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The Best of the Best
CES 2011 was a great success; seeing all those awesome smartphones and tablets in one place would give even the hardiest gadget lover reasons enough to melt. If there were two words that one got to hear more than any others at CES, they were Android and Tablet.
There were a lot of new tablet announcements, most of them powered by Android. Besides these, there were also many good Android smartphones unveiled at CES by the likes of HTC, Samsung and more. Let's take a look at the phones that you should keep your eye out for over this year.
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LG Optimus 2X
If there is one device which was highly anticipated, with fans dying to finally see it at CES 2011, it was the LG Optimus 2X. This was the first dual core smartphone to come out this year. Its 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor will make very light work of even the most content rich websites, and give an all-round more satisfying gaming experience.
It has 512 MB RAM and comes with an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display. Another great plus is that it can record 1080p video as well. It has all the basics in place - GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS etc.
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Motorola Atrix 4G
The Motorola Atrix 4G is also a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 toting Android smartphone which runs Android 2.2 Froyo with an Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade in the pipeline. It comes with a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1 GB RAM. It has a 4.0 inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It has a 5 MP camera and can record 720p videos at 30 FPS.
It comes with 16 GB internal memory and offers 3G HSDPA connectivity with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. One of the more appealing abilities of the Atrix though, is the capability of turning your smartphone into a netbook with a lightweight lapdock. Simply slot your phone in the dock, and it will power up the dock with ease. It's not as slick as using a standard netbook but is still a pretty neat feature especially for frequent travelers.
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Motorola Droid Bionic
The Droid Bionic was one of the most impressive phones at CES 2011. It comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash and can record 720p videos at 30 FPS.
It is powered by a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 512 MB RAM. It's expected to ship come with Android 2.2 Froyo but should receive some Gingerbread goodness soon. It comes with both 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. Verizon customers are rumored to be the first to be able to get their hands on this phone, although the release date has been put back. It was originally expected to be released in the second quarter of this year but still we await news.
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Samsung Infuse 4G
Ever since the Galaxy S launched, Samsung has become the leader in Android smartphones. The Galaxy S is easily the most popular Android phone yet. At CES 2011, Samsung showcased the Samsung Infuse 4G, which takes it a step further.
It is like an improved, upgraded version of the Galaxy S. It has a huge 4.5 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It has 1 GB RAM and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of Android. It also has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and sports GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It has been dubbed "The Nations Thinnest Smartphone", and at an anorexic 8.99 mm no one is going to argue. Despite its slender frame, it's still a hard hitting contender to be the best smartphone of 2011.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
The Xperia Arc was one of the most stylish phones, if not technically the best Android phone on show at CES 2011. It has a very sleek design and comes packed with power. It has a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM and an Adreno 205 GPU. It also comes with 16 GB internal storage and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
It has a 4.2 inch LED backlit capacitive display and comes with an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can record 720p HD video and includes GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS etc. It doesn't measure up to many of the other phones in our list, that offer full HD recording abilities or a dual core processor, but do not underestimate this stylish looking device; especially if you like curves to caress.
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- LG Optimus tech specs, http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_optimus_2x-3598.php
- Motorola Atrix specs, http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/GB-EN/Consumer-Products-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/ci.Motorola-ATRIX-GB-EN.alt
- Motorola Droid Bionic facts, http://mediacenter.motorola.com/Fact-Sheets/Motorola-DROID-BIONIC-Fact-Sheet-353a.aspx
- Samsung Infuse 4G news, http://www.samsung.com/us/news/newsRead.do?news_seq=19790
- Experia Arc specifications, http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/corporate/products/phoneportfolio/specification/xperiaarc