my upgrade.  For CNet's May 1, 2012 review click here.  The T-Mobile One S is a similar offering though not usually ranked as high as the One X.  An unlocked version is available as well.

HTC EVO 4G LTE.  This is an improved version of the EVO 4G that I have been using for the past (almost) two years.  Since this was PC Magazine's Editors Choice, I decided to use their review which you can read here.

Motorola Droid 4.  Motorola has a lot of Droid fans and this Verizon offering seems to be an excellent choice for an Android phone.  I also liked PC Magazine's review of the phone and you can read it here.  Android Tapp rated this their number one phone in their January review which you can read here.

erick99 posted Aug 03, 2012
erick99 lowered the price of the Nexus to $49.99 today so that was enough of a savings over the 3S ($100+) to make the Nexus more attractive when price was figured in. So, I ordered a Nexus. I have a short period of time in which I can swap the phone out for the 3S plus the difference in cost if I regret my choice.

erick99 (rep: 432k) posted Aug 04, 2012


I have the s3 and one reason that I think it is the best, is the battery life....twice longer than the s2 about the same as iPhone sux up the battery so this is a big thing.

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Aug 04, 2012


Erik, I like the Samsung Galaxy III S. It is so much lighter than an I phone. I don't have a smart phone because I refuse to pay for data. This is one of the few things I refuse to pay for. I have internet when I am at work and I have it when I get home. If I am to get a smart phone today, I would get the Samsung Galaxy III S. Thanks for the write up.

lilywow (rep: 8.7k) posted Aug 05, 2012


Thanks for sharing... My dad gets an upgrade this month and was asking me to do research but now I don't have to lol

nimase85 (rep: 16.2k) posted Aug 06, 2012


^^What lilywow said. I don't have a smart phone for the same reason. I have an iPod touch that gets WiFi, internet at home and work, and see no benefit to data packages and smart phones. BUT, if I did. I think I would go with the GIII

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Aug 06, 2012


i like Galaxy Nexus

ishoplive (rep: 377) posted Oct 24, 2012