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The Best Android Phone: 8 Contenders

Android phones are taking off in popularity, our Tech reviewer Gary Krakow gives you the great 8 Androids.

What is the best Android phone? There may only be one or two iPhones available at a time - but there are more than a dozen different Google (GOOG) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class C ReportAndroid designs that are competing for the title "Best Android Smartphone On The Planet" - or "Best Android Smartphone So Far". We rate the best Androids available today and our top eight picks should be a quick and easy shopping guide for those looking for a great device.

#8 SonyEricsson Xperia X10

SonyEricsson makes this beautiful Android smartphone and hasn't yet brought it to the U.S. Some people call it an iPhone killer, which may be why


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isn't selling it. It has an 8.1-megapixel camera, weighs less than five ounces and SonyEricsson claims that it is capable of as much as 10 hours of battery talk time per charge. If that's true, that would make the Experia X10 the best in its class.

#7 Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung's next super smartphone, the Galaxy S, has just been released in Europe and has been promised to hit stateside very soon (possibly at


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early this summer). We saw it back at CES in January and the screen was amazing. It will run on Android 2.1 and Samsung's own 1GHz processor, have a 5-megapixel camera and will be able to handle 720p HD video. Here's my

Galaxy First Look

from CES 2010.

#6 HTC myTouch 3G Slide

The latest entry into T-Mobile's line of myTouch 3G Android phones, the Slide comes with a new slide-out keyboard not seen on the original. There are other improvements too, like the 3.4-inch color screen, 5-megapixel camera, version 2.1 of the Android OS, improved battery life, an 8GB memory card and the fantastic Swype/slide-your-finger-on-the-screen keyboard system. Here's my

HTC myTouch review


#5 Garminfone


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has been promising a cutting-edge direction-finder/smartphone for awhile now. This joint effort with the computer gurus at


finally hits all the right notes. The Garminfone is a super GPS navigation device built into a state-of-the-art Android smartphone. In our tests we found the Garminfone to be the best smartphone navigation system today -- with the added plus of being able to have someone you know lend his/her voice to the travel commands. Very cool. Here's my

Garminfone review.

#4 Verizon Droid

Made by



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, this phone is a winner. A slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a terrific 3.7-inch screen, 16GB of built-in memory, turn-by-turn GPS travel instructions, loads of video extras and a fast processor make this a desirable option. (Verizon's cellular network doesn't hurt either.) Even though its design is a few months old, the phone comes across as a cutting-edge, thoroughly modern Android device.

#3 Google Nexus One

This is the phone that Google decided to lend its corporate name to. The Nexus One was the first phone to be updated to the latest version of the Android OS 2.2 (of course). It boasts a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen and has a 5-megapixel camera. Also manufactured by HTC, the Google Nexus One is only sold on Google's Web site for use on T-Mobile's 3G network. A


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version is rumored to be coming soon. Google has suggested that Verizon subscribers should check-out the similar Droid Incredible. Here's my look at

Android 2.2.

#2 HTC Droid Incredible

This is HTC's super smartphone made for Verizon's EV-DO 3G network. The Incredible sports a great 3.7-inch screen and shares a lot with its big brother, the EVO 4G -- like a 1GHz


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Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera and HTC's Sense home screen look and feel. A downside is the phone's limited battery life, but there are higher-capacity battery packs available from third-party companies. Here's my full

Incredible review.

#1 Sprint EVO 4G

At the moment, the HTC-built


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EVO 4G is the Android phone to beat. A gazillion top-line features including a beautiful 4.3-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, 720p HD video output and, of course, access to Sprint's super-fast 4G network (when it comes to your neighborhood). A physically large phone like its Windows Mobile twin (T-Mobile's HD2), the EVO 4G is an absolutely amazing piece of handheld technology. We ran an

Android 3G vs Android 4G

test at CTIA 2010 and here is my

EVO review.

Gary Krakow is's senior technology correspondent.