Featured: Top 10 Best Android Phones Rankings – July 2012

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Ranked #1 – Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Previous Rank – #1

Comments: Even with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III, this phone still lands at the top of the list for the fourth month in a row because it's still the current Nexus device. It's the best overall Android experience of the moment, even if there are devices with better specs available now (looking at you Galaxy S lll). If that's not enough to convince you, look at the bright, colourful Super AMOLED display with its 1280 x 800 resolution – sharp, but not as sharp as it could be because it's stretched over such a large screen. It's powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and has 16GB of onboard memory plus the microSD card slot for additional storage. The front facing 2MP camera has higher resolution than most,  and  the main 8MP camera takes beautiful photos. Currently running Ice Cream Sandwich, it's hard to pass over the Galaxy Nexus if you're in the mood to buy a new device.

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Specs:

  • Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 Specifications above may differ on the LTE version.
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-core Processor (OMAP 4460)
  • Display: 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Camera: 5MP AF with LED Flash , 1.3MP Front
  • Memory: 1GB RAM + 16/32GB Internal memory
  • Size: 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm, 135g
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-on 1750 mAh.

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Ranked #2 – Samsung Galaxy S III

Previous Rank – New Release

Finally, after all of the hype and press events, the Samsung Galaxy S III has been released into the wild. If you're a Samsung fan, you're really going to love this device. Well, you may not love that gigantic physical home button, but I'm guessing that's not going to upset a lot of people.

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The S III picks up right where the S II left off with a bigger, more beautiful screen, a nice camera upgrade and TouchWiz. We can't forget about TouchWiz now, can we? Samsung seems to like to put undersized batteries into their oversized devices, and the S III keeps that hitting streak alive. At 2100mAh the S III is going to struggle a bit if you are a heavy user.

If the S III is in your future, don't get too worked up about all of these import bans that Samsung keeps getting hit with, these things usually tend to work themselves out with only minimal disruptions. HTC managed to work around the ban, Samsung will too. This device will sell in the 10's of millions this year and there's no way that Samsung is going to let trivial software patents slow down the Galaxy train.

Specs:

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  • Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4
  • 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • 16 / 32GB Internal storage memory
  • SD Card slot to expand memory to 64 GB
  • 4.8″ Super AMOLED display
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 1080p video recording at 60fps
  • 2100mAh battery
  • NFC


Ranked #3 – HTC Evo 4G LTE

Previous Rank – New Release

The funny this about Sprint selling a 4G device is, well, you know, the fact that they don't have an LTE network. And won't anytime soon. I guess that's a story for another day.

The Evo 4G seems to be reviewing pretty well now that the phone is out and available. Coming in just a whisker smaller than the S III display, the Evo 4G is getting pretty high marks for its screen as well as for the quality of the camera. I guess this just might be one of the better cameras that HTC has put into a phone.

Sense 4 takes a lot of the bloat out of the custom HTC skin, but I would have liked to see HTC ship this as a stock ICS device. I've more than had my fill of all the Sense non-sense. Like Samsung, HTC likes these batteries that just can't keep pace with multi-core processors and gigantic screen sizes, so you better plan accordingly.

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Specs:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD 720p super LCD (1280 x 720), 16.7 million colors
  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
  • 3G/4G 8 device mobile hotspot capable
  • Wifi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording.
  • HTC ImageSense
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches (LxWxT)
  • Weight: 4.7 ounces
  • Battery: Imbedded 2000mAh Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery
  • Memory: 16GB internal memory (ROM); 1GB RAM.
  • 32GB microSD card support

Ranked #4 – HTC One X 4G

Previous Rank – #2

Comments: The HTC One X hit our list at the #2 spot and even though some of our writers argued that it should have been #1, this HTC device is holding steady near the middle of the pack after just a few months on the market.

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The HTC One X is a beautiful departure from the tried and true but tired old designs that HTC is famous for. It's a sleek, comfortable to hold device with a beautiful screen staring back at you. It does ship with ICS on board, but it's stuck with the new HTC "thinner over battery life" 1800mAh non-removable battery.

The One X has reviewed very well so far and if the battery doesn't scare you off, this is a beautiful device to be stuck with for the life of your contract.

Specs:

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  • Dimensions: 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
  • 4.7-inch Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen (720 x 1280)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Sense 4.0
  • Quad-core 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon (depending on LTE radio)
  • GPU: ULP GeForce
  • HTC ImageSense
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in storage
  • 8-megapixel (rear) camera w/ AF and LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel (front) camera
  • Non-removable 1800mAh battery
  • Bluetooth v4.0 w/ A2DP
  • NFC capable
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm audio output
  • Beats audio


Ranked #5 – Droid Razr Maxx

Previous Rank – #3

Comments: An ICS update wasn't enough to keep the Maxx in our top 3 this month, even if this phone does absolutely rock. You really can't grasp how great this device is unless you stroll into a Verizon store and hold one in your hand. It has a very unique style, and it's a very nice phone to use.  It's powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and has 16GB of storage with a microSD slot in tow. The front 2MP camera is nice for video chat while the rear 8MP camera delivers very good quality photos. It runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread but an update to Android 4 ICS is in the works.

The curator of this list had the choice between the Razr Maxx and the Galaxy Nexus, and it truly was a tough call. Ultimately I welcomed the Galaxy Nexus into my loving home, and even though the Maxx just got its ICS goodness on my Nexus will be sporting Jelly Bean in a few days and the Maxx won't. I'm still happy with the choice that I made.

Specs:

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  • Network: CDMA 800 / 1900 / CDMA2000 1xEV-DO / LTE 700 MHz Class 13
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
  • Display: 4.3" (960×540, 256 ppi) Super AMOLED
  • OS: Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0
  • Camera : 8MP, 3264×2448 pixels : 1.3MP Front
  • Video : [email protected]
  • Memory: 16GB storage, 1GB RAM
  • Size:  130.7 x 68.9 x 9 mm and weighs 145 g
  • Battery:  Standard battery, Li-Ion 3300 mAh

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Ranked #6 – Samsung Galaxy Note

Previous Rank – #4

Comments: Just because it's gigantic, that doesn't mean it isn't a great device, because it is great.  Even if it is due for a refresh soon. The screen is bright and colourful thanks to the Super AMOLED technology and has a 1280 x 800 resolution – sharp, but like the Nexus, not as sharp as it could be because it's stretched over the large screen. It's powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and has 16GB of storage, plus a microSD card slot if you want more space. Again with the nice 2MP front camera and 8MP rear camera. It runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with an Android 4 ICS update coming soon enough. Don't make fun of that stylus, it's really useful on this small tablet phone.

Specs:

  • Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps  850/900/1900/2100 EDGE/GPRS  850/900/1800/1900
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9
  • Display: 5.3" WXGA(1280×800, 285 ppi) HD Super AMOLED
  • OS: Android 2.3(Gingerbread) with promise for 4.0 ICS
  • Camera : 8 MP with LED Flash Front : 2MP Front
  • Video : [email protected] ~ 30fps, Playing [email protected]
  • Memory: 16GB/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM
  • Size:  146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm and weighs 178 g
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 2500 mAh

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Ranked #7 – HTC One S

Previous Rank – #5

Comments: Proving that hyping up a device works like a charm, the HTC One S stole the #3 ranking on our list last month, but slid down a few spots quickly. This month the retreat to obscurity continues for the poor One S.

Aside from the letdown of a screen that HTC put in this device, it's still the best phone that T-Mobile is selling right now. HTC's ImageSense technology really seems to be working, as the images that I've seen from this device are beautiful. The One S, like the One X before it has reviewed really well and has a lot going for it. It's just saddled with HTC Sense, a thinner profile thanks to the weak battery and that previously mentioned underwhelming screen.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 130.9 x 65 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 119.5g
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED capacitive display (540 x 960)
  • HTC Sense v4.0
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage
  • Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor
  • GPU: Adreno 225
  • Bluetooth v4.0 w/ A2DP
  • MicroUSB
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • 8MP (rear) camera w/ AF and LED flash
  • 1.3MP (front) camera
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Beats audio


Ranked #8 – Droid Razr 4G

Previous Rank – #6

Comments: Talk about coming back to life, the Droid Razr 4G dropped back into our list in the #6 spot last month after taking May month off, but the slide out has resumed. Sort of just like the Droid Razr Maxx, only not so much. It has the nearly the same specs as the much higher ranked Razr Maxx with the same processor, the same impressive Super AMOLED screen, the same 16GB of storage and the same 1GB of RAM. It has the same camera that captures full 1080p video and and it runs Gingerbread. The Razr Maxx got a 3300mAh battery and this version, well, it's packing just better than half of that capacity. If you prefer the lower price of this phone, go for it. It has that Razr styling and hey, you can tell people it's a Maxx. If money isn't your first concern, go for the Razr Maxx.

Specs:

  • Network: CDMA 800, CDMA 1900, LTE B13 700
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz
  • Display: 4.3" 540×960 Super AMOLED Advanced
  • OS: Android OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0
  • Camera :  8MP Rear, 1.3MP Front
  • Video : 1080p
  • Memory: 16GB storage, 1GB RAM
  • Size:  130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm and weighs 127 g
  • Battery:  1780mAh

Ranked #9 – Galaxy S II

Previous Rank – #7

Comments: The Galaxy S II fell out of the top 5 in May, and the farewell tour on its way out of our top 10 has begun. Some may not have like this phone because of how similar it looks to other devices on the market, but even this old dog is still worthy of consideration. It has a bright, colorful 4.3" Super AMOLED screen powered by dual core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor. Samsung devices have pretty much always been at the front of the image quality pack and the 8MP read shooter on this phone takes great pictures. It packs the standard 16GB of storage and throws in that microSD slot for additional space. Battery life on this phone isn't bad and even though it might remind you of some other company's phone, it's still a winner.

Specs:

  • Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps/ HSUPA 5.76Mbps EDGE/ GPRS Class 12 Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Quad band UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
  • Processor: 1.2GHz Dual Core Cortex A9
  • Display: 4.3" WVGA SUPER AMOLED Plus
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Upgradeable to 4.0 ICS
  • Camera: 8MP w/LED Flash, 2MP Front
  • Video: [email protected]
  • Memory: 16GB storage, 1GB RAM
  • Size: 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm and weighs 116g
  • Battery: 1650mAh


Ranked #10 – Droid Bionic

Previous Rank – #8

Comments: Kind of a head scratcher I guess, but some device had to be last on the list. It might as well be the Bionic. The Bionic is another phone that splashed back into our rankings after taking a month off. The Bionic was last year's often delayed supermodel Motorola phone in the iconic Droid line, and the waiting is the hardest part. The specs on this phone were really great when word started to filter out that it was coming, but by the time it finally showed up in stores it was just another phone. It can be had on the cheap and it's certainly no loser, but you can do a lot better. Time kills and the Bionic is the perfect example of it.

Specs:

  • Network: CDMA 800, CDMA 1900, LTE B13 700
  • Processor: OMAP4430 dual-core
  • Display: 4.3" qHD Display
  • OS: Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
  • Camera :  8MP Rear, 1.2MP Front
  • Video : [email protected]
  • Memory: 16GB storage, 1GB RAM
  • Size:  5.02 x 2.63 x 0.43  and weighs 5.6oz.
  • Battery:  1735mAh


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