What’s the Next Best Android Superphone? What Phone Can Dethrone the Samsung Galaxy S II or the Motorola DROID Bionic?

August 31, 2011
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Ah, Samsung Galaxy S II, who will stand in your way? You who have conquered the world with your alluring specs, is there anyone mightier that can smite your powerful claim over the hearts of many around the world, and those of the forthcoming many Americans?

Let’s forget about the legal demons hounding you for now. Let’s set aside for now your flustered feathers after Verizon snubbed your seductive charms. Let’s quiet for now that fear of natural forces conspiring against you in the form of the likes of Hurricane Irene.

As for you, Motorola DROID Bionic, you mighty power incarnate, despite the many hearts you have broken and have kept waiting–hearts smashed into a million pieces–you have kept the hopes of thousands because of the promise of power. Your promise of that quiet and serene land where device performance is smoother than a calm lake’s surface has kept thousands waiting, hoping–patiently, agonizingly, and faithfully–for fulfillment. You, whose shadow is just at the threshold of Verizon Wireless, just might have your enemies following closely hot on your heels.

Who are your enemies, Samsung Galaxy S II and Motorola DROID Bionic?

There are 5. And, they are powerful. If the reputation that precedes them turns out to be real.

Motorola DROID HD

Image credit Engadget, with Motorola Droid HD on the right

If this is not the famed Motorola Dinara, then it probably is a milder version of the rumored Motorola Dinara. According to gossip, the Motorola DROID HD is almost of the same thickness as the Samsung Galaxy S II and has a slightly bigger screen than the Samsung Galaxy S II’s. Its display resolution is said to be at least qHD, although it is also likely to carry the same resolution as the HTC Vigor (720p).

Apart from those, the Motorola DROID HD’s power also comes from the following:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • SIM slot
  • microSD slot
  • 8-megapixel primary camera
  • 1080p HD video capture
  • removable battery

Very little is known of this enemy, save for the leaked photos suggesting the Motorola DROID HD’s potential for both fame and glory.

HTC Vigor

Image Credit Droid Life

With its incredibly DROID Incredible-inspired looks, the HTC Vigor carries a name that does no justice to the rumored power that it wields. Its 720p display alone is worth giving attention to. But, that’s just the tip of the rumored iceberg, the rest of which includes the following:

  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (dual-core)
  • 4.3-inch HD (1280×720) touchscreen
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 8 MP primary camera
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Technology
  • HTC Sense 3.5

The HTC Vigor’s strength is of Thunderbolt fame, and precisely for that reason, rumor has it replacing the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon Wireless this October 5.

HTC Holiday

Image credit Engadget

Pardon HTC’s inability to give interesting names or codenames for its devices, but the HTC Holiday’s rumored specs just might make the Samsung Galaxy S II or Motorola DROID Bionic want to go on a real holiday. With a rumored 4.5-inch qHD-resolution screen and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor ticking at 1.2 GHz, every other rumored hardware component on HTC Holiday will seem like gravy.

Besides the monstrously strong processor and lovely screen, the HTC Holiday also has the following in its luggage as it journeys towards its rumored destination–AT&T:

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8-megapixel primary camera
  • 1.3-megapixel secondary camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • HTC Sense 3.0

That’s superphone power that no photo of its cracked screen could deny.

HTC Ruby / HTC Amaze 4G

Image credit: Pocketnow

While Samsung looks up to the sky for inspiration for its Galaxy S II, HTC looked deeper into the bowels of the earth and unearthed a gem: the HTC Ruby. Said to transform into the awfully sounding HTC Amaze 4G when it hits T-Mobile on October 26, here are the reasons why the HTC Ruby’s glitter will be worth an HTC Amaze 4G:

  • 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (960×540) resolution
  • HTC Sense UI
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8-megapixel primary camera
  • 2-megapixel secondary camera
  • Bluetooth 3.0 support
  • 4G capability
  • Dedicated physical buttons for camera shutter release and video capture

Nexus Prime

This phone is none other than the Samsung Celox, aka the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE

Two Samsung devices are currently confounding Android gossipers among us, as far as the Nexus Prime is concerned. One is the Samsung SCH-I515, rumored to wear the Samsung DROID Prime name tag when it hits Verizon. The other one is the Samsung GT-I9250. Both are destined for Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with the latter device more likely to turn into Google’s next flagship reference phone, the Nexus Prime.

Samsung wanted to keep speculations and rumors about the Nexus Prime under wraps. But, can your human fist hold the smoke coming out of a fire? Here’s the GT-I9250-instigated fire that caused some alarm bells to ring in Samsung headquarters, and madly furious typing from Android prophets and soothsayers:

  • Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with its famed 180% increase in performance over Android 3.x Honeycomb)
  • 4.65-inch (other sources say 4.5-inch) Super AMOLED Plus (or even HD) touchscreen
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 (or 4460) dual-core processor clocked anywhere between 1.5 GHz and 1.8 GHz
  • 1280×720 HD display resolution
  • at least 1.0 GB of RAM
  • at least 32 GB of internal storage

And, why, I ask myself, does Samsung want to keep the Nexus Prime off the radar? Simple: the Samsung Galaxy S II hasn’t fully quenched its thirst for domination yet. With talk spreading like wildfire about the Nexus Prime, people might start bending their knees in adoration of a distant god that is yet to come to Verizon.

Quo Vadis, Samsung Galaxy S II and Motorola DROID Bionic?

Motorola Droid Bionic 4.3 Inch Super LCD with qHD resolution vs the Samsung Galaxy S II's incredibly vibrant Super AMOLED Plus Display at 800x480 resolution

And so, drink to your fame and glory–for now–Samsung Galaxy S II, for each sunrise and sunset brings closer that other wonderphone that will push you away from the seat of power. But, rest assured, dear Samsung Galaxy S II, that when the time comes, your memory will be a happy one and will leave a lasting mark upon the hearts and minds of the many earthlings whose senses you have delighted with your uninhibited display of Android power.

As for you, Motorola DROID Bionic, keep your promises. You have kept many of your ardent lovers waiting. That is the only way for you to vindicate your maker’s name, that maker who has fallen from grace lately and who needs the redemption that the fulfillment of your promises can provide. That is the only way for you to share in the Samsung Galaxy S II’s glory–before thine enemies snatch it away as quickly as they arrive. That is the only way for you to prove that many people’s waiting was not in vain.

(Read more about the earth-shaking battle between the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola DROID Bionic.)

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