The Friday Debate: What’s your favorite Android device?

May 10, 2013

We are all mobile geeks, here at Android Authority. We love everything with a power button. We like to comment the latest news and endlessly argue over which phone is better. On the Friday Debate, we pick a hot issue and proceed to discuss it. Join us!

We discuss Android all day long. We obsess over leaks, rumors, specs, features, apps, designs, and prices. We spend too much time with various Android gadgets. But we rarely stop to think about which Android device is the closest to our hearts, and what makes it so special.

In this week’s Friday Debate, we talk about our favorite Android devices, and we invite you to share your own experiences. Join us!

Derek Ross

My favorite Android device is the Nexus 4. Sure, the Nexus 4 is 6 months old, which some might consider obsolete by technology standards (hey Moore!) but, it’s still a top tier phone for many reasons. What about the screen? In a world of 5 inch, 1080p devices, the Nexus 4 is a little lacking. Once again, the Nexus 4 is over 6 months old. A lot has changed in the last 6 months. If I had to choose a downfall of the Nexus 4, it would be the display. This minor con doesn’t outweigh the pros though.

The Nexus 4 is stock Android. It’s clean, uncluttered, Android, built on Google’s vision for Android and nothing more.

Besides, stock Android, being a Nexus device has a few perks. Nexus devices are the first to receive the latest version of Android when they start to roll out. For example, we’re hearing reports that Android 4.3 is right around the corner. Do you think your HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 will be getting 4.3 anytime soon? No way in hell. However, the Nexus 4 will be rockin’ out with Android 4.3 in no time.

If you’re into customizing your Android devices, there’s no better device to do it on than a Nexus device. The development community swarms Nexus devices. For me, this is the number one perk. Also, Google releases plenty of tools and code for developers and tinkerers to build their own software for Nexus devices. And, if you happen to break something, no worries, Google provides factory images for you to go back to that out of box experience.

Besides software, the Nexus 4 is a gorgeous device on the outside. It’s sleek and sexy. Sure, many people complain about the back of the phone being made of glass, but that isn’t a big deal for some. There’s always cases and good ole tender loving care.

When in doubt: Keep Calm and Nexus 4.

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Darcy LaCouvee

I remain unable to shake my affinity for AMOLED displays. I just love having those OLED lasers burn into my retinas….

Top devices, for me – and for you too, even if you don’t realize it – are the Galaxy Note 2 (3), LG’s Optimus G Pro, the Oppo Find 5.

Big devices, if you can handle the heat, are the only way to fly. Some super exciting devices are in the pipe too, and I expect Motorola, Sony, and LG to make strong resurgences. That being said, Chinese manufacturers keep raising cost/benefit ratio, and are aggressively vying for market share by having epic tech inside, at price points that would bankrupt most companies. Honorable mention goes to Meizu, Oppo and Xiaomi.

What’s keeping them from coming to North American / European shores is the cost the FCC dumps on them, and the fact that they are absolutely terrified of being sued by incumbent patent trolls hell bent on extracting dough for the 1%.

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Robert Triggs

Any Android “device”? Well then I’m going to have to say the Miniand MK808 tops my list.

There may be a ton of decent smartphones and tablets to pick from, but I don’t think any other device has as many uses as the MK808, and especially not for the price.

I recently bought one of these and a cheap 27″ 1080p monitor for my living room, since I didn’t have a TV. It might not be a hardware powerhouse, but it brings everything I want into my living room for a fraction of the cost of a web-enabled HDTV.

I can stream movies saved on my PC, browse the web on a big(ish) screen from my sofa, and to sweeten the deal I have it running an N64 emulator with Bluetooth controllers hooked up. No cables, no TV license, no hassle.

To top it all off, it only costs $84.00 with shipping. In my opinion, it’s a product which is pretty hard to beat.

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Bogdan Bele

If I can choose any Android device, I’ll pick the Nexus 7 tablet, as it’s the one I like using the most (at the moment, at least).

Although it’s not a new device anymore (and I’m looking forward to the new one, when it arrives), I still love the good hardware, coupled with the stock Android experience and timely updates.

I also like the fact that it’s a 7-inch device, so it’s very easy to carry around, as well as to read books and play games on, as well as to have on-hand, for quick Google queries. From that point of view, it comes in handy when not remembering “where I’ve seen that guy before” during a movie.

All in all, a great device, at a very good price.

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Brad Ward

There are a lot of Android devices out there. Between tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles (e.g. OUYA and Gamestick) and more. It makes it difficult to pick a favorite. However, having used the Note 2 and Nexus 10, I’ll have to go with those two.I actually wanted to put the Nexus 4 on my favorites list. I love good ‘ol stock Android, but as someone who enjoys larger phones like the Note 2, the real estate available on the Nexus 4 won’t do for me, and that’s why the Note 2 is a favorite for me. I’m still holding out hope for a Note-like Nexus device though!As for the Nexus 10…it’s an all around great device, and quite possibly one of the best tablet’s on the market. Buttery smooth performance, great hardware, stock Android, fast updates — could it get any better?

All of that said, I’m looking forward to the new device that are currently in the pipeline. Between rumors of a new Nexus 7, more Nexus stuff from LG and Motorola’s rumored X Phone, 2013 is going to be an exciting year.

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Joe Hindy

This is actually a really tough one for me! In my personal experience with Android, I use them for two main purposes. First as a phone and second as a media device. Currently, I use an HTC One and a Logitech Revue and, believe it or not, it’s a toss up!

The HTC One is probably my favorite phone of all time. Super fast, super gorgeous, super nice screen. Great size, fun features (like the IR Blaster, which I just programmed to my TV last night, actually), and just an overall positive experience. It is pretty much everything I wanted in a smartphone.

However, the thing I use the most is my Logitech Revue. Between Netflix (thanks again for corrupting me and making me get it, +Nate Swanner), and my personal content, I use it pretty much as a main source of entertainment. More so than cable, which I only use these days to watch hockey games.

So give me one second, I’m going to flip a coin. HTC One heads, Logitech Revue tails. One sec…and it’s tails (here’s the pic). I think this speaks to the power of Android where a dual core device that’s well over 18 months old can still provide as much entertainment and use as a phone released 3 weeks ago. The HTC One is still my second favorite device.

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Adam Koueider

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that my favourite Android device is the Nexus 7. Before it arrived I was deeply attached to my Galaxy S3, but now I barely touch my S3.

Not only is it perfect for book reading, gaming, typing and everything between, but it is a device that you just feel so comfortable using. I don’t know if it’s the size, or the “leather glove” like back, but when I look to do anything that isn’t a call or text message and my S3 and Nexus 7 are both on the table, I know which one I would reach for.

It’s not the fastest device, neither does it have the best screen, but luckily this isn’t about the best device. Because my favourite Android device is the Nexus 7 and being the first to recieve updates, well let’s just count that as a bonus.

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David Gonzales

Acer Iconia B1 tablet, before the design update. It’s affordable, portable, and powerful enough for most tasks.

It has made me want to keep a close eye on the market for 7-inch tablets even more. 10-inches kind of feels awkward now, unless I have an entire table or at least a large flat surface to my disposal.

7-inches is the sweet spot, I think, and I’m sure many others will agree. Now I don’t have to worry about all the extra size and weight.

I kind of miss the battery life offered by my larger tablet, though.

Pictured above: the Acer Iconia B1

What is your favorite Android device of all times? And why do you love it so much?

Comments

  • Will Stewart

    Galaxy S2 – it really showed what Samsung & Android were capable of and it’s still a great phone even today.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kate.perry.545849 Kate Perry

      Also consider the new Novo 8 Discovery, an 8″ mini iPad size Android tablet that surpasses most features of the new Acer Iconia A1 and runs only $155 and is one of the first tablets to work with the new low priced $35 Miracast HD wireless adapter – which lets you stream movies and video and play video games on to an HD TV — similar to Apple’s AirPlay system, but costs a lot less

      • disk Latvia

        Looks good on paper but generally these things are bug ridden and prone to break down

      • Will Stewart

        The problem is nobody have heard of them before. I’ve brought goods directly from China before and going through Chinese sites you get a feeling its fake, even though it might be real.

  • MasterMuffin

    Galaxy Nexus with it’s huge screen at the time and wasn’t it the first HD smartphone? Only drawback was the camera, but otherwise I’ll put it as #1 because it’s the device I’ll always remember

    • http://twitter.com/L33tMeister That’s me!

      Actually, Galaxy Note was released one month before Galaxy Nexus and it had, for its time. a huge HD screen.

      • MasterMuffin

        Yes, Note in October 2012 and GN in November, but Note was a phablet

        • disk Latvia

          2012? I think you mean 2011

          • MasterMuffin

            That’s what it says ;) Edited the typo out :D

        • districtjack

          LG Optimus LTE was the first HD screen on a phone back in 2011. In the U.S. it is called the LG Nitro HD. The most awesome phone I have ever owned. Came with gingerbread and was updated to ice cream sandwich.

  • http://www.thinkingbrian.com/ ThinkingBrian

    I wish I could say that its my Galaxy Nexus that take everywhere, but I can’t. The battery not charging past 89% and draining fast is driving me nuts. But even if it was working right, I would actually have to say its my Nexus 7 over my MK808B. I use my Nexus 7 everyday for web, email, apps, games and more with the exception of watching movies or tv shows. It doesn’t work for tv shows and movies right…too white. Good devices.

  • osc707

    GNote 2, best Android out, until GNote 3

    • Guest

      Oh by the way — I got my Novo 8 Discovery through T a b l e t S p r i n t — which also adds in $25 in Bonus Apps — including Shadowgun and an MS Office Suite program

    • Guest

  • http://twitter.com/cheidt76 Christopher Heidt

    Right now, it’s a toss between my Nexus 7 and my LG Optimus Vu (which is an awesome quad core, 5″ phone, once you get used to the 4:3 ratio!), but I’d have to say the N7 is my absolute favorite. Now if I could just get my hands on a Note 2, that might change…

  • Arthur Vincent Simon

    Once you start using(and loving) the Note 2, you can never go back to smaller screens.

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

      I actually think that’s what happens. Once you go big you never go back.

  • http://twitter.com/durn_antonio Antonio Durán

    Hi! Hmmm very hard, I love all Android devices, but I’m fanatic to Samsung, in fact, I have a SGS3 GT I9300 and my next device going to be a SGS4 but, with Snapdragon processor, I don’t want to know about Exynos, because: Exynos bug, sudden died and does not support 4G network. Best regards and great article! ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/chirabrata.bhattarjee Chirabrata Bhattarjee

    Sony XperiaZ

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.long.370177 Mark Long

    Galaxy S4, and here in about 5 months, probably the Note3. Love everything about the S4. Never tried either Notes, I think they may be to big. I typically upgrade every year to the new Galaxy S series phone and haven’t been disappointed yet.

  • http://TabletAndroidBR.com/ Humberto R.

    Galaxy Note 10.1

    The display could be better, but it is fast as hell, light, battery life is outstanding( 11+ hours) and that s pen is fantastic (I’m a hard user of lecture notes). That multi window feature is also very very useful. This tablet has all features I think a tablet should have.

  • Mr Mop

    HTC Status <3

    /s

    Anyway, to seriously answer the question, the Nexus 7 would be my pick because of the awesome screen, latest Android updates, great performance, comfortable to hold, and it's cheap (in price).

  • CommentatusMaximus

    My Galaxy Nexus is still going strong.