The Best Android Phone in 2011

by: Darcy LaCouveeFebruary 2, 2011

The development of technology has hit near insanity. Only one year ago, a 550Mhz Phone like the Motorola Droid was considered a hot piece of kit. Today, people are going ballistic for dual core 1Ghz to 1.2Ghz phones with shockingly high resolutions, massive 1930mAh batteries, and a jaw dropping 1 gigabyte ram on board to handle the users every whim.

That being said, everyone wants to know: What is the best Android Phone in 2011? It’s hard to definitively say this before World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, but as it stands right now, in the beginning of January 2011, and after all the CES madness, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect for the next 6-8 months or so.

The Best Android Phone in 2011:

It is this author’s personal opinion that the most rocking, and technologically sophisticated phone in the world is going to be the Samsung Galaxy S II i9100. The phone is absolutely ridiculous. It’s packing incredible hardware, a beautifully appointed screen, some cool new goodies for expansion and use down the road (MHL – Mobile High Link Interface for charging with future HDMI cables through your HDTV), and a really solid, large battery. It is the Android Phone of Android Phones! Plus, it is rock solid, having received near military grade construction via Corning’s Gorilla Glass which is almost impossible to break. To make it even more enticing, it’s the most powerful phone in the world, the thinnest phone, and features arguably the most advanced, most amazing display – Super AMOLED Plus.

Check out the specs on this ridiculous phone below:

The Best Superphone of 2011: the Samsung SII (Samsung S2)

After months and months of teasing, and through digging through rumor after rumor, the Samsung Galaxy SII finally looks like the real deal. This phone has everything a superphone should have, and more. Featuring a super svelte 8.49mm profile, it feels sublime in the hand. With a massive 4.27 inch SAMOLED display, colors literally appear to pop right off it. To top things off, it can record in 1080p video via its delightful 8 megapixel camera. Finally, to truly seal the fate of our techno-lust, it packs an incredible Dual Core Orion processor, which is reputed to have performance superior to that of the Dual Core Nvidia Tegra 2. A very tempting proposition indeed.

According to Sylvia Chind, the Head of Branded Devices, Samsung is very much interested in increasing the number of handsets with Gingerbread on board. The runaway success of Samsung Galaxy S demonstrated to them the viability of success in selling Android Smartphones, and they are eager to grow this end of their business. They are even more excited in launching the Samsung Galaxy SII. The Samsung Galaxy SII is the slimmest one yet built and with the latest in mobile screen technology. The screen is the (Soon to be famous) Super Amoled Plus display. Thankfully, it is also built with the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which features significant upgrades over 2.2, and enables faster performance.

The Samsung Galaxy S II features an industry leading Super AMOLED Screen

Quick Profile

Some of the key features of the Samsung Galaxy SII are its 4.27” Super AMOLED display, its 8 mega pixel camera with 1080p video and LED Flash, a convenient front facing 2 megapixel camera, 16GB memory, a 1650mAh battery to support the dual core processor, Full HD recording and playing, a very slim body made of metal, Bluetooth 3.0, and a Dual Core processor with the speed of 1GHz.


Moving on to the camera, the Galaxy SII is packed with 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash (supports 1080p video record and playback at 30FPS ) and a 2MP front camera for video calls.


The smartphone is blessed with all connectivity options such as HSPA+ 21Mbps, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA 1.5, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 OTG. The Galaxy SII will be available within this month to Europe and Asia, no price information is provided yet, but you know we will keep you posted as soon as we know!

The 2nd Best Phone: the Motorola Atrix

Talk and Standby Time1Usage Time/Talk Time: 3G = 9 hrs; GSM = 8.8 hrs
Standby Time: 3G = 250 hrs; GSM = 264 hrs
Bands/ModesWCDMA 850/1900/2100,
GSM 850/900/1900/1800
Dimensions63.50mm wide x 117.75mm long x  10.95mm thin
OSAndroid 2.2 – upgrade to 2.3 is planned for later this year
Processor2 ARM Cortex A9 cores running at 1GHz each
Battery1930.00 mAh
Connectivity3.5mm, micro USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync,  BOTA,  Wi-Fi 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n  Bluetooth2 2.1 EDR
Display4.0” qHD (Quarter High Definition) (960 x 540)
Messaging/Web/AppsMMS,  SMS, Email (Corporate Sync,  Google Mail,  POP3/IMAP embedded,  Push Email)
AudioAAC,  AAC+,  AAC+ Enhanced,  AMR NB,  MP3,  WMA v10
VideoHD 1020 p capable
Capture – 720p MPEG4 and H.264 at 30 fps
(1020p will be supported via SW upgrade post-launch)
Playback – 1020p MPEG4, H.264, WMV, Xvid/DivX at 30 fps
(Playback through HDMI is 720p at launch and will be upgraded to 1020p via SW upgrade post-launch)
Streaming – VGA in MPEG4, H.264, H.263 at 30 fps
Camera5 MP AF, Digital Zoom with LED Flash , 2nd VGA imager for video chat self image capture
Storage16GB on board – supports up to 32GB microSD
Form FactorTouch screen
SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity
Address Book/CalendarMOTOBLUR aggregates Facebook®, MySpace, TwitterTM and GmailTM messages and contacts as well as syncs and merges your work contacts, email and calendar
BrowsersAndroid Web Kit with Adobe® Flash® Player, Mozilla 3.6.13 in Webtop Application
Location ServiceseCompass, aGPS with Google Maps™, Google Latitude™, Google Maps Street View

AT&T is one lucky company to receive, exclusively, the brand new Motorola Atrix. The Atrix sports a 4.0” qHD (960 x 540) LCD display.  This is an extremely high resolution to have on a mobile device, and should provide the user with unprecedented quality and clarity for everything they choose to look at.

The phone itself is a serious technological leap in the right direction. As one of several new Android phones with dual-core processors, it is able to go round for round, pound for pound, with the likes of the other Dual Core Champions, like the Motorola DROID Bionic, The LG Optimus 2X, the LG Optimus 3D, and the Samsung SII (or Samsung S2).


First, the Atrix has some impressive specifications. The Android 2.2 device is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor AP20H (one of the first mobile dual-cores available) and has an impressive 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a powerful 1930 mAh, and a delightful 540 × 960, 4-inch multi-touch LCD, with Gorilla Glass (zero and resistant to breakage), a VGA front facing camera, a 5MP camera that can record video back to 720p, and a proximity sensor for auto-off.

Assuming AT&T doesn’t get totally greedy and charge ridiculous sums of gold for the Atrix, it will undoubtedly be a huge success. It is a sign of the future, folks.

The 3rd Best Phones Is: The Motorola Droid Bionic

One of the best phone of 2011 is most likely going to be the Droid Bionic.  Another Dual-Core 1Ghz Superphone, it too comes with NVIDIA’s Tegra 2.

Here are the detailed specs:

Software Platform: Android 2.2WLAN: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Messaging/web/apps: MMS,  SMS, Email (Google Mail,  POP3/IMAP embedded) IM (GTalk), WebKit w/ FlashLocation Services: eCompass,  sGPS (simultaneous) with Google Maps™, Google Latitude™, Google Maps Street View
Audio: AAC,  AAC+,  AAC+ Enhanced,  MIDI,  MP3Form Factor: Smartphone
Video: Capture/Playback/Streaming,  HD Video (1080p decode/playback, 720p encode/capture), H.263,  H.264,  MPEG4Processor: 2 processor cores running at 1GHz each
Camera: 8 MP, VGA P2P Video, Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LEDWeight: 158.00 g
Memory: 512MB DDR2 RAMDimensions:  66.90(x) 125.90(y) 13.30(z)
Storage: 16GB on board – supports up to 32GB microSD (Total 48GB)Display: 4.3” qHD (Quarter High Definition) (960 x 540)
Connectivity: 3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync,  DLNA,  Motosync,  OMA DM, HDMI (with Mirror Mode)Baseband: Motorola 4G LTE (Band 13)
Bluetooth1: Stereo  Bluetooth Class 2, Version 2.1+EDR, HID (Keyboard, mouse)Battery: 1930.00 mAh

The Droid Bionic will be a Verizon LTE device wth a 4.3” qHD (960 x 540) LCD display and 1930mAh battery. Physically this phone is a bit larger in all dimensions and heavier than the Atrix 4G.  It also has half the memory (512GB vs 1GB on the Atrix) and doesn’t feature any of the webtop capabilities.

The screen, at 4.3 inches on the Bionic vs. the 4.0 inches for the Atrix is a nice plus for sure, but both have the exact same resolution. Sure enough though, you can look forward to incredibly crisp, sharp icons and text, and will certainly be a noticeable upgrade for everyone who is lucky enough to own one.

Design wise, the Droid Bionic breaks from industrial inspired design of the Motorola Droid and Droid X. Previously popularized by the other high-end Motorola Droid devices, there are few, if any traces of this aesthetic left. Gone are the squared-off edges in favor of soft, rounded corners. It brings to mind the Samsung Galaxy S series of devices.

Another plus is that the Bionic offers the same 8MP rear camera as the Droid X and adds a front facing camera to get your video chat on. Unfortunately, most will be sad to learn that the Bionic has lost the physical camera button. That being said, this phone is such a powerful beast that there is virtually no lag when using the camera software in Android.

As for the flavor of Android available, both techno-treats are slated to launch with Android 2.2 and receive an OTA Software update to Android Gingerbread 2.3 in the “near future”.

Other Things to Consider:

The LG Optimus 2X is an equally impressive device, with a 4.0 Inch screen and 1080p video recording, but will most likely be hindered by its smaller 1500mAh battery, its lower resolution screen at 480×800 pixels, and its lack of experience in producing high end phones. Also, the LG Optimus 3D is packing some serious hardware, apparently superior to that of either the Motorola Atrix and the Samsung SII (Samsung S2). We are waiting to receive our review unit before we can say for ourselves.

We’ve also compared the most powerful, most amazing superphones of 2011 in the following comprehensive articles:

HTC EVO 3D vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Extreme Android Superphone Standoff!

HTC Sensation vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Flagship Superphone Fight!

The Android Superphones of 2011 [Spreadsheet]

Enjoy, and let us know what you think!


Either way, it’s going to be an amazing year to have an Android Phone. Most of you, including me, are going to have unquenchable techno-lust for the time being. The only cure will be buying a new phone, and even then, it will only be a temporary fix judging by the rapid advancement of technology these days.

Stay tuned for the latest and greatest in Android Phone news!

  • JingleJo

    They all seem to have good hardware, but they all are straight, boring pieces of plastic. If you want a more stylish phone, the new sony ericsson xperia series would definetely give you one. I’m not so techy and all i want is a phone that looks good and feel good. A phone is a phone, not a computer.

    Afterall, if you pull a big and sluggy device, no matter how good the hardware specs are, the number one boo boo other’s will see is…gee, thats not very stylish.

    • Pepe

      Eeeeeedddeeeeoooot! Stick yourself on reviewing Coach purse. Gosh!!

      • {}

        go hang yourself

  • Nick

    Wow JingleJo… you’re absolutely retarded, if you want a stylish phone then this report isn’t for you, this is for TECHNOLOGICAL customers, not the ones who find the look of the phone interesting, your comment was far beyond idiotic.

  • I has no life.

    In my opinion, I disagree with Atrix being number 1 and Galaxy S II being number 2.
    A. AT&T actually is demanding a lot of gold for it.
    B. (From what I`ve seen)The laptop dock has limited functionalities, and costs a whole lot more.
    C. Does not have better specs than Galaxy S II.

    And if I`m being retarded please tell me. More knowledge the better.

    • The Atrix is Awesome

      At&t isn’t charging a lot for it. It’s now $99.99
      The only thing i’m worried about is that why are the prices diving so quickly?
      Because, I bought this from Best Buy at a sale price of $99.99, and that was when at&t was selling it for $199.99.
      it makes me wonder if my phone is going to be outdated quickly.

      • Darcy Alexander

        The Atrix is an amazing phone – make no mistake about it. It’s just that they tried to be first out of the gate with the Xoom tablet, and with their Atrix. Other devices coming out soon like the HTC Sensation,, Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC EVO 3D are packing better hardware, and have larger screens, but really, it all boils down to personal preference. Also the Atrix has an industry leading 1930mAh battery, so the battery life will be quite good.

        Hope that helps. Good luck!

        • Kboynton718

          Motorola photon! Yes please!

  • DannyJayFuller

    I’m drooling. I’m a T-Mo G1 owner, about to jump ship for sprint and I’m praying that the rumors of a Sprint-bound Atrix are true. The EVO 3d looks good, but preliminary benchmarks seem to tell a different tale. Plus, the 3DS gives me a headache…

    • infrar3dx

      Well .. If youre coming from a G1 ….. trust me, any newer android phone will blow you away lol.

  • Gavin

    I just want to comment on your statement “having received near military grade construction via Corning’s Gorilla Glass which is almost impossible to break.” I have a Motorola Defy and it took 4 days before the “almost impossible to break” Gorilla glass cracked. There was no rough treatment of the phone and Motorola WILL NOT fix it under warranty. Useless, I will never buy another Motorola product… And Blur is terrible.

  • QQ

    This ranking is just wrong.The samsung i9100 galaxy s2 is number 1 because it has greater hardware and very higher benchmark.

    • Darcy Alexander

      You’re absolutely right. At the time of writing, it was the Atrix, as there wasn’t enough known about the Samsung Galaxy S II.
      Thanks for the tip – the articles been changed, as the Samsung Galaxy S II really is the best phone in the world right now! With it’s display, performance, DLNA, 8MP camera with 1080p, it just doesn’t get any better. Plus, it’s got the latest version of Android – 2.3 Gingerbread on board. It just needs to go on sale in the US and Canada now! Lucky Europeans already have it.

  • You are forgetting HTC and the sensation which will be out in the next couple of months. Now that will be the super phone to beat.

  • Very informative, but I think you might need to do one on the best android with a keyboard. Call me old fashioned but I type a lot and I’ve always preferred real keys.

  • nines

    whats this, no x10i? or x12?

  • Indian in Middle East

    Good to see Android winning i love it.
    My request to the manufacturers is to concentrate on a higher capacity for the battery which they are providing with the phone.
    And a proper case like a flip one would be better.Some countries they sell only mobiles not the accessories.We dont mind paying a little extra for that if you include it in the package.

    Suggestion to Google:I am not a software developer i dont know if you are doing this but as a user i would like to upgrade my android os version along with you when you release it i hate waiting for the manufacturers to realease an update.
    Android by default has an UI right give the option for the end user to choose if they want to go with the default Android UI or wait for their device manufacturer to realease an update.
    Example like Windows OS can run on any branded pc/laptop or an assembled desktop and for the drivers people can go to their manufacturers website and download it.
    Also Google please release the minimum hardware requirements corresponding to the version of Android.

    I appreciate google for its continuos effort in fixing/upgrading the android versions we end users also want to enjoy the newer versions.

    Example HTC Desire was released last year and better specs than Nexus 1 and Ginger bread was released in December 2010 i guess till date more than 5 months i am waiting for Gingerbread from HTC or i have to choose a Mod which the XDA developers are working hard in porting it and fixing issues.

    Please Google dont let the end users behind.Google and the android phone manufacturers remember you are nothing without the End buyers.
    You satisfy us we will buy your products.Also manufacturers concentrate on middle east because these are the oil rich countries we have enough money to buy any damn smart phone/Tablet what ever price it is.

    I sold my HTC Desire just because i hated waiting for updates i will buy my next Android phone only if i get a minimum of 2400 mah battery as a default from the manufacturer and a direct android os UI / manufacturer UI option other wise i will not buy it.I have the money to buy any android phone/tablet out there today but i will not buy it.

    • India sucks

      fuck you

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  • mash

    wheres Sony Xperia ARC????
    This cant be right?

    • Iceman7Legend

      I know right!

  • HTC

    HTC EVO 4G 3D?

  • Gymrachel91

    The motorola atrix should be number one because you can change from motoblur

  • AMK

    I have Samsung Galaxy S 2…………..and its Fuck’in Awesome !

    • Does the new Galaxy S 2 work with apple computers this time? My Galaxy S sucked because Samsung did not support apple… thanks assholes. Spent $300 on your shitty phone and you dont even make a program to support my computer

      • OMG thanks, I was about to buy Galaxy Note, Let me do some Google.

      • Kjlasd

        You shoulda bought an iphone to match your fag computer ;)

      • Ovr_dmx

        Fuckers like you need to stick to Apple.. mf.

      • Bey

        What a moron Apple Computer=i Phone…. Microsoft Comp = Android. Just a quick lesson for stupid people here.

  • Karstenka1999

    you fucking guy man the samsung galaxy sucks my father haves it and it sucks i have the xperia play and its the best

    • Iceman7Legend



    Lg Optimus 3D ???

  • guest

    lol where is htc sensation?

  • Joesoochuah

    ive got the S2….its incredible…..fucking powerful would be rated the best phone in market now…..coz steve got no jobs now…..

  • Fdshajkfha

    the sensation should be on this list

  • Iceman7Legend

    This is retarded sony ericsson Xperia Arc s or the ray is the best phones in the world

  • mad nig

    You are all faggots

  • ok is all international phones, whats the top android phone in the U.S? if there is any?

  • Aangkusnawi
  • admin

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  • htcfreak

    u guys don’t know nothing about Android. HTC is the best android and first android;) [htc desire hd]

  • lance

    stupid reviews!! neo, ray arc s, arc hd, play, x10 are the best fuckers!!

  • lance

    samsung just copied a perfect replica of apple… means samsung just copied anything from apple except for the OS

  • desipunjabijatt

    where is galaxy note