In the coming months, the Android landscape will definitely change, pending the release of much awaited phones like Nexus Prime, Droid Bionic, and Galaxy S II, as well as the high anticipation for Ice Cream Sandwich. Until then, there are phones in the market that can give the rest of the bunch a run for their money. Here’s a list of our August topnotchers and what makes them worth your hard earned cash.
Update: This list compiles the latest US Android releases so it might be missing some of the fancier phones your region might have available.
Motorola Photon 4G
Released July 31, 2011
Drool-worthy Photon is powered by a dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and up to10 hours of continuous talk time. Connectivity-wise, we have a powerful smartphone here, with the capability not only to connect via 4G, but also can be converted into a hotspot. It’s also good to note that this is a world phone, which allows it to connect to any GSM network wherever you are. More specs here.
Evo HTC 3D
Released June 24, 2011
HTC makes sure every phone is worth it, and Evo 3D surely is one of them, with a no-glasses 3D screen and the powerful HTC Sense. It also allows you to create 3D content of your own with 2MP 3D capturing. Regular shots on the other hand are saved in a 5MP, zero shutter lag fashion, while your videos are shot and played in HD. Continuous talk time is up to 8 hours. More specs here.
Released March 17, 2011
Thunderbolt might be the veteran in the list, the only one powered by Android 2.2 Froyo (all the rest are by Android 2.3 Gingerbread) and running on old Snapdragon processor, but it has 4G LTE, thanks to Verizon. Until Droid Bionic takes over, Thunderbolt is king. It also has pretty extensive memory at 8GB emmc + 768 RAM memory card and pre-installed 32GB microSD card. More specs here.
Motorola Droid 3
Released July 7, 2011
Photon 4G’s older cousin is the only phone in the list with a full QWERTY keyboard, and Motorola claims it’s the world’s thinnest slider phone. And did we say it looks sleek and professional, too? It is bound to be overshadowed by its brother Bionic, but one should not overlook its other features: qHD screen, 8MP camera, 16GB storage with removable 32GB microSD card, and up to 9 hours of talk time. More specs here.
HTC Sensation 4G
Released June 15, 2011
Sensation 4G is arguably the best smartphone around, and it’s been dubbed as the archnemesis of Galaxy S II. With its HSPA+ 4G capability, thanks to T-Mobile, it promises the user the ultimate sensation of multitasking, connectivity, and speed. Aside from its powerful UI , it also carries HTC Watch, a total entertainment package, and a slew of impressive specs. More specs here.