Aaron top five androids

You know the drill: another day, another eight or so Android handsets.  Joking aside, the pace of 'droids landing on today's market is hard enough to keep track of.  That's why I'm here to help...or at least list a few of the awesome Android phones available out there in a semi-organized list.

Here are my top five Android handsets as of late June 2011.  Agree with me and think my selections are the best ever?  Disagree with me?  Get your top five lists ready, and praise me or thrash me to bits in the comments section!  If Twitter's your drug of choice, I'm on there too, and don't bite (@PhoneDog_Aaron).  Ready?  Let's do this.


1. Samsung Galaxy S II (unlocked)

Yep, Samsung's Galaxy S II continues its reign at the top of my list.  Available for a jaw-dropping $780 (give or take) unlocked, the Galaxy S II is the must-have Android device for those that want speed, speed, and more speed.  On top of that, it's thin, light, and the overall design differentiates itself enough to where hearing "is that an iPhone?" should be a rarity.

It's sporting a 1.2 GHz Exynos dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and Android 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0, a much-improved version of the company's Android overlay.  From browsing the web to downloading apps to listening to my collection of 80s pop music (don't hate, it's a life choice), it handles everything with incredible ease.

The downside is obviously the price.  It's not available from a US carrier just yet, so if you want to experience the Galaxy, you're going to have to shell out somewhere in the neighborhood of eight Benjamins at an online retailer like Expansys USA.  Rumors about the Galaxy S II coming to the States continue to swirl, so here's to hoping we see it sometime soon. 


2. HTC Sensation 4G (T-Mobile)

If this list were "Aaron's Top 5 Sexiest Android Handsets," the HTC Sensation 4G would top the charts.  The build quality is absolutely fantastic.  The metal and grey plastic compliment each other nicely, and the 4.3-inch curved qHD display rounds it out and gives it a real premium feel.

Yes yes, if Androids could talk, they'd be hating on the Sensation 'cause it's beautiful (Pretty Girl Rock reference, anyone?) - and at least on paper, quite powerful as well.  In addition to the 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, it ships with Android 2.3 and HTC's newest version of its wildly popular user interface, Sense 3.0.  Throw in an 8-megapixel shooter and a front-facing camera, and you have a top-notch smartphone.

Despite the awesome specs, I've found the Sensation 4G to be somewhat laggy in even the most basic day-to-day tasks.  Chalk it up to the 768 MB of RAM or some secret thing that T-Mobile did to it (because Sprint's similarly-spec'd EVO 3D isn't as laggy), but the slowdown is disappointing.  T-Mobile Android fans that are looking for sheer speed should be pleased with the T-Mobile (LG) G2x, which also makes an appearance on this list.


3. HTC EVO 3D (Sprint)

If you're an EVO fan, you're automatically thinking something to the effect of "this handset is the bomb diggity!  Why is it in third place?" 

(If you're a die-hard EVO fan, you're probably taking it a step further and plotting a super-snarky comment for me below this post.  That's ok.  I welcome all challenges!)

There's no denying it, the HTC EVO 3D is the best Android handset on Sprint.  Like the Sensation 4G, it packs a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snadragon CPU, 4.3-inch stereoscopic qHD display (no glasses required for 3D!), and Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0.  It's up-to-date in almost every way, and packs a whopping 1 GB of RAM for good measure.

That said, it's still laggy from time to time, and the 3D abilities of this device are limited due to the fact that there's no 3D content ecosystem at the moment.  Additionally, the wireless radio pales in comparison to other Sprint smartphones like the Samsung Nexus S 4G and Epic 4G.  If your mobile agenda consists of phone calls first and you frequent fringe areas, this may not be the device for you.


4. T-Mobile (LG) G2x

The combination of vanilla Android (2.2, if you're keeping track) and the 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-core CPU makes the T-Mobile G2x the fastest Android phone available from a US carrier, period.  I still maintain my argument that stock Android isn't for everyone - I'd recommend HTC's Sense or Samsung's TouchWiz UI to non-advanced users - but for those comfortable with the little green bot, the G2x makes for an exceptional device. 

Other specs include a 4-inch display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording capabilities, and an HDMI port.  Since it's sporting a Tegra 2 CPU, the G2x ships with NVIDIA's "Tegra Zone," an app store full of games that will put that processor to the test.  Long story short, it doesn't offer the hardware and software eye candy that the Sensation 4G does, but it's more powerful.

5. Samsung DROID Charge (Verizon Wireless)

Verizon's zippy 4G LTE service may be the primary selling point for most, but the real winner for me is battery life.  The Samsung DROID Charge is the only Android handset I've used that has taken me through an entire day without requiring a charge (there's a potential pun here, but I'll let it slide).  Charge also gets high marks in my book for great call quality.

Aside from the 1,600 mAh battery, the Charge offers a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel camera, and Android 2.2 with TouchWiz 3.0 (older version).  The older version of TouchWiz may be a turn-off for some and you're going to notice a speed difference when using it alongside a dual-core device, but it should get you through most tasks without an issue.

At the end of the day, call quality plus awesome battery life plus great 4G speeds equals a win for me (and a spot on my list).


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Darren Penix No, cause I don't see HTC Inspire or Samsung Infuse on the list
Wei Yan If you guys can make a phone look like this,, it doesnt matter what's best.. check out the link guys.. honeycomb theme on an htc.. works on others as well.. http://youtu.be/01h2kELprU8 share any cool themes you guys got.. i want some more!
Kelly Sommers When the Samsung Galazy S2 is available here it is MINE! Already have the S and I love it! Hurry Verizon!
Henry Murillo Yes yes yes!! Altho, even if the gsII is out here in the U.S. I would still have my sensation. I don't like TouchWiz... HTC Sense all the way! But yes, I do agree wit Aarons top 5. No iPhone wohoo! I do like Apples shiz tho :P
Anthony Washington I think the list is great no surprises at all
Piterson Massenat Desir There is no other like the atrix hands down
Rashaud Cook Rooted HD2 is a beast of a phone
Prashanth Akunuri no comment (I commented already lol) cuz I didn't use any of those phones yet
Jones Robert ...SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 will be @ the ToP of that list on its 1st day of release.
Danetta Adams Doncer I was right. No I don't agree with him. Aaron is a fan boy and apparently has messed with the 3d much at all.
Danetta Adams Doncer Probably not.
Errol Allen I rarely ever agree with the stuff posted here but yeah I think those top 5 are right.
Treven Davenport No I don't agree with evo 3d 3rd. I have one and it's never been laggy. My last battery cycle went 28 hours light usage.
David McNeill GS2 battery is pretty good, mines has been on 15hours and 54 mins and I have 51% left. I definitely use it above average aswell.
Byktor Urvaes disagree! the galaxy s 2 is not available in any mobile company in us so will cost about 700$ and I don't think any phone worth that kind of money no matter how good it is, and the sensation can't be better than the evo 3d, both have the same aspects but the evo is faster and it had a 3d screen...
Igor Rebenko If any of those phones had an lcd screen instead of the gimmick plus, they would have wonderful battery life.. too bad manufacturers are ignorant
Cesario Brito Jr. Wow for the first time I have no problem with Aaron's list. Galaxy S ll is definitely the phone to beat this year.
Fahad Wahid Yep I agree :)
David McNeill Yup, nailed it. The GS2 is definitely the new standard that others must aspire to.
Ernest Marvin Esteban eh... gs2 number one? ok i admit its a good phone but the overall build quality is bad. so plasticky and looks cheap and very iphone-ish.
Anh-Tuan Le I don't care. iPhone 4. I want the iPhone 4.
Erman Guido Samsung Charge shouldn't b the last 1
Joe Procopio My fascinate is a wonderful phone now that we got some custom roms for it....
Mario Sauceda What a sensational second ...love that device!!
Saad Khan @Cash Burkhead,you agree with my no.5 or Aaron's no.5?
Brian Edson Ok. Htc and lg are great. Samsung sucks because they have a reputation for poor quality phones and I simply don't trust them.
Cash Burkhead I agree with number 5 :-)
Andrew Veale The iPhone 4 is a piece of shit, which could be a contributing factor as to why it's not on the list.
Pascal Hertinge Nathan, Five best ANDROID phones..
Nathan Ross I'm surprised you didn't put the iPhone 4 on the list
Danny Téllez Where's the link?
Israel Leiva Cesar, after you are done finishing all of us off, don't forget Aaron. I mean come on, it's his post. Aaron should have been first. I'm just sayin. LMAO
Galen Omkar Melchert ive used both the evo 3d and the gs2 and i must say the evo beats it. no matter what all the reviews have said, 3d is pretty damn cool. as for the "ecosystem", 4g a year ago was thought to be "ehh" and the evo 4g was marked down for that.. now look where it is.
Robert Marzuco G2X while a fast phone should be number 5 if not on the list at all for 2 reasons. The seamless list of people having problems, and the "supposed" lack of inventory problem.
Blass Reiter Yeah Samsung Galaxy S II is the best in overall performance
Blass Reiter Yeah Samsung Galaxy S II is the best in overall performance
Mick de Raad Nice list! Can you make one for budget android phones too? And btw, will you review the Nokia N9 soon? :)
Gainaako Munyal The list seems correct
Hansel Starley Pretty reasonable list. In my country there's not Droid Charge or Evo 3D yet but we do have the Galaxy S 2 and is pretty neat.
Ernest Marvin Esteban haha... well the list have decent phones. but why the heck the droid charge in that? its an ugly phone
Alex Mendoza That was a good one israel!
Dalton Aeschlimann no, because no Samsung device should be top
Israel Leiva Cesar is the first to SWALLOW. Look at his shirt in his profile pic. LMAO
Lindsey Grey Yeah, but I'm probably just being agreeable because I have a crush. :P
Roman Galysh Losers yell first with no actual post. Try posting something pertinent.
Hans Jaramillo Yeah, sounds about right. The list, I mean. :]
Jeff Alamillo Wat about gay?????
Mick de Raad there's always a random guy saying 'first' ..
Pascal Hertinge Cesar who cares

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