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I made my first top five Android list back in April. Knowing good and well that some of the hottest phones were on the brink of release, the past list was bound to become irrelevant in no time. Here we are at the beginning of June and most of those phones have been released. This caused me to completely change my top five Android phones. 

So of all the Android phones that are out now, which are the best of the best? My top five Android phones for the month of June are as follows:

1. Samsung Galaxy S II

I honestly never though I would see the day that I ranked a Samsung phone as number one on any list. I've never been a fan of TouchWiz or the materials their phones are made of, which typically consists of a ton of plastic. But the Samsung Galaxy S II is simply too sweet to just write off based on past experiences. It is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos CPU, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and the revamped TouchWiz 4.0 (which I actually enjoy ... a lot). On top of that, it is one of the few Android phones that has shipped with Gingerbread.

Not only are the specs and display drool-worthy, the build quality is great, too. It is still made primarily of plastic, but it feels great in the hand without requiring reinforced pockets. On top of that, the problem with most 4.3-inch smartphones is that they are bulky. At a mere 8.5mm thick, the Galaxy S II is everything but bulky. Unfortunately, if you want this device right now, you will have to buy the international version, unsubsidized for roughly $785. It is, however, rumored to be coming to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint this summer. Stick it out, if you can.

2. T-Mobile G2x by LG

Many were wary of a newcomer to the high-end smartphone game, but LG hit the ground ready to run with the big dogs with their G2x. Also known as the Optimus 2X, this was the first dual-core smartphone in the world. On top of that, the G2x is has an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting full 1080p video, it runs stock Android (2.2, for now) and comes with HSPA+ capabilities.

If you're on T-Mobile and not waiting on the Sensation, I would strongly recommend the G2x, especially if you're a purist who loves their Android vanilla-flavored.

3. HTC ThunderBolt (Verizon Wireless)

In my last list, the HTC ThunderBolt, easily took the number one spot by being the first LTE phone. Not being equipped with the latest and greatest in terms of specs, the title was bound to be short-lived. Nonetheless, it remains on my top five Android list based purely on network speeds and gorgeous hardware.

The ThunderBolt touts an 8-megapixel rear shooter with 720p video recording, a 4.3-inch Super LCD display, a Dobly Surround Sound speaker around back and it ships with a 32GB microSD card. Pairing that with Verizon's blazing fast LTE network makes the ThunderBolt one of the more powerful media-centric smartphones out there. Just don't buy one expecting to make it through a full day without charging as the battery life isn't exactly the best.

4. Google Nexus S 4G by Samsung (Sprint)

The Nexus S is hardly a new device. It originally launched in a T-Mobile 3G version back in December. But more recently, the device launched on Sprint in a 4G (WiMAX) version. Being the current Google device, the Nexus S 4G is the most tightly-knit Google experience you can get out of any phone available. In fact, it also comes with carrier supported Google voice as the stock voicemail method.

Though it may not top any lists based on specifications alone, the Nexus S 4G is still a slick device that is blazing fast – even with its single-core processor. Other trinkets of goodness that this phone is oozing with is NFC capabilities, just in case the market for NFC ever takes off, and a beautiful Super AMOLED display. If you want fast updates, the Google experience and an all around smooth performing phone, the Nexus S is calling your name.

5. Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T)

Making a list of the top five Android phones is always difficult, especially considering how quickly things change and how specifications and actual performance vary. But I think the hardest spot to fill is the bottom of the list, number five. There are so many phones that could fit this spot, it's nearly impossible to give it up to just one. But since I can't cop-out and leave you guys and gals hanging, I decided to give it to the Atrix 4G on AT&T's network.

Like I've said plenty of times before, this bad boy should be up top with its heavyweight spec sheet. But being the best phone and being the best on paper are two completely different things. The Atrix has some of the best individual components you can find in a phone and even some crazy gimmicks like a biometric fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button. However, Motorola's custom skin, MOTOBLUR, has earned itself a bad rep for being not-so-beautiful and inducing random, intermittent lag. And considering the fact that this phone is stuck on Froyo, the dual-core processor isn't even being accounted for. Once the Gingerbread update comes around for the Atrix, it might just jump up a spot or two on my list.


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Ben Conover 1. sgs 2 2. htc sensation 3. g2x 4. infuge 4g 5. atrix 4g
Alex Toma Samsung Galaxy S
Robert Wernikoff 1.HTC EVO 3D. 2.HTC Sensation. 3.HTC EVO 4G. 4.Nexus S 4G. 5.Samsung Galaxy S 2
Marti Ruiz 1. Samsung galaxy s 2 2.htc sensation 3.lg g2 4. Nexus s 5.htc thunderbold
Kevin Choi 1. G2x 2. Thunderbolt 3. EVO 4G 4. Motorola Atrix 5. HTC Sensation
Douglas Frank Collett Top 5 is gs2 all the way
Vlad Valentine McBride HTC inspire 4G
Vies Quince Sumlar HTC incredible MOTO Droid pro Droid X G2 Atrix 4G
Jason Vargas Xperia Arc is not really that good at all.
Jason Vargas 1. HTC Evo 3D 2. Samsung Galaxy S2 3. HTC Sensation 4G 4. Samsung Infuse 4G 5. HTC Thunderbolt An LG device is not on the list because the Revolution and G2x didnt really live up to all the hype. The devices above did
Sunny Patel Oh wait, there's also the evo3
Sunny Patel HTC sensation, galaxy s 2, g2x, hd7, and I do.t really have a fifth
Robert Arias 1. N1 2. N1 3. N1 4. N1 5. N1 Conclusion: HTC made the only pure, clean, perfect Android phone. Can't wait for it's follow up. I hope the rumors are true.
Fayez Noor galaxy s2 sensation evo 3d charge infuse
Charles Humble Samsung Infuse 4g. Amazing device.
Hector Castro HTC lineup hands down they make the best Android phones
Anthony Dunlap HTC Evo 3D HTC Sensation Sgs2 HTC Thunderbolt HTC Evo 4G (current device) :)
Henry Murillo Sensation 4g Galaxy s 2 Thunderbolt Charge Incredible 2
Richard Castro 1. Sprint HTC EVO 3D 4G HSPA+ 2. T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G HSPA+ 3. Samsung Galaxy S II 4. T-Mobile LG G2x 4G HSPA+ 5. AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G HSPA+
Ali Lawi Mosawi Galaxy s2 number 1 and sensation numba 2
Tony Abiama HTC Evo 3D Samsung Galaxy S II MOTO Atrix 4G LG G2x HTC Evo 4G
Jonathan Copeland Galaxy S2 G2X Sensation Evo 3D Nexus S
Thomas Tenkely Nexus S Nexus One G2X G2 Anything else running vanilla Android
Fonzy Paniagua 1. Galaxy Sll 2 . sensation 3. mytouch slide 4g 4 Eco 3d. 5.G2x
Steve Jones Nexus s Atrix Evo Thunderbolt Inspire
KoDy Designed ByCrime And everyone saying the sensation is better than the gs2 is crazy!!!
Andrei Jelin Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Atrix, LG Optimus 2X, HTC Senstation.
KoDy Designed ByCrime 1) SAMSUNG GALAXY S II 2) SAMSUNG DROID CHARGE 3) SAMSUNG INFUSE 4G 4) SONY EXPERIA PLAY 5) SAMSUNG EPIC 4G MY LIST IS TRIED AND TRUE....
Ridgwan Ablania HTC sensation, galaxy s 2, lg optimum 2x, htc desire hd, nexus s
Noneya Biz T-Mobile G2 Nexus S Evo 3D Bionic T-Mobile G2x
Oscar Falcon 1) T-Mobile G2x 2) HTC Sensation 3) Galaxy s 4g 4) HTC Evo 3d 5) Nexus S
Gordon Christie Galaxy s2 Sensation Desire s Nexus s Wildfire s best low budget phone
Christian Kim 1) droid bionic 2) samsung galaxy II 3) tmobile g2x 4) droid x2 5) droid 3
Dingsen Gnehz Xperia ARC
Jack Mchale 5) Google Nexus S
Jack Mchale 4) Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Jack Mchale 3) LG Optimus 2x
Jack Mchale 2) HTC Desire HD
Jack Mchale 1) Samsung Galaxy 2
Daniel Djønne Lund HTC Sensasjon is at the top. The nexus series pwn too
Joe Jones 1.) Droid Bionic 2.) Droid 3 3.) Droid X2 4.) Samsung Function 5.) Droid 2 Go Verizon go!
Lanh Nguyen It asks for top 5 and there are people listing one phone. Dumb.
Mike Wagner How can all these people put the sensation on there list it aint even out yet.
Chirayu Kapadia 1.HTC sensation 2.Samsung galaxy s2 3.HTC desire S 4.LG optimus 2x 5.SE Xperia Arc
Edwin Cadet Of the phones that are currently out 1 - Samsung Galaxy S II 2 - T-Mobile G2x 3 - HTC Thunderbolt 4 - HTC Evo 5 - Motorola Droid X2
Fudge Sohumble Deshields Droid X wit ginerbread :-)
Ricardo Lopez Lg nexus 3
Tim Moore Even not specs wise its not Nexus One is still awesome. No issues and quick updates.
Sunny Sg HD2 ... !
Kim Ashworth I love my R2-D2 droid!!! And im not even a huge star wars fan, but the phone is sweet!!!
Alex Kiev 1 nexus s 2 nexus s 3 nexus s 4 nexus one 5 nexus one
Quaiyim Gray T-Mobile G1 (Started it all) Samsung Infuse 4G Htc EVO 4G Htc EVO 3D Huawei Acend .
Brian Edson 1. Htc thunderbolt 2. Motorola atrix 3. Lg revolution 4. Htc evo/ evo shift 5. Motorola droid x2 notice there is nothing samsung... they suck. Personal bias, but still
Ed Plnia 1- Sensantion 2- Galaxy S II 3- Thunderbold 4- Evo 3D 5- LG GX2 aka TMobile GX2
Meerak Hahs sensation, gs2, g2x, hd2, arc
Moaz Bambi . EVO 3D Sensation Galaxy S II G2x Nexus S
Victor Perez Tbolt ftw
Ahmad Khakwany 1 Sensation 2 Galaxy S II 3 Optimus 2X 4 XPERIA Arc 5 Atrix 4g
Håkon Bæverfjord Galaxy S 2!




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