Smartphones and tablet PCs running the Android operating system are arriving thick and fast. We know it’s a great OS, but with the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson all making devices with it on board, which stand out right now?
Any Android smartphone is going to be great for apps and email, as well as social networking. As its made by Google you know you’ll get Gmail, Google Maps and Google Search, alongside a great range of applications downloadable from the Android Market (yes, including Angry Birds). The interface is simple to navigate and connectivity and other options are a breeze.
With a 1GHz dual-core processor, massive 1930mAh battery and an impressive four-inch qHD touchscreen, the Atrix sets out a pretty mean stall. But most importantly it has optional accessories that can both turn it into a netbook, but also dock with your TV. It really is the way forward.
LG Optimus 3D
The Optimus 3D also has a good 1GHz dual-core processor on board, if a slightly weaker battery than the Atrix. But what’s most impressive is the cutting-edge 4.3-inch 3D touchscreen which adds an extra dimension (quite literally) to gaming, your photos and your videos. There’s even a specific 3D channel launching on YouTube.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
If you’re after something smaller but want full functionality, the Xperia Mini Pro is the answer. Despite being just 92mm high it has a three-inch touchscreen plus a full slide out QWERTY keyboard. And there’s a 1GHz processor under the chassis, which comes in a range of colours.
Samsung Galaxy S II
A real leader in its field, the Galaxy S2 boasts a 1.2GHz dual-core processor beneath a market-leading 4.3-inch super AMOLED touchscreen. There’s also an 8.1-megapixel camera that will also shoot 30fps 1080p full HD video. There’s no gimmicks here – just a super-fast, super slick Android smartphone.
Android tablets are growing in popularity, with the latest versions of the OS finally giving the tablet form factor some love too. The second generation of Android tablets are just arriving and bring a string of big improvements to the first batch, largely in regard to speed and functionality.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Light, thin and regarded by many as the best Android tablet to date, the Tab 10.1 ticks an awful lot of boxes. It has a lovely bright screen, good battery life and runs Android Honeycomb 3.1, designed specifically for tablets. Its powerful 1GHz processor will help it zip along too, while either 16 or 32GB of memory should be enough for most people’s files.
If you’re looking for a slightly quirkier tablet, the HTC Flyer may fit the bill. It uses a slightly older version of Android which has been souped up with HTC’s popular Sense user interface. It is pretty chunky, but has a much smaller seven-inch screen which will be more suitable for some. Best of all it comes with a ‘magic pen’ that allows you to make notes on the screen for documents and affect other supported apps.
These are just a few of the top picks, so be sure to shop around if you don’t see what you fancy here. If you’re on a budget, for example, the likes of the HTC ChaCha, LG Optimus ME and Samsung Galaxy Mini all do the job well. Or if you’re looking an alternative tablet the Motorola Xoom is well worth a look, while both the Sony Ericsson S1 and S2 should be on the way soon – the latter with a truly original dual-screen form factor.
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