The 5 Best Android Smartphones [June, 2012]

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up now that summer is upon us. No, the world of Android phones always seems to catch fire right around summer time and June of 2012 looks to be no different.

In our latest edition of our top five Android smartphones on the market we have a mix of new and old. We also have some phones bowing out.

Last month’s list featured the AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note which has fallen out of the top five and T-Mobile’s HTC One S is no longer in the mix either.

Instead, those have been replaced by two juggernauts that will likely be two of the best-selling Android phones of the year.

So, without further ado, here are the five devices that we think are the cream of the Android crop for the month of June, 2012.

HTC EVO 4G LTE

Sprint’s latest EVO device, the HTC EVO 4G LTE has gotten off to a rough start. It missed its original May 18th release date because of a patent issue which delayed pre-orders and its in-store launch.

However, Sprint has now given it a June 2nd launch date which means the much heralded device will be hitting shelves soon.

It will join the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as one of Sprint’s 4G LTE devices but be weary, Sprint’s 4G LTE network still hasn’t lit up yet.

Still, that shouldn’t take anything away from this device. It’s about as quality as you’re going to find on the Android market.

Read: Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE Review: A Worthy Successor to the Original (Video).

Read: HTC EVO 4G LTE vs. iPhone 4S.

Specifications: 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 S-LCD 2 display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 2000mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, NFC support, gyroscope, accelerometer, HTC Sense 4.0 over Android

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Carrier: Sprint

4G: LTE

Release Date: June 2nd

Price: $199.99 with New Two-Year Contract, Buy It At Sprint

HTC One X

Apple’s patent dispute with HTC not only affected Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE, it affected AT&T’s HTC One X as well. Stock of the One X is scarce at the moment and unfortunately, it’s not because of the device’s popularity.

However, once it’s back in stock, we fully expect this phone to sell well as it is easily the best Android phone available on AT&T’s 4G LTE network and in our opinion, is up there with the best on the market.

Read: HTC One X Review | $199 AT&T 4G LTE.

Read: HTC EVO 4G LTE Vs. HTC One X.

Specifications: 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 S-LCD 2 display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1800mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, NFC support, gyroscope, accelerometer, HTC Sense 4.0 over Android

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Carrier: AT&T

4G: LTE

Release Date: May 6th

Price: $149.99 with New Two-Year Contract, Buy It At Amazon

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX

Looking for an Android smartphone on Verizon? Well, feast your eyes on one of the best the carrier has to offer, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX.

It features a massive 3,300 mAh battery which provides 21 hours of continuous talk time and helps to make sure great daily battery life.

It gets better. That battery? It fits into a nice, slim 8.9mm design.

The Droid RAZR MAXX only stands to improve once Verizon decides to roll out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, something that should happen in June.

Read: Droid RAZR MAXX Review: Insane Battery Life.

Read: Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX vs. Droid 4.

Specifications: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with advanced qHD resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 3300mah battery, mobile hotspot support, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video, 8.9mm thin design

Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Carrier: Verizon

4G: LTE

Release Date: January 26th, 2012

Price: $199.99 with New Two-Year Contract, Buy It At Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III is Samsung’s latest smartphone and it’s set to hit American soil during the month of June. After spending time with it at CES, we think Samsung has cooked up another winner.

From its gorgeous display to its speedy processor to its fully featured software, the Galaxy S III has a bit to offer.

It also helps that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon all look poised to offer the device.

Specifications: 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 resolution, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor (quad-core Exynos processor on international version), 2100mah battery, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, Bluetooth 4.0

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Carrier: Various

4G: LTE

Release Date: June, 2012

Price: $799.99 Unlocked, Pre-Order It At Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Last but not least, rounding out our June list, is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

It features 4G LTE speeds, a high-definition display, and an easily customizable piece of Android software. That’s a combo that makes it worth a look.

Sprint and Verizon’s phone are almost identical now that Verizon has rolled out the device’s Android 4.0.4 update. The only difference is that Sprint’s version of the device offers compatibility with Google Wallet, Google’s mobile payment platform, and Verizon’s does not.

Read: Galaxy Nexus Review.

Read: Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE vs Sprint Galaxy Nexus.

Specifications: 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, zero shutter lag 5MP camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1750mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, NFC support, gyro, proximity sensor, barometer

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Carrier: Verizon, Sprint

4G: LTE

Release Date: Verizon – December 15th, Sprint – April 22nd

Price: Verizon – $49.99 with New Two-Year Contract, Buy It At Amazon, Sprint – $49.99 with New Two-Year Contract, Buy It At Amazon, Google – $399.99 Unlocked, Buy It At Google