Almost from the moment Google released its Android operating system, carriers and manufacturers began cooking up ways to add their own identifying touches to the free, open operating system. Smartphones that feature the "pure" Android experience are relatively few and far between compared with the volume of phones decked out with custom interfaces, but we rustled up some for you here.
The Samsung Nexus S (originally for Sprint, but now also for T-Mobile and AT&T through Best Buy) is Google's flagship Android Gingerbread phone, so there's no surprise here that the zippy smartphone bears a straightforward Android interface.
Morotola, which has gradually dialed down its once-aggressive MotoBlur interface over time, shocked us by leaving it off of the Triumph altogether. With its 4-inch screen, 5-megpixel camera, dual cameras, HD video capture, and HDMI-out support, the Triumph earns the crown as the carrier's most advanced phone.
We'd probably never endorse buying it, but we'd just like to point out that the unlocked Blu Tango is one Android phone we'd expect to see without skins. Since Google offers the OS free to device makers, it's a ready-made option for those branching out into the smartphone business.
Since LG has its own custom interface, it's a little surprising that the Editors' Choice Award-winning T-Mobile G2X modestly runs Android without any additional layers. Originally released globally as the LG Optimus 2X, it's one of the fastest phones on the market, with both a dual-core processor and support for T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network.