Best Android phones

The best Android phones rise above the rest with up-to-date software and excellent hardware design. Whether you want a slim model like the HTC Incredible, or a hulking slab like the Motorola Droid X, there's a great device for you all the major carriers. Most new Android phones have eschewed the hardware keyboard in favor of a roomier virtual keypad, the exception being Verizon's Droid 2, which has both.
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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 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
 
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