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Top 5 Android Phones

written by: •edited by: J. F. Amprimoz•updated: 6/1/2011

If you are shopping for a new mobile phone and want something that runs Google’s Android operating system then check out this article for a closer look at the top Android phones.

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    Top Android Phones

    The rise and rise of the Android OS has been pretty well documented. Google’s mobile phone platform has taken the market by storm and one of the driving factors behind its success is the staggering array of Android phones that are available. In this article we take a look at the top Android phones for 2011.

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    Google Nexus S

    Google Nexus S There was a huge fuss when Google first entered the smartphone market with the HTC manufactured Google Nexus One. HTC went on to enjoy massive success with a wide range of top Android phones. Last year Samsung got in on the act with the incredibly successful Samsung Galaxy S range and they struck a deal to develop Google’s second smartphone – the Google Nexus S.

    The Google Nexus S features a gorgeous touchscreen display and a slim form factor. It runs Android 2.3 and will be quick to get updates because there are no modifications to the Android UI.

    • Dimensions: 63 x 123.9 x 10.88 mm
    • Weight: 129 gms
    • Display: 4 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
    • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
    • Processor: 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
    • RAM: 512 MB RAM
    • Memory: 16 GB internal storage
    • Camera: 5 MP camera, 2560 x 1920 pixels with autofocus and LED flash, front facing VGA 640 x 480 pixels, video recording 720p
    • Connectivity: GSM, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, NFC
    • GPS: GPS with A-GPS support
    • Battery: 1500 mAh Li-ion battery
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    LG Optimus 2X

    LG Optimus 2X Best known for a few releases at the budget end of the market LG are about to make a splash with some top Android phones. They recently announced the LG Revolution, LG Optimus 3D and the LG Optimus 2X. This is a super-fast smartphone with an HDMI port for video output and some very impressive specs.

    • Dimensions: 63.2 x 123.9 x 10.9 mm
    • Weight: 139 gms
    • Display: 4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
    • OS: Android 2.2 Froyo (Upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread)
    • Processor: Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor
    • RAM: 512 MB RAM
    • Memory: 8 GB internal storage
    • Camera: 8 MP camera, 3264x2448 pixels with autofocus and LED flash, front facing 1.3 MP, video recording 1080p
    • Connectivity: GSM, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0
    • GPS: GPS with A-GPS support
    • Battery: 1500 mAh Li-ion battery
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    Motorola Atrix 4G

    Motorola Atrix 4G The evolution of smartphones is leading to some interesting twists and turns in device functionality. As Android smartphones become more powerful they are capable of more and this is well illustrated by the Motorola Atrix 4G. This Android device works with a laptop dock to become a laptop, perfect for work and entertainment powered by your smartphone. If you'd prefer a straight smartphone then check out the Motorola Droid Bionic.

    The Motorola Atrix 4G is set to be one of the top Android phones of 2011 and if the laptop dock idea takes off it could change the way we use our smartphones.

    • Dimensions: 117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1 mm
    • Weight: 135 gms
    • Display: 4.0 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 960 x 540 pixels
    • OS: Android 2.2 Froyo (Upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread)
    • Processor: Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor
    • RAM: 1 GB RAM
    • Memory: 16 GB internal storage
    • Camera: 5 megapixel camera, 2592х1944 pixels with autofocus and LED flash, front facing VGA camera, video recording 720p
    • Connectivity: GSM, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, microUSB 2.0
    • GPS: GPS with A-GPS support
    • Battery: Li-Ion 1930 mAh
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    HTC Thunderbolt

    HTC Thunderbolt The lightning fast HTC Thunderbolt runs on the Verizon LTE 4G network and has a powerful set of specs backed up by a huge display. HTC has been unleashing a steady stream of top Android phones and they always deliver. The HTC Thunderbolt is the latest to hit the market and there’s little doubt it will make a mark. There are no real gimmicks here, just a powerful Android phone that performs extremely well. It may not have a dual-core processor but it does have a second generation 1GHz processor which significantly outperforms earlier releases.

    • Dimensions: 66 x 122 x 13 mm
    • Weight: 164 gms
    • Display: 4.3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
    • Memory: 8 GB internal storage (32GB card included)
    • OS: Android 2.2 Froyo (Upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread)
    • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon Scorpion processor
    • RAM: 768 MB RAM
    • Camera: 8 MP camera, 3264x2448 pixels with autofocus and LED flash, front facing 1.3 MP camera, video recording 720p
    • Connectivity: CDMA, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, microUSB 2.0
    • GPS: GPS with A-GPS support
    • Battery: Li-Ion 1400 mAh
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    Samsung Galaxy S II

    Samsung Galaxy S II The Samsung Galaxy S was such a hit there was never any doubt that a second version would be released and here it is. This will be one of the top Android phones this year. It will also be the slimmest and lightest smartphone on the market and considering what it has going on inside that’s some feat.

    • Dimensions: 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm
    • Weight: 116 gms
    • Display: 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
    • Memory: 16 GB internal storage
    • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
    • Processor: 1 GHz Samsung dual-core processor (Exynos?)
    • RAM: 1 GB RAM
    • Camera: 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, front facing 2 MP camera, video recording 1080p
    • Connectivity: CDMA, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 3, microUSB 2.0, NFC
    • GPS: GPS with A-GPS support
    • Battery: Li-Ion 1650 mAh

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    Which is the Best Android Phone?

    These are the top Android phones out right now or about to be released. There's one more that deserves a special mention if you are a gamer - the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (otherwise known as the long rumored PSP phone). It matches up quite well in terms of specs but the real attraction for gamers is the slideout PSP controls and branding.

    As for the best Android smartphone it is very tough to look past the Samsung Galaxy S II. It offers more speed and raw power than most of the competition and yet it is light and slim. There will be more to come in 2011 and the world of Android phones is fast moving but for right now go for the Samsung Galaxy S II.

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    References and Images

    • Google, http://www.google.co.uk/nexus/
    • LG, http://www.lg.com/uk/mobile-phones/all-lg-phones/LG-android-mobile-phone-P990.jsp
    • Motorola, http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/Motorola-ATRIX-US-EN
    • HTC, http://www.htc.com/us/products/thunderbolt-verizon
    • Samsung, http://galaxys2.samsungmobile.com/html/specification.html