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Top 10 Android Phones

Updated on May 16, 2013

A review of the Top 10 Android phones currently on the market. The review covers the full range of choices taking into account features, popularity, price and android mobile phone interest.

All phones considered and linked are contract-free (sim-free / unlocked).

#10: Motorola DEFY xt320 Mini Smartphone

If you are after a basic Android phone without a whole bunch of features and a very reasonable price tag, then the Motorola DEFY is for you. Popular Android smartphones for less than $100 are not easy to find, but the DEFY xt320 is a very good choice. It’s lightweight (107g / 3.77oz), yet comes with a good quality 3.2” screen, 3MP camera (with geo tagging) and stereo FM radio. The internal storage is small (512Mb) however this can be extended to 32Gb using via a microSD card.

#9: Sony Ericsson Xperia S LT26i Android mobile

With an internal memory of 32Gb as standard and a 12MP camera offering HD video capture at 1080p@30fps, this mobile phone rivals some best buy cameras! The quality of the Sony Ericsson brand means that you are buying a respectable smartphone with a solid build. The processor speed is awesome (1.5GHz) and the 4.3” screen offers a balance between portability and viewing experience. The camera offers geo tagging, touch focus, autofocus, smile, 3d sweep panorama and image stabilization. So this v2.3 Gingerbread Android is definitely a top 10 choice.

#8: LG P970 Optimus Android Smartphone

The LG Optimus is one of the most-bought android phones on Amazon.com. Why? Because this mobile offers good design and screen size, coupled with a 5MP camera (with geo tagging, face & smile detection) at a very affordable sub-$200 price. Like the Motorola DEFY, the LG P970 is lightweight yet has a decent-sized 4” screen; 2Gb of internal memory; and a respectable 1GHz CPU speed. So, if you want a little more power in your pocket than the Motorola DEFY xt320, but don’t want to spend over $200 on an Android phone, go for the LG P970 Optimus.

#7: HTC One X Android phone

This is currently one of the most popular HTCs on the market, and another Amazon best seller. With a mid-market price, the HTC One X manages to combines the second-fastest processor speed (in our Top 10 android phone review) with generous internal memory (16Gb); an 8MP camera and HD 1080p@24fps video capture as some of its prominent features. The HTC One X’s 4.7” screen is Corning Gorilla Glass protected and it operates on the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. It’s comparatively lightweight at only 130g / 4.59oz, so it won’t wear a hole in your pocket either!

#6: Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Android Smartphone

If you want a full, qwerty pad literally in the palm of your hand, then the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro a great choice. The tiny 3” screened-mobile fits into the smallest of pockets; and for people who really cannot drop the qwerty keypad addiction – the Xperia’s beautiful slide-out pad offers satisfying typing feedback. You get a perfectly adequate 1GHz Scorpion processor; a nice 5MP camera; and an internal memory of 512Mb with a 2Gb card, and expandable to 32Gb.

#5: Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100

The first of three Samsung mobile phones in the top 5 confirms the dominance of this brand within the Android mobile phone market. The Samsung Galaxy Note II’s introduction in September 2012 heralded the arrival of the smartphone-tablet hybrid. This device happily handles everything you want to do, with a considerable degree of comfort, grace and confidence. Ebook reader; notebook, movie player; mp3 player; artist’s jotter; camera; video capture; computer...oh, and phone. With its beautiful 5.5” screen the Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 is big and pretty heavy, but then it is a true multi-functional device. This top 10 android phone gives you a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, an 8MP camera with HD (1080p@30fps) video capture and a starting internal storage of 16Gb. So yes, you may have to pay a little more for this gorgeous piece of kit, but it’s worth it.

#4: Motorola Razr i XT890

With a blistering 2GHz Intel Atom processor, you get some serious power out of this top 10 android phone. The Motorola Razr i XT890 has a beautifully performing 8MP camera (with Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HD movie recording); and a healthy 5Gb of internal storage as standard. Motorola Razr i XT890’s slim profile and smaller than average screen size (4.3”) gives it a lightweight feel. While it’s useful additional HDMI slot, allows you to stream video content from the smartphone to a larger screen. Usefully, like most Motorola’s, the Razr i XT890 has a superior battery charge (20 hours talk time) – combating some of the common complaints about short-battery life on the more modern, app-hungry smartphones.

#3: Sony Xperia Z Android Phone

Out in February 2013, the Sony Xperia Z’s biggest USP is it’s aquaphillic (or non-aquaphobic) qualities. Basically, if you are prone to dropping your phone in the bath, shower, pool (or toilet??) – then get yourself the new Sony Xperia Z Android phone! She is water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes. Being a Sony, you are getting a quality-built smartphone with a large, clear screen (5”), with fast quad-core 1.5GHz processor and whopping 13.1MP camera – offering you Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR and sweep panorama. The Sony Xperia Z Android phone is fairly heavy – weighing in at 146 g (5.15 oz), but with this amount of quality in your pocket, you might just allow it that extra weight allowance.

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#2: Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 Android phone

Although the Samsung Galaxy S-III has been around since May 2012, this smartphone still sells like hot cakes. And it’s easy to see why: large (4.8”), clear super AMOLED screen; 32Gb internal memory; impressive quad-core 1.4GHz processor; and 8MP camera with full HD video (1080p@30fps), geo tagging, touch focus, face & smile detection, image stabilization and a raft of other camera features that would make a DSLR camera green with envy. Couple these features with the fully-intuitive Android user interface, and it’s no wonder that this smartphone has given Apple its biggest competitor headache. Buy the Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 Android phone and you will not be disappointed.

#1: Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500

If you think the Galaxy S III is good, then you are going to love the Galaxy S4. With a slightly larger screen (5”), slightly faster processor (1.6GHz), a whopping 13MP camera and an overall lighter unit, this is the icing on the cake Android phone. The Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 comes with so many features you won’t know where to start. For some really cool features, try the “Dual Shot” camera setting which allows you to simultaneously take a photo of your subject with the main camera and of yourself (with the secondary camera) and then automatically combine the two, to your personal taste. Another feature gives your eyes control over viewing content – i.e. you look down the page, and it automatically scrolls. Very clever! Being new, you will pay a premium, but some keen contract deals are already available.

Summary features of Top 10 Android Phones

No.
Top 10 Android Phone
Weight
internal memory [Gb]
Camera1 [MP]
Video capture
Camera2 [MP]
Screen size (")
Processor (GHz)
Battery (talk time)
Battery (standby)
Release date
10
Motorola DEFY Mini
107g / 3.77oz
0.512
3.15
Yes
vga
3.2
0.6
10
504
Feb-12
9
Sony Ericsson Xperia S LT26i
144g / 5.08oz
32
12
1080p@30fps
 
4.3
1.5
8.5
420
Feb-12
8
LG P970 Optimus
109g / 3.84oz
2
5
720@30fps
2
4
1
6
375
May-11
7
HTC One X
130g / 4.59oz
16
8
1080p@24fps
1.3
4.7
1.7
no data
no data
Feb-12
6
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
136g / 4.80oz
0.512
5
720p
vga
3
1
5.25
340
Aug-11
5
Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100
183g / 6.46oz
16
8
1080p@30fps
1.9
5.5
1.6
16
890
Sep-12
4
Motorola Razr i XT890
126 g (4.44 oz)
5
8
1080p@30fps
vga
4.3
2
20
no data
Oct-12
3
Sony Xperia Z
146 g (5.15 oz)
16
13.1
1080p@30fps
2.2
5
1.5
14
530
Feb-13
2
Samsung Galaxy S III
133g / 4.69oz
32
8
1080p@30fps
1.9
4.8
1.4
11
790
May-12
1
Samsung Galaxy S4
130g / 4.59oz
16
13
1080p@30fps
2
5
1.6
17
370
Apr-13

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    • dashingme profile image

      Mayz 3 years ago from Phoenix

      I was hopping to get new Samsung galaxy S4 this month. Thank you for this hub and the tabulating summary helps. Voted up!

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      iTop10 3 years ago

      You're welcome!

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      Tran Z 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hi, perhaps you should include the HTC One in your list - it tops a vast majority of reviews nowadays.

      Good hub!

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      iTop10 3 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. HTC One is in this review - see #7.

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      iTop10 3 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. HTC One is in this review - see #7.

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      idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

      I've sample the S4 at an electronics shop and I was so amazed, especially on the camera... it's super clear and the phone allows you to do much editing and enhancement. I want an S4, but I will have to earn for that first. :)

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      Douglas Lieth 3 years ago from NYC

      The Galaxy s4 really looks good to me. I think I am going for it!

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      Great hub! I think that the Galaxy S4 is currently the best Android phone on the market right now. However I am excited about the new upcoming Google phone, which is going to be amazing according to recent rumors.

      Thanks for the info!

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      iTop10 3 years ago

      Thanks, Kapilddit. I have used the Galaxy SIII, and am a big fan.

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