Android phone comparison

After a slow start, Android phones are now available from all the major carriers. T-Mobile launched its first "Google phone," the G1 in 2008, followed by the Google Nexus One. Sprint and Verizon have followed suit with the Droid Incredible and the HTC Evo 4G. AT&T has also joined the fray. The best Android phones have the most up-to-date software (version 2.0 or higher). Compare Android phones below.
HTC First

HTC First

Reviewed August 2013

The Facebook Home phone is made for Facebook fanatics

Pros: Close to stock Android with Facebook Home disabled, chat Heads app allows texting within other apps, exceptional data speeds

Cons: Mid-range camera, lacks removable battery and microSD card slot

AT&T
99 cents
 
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Reviewed August 2013

Rugged GS4 Active more fun, less techy than its predecessor

Pros: Durable and water-resistant, attractive, colorful design, underwater camera mode

Cons: Lower-quality camera than original, less saturated screen than GS4

AT&T
Est. $200 with contract
 
HTC One

HTC One

Reviewed July 2013

Power-packed, aesthetically pleasing HTC One wows experts

Pros: Sleek, striking design, top-of-the-line hardware, good low-light camera performance

Cons: Normal lighting camera performance only average, blinkFeed home screen unremovable

AT&TSprintT-MobileVerizon Wireless
Est. $200 and up with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Reviewed June 2013

All-encompassing Galaxy S4 impressive and overwhelming

Pros: Large, vibrant display with wide viewing angles, wide variety of camera settings and filters, good reception and 4G connectivity, includes apps for virtually every need

Cons: Plastic chassis feels cheap, long list of settings and features can overwhelm

AT&TCricket WirelessSprintT-MobileU.S. CellularVerizon Wireless
*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
HTC Droid DNA

HTC Droid DNA

Reviewed April 2013

A speedy processor and stunning high-res display make the HTC Droid a winner

Pros: Large, high-resolution display, easy, one-handed use, rapid quad-core processor

Cons: Screen colors slightly muted, no expandable memory

Verizon Wireless
*Est. $200 with contract
 
LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Reviewed April 2013

LG's best phone to date hints at more to come

Pros: Ergonomic, lightweight design, crisp, vivid display, solid construction, powerful quad-core processor

Cons: Limited 4G LTE network coverage on Sprint, lower image resolution on AT&T

AT&TSprint
*Est. $50 and up with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Reviewed February 2013

A sleek profile, large display and powerful processor make the Galaxy Note II a tempting titan

Pros: Responsive , large display, excellent battery life, above-average call quality, lightning-fast quad-core processor

Cons: One-handed use difficult, display can appear slightly washed out

AT&TSprintT-MobileU.S. CellularVerizon Wireless
*Est. $300 and up with contract
 
HTC One X

HTC One X

Reviewed November 2012

"One" of the most powerful Android smartphones

Pros: Large, high-resolution screen, durable, sleek design, excellent call quality, high-end camera performance, speedy processor

Cons: HTC Sense interface doesn't appeal to everyone, size may be too large for some

AT&T
*Est. $100 with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Reviewed November 2012

With the latest tech and a gorgeous display, the GS3 climbs to the top of the Android heap

Pros: Slim profile, large, vibrant screen, excellent call quality, long battery life, impressive camera, latest Android features

Cons: Plastic design instead of metal, s Voice (voice commands) performs poorly

AT&TSprintT-MobileVerizon Wireless
*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
HTC One S

HTC One S

Reviewed November 2012

The stylish, powerful and feature-packed HTC One S fights for flagship status

Pros: Slim, sleek design, excellent camera, good call quality, speedy processor

Cons: No expandable memory, no removable battery, beats Audio feature unimpressive

T-Mobile
Free with contract
 
Kyocera Hydro

Kyocera Hydro

Reviewed October 2012

The Kyocera Hydro is a fine prepaid phone that can survive a dunk in the water (mostly)

Pros: Good call quality, waterproof to 1 meter, eco-mode energy-saving app, android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, minimal bloatware, simple to operate

Cons: Not a 4G phone, weak camera, low screen resolution, slippery when wet, weak external speaker

Boost Mobile
*Est. $100, no contract
 
Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G

Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G

Reviewed October 2012

Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G offers decent mid-range Android features, but suffers from limited MetroPCS network

Pros: Decent photo quality, external microSD support, google Music media player, standard 3.5 mm jack

Cons: Internet connection drops from 4G to 2.5G outside MetroPCS LTE coverage, mixed call quality, bloatware, low-res display

MetroPCS
from $188.88 with new contract
 
LG Lucid

LG Lucid

Reviewed October 2012

LG Lucid keeps price low and performance high

Pros: Bright, colorful display, comfortable, compact design, fast processor, quick 4G LTE speeds, good camera

Cons: Poor call quality, video quality issues, outdated Android software

Verizon Wireless
*Est. $20 with contract
 
HTC Evo 4G LTE

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Reviewed October 2012

Packed with all the power and performance of a flagship smartphone, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is ready for Sprint's LTE network

Pros: High-quality design, excellent camera, good call quality and battery life, powerful processor, intuitive HTC Sense interface

Cons: 4G LTE coverage limited

Sprint
*Est. $200 with contract
 
HTC Rezound

HTC Rezound

Reviewed June 2012

HTC Rezound offers excellent audio quality and a breathtaking display

Pros: Beautiful high-definition display, snappy processor, packed with multimedia features, includes high-quality headphones, improved sound quality with Beats Audio

Cons: Bulky design, battery drains quickly while using certain features

Verizon Wireless
Price too low to display
 
Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Reviewed March 2012

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is light-years ahead of other Android stars

Pros: Beautiful and speedy Android operating system, large, bright screen, fast and responsive

Cons: Mediocre camera performance, spotty 4G signal strength, short battery life

Verizon Wireless
Price too low to display
 
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx

Reviewed March 2012

Droid Razr Maxx offers a worthwhile boost in battery life

Pros: Long battery life, bright, vibrant display, sturdy construction, fast 4G speeds

Cons: Text can appear jagged on screen, may be too large for some users

Verizon Wireless
Price too low to display
 
Motorola Droid Razr

Motorola Droid Razr

Reviewed March 2012

Droid Razr is extra thin, but so is its battery life

Pros: Extremely thin, durable, scratch-resistant design, lots of screen space, fast 4G speeds, good call quality

Cons: Poor battery life, lower screen quality than competitors

Verizon Wireless
Price too low to display
 
HTC Droid Incredible 2

HTC Droid Incredible 2

Reviewed February 2012

Droid Incredible 2 is an improvement, but late to the game

Pros: Long battery life, vibrant, large screen, fast and responsive, world phone

Cons: Single-core processor, no 4G support, bloatware

Verizon Wireless
Free with new contract
 
T-Mobile G2x

T-Mobile G2x

Reviewed February 2012

Speedy T-Mobile G2x catches the flagship title

Pros: Speedy dual-core processor, android operating system, vibrant, responsive screen, excellent multimedia features, high-resolution video recording

Cons: Not the highest-quality screen available, doesn't have fastest version of 4G

T-Mobile
*Est. $150 with contract
 
Samsung Infuse 4G

Samsung Infuse 4G

Reviewed February 2012

Massive yet thin, the Infuse 4G looks good, but lacks real 4G speed

Pros: Large, colorful screen, thin and light despite large size, good camera, good call quality, long battery life

Cons: Slow 4G data speeds, outdated processor

AT&T
*Est. $50 with contract
 
Samsung Replenish

Samsung Replenish

Reviewed February 2012

Affordable and eco-friendly Android candybar phone keeps it simple

Pros: Tactile physical keyboard, recyclable, made of recycled components, good call quality

Cons: No Flash support, slow processor, plastic feel, low-resolution screen

SprintBoost Mobile
from $99.99 with new contract
 
Pantech Crossover

Pantech Crossover

Reviewed February 2012

Affordable Android slider sports physical QWERTY keyboard

Pros: Roomy QWERTY keyboard, great battery life, decent camera

Cons: Mixed call quality, slow data speeds, small display

AT&T
Free with contract
 
LG Phoenix

LG Phoenix

Reviewed February 2012

The LG Phoenix is an excellent entry-level Android smartphone, but it's got stiff competition

Pros: Lightweight and easy to hold, excellent battery life, world phone

Cons: Browser unable to play Flash videos, weak camera that lacks a dedicated button, bloated with non-removable AT&T apps

AT&T
Free with contract
 
LG Thrive

LG Thrive

Reviewed December 2011

AT&T's first prepaid Android smartphone is simple to use and reliable

Pros: Easy user interface, world phone, long battery life, small and lightweight

Cons: Lack of a dedicated camera button, weak camera, unable to play Flash videos in browser, built-in AT&T apps are not removable

AT&TU.S. Cellular
*Est. $150, no contract
 
Motorola i886

Motorola i886

Reviewed November 2011

Nextel's first Android-powered feature phone

Pros: Built to military standards, above-average speaker, android operating system, excellent sound quality

Cons: Weak camera, lacks Wi-Fi capability, slow data-transfer speed, google apps and Android Market unavailable

NextelSprint
*Est. $150 with contract
 
Samsung Droid Charge

Samsung Droid Charge

Reviewed November 2011

Verizon's large and in-charge 4G smartphone

Pros: Fast 4G web browsing and media streaming, call quality, vibrant, high-contrast display, high-quality photo and video output

Cons: Short battery life, older hardware compared to recent smartphones

Verizon Wireless
Free with new contract
 
Samsung Transform

Samsung Transform

Reviewed November 2011

Samsung Transform raises the bar for mid-range features

Pros: Excellent physical keyboard, front-facing camera

Cons: Slow to respond at times, adequate (but not great) screen

Sprint
*Est. $50 with contract
 
Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo

Reviewed November 2011

Dual-screen Android smartphone is more novel than useful

Pros: Dual screens, extra battery included, swype keyboard, multiple operation modes

Cons: Awkward to open, no 4G support, only 500MB built-in memory, runs older Android 2.2 OS

Sprint
Discontinued
 
Samsung Craft

Samsung Craft

Reviewed October 2011

First 4G MetroPCS phone is a mixed bag

Pros: Bright and crisp AMOLED screen, hD video playback capability, good photo quality, standard size headphone jack, roomy keyboard, wi-Fi connectivity

Cons: Sluggish processor, slow 4G connection, limited 4G and 3G coverage, glossy body attracts fingerprints, poor battery life

MetroPCS
$300, no contract
 
Motorola Flipside

Motorola Flipside

Reviewed October 2011

AT&T's Flipside is a cheaply priced smartphone with a spacious keyboard

Pros: Large slide-out keyboard, seamless social integration, cheap price tag, bright, colorful screen

Cons: Poor battery life, hissing sound during calls, poor camera quality

AT&T
Discontinued
 
LG Apex

LG Apex

Reviewed September 2011

The LG Apex is a decent budget Android phone for U.S. Cellular

Pros: Compact handset, crisp screen resolution, user-friendly keyboard

Cons: Lags in performance, even with simple tasks, poor-quality camera, runs outdated Android version 2.1

U.S. Cellular
Discontinued
 
LG Optimus V

LG Optimus V

Reviewed August 2011

Virgin Mobile's Android smartphone delivers great performance for its price

Pros: Price, clear call quality, fast processor, responsive interface

Cons: Cramped screen, browser has no Flash support, can't use as mobile hotspot

Virgin Mobile
from $129.99 with new contract
 
LG Optimus M

LG Optimus M

Reviewed July 2011

LG Optimus M offers optimum features for its price point

Pros: No-contract Android phone, price, good call quality, fine photo quality, sharp and bright display

Cons: Slow data speeds, not Flash-capable, lacks tethering capability, cheap plastic build

MetroPCS
*Est $70, no contract
 
HTC Inspire 4G

HTC Inspire 4G

Reviewed July 2011

Sleek, affordable HTC Inspire 4G lags on 4G data speeds

Pros: Price, large screen, easy-to-use menus, excellent call quality, impressive camera

Cons: Large and slightly heavy, data speeds slow for 4G, battery cover difficult to remove

AT&T
*Est. $100 with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy Indulge

Samsung Galaxy Indulge

Reviewed July 2011

Speedy 4G phone quickly runs out of juice

Pros: 4G LTE connection, fast processor, roomy QWERTY keyboard

Cons: Short battery life, dim display, camera shutter lag

MetroPCS
*Est. $200, no contract
 
Motorola Defy

Motorola Defy

Reviewed July 2011

Motorola Defy's sleek packaging can withstand the elements

Pros: Water- and scratch-resistant, bright touch screen, sleek, yet durable design, wi-Fi calling

Cons: Motoblur interface causes phone to lag, doesn't work on 4G network, wi-Fi calling can cause dropped calls, older version of Android

T-Mobile
Discontinued
 
HTC Evo Shift 4G

HTC Evo Shift 4G

Reviewed May 2011

The Evo Shift is a compact alternative to massive powerhouse smartphones

Pros: Spacious, well-lit keyboard, compact and sturdy build, less expensive than other 4G smartphones, speedy web browsing

Cons: Slow processor, no HDMI output, lacks front-facing camera

Sprint
*Est. $100 with contract
 
HTC ThunderBolt

HTC ThunderBolt

Reviewed May 2011

HTC ThunderBolt's lightning-fast speed zaps battery life

Pros: Fast web browsing, large touch screen with wide viewing angle, high-quality camera, kickstand for video viewing

Cons: Poor battery life when using 4G, occasional bugs

Verizon Wireless
*Est. $100 with new contract
 
Motorola Atrix 4G

Motorola Atrix 4G

Reviewed May 2011

The versatile Motorola Atrix 4G is fast, but not 4G fast

Pros: Responsive interface, large, colorful display, can double as a netbook

Cons: Slow 4G speeds, lags when used with accessory dock

AT&T
*Est. $30 with contract
 
T-Mobile myTouch 4G

T-Mobile myTouch 4G

Reviewed May 2011

T-Mobile's top Android phone brings the speed

Pros: Speedy web browser, wi-Fi calling, hotspot capabilities

Cons: No HDMI output, problems with video calling

T-Mobile
Discontinued
 
Samsung Galaxy S 4G

Samsung Galaxy S 4G

Reviewed April 2011

Samsung Galaxy S 4G takes speed to the next level

Pros: Speedy, 4G web browsing speeds, front-facing camera for video chat, bright, colorful touch screen

Cons: No camera flash

T-Mobile
*Est. $100 with contract
 
HTC Aria

HTC Aria

Reviewed April 2011

HTC Aria shows that good smartphones can come in small packages

Pros: Compact, bright, vibrant screen, fast response time

Cons: Unable to download third-party apps, cramped on-screen keyboard

AT&T
Discontinued
 
Huawei Ascend

Huawei Ascend

Reviewed April 2011

Cheap prepaid Android smartphone sports large touch screen

Pros: Affordable, prepaid Android phone, large touch screen

Cons: Mixed call quality, nonstandard 2.5 mm jack, poor camera, cheap plastic build

Cricket WirelessMetroPCS
Discontinued
 
T-Mobile G2

T-Mobile G2

Reviewed March 2011

T-Mobile's G2 is a worthy Android heir

Pros: Roomy QWERTY keyboard, fast, easy-to-navigate menus, clear call quality

Cons: Slider hinge doesn't lock in place, poor speakerphone quality

T-Mobile
Discontinued
 
Samsung Epic 4G

Samsung Epic 4G

Reviewed February 2011

Speedy Sprint Android phone boasts excellent physical keyboard

Pros: Gorgeous touch screen, fast 4G network speeds, spacious physical keyboard

Cons: Mediocre camera quality, expensive monthly data plan

Sprint
*Est. $100 with contract
 
Samsung Fascinate

Samsung Fascinate

Reviewed December 2010

Feature-packed Android smartphone enhances Verizon line

Pros: Bright, colorful touch screen, mobile hot spot, camera includes LED flash

Cons: Default Bing search engine can't be changed, phone feels slightly flimsy, no front-facing camera

Verizon Wireless
Discontinued
 
HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G

Reviewed August 2010

4G Android smartphone hits a few speed bumps

Pros: Huge 4.3-inch display, first 4G network device, fast downloads and media streaming, doubles as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot

Cons: Bulky, limited 4G coverage, extra monthly fees, convoluted video chat app, paltry battery life

Sprint
*Est. $100 with contract
 
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