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Slideshow: The 12 best Android smartphones

Android's best of the best

A hot, new Android phone seems to hit the market almost every week. To help you sort through them all, here's our updated list of the 12 best Android smartphones, based on the quality and value of each device.

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Leaderboard: The 12 best Android smartphones

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35 comments
Gabia
Gabia

Wins the prize for making Android tech available to the masses.

spdrcrtob
spdrcrtob

Did you guys even try it out?

rodhajj
rodhajj

I'm sure you forgot to put Samsung Galaxy S. It is #1

virusinc
virusinc

I have no idea how LG Ally made it to the best list. This is suppose to be the BEST, not the most cost effective list. And TechRepublic is a global site and supposed to respect their international viewers. Putting in bunch of USA only phones like Verizon/AT & T/T Mobile won't do it. And where are Samsung Galaxy S I9000 & Moment, Motorola Defy, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10i, Lenovo LePhone, LG Optimus E720? All of them are better than LG Ally

djones
djones

Looks like HTC are sponsors :-) Waht about Nokia and Sony Erricson? Are they that bad they do not get a mention? (maybe they are)

jacobus57
jacobus57

Underpowered, not supported for OS updates, and certainly not enough gumption for a serious business user. It makes no sense to have it on this list.

daniel.gomes
daniel.gomes

HTC Wildfire should have definitely made this list next to the Aria. It packs all the features of a Desire (not CPU of course) but in a small package - and it comes in 3 colours...

rmujic
rmujic

Why the HTC Wildfire is out of the list? this is a very good phone

triwireit
triwireit

what about the Samsung Moment? where does that stand? what are the problems? why is it not number 2?

Pupitmiser
Pupitmiser

I gotta admit...I think the G2 would be a much better fit than the likes of the LG Ally...better in every way.

jhoward
jhoward

The HTC Incredible and Motorolla Droid X are both in use in our office and the HTC devices all either have cracked screens or chipped exteriors. The Motorolla devices seem to be built sturdier however the form and feel of the HTC devices feels more ergonomic. I personally chose the Droid X for the larger screen which has yet to disappoint. I am reserving judgment on newer phones until more carriers provide 4G. It simply isn't fair to compare phone performance when network is the bottleneck. In particular I am looking forward to Verizon's 4G simply because for me they have the best overall coverage for where I have to travel.

yattwood
yattwood

The LG Ally? Weeellllllllll, maybe. I had a POCP (Plain Old Cell Phone: no GPS, no ability to compute Fermat's Last Theorem or access NORAD, etc, et) - I strolled into the local Verizon Store one day, to check out their offerings; I did not want to pay The Gross National Product Of A Developing Country for a phone. The Verizon salesperson steered me towards the LG Ally (read: "Poor Person's Droid"); he said he liked and used it, and recommended it highly. I sort of like this phone, except that: (1) The battery is a JOKE - even though I have disabled GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and all the other battery-hungry apps that I could - I use the thing TWICE, and it needs to be RECHARGED (grrrrr). (2) The keyboard, which is touted as its best feature - I find stiff and rather uncomfortable - I prefer the keyboard on the CrackBerry (which I really should have gotten instead) Several co-workers have urged me to get the iPhone, but as I have a package with Verizon that includes my son's cellphone, my landline and DirecTV, I am concerned about changing carriers - I have heard rumours that the iPhone will be coming to Verizon, but I think right now, it's still 'vaporware'.... I actually like the Very Old CrackBerry (BlackBerry 8800) supplied to me by my company; I have been told that I can order a new one (around $80.00 - we have a corporate deal), but I'm waiting for January, because we will have a larger choice, then - but I don't think the Torch (or is it the Bold?) is included - I know we will be able to get one of them.....

slobodan.hajdin
slobodan.hajdin

You're kidding, right? HTC Evo, however good, can NOT be counted among best phones since it doesn't work worldwide! Also goes for other phones which are not working worldwide. Please stop writing U.S. - centric articles and start thinking global! Thank you.

philip.arnold
philip.arnold

On the comment: HTC EVO 4G: "'The Hummer of smartphones' because it's so huge" Really? so huge? Have you never seen a Dell Streak? The 4G only has a 4.3" screen while the Streak has a WHOPPING 5" screen - does that make the Streak the Monster Truck of the smartphone world? Of course, it's only as power-hungry as a chunk of smartphones, mine lasts over a day on a single charge, so it's the same as a lot of the newer Android phones. :-P

spaul940
spaul940

I had a Samsung Captivate - worked great but had to ditch ATT because of no signal at my home. Went with Verizon and the Samsung Fascinate and the phone is great (better than the Captivate) as it has a flash for the camera.

ejowitch
ejowitch

Does NexusOne still have problems with SIM Toolkit?

dcheramie
dcheramie

I've had original Motorola Droid for a year now and have been quite pleased. Have had to replace it once (faulty power button), but it was still under warranty and got a new one in 24 hours.

mvedwar
mvedwar

While anything brand new should work OK for a while, it's been my experience with past HTC phones that they will fail after a few months. I'm not knocking the Android OS - it is great. I went with the Motorola Droid2 for the somewhat compact footprint but yet a large screen. I've yet to have a Motorola cell product fail under normal use. Being in IT I put these through much more that normal use. I hope HTC has finally figured out "Quality" Control! But they have just left a bad taste in my mouth from past products. Don't know if I can ever go back to HTC again.

clftnshrp
clftnshrp

It is pretty new, it came out at the beginning of October. I pre-ordered one and had it at the end of September. Love it!!! Most of my friends are very envious of it. It is very quirky with it's 800MHz CPU.

stillwell.john
stillwell.john

I have a samsung moment and I love it. It isnt the fastest and I dont think it will even run froyo, Sprint has no plans for updating it, but it does everything I need. It has the hardware keyboard, which I love cause of my fat fingers and an AMOLED screen that is great for video. The only drawback is the processor is a little slow, probably why its not getting 2.2. All this and it still fits in my front pocket. I have had several LG phones in the past and they were all horrible. I am convinced LG stands for "lesser grade". I am also curious as to why we can cram all these features into such compact devices but they cant work all over the planet. Why doesnt someone make a chip that does GSM, CDMA, HSPA, 4G etc. all in one? Can it really be that hard especially with all the manufacturers doing multiple cores on one die we should be able to apply that principle to a radio chip with a simple controller to tell it which one to use at that time.

jcockrell
jcockrell

What the heck the ally made it to the top 12! I'm using the T-Mobile G2 it is way better then the LG Ally it should of made it to the top 12 android phones, Stock android, big screen, great battery life, and a great keyboard. Bo on putting the ally on this list you should be ashamed.

Murfski-19971052791951115876031193613182
Murfski-19971052791951115876031193613182

I have an HTC Incredible and really like it, but I agree with your point about not working globally. I almost never travel outside the US any more, so it doesn't affect me much. Recently I had to go to Costa Rica, and of course the Incredible was pretty much useless. Next time I'll check into a SIM card swap before I leave. Speaking of global usage, how long do you figure it will be until we get world-wide standards for stuff like smart phones, wi-fi, etc.? And manufacturers who will adhere to them, of course.

hhitchco
hhitchco

Got the EVO from Sprint (preferred customer basis) the minute they were were released. Work it like a dog every day, have dropped it numerous times, out in the rain. 105 % weather, etc. Nothing wrong with HTC's "Quality Control", believe me. And I love the size and heft of it. Feels like a real device and not a toy that a teen-ager should be carrying in his pants pocket for texting his gf.

andrew.moore
andrew.moore

HTCs and Samsungs have the worst rate of failure of all the phones on the market. This article must have been written on "first view" of the devices rather than any long-term use.

mfranzen7
mfranzen7

There are a lot of people giving rave reviews of the Dell Streak (not on this list, as I feel it should be), and yes it is probably the only smart phone out there that is a close cross to a tablet because of it's screen size, software, and hardware capabilities. It is now stable with Android's 2.1 (originally out with 1.6) system software and people love it. If anything, some may find it a little awkward to carry around,but for me, it fits nicely into my cargo pant side pocket :-)

jfaletra
jfaletra

I have had an HTC Hero for about a year now. Love the phone until the 2.1 update from Sprint. At that point it got very laggy. Dialer was unusable. Switched back to blackberry for business use.

kupper24
kupper24

Not sure you know what you are talking about. I had two HTC Touch Pro's for over a year with zero hardware issues and now have 2 HTC Incredibles since they released day one and again zero issues. I have had Motorola's in the past some with zero issues and one with a hardware/QC problem. All Manu's have QC issues so quit spewing you hate for a paticular Manu.

dsrobinson
dsrobinson

I will NEVER buy another HTC. I went through 4 phones in less than a year before I threw a hissy fit to get a different phone. I don't care how many good reviews it gets, I'm old and bitter! Yes, I know that companies can change and improve, but the phone I got had good reviews too.

mdeans
mdeans

When I had some HTC windows mobile phones I had quite a few problems with them just dieing on me. With android phones I haven't had that. I had a G1 for 2 years problem free. It only died after an unfortunate swimming incident. I've seen a definite quality improvement. It could also be the OS. Stability seems to breed stability.

mefareed
mefareed

I have Hero u say it became slow on 2.1 i have 2.2 cyanogen and it works as fast as it was with its original built... m loving it too but now thinking of upgrading the phone to someother smart phone but one thing is sure - it has to be HTC and it has to be android

mvedwar
mvedwar

Kupper24 - We returned 6 HTC units back to the carrier within the 1st 4 months of ownership. 4 of the users where OK with a HTC replacement (3 replacment HTCs quit within the next 6 months. So yes - I am quite skeptical of HTC quality due to past experience. And NO, I am not spewing hate but I believe in getting a quality product if I pay for it.

jacobus57
jacobus57

I agree about the robust build of Motorola phones. IT people in the field ride their equipment hard. I wanted a phone that inspired confidence, not one that required pampering. So far, my Droid2 is filling the bill very well, with the added bonus of amazing reception in marginal service areas.

ssanders
ssanders

This is starting to look like mediamatters.org

kupper24
kupper24

What are you talking about?