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The Taiwanese cell phone makers, HTC, are at it again, releasing some of the hottest and most highly anticipated phones out there. While some will argue that HTC is slipping and Sense is slowly losing its luster to other UIs and vanilla Android, their phones never cease to find their way onto top smartphones lists around the web.
Whether you are an advocate of 3D technology or not, it's coming and there doesn't seem to be much we can do to avoid it. It's everywhere and it's quickly making its way to the cell phone market. One of the first 3D phones to make it to consumer hands is the HTC-made EVO 3D.
Being the successor to arguably the most popular Android phone to date, the EVO 3D has some rather large shoes to fill. Packed with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch stereoscopic qHD display (540 by 960 pixel resolution), Android 2.3 with Sense 3.0 and dual 5-megapixel cameras for 3D video and picture capture, HTC wasn't pulling their punches with the EVO 3D. Despite some issues with reception and call quality, the EVO 3D easy takes the number one spot in our top smartphones list for Sprint.
Alongside the EVO 3D is its long lost T-Mobile cousin. Sharing a lot of the same specifications as the EVO, the Sensation 4G easily made a top smartphones list as well. Although it is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and should theoretically outgun the competition, the Sensation tends to be the victim of some intermittent lag – Sense UI the likely culprit. Some may argue that this phone should have made the number one spot, but the Sensation sits comfortably at number two – behind the G2x – on our top smartphones list for T-Mobile.
What do you think, pups? Did you expect the Sensation to be number one? Is the EVO 3D a worthy successor to the origianl EVO? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think!
1. HTC Amaze 4G
- 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU seems to handle Sense 3.0 well
- 4.5-inch qHD display offers rich color and the aspect ratio (540x960) makes it easy to hold in the hand
- 8-megapixel camera takes an excellent picture
- Stock build of Android 2.2 makes the device even faster
- Supports T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42Mbps network, so data speeds are very fast (assuming your market has HSPA+ 42)
- Audio in 1080p videos sounds far too brash
- With a 1,730 mAh battery, longevity isn't terrible, but falls behind other Android devices and the iPhone 4S
With a fast processor (that seems to work well with the software) and a beautiful, metal-clad body, the HTC Amaze 4G is the best phone on T-Mobile right now. It's packed with a ton of goodies, like a 4.5-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording capabilities, and Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0. While pricey at $259.99 with a two-year agreement, it's the most feature-rich device on the carrier.
2. Samsung Galaxy S II
- Though it's plasticky, it offers up a well-designed body that's thin and fits into pockets easily
- 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display is absolutely beautiful, though may border on the "too large" side for some
- Ships with Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and TouchWiz 4.0, a drastically improved version of Samsung's custom UI.
- Supports T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 Mbps standard, so data speeds are nice and fast
- Despite what most would consider a fast 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, there's noticeable lag in comparison to Samsung's Exynos CPU (which is found in the AT&T and Sprint versions)
The Galaxy S II line is arguably the most popular Android line in the United States (at the time of this writing), and the list keeps growing with the introduction of T-Mobile's version of the iconic device. It branches off from AT&T and Sprint's versions by offering a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon CPU in place of a 1.2 GHz Exynos chip, along with a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording capabilities, and Android 2.3.5 with TouchWiz 4.0. It's a high-end phone with an excellent user interface, but due to lag experienced on it that wasn't present in the other two models (likely due to the processor shift), it comes in behind the HTC Amaze 4G.
3. T-Mobile G2x
- 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor makes the phone fly
- 4-inch display is an excellent balance between "too tiny" and "too large"
- 8-megapixel camera shoots 1080p video
- Upgrade to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) makes the device even faster
- HSPA+ speeds have been consistently strong
- No notification light
- Battery life is decent, but still falls behind devices like the iPhone
The T-Mobile G2x is one of the best Android smartphones on the market at the moment. As if the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor wasn't enough, the upgrade to stock Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) makes the phone fly through everyday tasks with ease. Seriously, it's unusually fast. The 4-inch display, while nothing special, is an excellent balance between 3.7 and 4.3 inches, and the 8-megapixel camera does an excellent job shooting 1080p video. It comes in behind the HTC Amaze 4G and Samusng Galaxy S II, but if you're buying now and want a stock Android experience, the G2x is the way to go.