The 5 Best Android Smartphones [July, 2011]

The middle of summer is upon us dear GBM readers and you know what that means? We have a plethora of new Android phones out on the market, enough to make your head swivel around and your hair turn gray. Well, it’s our job to make buying a new smartphone as easy as possible and that’s where our monthly list of what we think are the best Android smartphones around comes into play.

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Now, remember, this list is comprised of phones that are currently available on the market here in the United States. That means no Motorola Droid Bionic or Samsung Galaxy S II just yet.

HTC EVO 3D

HTC EVO 3D

Even with those overheating issues, Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D remains one of the best Android devices on the market combining amazing specs with 4G speeds. And guess what? It’s only looking up for the EVO 3D as HTC is going to be rolling out a software update in the near future that unlocks the phone’s bootloader. A fully customizable beast of a smartphone?

It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Specifications: 4.3-inch S-LCD display with qHD resolution (540 x 960), 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, dual 5MP rear cameras with 720p video capture for both 2D and 3D, 1.3MP front facing camera, 4GB of on board storage, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI, DLNA, 1730 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM

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Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Carrier: Sprint

4G: Yes, WiMax

Release Date: June 24th, 2011

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HTC Sensation 4G

HTC Sensation 4G

Along with the HTC EVO 3D, the HTC Sensation 4G is the other spec heavy juggernaut that has come out this summer and it’s not only one of the best Android phones available, it’s the best phone on T-Mobile at the moment. Sorry but the LG G2x has crippling issues at the moment and hasn’t been available in two months. If you can stomach not having 4G LTE or WiMax, the Sensation 4G is probably the phone you want.

Oh yeah, it’s bootloader is getting unlocked as well.

Specifications: 4.3-inch S-LCD display with qHD resolution (540 x 960), 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM 8260 processor, 8MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and 1080p video capture, VGA front facing camera, 1GB of on board storage, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI via microUSB, DLNA, 1520 mAh battery, 768MB of RAM

Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Carrier: T-Mobile

4G: Yes, HSPA+

Release Date: June 15th, 2011

HTC ThunderBolt

HTC ThunderBolt

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The HTC ThunderBolt makes its glorious return to this list after Verizon and HTC finally figured out how to fix the random reboot problem that had been plaguing owners for weeks. If the Motorola Droid Bionic somehow flops, the ThunderBolt will actually be a very viable option for those looking to hop aboard the 4G LTE train.

Specifications: 4.3-inch TFT display (480 x 800), 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear facing camera with 720p HD video recording and dual LED flash, 1.3MP front facing camera, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of on board storage, Bluetooth 2.1 w/ EDR, DLNA, 1400 mAh battery

Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo

Carrier: Verizon

4G: Yes, LTE

Release Date: March 17th, 2011

Motorola Droid X2

Motorola Droid X2

The Motorola Droid X2 might very well be the best 3G smartphone on the market and it’s price has plummeted since last month which makes it even more attractive than it already was. If you could careless about LTE, WiMax, or HSPA+, this is probably the phone that you want to get. Speedy processor, high-res screen, sleek design, and a cheap price tag.

Not bad.

Specifications: 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution (540 x 960), 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 8MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, 8GB of on board storage, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, DLNA, 1540 mAh battery, 512MB of RAM

Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo

Carrier: Verizon

4G: No

Release Date: May 26th, 2011

Motorola Triumph

Motorola Triumph

Virgin Mobile’s Motorola Triumph is the wild card of the group but it’s hard to overlook at phone of this caliber that is available for a mere $300 off-contract. It has a slim design, HDMI, large display, and best of all, you don’t need to sign your name on a two-year contract in order to get it. That package is exciting to us and it should probably be pretty exciting to you too.

And yes, you can grab one at Best Buy right now, but you’ll need to wait until July 20th in order to activate it.

Specifications: 4.1-inch display (480 x 800), 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear facing camera, VGA front facing camera, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, 1400 mAh battery, 512MB of RAM

Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo

Carrier: Virgin Mobile

4G: No

Release Date: July 20th