Top Android Phones

Due to the nice features Android phones possess, more and more people are turning towards Android cell phones these days. Motorola and HTC are on top of the list of companies that are manufacturing Android-based phones. Today, I am going to discuss some of the best Android mobile handsets available presently.

1. HTC Desire:

This handset has attracted a great lot of mobile phone lovers with its feature-packed nature and wonderful screen. Few years back, we could not even think about such phones, but Android based phones have proved that technological development has no limits. Let us look at its specs firstly.

Specs:

  • Candy bar form
  • 60 x 119 x 12 mm
  • 135 g
  • Android OS 2.1 Éclair
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
  • AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • 3.7” display
  • Multi-touch functionality
  • Optical trackball
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 576MB RAM
  • 512 MB ROM
  • microSD card, 4GB included, up to 32 GB
  • HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • microUSB 2.0v
  • 5MP camera with VGA video recording
  • Smile detection and geo tagging
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • GPS with AGPS
  • Digital compass
  • Dedicated search key
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail
  • YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration
  • MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA9 player
  • MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9 player
  • Facebook, Flickr, Twitter applications
  • Voice memo
  • Black, brown and silver

Features:

You will notice that the screen is shockingly big and the trackball is optical. There are four buttons on the lower end. With its slim design and less weight, it can easily sit inside your pocket. The power button is set on the top and also works as lock button. There isn’t any dedicated camera button and the trackball does it all. Colours are vivid and display screen has an awesome size for videos and internet. Running on the latest Android 2.1 Éclair, the HTC Desire boasts Sense UI with seven customizable home screens.

Photo by Robert Webbe

Weather tool is smart; screen shines when weather is sunny, gets foggy when it’s misty out there and a wiper wipes out the rain drops when it is raining. Live wallpapers let you enjoy hint of life in your background displays. Your contacts in this phone will consist of mails, phone numbers, Facebook, Flickr, Google account, Twitter etc. This way, all of the news about one person will be managed via one channel. Internet experience is great with zooming and copy/paste options. The 5MP camera is another big hit with face detection, geo tagging, effects, ISO settings etc. Media features are remarkable, too.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Awesome display screen
  • Fast processor
  • Nice camera
  • Slim form

Limitations:

  • Stammering Bluetooth playback

2. Motorola Milestone (Motorola Droid):

Though we know that HTC is leading in Android phone race with Desire, Incredible and Nexus One; I decided to review Android phone of companies other than HTC. So, here we are with Motorola Milestone which is commonly known as Motorola Droid. Let us have a look at its specs and features.

Specs:

  • 115.8 x 60 x 13.7 mm
  • 165 g
  • TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • 3.7” display with 16M colours
  • Multi-touch input method
  • Accelerometer sensor
  • Full QWERTY keyboard with 5 way navigation key
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 133 MB storage, 8GB included
  • 256MB RAM
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB
  • 5 mp camera with dual LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, and video recording
  • Android OD version 2 Éclair
  • ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX530 graphics
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA9 player, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9 player
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail
  • YouTube, Google Talk
  • Adobe Flash Player v10.1
  • Document viewer, Photo viewer/editor, Organizer, Voice memo/dial

Features:

Though typing with the flat and shallow keyboard of Motorola Droid isn’t a pleasant experience, this phone is beauty and functionality brought together. Motorola Droid is justified in being a little thicker and heavier than iPhone 3GS as it possesses a full slide out QWERTY keyboard (which is absolutely absent in the latter). The 3.7” touchscreen is awesome.

The full QWERTY keyboard is backlit, and does not occupy the full length of Moto Droid. Top keys of the keyboard are just underneath the sliding cover of phone, thus making it difficult to use those keys without knocking the lid time and again. The “end” and “talk” keys are absent which is unusual for such a feature-packed phone. On the extreme right side of the keyboard, there is a five way navigation pad which is highly useful. Accelerometer adds to the nice functions of this phone.

Photo by F. Montino

The included 16GB memory card lets the users save music and images on their phone. There has been no compromise on the call quality, even in noisy surroundings. A new widget called Power Control makes handling and managing power hungry features handy, like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc. The Google Maps feature is voice enabled, thus your voice command can do it all. 5MP camera with dual LED flash lets you capture terrific images and DVD-quality video.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Wonderful 3.7” touchscreen display
  • Fast web browsing experience
  • Dvd-quality video recording
  • Full QWERTY keyboard is backlit

Limitations:

  • Shallow and flat keyboard

3. Samsung T939 Behold II:

With an awesome AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and 5 MP camera, this Android phone by Samsung is worth a close look.

Specs:

  • 116.8 x 55.9 x 12.2 mm
  • 119.7 g
  • AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16 M colours
  • 3.2” display
  • Accelerometer sensor for UI auto rotate
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 200MB internal memory, 2GB card included
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB
  • 5MP camera with LED flash, smile detection, geo tagging and autofocus
  • Android OS version 1.5 cupcake
  • A-GPS
  • MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,

YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk integration, Photo editor, Organizer, Voice memo, T9

Features:

This pricy Android handset is a feature-packed nice option for those who want a stylish and useful smartphone. This “Mystic Black” phone has chic looks and fits into the pocket easily. There is no physical keyboard, though a visual one is there for the user to browse and mail. Regarding physical buttons, there are menu, home, talk, end, back and cube menu buttons. The end button also works as power button. There is a four way navigational circle with an OK button in its centre. The big touchscreen is highlighting feature of Samsung Behold II, so is its 5MP camera. TouchWiz 2.0 and 3D cube visualization are other nice features.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Wonderfully big and vivid AMOLED display
  • Tremendous camera

Limitations:

  • Expensive
  • A little messy TouchWiz

These three phones are on top of the list of Android phones, not forgetting the HTC Incredible, Google Nexus One and Motorola Cliq. These are fully feature-packed handsets and can give you maximal functionality whether it is work or entertainment that is your basic concern.

Comments (3)

  1. Nice sharing! HTC has great features as Android phones, followed by Milestone but its design has giant in thickness size and top in weight. Samsung become strong competitor in Android market

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