There Can Only Be One Winner
So, the $200 question is, which is the best Android smartphone of 2010? Our money and the award would have to go to the HTC Evo 4G for Sprint. It is the clear winner for its 4G WiMAX support, 4.3" display, 8MP camera with 720p HD recording, front-facing camera, and media capabilities (like HDMI). All around, it is a beautiful and speedy phone.
The big winner is also Samsung. More specifically, the phones based upon the Samsung Galaxy S platform with the speedy 1Ghz Cortex A8 Hummingbird CPU. Samsung has managed to release the same core phone with every major US carrier and it has done well, selling 1 million units in the first 45 days thanks to heavy promotion. If the Galaxy S is to your liking and you’re trying to decide, the Sprint Epic 4G is the best phone and the Fascinate from Verizon is the worst since there are definitely better Droid phones for the money.
Another thing to note is that, with the exception of a few phones from the previous generation (Samsung Intercept, HTC MyTouch, and the HTC Aria), all of the phones listed here are excellent in their own right. I wouldn’t hesitate to use any of them and neither should you. They are all priced competitively around the $200 mark and can hold their own against any other smartphone (Blackberry, Palm, or Windows Phone 7) or an Apple iPhone with iOS. This just goes to show the number of top-notch Android phones on the market and the variety of awesome devices.
Bottom-line Winners by Carrier (Sorted Overall):
1st Place Sprint: HTC Evo 4G (Samsung Epic 4G, a close second if you want a physical keyboard)
2nd Place Verizon: HTC Droid Incredible (Motorola Droid X, a close second)
3rd Place T-Mobile: Google Nexus One (Samsung Vibrant second)
4th Place AT&T: Samsung Captivate or Google Nexus One