The biggest thing in Android right now is Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean.
Ice Cream Sandwich is so 2012.
Right now, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s all about the bean.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Donald Bell, and in this weekÃ¯Â¿Â½s Top 5, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m counting down CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s top five
Android smartphones, ranked by CNET Senior Editor Jessica Dolcourt, that
either ship with Jelly Bean installed, or offer a 4.1 update.
Starting off the list is the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s a very popular phone
with the road warriors because of that long-lasting battery.
You also get that
beautiful 4.7-inch AMOLED screen, and a dual-core processor.
A recent update
brings this tough guy up to Android 4.1, making it one mean bean machine.
At #4: the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
If the Razr Maxx HD just isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t Maxx enough
for you, how about a smartphone with a 5.5 inch screen?
The Note II was one of
the first smartphones to ship with Jelly Bean, and itÃ¯Â¿Â½s on every major U.S.
Personally I feel like a child when I pick this thing up, but if anyone questions
your masculinity on this one, you can always impress them with the size of your
But for the Android fans who want nothing less than the pure Jelly Bean
experience, thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s number 3: the LG Nexus 4.
The latest in GoogleÃ¯Â¿Â½s Nexus-
branded phones runs Android 4.2.1 making it the most cutting edge phone on
this in terms of software version.
And because it receives itÃ¯Â¿Â½s updates straight
from the Google Mothership, youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be able to ride that cutting edge for quite
The #2 phone on this list needs little introduction.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Samsung Galaxy S3,
CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s highest-rated Android phone of 2012 and the product most frequently
mentioned by Tim Cook as he angrily shakes his fist in the air.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s an extremely
popular phone, available on every major U.S. carrier.
The recent infusion of
Android 4.1 just keeps that momentum going.
That said, if you want the best, most powerful Jelly Bean experience out there,
our #1 pick goes to: the HTC Droid DNA on Verizon.
The quad-core Snapdragon
processor on this guy is currently the fastest on any smartphone weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve ever
Add that up with VerizonÃ¯Â¿Â½s 4G, a beautiful 8 megapixel camera, good
battery life, and the fact that it runs Android 4.1 out of the box, and youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got the
best of the beans right here.
So there you go, five killer smartphones running Android Jelly Bean that you can
go out and buy right now.
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