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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. Unfortunatly, it is now discontinued, presumably while we wait for the Nexus 5. Still, for now it is my ffavorite 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
The all-new HTC One is the first of two new kids on the block in terms of Android-powered smartphones.
Under the hood, the HTC One isn't all that different to Samsung's new Galaxy S4 — it features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU (although it runs a little slower), 2GB of RAM, and a 1080p screen — but it is also a very different beast thanks to Sense, the bold new user interface HTC has loaded into the smartphone. It also features an aluminum shell, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S4, which has a plastic shell.
This handset is confirmed as coming to Verizon later this summer.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) with HTC's Sense user interface
- 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
- 4.7-inch Super LCD, Full HD, high-pixel-density (468ppi) display
- 4MP rear camera
- 2.1MP front camera
- 32/64GB internal storage
Samsung Galaxy S4
The second new kid on the block — Samsung's long-awaited update to the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4.
There's an awful lot to like about the Galaxy S4 — the powerful CPU, plenty of storage space, a user-replaceable battery, the microSD slot, the fact that it can be used as a remote control for a DVR. It is very much like HTC's new One handset, except marginally better in almost every way (except, perhaps, for the plastic shell).
Another quality handset from the company that is now the king of the Android smartphones.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2)
- 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (1.6GHz octa-core processor offered in some markets)
- 5-inch Super AMOLED high-pixel-density (441ppi) display
- 13MP rear camera
- 2MP front camera
- 16/32/64GB internal storage
- microSD slot