NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Google's (GOOG) Android operating system has made significant improvements over the years, leading to some incredibly beautiful phones, with some rivaling and surpassing the iPhone in both ease of use and aesthetics.
TheStreet has compiled a list of five of the best Android-based smartphones to buy for the holidays. In some cases, they're big and expensive, but if you're in the market for a smartphone, these 5 best devices are capable of providing a user with the best hardware and Android software combination to date.
5 - LG G3
This is LG's latest flagship smartphone and as such you would expect a terrific performing device. You won't be disappointed.
This big Android phone has a Qualcomm (QCOM) 801 processor mated to 2GB of RAM for the 16GB model or 3GB for the 32 GB model, a high-resolution, 5.5-inch HD touchscreen, and a great 13MP camera inside with optical image stabilization and "phase detection/laser autofocusing." The G3 is capable of delivering 4160 by 3120 pixels videos.
Lightweight, fast and beautiful (LG boasts about the phone's minimal bezel which takes almost nothing away from the amazing-looking screen) the LG G3 is one of the best Android devices you can choose this holiday season.
The G3 is available from the top U.S. carriers. Currently, prices range from $199.99 at AT&T (T) and $149.99 from Verizon (VZ) to zero down and approximately $25 per month at T-Mobile (TMUS) . Sprint's (S) version is available to select retailers nationwide.
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