Buying a smartphone is often a confusing jumble of screen resolutions, features, and processors speeds. How can you sort through it all without help? Before you hand over your cash, be sure to check out this list of the 6 best Android phones available in the United States now.
6. HTC One X
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Boasting 32GB of digital storage and 4.7 inch screen, this model is another incredible addition to the already incredible HTC One phones now on the market. The One X’s quad-core processor makes for fast download times and seamless app running. Tech Radar also gave the phone high marks for its HD display and slender width (only 8.9mm).
Sealed Battery Notice: HTC opted to deal with the battery for the One X inside the chassis, meaning you can’t swap it out in the event you can’t find a charger. Updates to the device’s software adjusted default features that devoured battery life during its first launch.
5. Samsung Galaxy S4
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It’s hard to miss the Galaxy S4‘s full five-inch screen and industry-leading Super AMOLED HD resolution. Those features don’t go to waste when paired with the phone’s 13-megapixel camera that also features 1080p video recording. An SD memory card slot to increase device storage is ideal for those users that like to carry their entire record collection with them.
Heavier Home Button: Remember how the Galaxy S3’s home button could breakdown with heavy use? Samsung used a heavier plastic for the S4, which reduces the overall strain on this vital part.
4. Motorola Moto X
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Armed with a power adapter sporting two USB ports, Moto X users can charge their phone and another device at the same time. In addition to convenience, this smartphone’s core features give some of the industry’s longest talk and video streaming times. According to PC Mag’s own studies, the Moto X sustained more than eight hours of Wi-Fi video streaming and over 14 hours of talk time.
Voice Activation that Works: Google Now integration provides a compelling user experience for voice commands and questions. No need to push a button, just call out, “OK Google Now,” and ask away.
3. LG Optimus G Pro
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Want one of the largest screens available in an Android phone? Look no further than the Optimus G Pro’s 5.5-inch HD LCD display. Straddling the tech line between mobile and tablet, this device makes multitasking possible with widgets that make for easy app loading. The phone’s split-screen capabilities, allowing users to run (and view) two programs at once, is ideal for the business world.
Use Two Hands: The phone’s sheer size requires two hands to use. Trying to text with one hand could lead to an expensive drop on an unforgiving concrete sidewalk.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
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Weighing in with an HD screen size of 5.7 inches, the Galaxy Note 3 isn’t a phone, it’s a handset. The phone’s signature S Pen and accompanying S Note app allows users to make handwritten notes, edit photos and other files while syncing them to a home PC. Despite its wide viewing real estate, the device is one of the thinner options on the market with a thickness of just 0.33 inches.
Multiple Color Settings: choose from one of six color settings for optimal viewing when streaming video, flipping through pictures, or reading an e-book.
1. Google Nexus 5
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The Snapdragon 800 processor and 1080p touch screen make the Nexus 5 one of the faster Android phones out there. What really sets the phone apart is its 4.4 KitKat operating system, which integrates with a vast array of Google features, including wireless printing and screen recording.
Slim and Trim OS: KitKat is Google’s lightest operating system yet in terms of memory with just 512MB devoted to it. The weight loss could enable the search engine giant to integrate the OS on many other phones and devices.
Android phones have some of the most desired features for mobile devices on the market today. With so many exciting options to choose from, deciding what phone you want may take more time than you realize.