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The 5 Best Android Smartphones [June, 2012]

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Instead, those have been replaced by two juggernauts that will likely be two of the best-selling Android phones of the year.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

10 Comments

  1. Jonnyboi

    06/02/2012 at 6:08 am

    “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.”

    I am tired enough as it is but I will be wary of any further misspellings

    Thanks for the write up and the videos.

    • LOL

      06/26/2012 at 12:14 am

      LOL no-lifer. Also, 100% virgin.

    • LOL

      06/28/2012 at 3:24 pm

      Can I have your virginity?

  2. alvaro

    06/30/2012 at 10:07 pm

    i already have galaxy s2 one..very nice smartphone even compared to iphone 4.as per my knowledge Samsung is one of the most innovative company in the world now. ~ $40 billion into R&D (2012) is a huge investment. Samsung has just claimed a breakthrough in graphene development, by creating a semiconductor from the material. check Galaxy S II Price Guide: Which has the highest resale value and why? .next, plan to get one galaxy s3..hope this smart galaxy s3 will be more powerful..

  3. DHendricks

    07/10/2012 at 1:11 pm

    Why doesn’t somebody do a review of “best smartphones more than 6 months old”? I’ve had my Samsung Galaxy S2 for 9 months and am happier with it today than the first week I bought it (and I was pretty darned happy then). It’s my first Android phone and with the gorgeous screen and ease of use, I am doing so many things I never thought I’d be able to do on a phone. I bought a second battery in a small case which I keep charged and in my purse, so I’m never worrying about my battery running out at an inconvenient time. The S2 has become my diary, my primary entertainment device (more than my tablet), my email workhorse, my device for taking notes or recording conversations in meetings, etc. — not to mention a great phone. I’m not interested in upgrading to something newer and cooler; and frankly I don’t understand this culture in which teens and 20-somethings go out and buy new phones every few months. How mature do you have to be before you realize that in today’s technology, the minute you walk out the door with your device, there’s something more amazing & innovative getting ready to debut? I guess I just answered my own question — no one would be interested in a survey of smartphone performance 6 months after purchase because apparently nobody keeps their phones that long, so what would be the point? Oh well, thank you Samsung for the S2, and keep up the good work. You’ll definitely get brand loyalty from me!

    • Emily

      07/11/2012 at 9:41 am

      Well I’m sure there are plenty of reviews for smartphones that are no longer the newest product. Personally, I am going to be making my first smartphone purchase soon, and I do want to get one that is considered one of the best at the moment. I do agree that if you are upgrading your phone everytime a new and better smartphone comes out that is ridiculous. There’s no need and it’s sure to cost you a lot of money! But if you are due for an upgrade, why wouldn’t you want the best that is on the market? I am looking at the Galaxy SIII. It seems like a great phone and is clearly one of the best out right now. The One X also seems like a great phone, but unfortunately I am a verizon customer. I also would be interested in a DROID, but none on the market are tempting enough to best out the SIII. A new DROID will probably be coming out soon, but I am not going to wait around for that. I’m not an apple iPhone fan, but if I was I would hold out for the iPhone 5 since it’s sure to be out this fall. Anyway, it’s nice the SII works for you and I think there is no reason you should get a new smartphone. It is still a great phone! However, other people do want to learn about what is the best right now and if you’re starting a new contract, you probably will fork over for the current best.

  4. Ferry Kagchèl

    07/11/2012 at 2:42 pm

    Nice sum up of all the smartphones.

  5. Chucky Chuckie Chuck

    09/18/2012 at 6:26 pm

    Im currently using HTC G2 & cant wait for my contract is up.. I wanna get a phone with video chat

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