At the very end of an extensive review of an Android smartphone, you’ll find that many reviewers say “this is the best Android device on the market … for now.” With so many different manufacturers producing innovative, high quality Android handsets each month, it can be hard to keep up with which one is really the latest and greatest.
To help you keep track (and offer some kind of guide), I’ve compiled a list of the best Android smartphones currently available on the market.
Motorola Atrix 4G
When AT&T landed the Atrix 4G, it wasn’t just getting a Android 2.3 device with a dual-core processor, 4G capabilities and a sharp qHD (quarter HD) display. The Atrix attempts to transform the role of smartphone into a mobile vault of information. This is done with a portable docking station, which you can use to provide a full screen, keyboard, speakers, and 2 USB ports for the Atrix’s abilities.
Droid 2 Global by Motorola
The Droid 2 Global came at the heels of the Droid 2, Droid X, Droid Pro, but offers something extremely useful to a certain type of traveler: international capabilities. Dubbed a ‘world phone’ by Verizon, the Global is perhaps the best Android device capable of easily making calls around the world. It also rocks a 1.2 GHz processor, whereas the Droid 2 possesses a 1 GHz processor. A nice and welcome 20% performance upgrade for power users.
Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung’s Galaxy S was the sequel to Google’s flagship Nexus One, and was undoubtedly a hit for Samsung. Now the Galaxy S has its own sequel, and is easily one of the best Android smartphones ever produced. The Galaxy S II is powered by the latest generation 1.2GHz Exynos CPU coupled with 1GB of RAM and 15 GB of storage. Samsung bumped the screen size from 4? to 4.3?, while managing to reduce the thickness of the phone dramatically. At approx. 8.4mm, the Galaxy S 2 is also the thinnest smartphone on the market.
LG Optimus Black
LG was late to the game when it comes to smartphone production, but you wouldn’t know it with the company’s latest offering: the Optimus Black. The device looks quite similar to much of its competition, combining a black slab touchscreen design with the candybar form factor. Its main selling point is its stunning Nova display, the latest step in screen technology for LG.
The company is boasting that it has the brightest screen ever on a smartphone, with 700 nit. My only problem with this handset is its lack of Android 2.3 support, which is expected to arrive in an update in the near future.
Droid Incredible 2 by HTC
Last but certainly not least is the Droid Incredible 2, HTC’s follow up to the incredibly popular Droid Incredible (also known as the DINC). The new device will feature Android 2.2 Froyo underneath the latest version of HTC Sense software, powered by a 1 GHz “next generation” Snapdragon processor.It centers around a 4? capacitive “super LCD” display, surrounded by a sleek, all-black chassis.