For a while, the flow of Google Android devices was pretty slow, but now they're coming out fast and furious. At this pace, it's really no surprise that Android sales are surpassing those of the iPhone. If you're ready to join the party, here is a gallery of some of the latest Android devices to land on Planet Earth.
HTC Evo 4G (Sprint)
The good: The HTC Evo 4G delivered respectable 4G speeds, and the mobile hot-spot feature lets you connect up to eight
devices. The smartphone has a front-facing camera for video chats and
also comes with an 8-megapixel camera with HD-video-recording
capabilities. The Evo ships with YouTube's HQ video player, Android 2.1
with HTC Sense, and an HDMI port. Other highlights include an
extra-large 4.3-inch touch screen and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
The bad: Sprint's 4G network is limited at this
time, making the mandatory $10 premium data add-on tough to swallow for
anyone outside of the coverage area. The Evo lacks support for Bluetooth
voice-activated dialing. Battery drains quickly with 4G.
The bottom line:The HTC
Evo 4G is easily Sprint's best smartphone and one of today's top
Android devices. It also shows the promise of 4G, which will grow as
Sprint's WiMax network expands, but until there's broader 4G coverage,
it's hard to agree with the mandatory premium data add-on fee.
The good: The Motorola Droid X boasts a gorgeous 4.3-inch touch screen and has great multimedia features like an 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture, HDMI output, and DLNA support. The smartphone can also be used as a mobile hot spot.
The bad: Its camera is a bit sluggish. The Motoblur software is a lot
better that it was in prior versions, but it's still not quite as refined as HTC Sense is. It doesn't have a front-facing
The bottom line: The Motorola Droid X
makes another fine addition to Verizon's Android family, bringing with
it a rich multimedia experience and more connectivity features.
The good: The HTC Aria is compact, feature rich
smartphone that runs on Android version 2.1 with HTC's Sense user interface. It has a 5-megapixel camera, GPS, Bluetooth, and supports
Wi-Fi and 3G networks.
The bad: The Aria's
smaller display makes for a cramped onscreen keyboard. Its camera
doesn't have a flash and you can't install non-Market apps.
bottom line: The HTC Aria is a solid, midrange Android
smartphone, but it's a shame AT&T restricts it by blocking Android's
capability to install third-party apps.
The good: The T-Mobile Garminfone offers accurate
driving directions and other advanced navigation capabilities. The
Android-based smartphone also has better messaging and calendaring apps
than its predecessor did.
The bad: The smartphone
has lackluster multimedia capabilities, including a subpar camera.
Battery life is a concern.
The bottom line: The
T-Mobile Garminfone is a huge improvement over the Nuvifone G60, proving
to be a capable smartphone just as much as it is a reliable navigator.
The good: The HTC Droid Incredible is blazingly
fast, thanks to Verizon's 3G network. HTC Sense enhances the features of
Android 2.1, and the smartphone features an 8-megapixel camera and 8GB
of internal memory. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G are all onboard.
The bad: You can't use voice and data at the same
time. The multimedia experience is adequate but still behind the
The bottom line:With its polished design and user interface and blazingly
fast speeds, the HTC Droid Incredible takes pole position as Verizon's
top smartphone and is now the Android device to beat.
The good: The T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide features a
full QWERTY keyboard and the latest version of Android, 2.1, with all
of its capabilities. T-Mobile's customized user interface brings a more
consumer-friendly look and feel to Android, and the carrier includes
some extra apps, like MyTouch Music. The phone's call quality is
excellent and its 3G speeds are impressive.
bad: The Faves Gallery doesn't always display the most up-to-date
information. Its camera photo quality is subpar.
The bottom line:The
T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide isn't the flashiest Android device on the
block, but its midrange feature set and friendly user interface make it a
good choice for first-time smartphone buyers.
The good: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has a
user-friendly design with a brilliant display. The feature set is
generous, the internal performance is fast, and call quality is
The bad: The Sony Ericsson
Xperia X10's data performance was spotty. The Timescape application has
its faults, you must use a third-party app for Outlook calendar syncing,
and the landscape keyboard doesn't work in the messaging app.
The bottom line:The
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 offers a slick, user-friendly design with a
solid feature set and good call quality. Data performance was uneven,
however, and the Timescape application and keyboard miss some details.
The good: The Nexus One has a gorgeous display, a
lightning-fast processor, and a loaded feature set. The enhanced voice
capabilities worked flawlessly, and the phone delivers solid
The bad: Like other Android
phones, the Nexus One forces you to store apps on the internal memory.
The media player remains average, and it's missing some wanted features
like hands-free Bluetooth dialing. Currently, Outlook Calendar syncing
is not available.
The bottom line:It doesn't have all the features we'd like, but the
Nexus One greatly enhances the Google Android family with a fast
processor, good call quality, and improved voice control features.
What's more, we love that all versions of the phone will be unlocked.
The good: The Motorola Droid boasts a gorgeous
display and the benefits of Android 2.0, including a faster Web browser,
Google Maps Navigation app, and better messaging and contact
management. It also offers excellent call quality, long talk time, and
improved speed over previous Android devices.
bad: The QWERTY keyboard feels flat and the dialpad control is
restricted to the home screen. Music and video capabilities still trail
behind the competition. Dual-mode functionality for world-roaming
capabilities would have been a nice addition. The Droid does not support
Bluetooth voice dialing.
The bottom line:Despite some design issues and a couple of
missing features, the Motorola Droid is the most powerful and fastest
Google Android device at the time of its release. It fully embraces the openness of the
Android platform and offers Verizon customers a smartphone that
certainly rivals the other touch-screen devices on the market.
The good: The HTC Hero offers a highly
customizable user interface thanks to HTC Sense. It also improves on
past Android devices with Outlook e-mail, calendar, and contacts
synchronization, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 5-megapixel camera.
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G support are all onboard.
The bad: The smartphone can occasionally be sluggish.
Flash content didn't always work from the Web browser. Apps must still
be downloaded to the phone's internal memory. Media syncing software
would be nice, as would be a file manager.
bottom line:Though it could use a boost in
the performance department, the HTC Hero is feature-packed, bringing some notable improvements and a
highly customizable interface.
The good: The Motorola Cliq XT offers a revamped
media player with well-integrated community and discovery features. The
5-megapixel camera takes excellent pictures, and call quality is great.
The smartphone has 3G and Wi-Fi as well as an HTML Webkit browser with
Flash Lite and multitouch support.
The smartphone runs Android 1.5. Screen size is a bit small. There's
some occasional sluggishness. Pinch-to-zoom gesture doesn't work in
The bottom line:The Motorola Cliq XT is a nice alternative to the
original Cliq, offering a sleeker design and enhanced multimedia
The good: The Motorola Backflip features a fresh
design with a trackpad behind the display for navigating the phone. The
Android device also offers a 5-megapixel camera, extra AT&T
services, and the full spectrum of wireless options.
bad: The Backflip is sluggish at times and spontaneously rebooted
once during our review period. The smartphone is only running Android
1.5. Screen size is a bit small, and we worry about the keyboard's
durability since it's exposed on the back.
bottom line:As AT&T's first Android
phone, the Motorola Backflip offers a unique design but it's rather
lackluster in the features and performance departments. It's a decent
choice if you're upgrading from a feature phone, but anyone looking for
speed and power should look elsewhere.