Top Android smartphones for the summer

Top Android smartphones for the summer

Summary: This weekend kicks off the summer season, and what better way than to look at the top Android phones this season.

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Android smartphones are like apps, there are so many of them released it can be hard to find the good ones. This weekend kicks off the summer season, and what better way than to look at the top Android phones this season. The list is objective as such lists always are, and if you have your own picks share them in the TalkBack along with why you think your pick is a top contender.

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Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Smartphones

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  • Cool phones - now a 2 horse race (WP7 losing developers)

    "but those saying they were ?very interested? in the software fell seven points to just 29 percent ... By comparison, 91 percent of surveyed developers are very interested in iPhone development, while 85 percent are very interested in Android development."

    http://moconews.net/article/419-mobile-app-developers-seeing-two-horse-ios-android-race/
    Plain Logic
    • RE: Top Android smartphones for the summer

      @Plain Logic <br>That's what you think, pathetic fanboy.<br><br> Appcelerator only works for iOS and Android.
      anonymous
      • RE: Top Android smartphones for the summer

        @day2die

        1) Yeh, bury your head in the sand. WHERE ARE THE REAL SALES FIGURES?

        2) Those with no facts result to insults. Grow up.
        Plain Logic
      • RE: Top Android smartphones for the summer

        @Plain Logic

        day2die's tone is pretty useless, but the point is valid. Surveying users of a system which does not work for WP7 about their interest in WP7 gives pretty meaningless data.

        It's like showing up to a MS Developer Conference and asking them about their level of interest in OS X development.

        As far as sales figures, the facebook data indicates that there is about 1 WP7 phone in use for every 100 iPhones (of all generations) currently in use.
        SlithyTove
    • RE: Top Android smartphones for the summer

      1. Plain Logic: I am sorry, but you are the one buried in the sand.<br><br>2. SlithyTove: Those number are quite inflated because they include iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
      anonymous
      • RE: Top Android smartphones for the summer

        @day2die

        You know, I never thought about that. Should have, but didn't.

        Time to go see if I can factor that in.
        SlithyTove
  • Fashion Sense

    No one carries a black smartphone after Memorial Day! What ARE you thinking?!?!
    Robert Hahn
    • &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.androidsmartphones.net&quot;&gt;Android Smartphones&lt;/a&gt;

      @Robert Hahn <br><br>Do they have any other colour android smartphones other than black or white?
      dmtaylor247
  • RE: Top Android smartphones for the summer

    I was suprised. I thought they would have put the Evo 3D in there. Not one I am likely to get but with all the hype it has been getting I thought it would have been there. Unfortunately I doubt any of these phones will ship with a battery strong enough to make through a day of medium to heavy use.
    tommcd64
    • RE: Top Android smartphones for the summer

      @tommcd64: Tell me about it. It's really bloody annoying. All these new features are nice but the only serious problem I've got with my HTC Desire is the battery life. I've learnt to accept it but it really should last a minimum of 24Hrs, not a working day (e.g -12-14Hrs).

      HTC, Samsung etc... need to concentrate on this more than any thing else. Why are Motorola the only ones putting decent batteries in their 2011 smartphones (1900mAh)?

      I'd very, very happily accept a thicker phone if it meant a better battery. It's obvious they're deliberately cutting battery life back to make the phones so thin.
      bradavon
  • Top Google spyphones for the summer

    That is the title you should use. Anyone using Android automatically becomes part of the Google Spynet. You will pay. You will pay dearly for this "free" OS.
    jorjitop
    • Get over it.

      @jorjitop Are you really naive enough to believe Apple, MS, Sony, Nintento, and every other maker of Internet connected devices, are not also gathering as much demographics info as possible?
      You should start reading EULAs.
      anothercanuck
  • RE: Top Android smartphones for the summer

    HTC Sensation for me. Although the Samsung Galaxy S2 is also very nice. HTC offer a better all-round experience (ala iPhone) but Samsung more tech.

    The Incredible 2 (Incredible S in Europe) is basically a 2010 phone, is virtually the same as last years Incredible and Desire. Phones have moved on.

    It's a shame you cannot get dual core 4G phones yet. It's pretty clear HTC and Samsung are the market leaders in Android smartphones.

    The Motorola Atrix is a clever idea but I still don't see why you wouldn't be better off with a separate (full power) laptop.
    bradavon
  • Another vapid rah-rah about technical appearances...

    ...from a commentator who doggedly prefers not to tell us what real-world ownership of these devices will be like.

    Does the device come with pre-installed adware/crapware that the user can't remove? Does Verizon offer a meaningful warranty that includes Android defects? Does Samsung warrant the device against Android defects? What constitutes a serious enough "defect" to trigger warranty support?

    Does Google push updates to the end user to fix egregious Android bugs? For example, see

    http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?can=2&q=5593&id=5593

    As can be seen from Google's own bug-reporting website above that Android users have reported problems reliably accessing their email on ISP accounts (i.e. from POP servers) since December 2009 beginning with Android 2.0.1 and continuing at least through 2.2. That's 17 months without even an acknowledgment from Google, much less a fix for existing owners. Has Google fixed this issue in newer versions of Android?

    How many consumers will read reviews such as this one, become persuaded to buy an Android device from a carrier, and then experience "phantom email notifications", "disappearing emails" and other issues when they try to access their email accounts on ISPs? How many of these will then discover that Verizon won't give them a refund because it took them longer than 14 days to decide the problems were really in Android, and not due to their own configuration mistakes? Will Samsung fix the issue under warranty? How long will the consumer wait for Google to push a fix past the manufacturers and carriers (who each have their fingers in the software)?

    Every Android release inevitably has bugs. Should consumers take a chance that he or she won't encounter a significant one that may never get fixed?

    I specifically challenge James Kendrick and other media reviewers to fully disclose--not only devices' technical niftiness--but also real-world ownership issues about which ZDNet readers deserve to be forewarned.
    FeralUrchin
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