The 5 Best Android Smartphones [July, 2012]

Now that we’re right smack in the middle of summer, the smartphone market is as hot as it has ever been, especially the Android market where several flagship phones are vying for the hearts and minds of consumers before the launch of the iPhone 5.

In our latest edition of our top five Android smartphones on the market we have lots of familiar faces from last month’s list. However, we also have a change that might ruffle peoples feathers a bit.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE has fallen out of the top five Android smartphones on the market. At least for this month. There are several reasons for this but here’s one for starters. Sprint has yet to launch its 4G LTE network and when it does later this month, it will only be available in five markets in the U.S.

That’s miniscule compared to Verizon’s 4G LTE network that boasts over 300 markets in the U.S. More on that later.

In any event, here are the five devices that we think are the cream of the Android crop for the month of July, 2012.

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE

The Droid Incredible 4G LTE makes its debut on the list.

The presence of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE on this list might come as a shock to many, especially because it replaces the HTC EVO 4G LTE, at least for this month.

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There are some solid reasons behind our move though. First, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE offers a 4-inch display. This is a display size that is perfect for most people and is vastly different than the gargantuan displays found on most Android phones. The display size is a personal favorite of mine.

Second, the price. It’s $149.99 right off the bat at Verizon. Not bad for an on-contract price at launch.

And third, and most importantly, it has a massive 4G LTE network behind it. Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE will have 4G LTE service in five launch cities and there is no telling how long it will take the carrier to roll out the device to most cities.

So those that want 4G LTE and want it relatively soon are safer with the Droid Incredible 4G LTE.

And hey, despite the fact that it doesn’t have a 720p display, it’s a solid device and that’s why we included it this month.

Read: HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Hands-On.

Specifications: 4-inch 540 x 960 S-LCD display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 1700mAh 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: Verizon

4G: LTE

Release Date: July 5th, 2012

Price: $149.99 with New Two-Year Contract

HTC One X

The HTC One X remains a force.

The HTC One X is still a force to be reckoned with, especially with its fantastic camera, speedy processor and a display that is arguably the best available on Android.

AT&T’s 4G LTE network may not be the biggest, but it’s expanding, and those in larger cities have a good chance of seeing it arrive this year if they haven’t already.

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, 2012

Price: $120 with New Two-Year Contract, Buy It At Amazon

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX

ICS has made the Droid RAZR MAXX even better.

The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX was a fantastic phone before it got Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but now that it has ICS equipped, it’s the phone that many consumers out there have been looking for.

It comes with a slim design, a large display, and a huge 3,300 mAh battery that will allow users up to 21 hours of continuous talk time.

For those looking for a Motorola phone or better yet, one of the best Android phones around, the Droid RAZR MAXX is a place to look.

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 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Carrier: Verizon

4G: LTE

Release Date: January 26th, 2012

Price: $99 with New Two-Year Contract, Buy It At Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S III

The Galaxy S III is a top of the line Android smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is still launching in the U.S. due to supply issues that Samsung has been experiencing. It’s currently available on Sprint and T-Mobile with launches on AT&T and Verizon coming later this month.

Those supply issues probably have something to do with the fact that this is an amazing, top-of-the-line Android smartphone that has just about everything someone could want from a smartphone.

Voice assistant? S-Voice, check. Amazing display? Yep. 4G LTE and a fast processor? Yup. Lots of carrier options? You bet.

This is a phone that all Android enthusiasts and those looking to get an Android smartphone should look at.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S III Review: Editors’ Choice.

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 – T-Mobile/Sprint, July, 2012 – AT&T, Verizon, U.S. Cellular

Price: Various, Buy It At AmazonAT&T, Sprint

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Galaxy Nexus remains on the list.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is still one of the best Android phones out there and the Verizon version just got better when it finally got the Android 4.0.4 software.

Those looking to easily customize their smartphone will want to look into the Galaxy Nexus.

In addition, it also helps that it features an HD display, fast processor, and likely, a quick upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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, 2011, Sprint – April 22nd, 2012

Price: Verizon – with New Two-Year Contract, Buy It At Amazon, Sprint – with New Two-Year Contract, Buy It At Amazon, Google – $349.99 Unlocked, Buy It At Google

  

Comments

  1. Androidaholic says

    This is a good list you have here I have the LTE Evo and Love it accept for it not having a removable battery. Luckily for me I live in Houston,Tx. Which only puts me a few days away from LTE Which also means that the Evo is definately a top 5 phone for me. I compared it with the S3 and the S3 has smoother transitions with the extra ram however the screen is not as good as the LTEvo screen.

  2. cant decide says

    The Galaxy s3 is really boring. There are better vids on youtube than this rambling guy

  3. jaydeep singh rajput says

    htc one x is far advance from apple 4s …
    following are some reasons whay htc one x beats apple 4s :-

    1) htc has wide screen 4.7 inch as comapred to 4s 3.4 inch
    2) htc has quard core 1.5 hz whereas 4s has dual core 1 hz
    3) htc has 1 gb ram , 4s has 512 mb

    now u decide which is better smart phone ………………..

  4. mark says

    i have a galaxy note which is now on ics….
    If your looking for a grest browsing experience try this one out…
    The only downfall is the memory… 800 of useable…. Apps eat it and u continually have to open task manager to free some up when playing hd games and such…
    Saying that… I love it… Does what i need it to do perfectly… Worth a look i recon
    :-)

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