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UPDATE: The "The Best Android smartphones (September edition)" is now available.
Looking to replace your aging Android companion with something newer and with a little more "oomph"? Here are five excellent Android-powered smartphones from Google, Motorola, and Samsung.
No matter whether you are looking for a consumer handset or something that will be suited to a BYOD role, you're bound to find something of interest here.
The handsets are arranged in no particular order. My current favorite continues to be the Nexus 4. It's a powerful package that delivers what I believe to be the best, purest Android experience possible. However, I have to admit that some of the features present on the Samsung Galaxy S4 make it a great choice for the BYOD crowd.
Google Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 is the smartphone that Google thinks Android should be loaded on.
One of the downsides to the Nexus 4 is that it doesn't come with LTE support, despite having a supporting integrated modem. According to LG, the manufacturer of the Nexus 4, the LTE modem requires a signal amplifier and filter to work, and these components have been omitted to keep the cost of the handset down.
Despite this, the Nexus 4 is a solid, well-made Android handset.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.2)
- 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor
- 4.7-inch WXGA IPS display
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.3MP front camera
- 8/16GB internal storage