There’s one key way in which Android is massively different from its Apple-branded smartphone competition – the number of phones out there running Google’s hot mobile OS Android.
The latest wave of phones rocking up are running Android Kit-Kat, Android Jelly Bean, and it looks like Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been firmly swept under the carpet.
Samsung makes loads of them. Sony’s cut the Ericsson ties but still is cranking out the Google-branded handsets. Then you’ve got Android-powered phones from Acer, LG, Huawei, ZTE and many others, and while HTC has ceased the practice of releasing more phones than centipedes have shoes (they do wear them, you know) it’s still one of the more prominent Android manufacturers. Here Below I have listed Top 10 Best Android phones,
Top 10 Best Android phones:
10. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has now been usurped at the top of Samsung’s screen size totem pole by the Galaxy Note 3, but that’s not to say this is a bad phone.
Far from it, in fact, and its 30 million sales is the testament to the fact that people do want a bigger screen on their smartphone.
Now updated to Android Jelly Bean the Note 2 still has a decent reserve of power to see you through those console quality games, plus its still large 5.5-inch display makes it a great multimedia player.
9. Sony Xperia Z
Sony’s Xperia Z impressed us early this year and the firm has built on this with the Xperia Z1, which is why the Z has taken a tumble down the rankings. It’s still a decent smartphone mind.
You can see the Sony influence throughout the handset as it oozes quality and build from the large screen, which fits close to the edges of the bezel, to the intelligent camera that allows you to snap some really premium photos without needing to fiddle about with the settings.
And it’s water and dust resistant too, which makes it excellent for general life business, plus it’s packing a microSD card slot in an impossibly thin chassis, for which we laud the phone even higher.
Add to that the Bravia Engine 2, which can upscale standard definition movies and bring your content to live, and you’ve got a real match winning phone in your hands.
8. Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
For those after some Samsung muscle but in a slightly more pocketable format, the S4 Mini’s a result. It’s had its display size chopped to just 4.3-inches – positively tiny in this age of five-inch slabs – and although the resolution and internal power have also been reduced when compared with the S4 Large, the Mini’s everyday performance isn’t really compromised at all.
The 1.7GHz dual-core chipset is perfectly capable of handling both Samsung’s software tools and the ever-increasing demands of Android, while it outdoes other phones in this mid-range price bracket by having 1.5GB of RAM onboard for a solid app, gaming and multitasking performance.
7. Sony Xperia Z1
The Sony Xperia Z1 is another powerhouse of a phone. With a 20.7MP camera with G Lens technology, the ability to withstand rain, snow and sand and a superfast Snapdragon 800 processor running the show, it’s clearly a great handset to have around.
It also comes in a variety of funky colours, has a pleasing build quality that helps justify the higher price to a degree and basically offers the best of the Sony brand in a smartphone.
We do have a few reservations insofar as the Z1 doesn’t really carry the mantle the Xperia Z created; it’s got a massively uprated camera and screen technology, but neither particularly wow.
6. Google Nexus 4
Google and LG have worked together to bring to market a fantastic offering last year, one that even Apple fans can’t help but coo over when they heard the price.
While the Nexus 4 is running on year old technology, it’s new, lower price point simply makes it fantastic value for money.
The Nexus 4 is beautifully designed with a stunning display and rocking the latest version of Android. It has more connectivity than a telephone exchange and even excels in the simple matter of making calls.
We’re not fans of the lower memory allowance, and it’s not got the best screen on the market, and there will be a few that see stock Android 4.2 as too stripped-down to consider it a valid phone OS choice, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fantastic handset – it would have competed even without the insanely low price tag.
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is alive and kicking and breathes yet more life into a mobile form factor many thought would be dead on arrival, ramping up the specs and the size to give us a new monolith of mobile.
It may be big, but the 5.7-inch display is fantastic and the Full HD Super AMOLED technology makes everything pop from websites to movies.
What really impressed us with the Galaxy Note 3 though was its battery life and sheer speed under the finger. We’re used to a day at best when hardcore using the device, but we got far past that without breaking a sweat throughout our tests.
4. HTC One Mini
As with Samsung’s attempts at scaling down the size, performance and the cost of ownership to you the punter, HTC’s miniaturised HTC One reduces both size and internal performance a little to bring it in at a more affordable level than the original flagship.
The dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and smaller, lower resolution 4.3-inch display are compromises, but HTC’s polished software and exemplary hardware design skills make this a strong contender regardless.
It has the same victory points as the large HTC One — the brilliant Boomsound audio output and front-facing speakers, the Ultrapixel imaging sensor for cracking photographs and particularly fine low-light performance plus HTC’s classy aluminium chassis is here once again.
It doesn’t feel cheap, but it is a little bit cheaper. Win-win.
3. Samsung Galaxy S4
Hold the phone, what’s happen here? Samsung may have been top dog in 2012, but this year the sultry stylings of the HTC One and craziness of the LG G2 have proven too strong against a phone that’s a slightly-better-version of its predecessor.
Ok so it only really looks that the S4 is too similar, and sadly that was one of the biggest issues most users had with the S3. It’s not the biggest smartphone crime, but that coupled with some other minor niggles means it misses out on being number one.
There’s a lot to love with the Samsung Galaxy S4 with its super sharp screen, powerful camera, long-lasting battery and fluid user interface – it’s got everything you could ever want in a smartphone.
It may be a little more costly than some of its direct rivals, but thankfully it’s still cheaper than the iPhone. If only it was made out of something a little more premium…
2. LG G2
LG’s return to smartphone form kicked off with the Optimus G last year, a very decent mobile that won even more fans when redesigned a little and sold for peanuts through Google as the Nexus 4.
The G2 builds on this, upgrading the display size to a massive 5.2-inches with a resolution boost to full 1080p output, powering it with a best-in-class Snapdragon 800 series chipset alongside 2GB of RAM. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The external design’s rather a mixed bag, though, looking like your usual black slab from the front, but shocking everyone with LG’s bonkers decision to put the power button bang in the middle of the back of the phone.
What’s undeniably an improvement is the camera — a weak spot of the Nexus 4 — plus the phone’s battery life, which has again improved over that managed by LG’s Nexus and Optimus G.
1. HTC One
Well, here’s something of a shock if you’re a Samsung fan – after nearly two years of dominance, the Korean brand has fallen from the top spot.
It’s nothing to do with the quality of the S4 (or the LG G2 for that matter) – it’s still an outstanding phone – but more the fact HTC has managed to bring out a smartphone that’s worthy of any user’s consideration with a supreme aluminium chassis, Full HD screen and simplified version of Sense 5.0 sitting on top of Android Jelly Bean.
The new innovations are also pleasingly more than just marketing gimmicks; Zoe functionality allows the creation of delightful video highlight reels, and the Ultrapixel camera means you’ve got a much wider range of shots available thanks to being stunning in low light.
The only reason this isn’t a five-star phone is the slightly off-key battery, which can leak juice if you’re power-creating videos or watching reams of video, but for day to day use it will be acceptable for most.
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