The Best Android Smartphones – Coming Summer 2011

CES, the Mobile World Congress and CTIA have all come and gone and the summer fast approaches. And you know what that means right? There are about to be some awesome Android phones on the market.

Unfortunately, choosing just one can be difficult and that’s why we wanted to share the five that we think are the five best Android handsets that will be coming out in the next couple of months.

The Best Android  SmartPhones – Summer 2011

HTC EVO 3D

HTC EVO 3D

The HTC EVO 3D is the successor to Sprint’s original HTC EVO 4G that was released last June. Announced at CTIA back in March, the EVO 3D is going to be an absolute beast of a phone and will be the carrier’s first WiMax device with not only 3D capabilities but with a dual-core processor as well.

Sprint’s newest WiMax offering will also come equipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box with the new HTC Sense 3.0 on top of it. It also has 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot support and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.

Sprint has yet to announce an official release date but Best Buy just started taking pre-orders for the device which means a release can’t be too far off in the distance.

Specifications: 4.3-inch S-LCD display (540 x 960), 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, dual 5MP rear cameras for 3D, 1.3 MP front facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1730 mAh LiIon battery.

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Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0

Carrier: Sprint

4G: Yes, WiMax

Release Date: Summer, 2011

HTC EVO 3D Hands On Video:

 

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II is the successor to the original Galaxy S line of phones that debuted last year and boy, does the Galaxy S II blow the original out of the water. If you want top of the line hardware on your phone, this is the Android device you should be looking at.

Dual-core processor? Check. Large, high res display? Yup. Two high quality cameras? You bet. Oh and it also comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box and boasts an extremely thin design. (It’s under 10mm thin.)

The Galaxy S II is currently available in Korea and just hit Vodafone in the United Kingdom. It will gradually hit more markets over the next few months. As for a release in the United States, it should be coming to T-Mobile at the very least.

Specifications: 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus  (Gorilla Glass) display (480 x 800), 1.2GHz dual-core XMM6260 processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 8MP rear facing camera with 720p and 1080p video capture capabilities, 2MP front facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1650 mAh LiIon battery.

Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung TouchWiz

Carrier: Many

4G: Unknown

Release Date: Released in Korea and UK, other markets over next few months

 

Samsung Droid Charge

Samsung Droid Charge

Originally announced back in January at CES as the unnamed Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone, the Samsung Droid Charge was finally made official just a few weeks ago and given an April 28th release date only to see it pushed back due to Verizon’s nationwide 4G LTE outage.

The Droid Charge will be the first Samsung Droid-branded phone and it will likely be the second 4G LTE offering from Big Red after the release of the HTC ThunderBolt back in March.

No word on when the Droid Charge will launch but Verizon has fixed their network and it just showed up at Amazon, so it should likely hit shelves soon.

Specifications: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen (480 x 800), 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 8MP rear camera with LED flash and auto-focus, 1.3 MP front facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1500 mAh LiIon battery.

Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo

Carrier: Verizon

4G: Yes, LTE

Release Date: Unknown (Originally was April 28th)

Droid Charge Hands On Video:

LG Revolution

LG Revolution

The LG Revolution will be the third or fourth (depending on when the Motorola Droid Bionic comes out) 4G LTE handset for Verizon and has been rumored to be the first Android phone that will be shipping with full Netflix support.

It’s going to come with a single-core, second-generation 1GHz Snapdragon chip set for a processor, the same processor found in the HTC ThunderBolt and a spacious 4.3-inch display. The main draw here is the high quality Netflix streaming that supposedly will come along with it.

LG and Verizon have remained mum on a release date but May 25th has popped up as a possible date that we could see the Revolution hit Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Specifications: 4.3-inch TFT display (480 x 800), 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear camera with LED flash and exposure control, 1.3 MP front facing camera, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 1500 mAh LiIon battery.

Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo

Carrier: Verizon

4G: Yes, LTE

Release Date: Unknown



Samsung Infuse 4G

Samsung Infuse 4G

The Samsung Infuse 4G is an HSPA+ 4G device for AT&T that employs a gargantuan 4.5-inch screen which certainly makes it standout amongst the upcoming Android crowd. It’s also going to come with a huge battery, a speedy single core processor and a fantastic camera.

It should also come at a pretty affordable price as well with $179 looking like a possible starting point for the price tag.

Later this week, AT&T and Samsung are going to be hosting an event that very well could be an announcement about the availability of the Samsung Infuse 4G which is expected to launch sometime this month.

Specifications: 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (480 x 800), 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor, 16GB of on board storage, 8MP rear camera with LED flash and auto-focus, 1.3MP front facing camera, and a 1750 mAh LiIon battery.

Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo with TouchWiz

Carrier: AT&T

4G: Yes, HSPA+

Release Date: Unknown

Comments

  1. Larry says

    What about the Droid Bionic? The first Bionic was cancelled, but Moto and others have said a new one is coming out. The first one, was already a beast with a dual core processor. The Targa aka new Bionic, should hit stores in the Summer as well, and that is supposed to be one hell of a device!

  2. Benjaminrau2 says

    I have been using an Infuse for a bit under a week, and while the display is indeed gorgeous, the phone is a bit large, and there is no bluetooth voice dial and none planned for upgrades according to Samsung.

  3. Benjaminrau2 says

    I have been using an Infuse for a bit under a week, and while the display is indeed gorgeous, the phone is a bit large, and there is no bluetooth voice dial and none planned for upgrades according to Samsung.

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