Secrets To The Best Android Phones From Verizon

Of the thirteen Verizon Android phones the The HTC ThunderBolt is currently their premier phone. Other popular Verizon Androids are the Motorola’s Droid 2 and the HTC Droid Incredible 2. However, these two phones don’t sport the 4G connectivity, while the ThunderBolt does.

From a physical point of view the ThunderBolt is fairly heavy (6.4 ounces) and large (4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches HWD). For some this is not an issue and gives the phone a solid premier feel, but if you like a phone that fits lightly in your pocket this one might not be for you. The display screen is an impressive 4.3 Inches (800 x 480 pixels), giving you crisp viewing even at obscure angles. There is a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calling and a powerful 8 megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash. The real aspect that puts this phone ahead of the Droid 2 and Droid Incredible 2 is the connectivity speed – the ThunderBolt is now running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Verizon’s rapid 4G network is new and already covers a large number of the major metropolitan areas.

For almost all the smartphones you are required to select the $30 data plan, giving you unlimited data, and there is no extra cost if you are running on 4G versus 3G. A neat option is to get WiFi hotspot, this $20 add-on allows you to connect up to eight devices, such as your laptop, to your phone’s internet so you always have internet on the go. The flip side to having such quick browsing speeds is that your battery probably will not last you more than two and half hours of 4G use. This has raised a lot of questions as to the functionality of the phone. However, on 3G you can expect to get around eight hours of talk time. Which by all accounts is very reasonable. The reality is you are likely to have trouble getting through the day without recharging. For a high pace corporate individual this might not be the right phone for you, but if you want to dazzle your friends with the fastest internet speeds then this one is for you.

You are likely to find the phone quick to maneuver through apps and day-to-day use with the 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. Unfortunately, the Thunderbolt does not ship with the latest Android version (Gingerbread, 2.3). However, it is expected to have an official upgrade sometime this Summer, with unofficial version online for users that have rooted their handset. Note, Android has blocked users with rooted devices from using the movie rental options. The phone ships with 2.5 MB of built in memory and a 32 SDmicro card – more than enough room to store all your pictures and videos.

To sum things up, the Thunderbolt is Verizon’s premier phone. It is a better option for you even if you do not have access to the 4G network than the Droid X, merely because the interface from HTC (Sence) has better functionality than Motorola’s MotoBlur. If you are toying with the iPhone, don’t. It does not have the 4G connectivity, and nor will the iPhone 5, soon to be called iPhone 4S. The Droid 2 might be an option to consider if you prefer having a physical keyboard (much improved keyboard from the original Droid). If not, stick with the Thunderbolt and hope that the next generation smartphone’s have better battery efficiencies.

3 Best Android Phones To Consider Before You Buy One

These days Android phones are available in different sizes, shapes and of course with different features. We’ve put together a list of three best Android phones that you cannot afford to miss when you are planning to purchase an Android phone.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus:

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to be available in the market that runs on Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich. Not only does this phone offer you lighting fast performance, a sleek and thin design but it also offers strong data speeds and not to mention all the goodness that the new Android OS has to offer. The phone weighs just 5.1 ounces and also has a stable curve and is comfortable to handle. It has an HD Super AMOLED roomy display which is just perfect for all your multimedia as well as gaming needs. The bottom line is that this is indeed one of the best Android phones available in the market today and definitely a must have.

HTC Evo 3D

What makes the HTC Evo 3D one of the best Android phones available in the market these days is its solid and beautiful design coupled with fast dual core speeds for effective performance which makes it an ultimate entertainment phone. The phone weighs 6 ounces and comes with a sheet of Gorilla Glass for added protection. The 3D display of the phone is one of its main features. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2Ghz dual core processor which supports not only HD videos but advanced 3D technology as well as 3D video capture and playback. Another feature that works in favor of this phone is Sprint’s 4G data speeds. With 4G data speeds you can enjoy download speeds of approximately 3.59 mbps and upload speeds of approximately 1.45mbps.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx:

There are certain things that the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has working in its favor and a couple of them are its excellent battery life as well as its dual core processor that ensures that the applications on the phone keep running smoothly. The phone weights 5.11 ounces, is incredibly thin, attractive and has a durable design as well as a great display. The phone runs on the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread and if you are one of those individuals who can live without the new Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich then this is one of the Android phones that you should consider buying.

The Samsung Galaxy S III Could Be the Best Android Phone Released in the US in 2012

It’s easy to look at the specs for the SGS3 and wonder why anyone would need it. When you hear that a device has a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB ROM (expandable to 48GB) you’d think you were talking about a computer and not a phone. In reality you’re speaking about both as phones are used less and less to actually speak to people as it is to communicate with people in a myriad of ways. Your phone now powers you to send text messages, pictures, videos, and connect with people all over the world in record speed. The pictures that you take aren’t the same as they were when webcams became popular or even when digital cameras first launched. The 8MP sensor on the SGS3 enables you to capture pictures that will make you wonder why you’d want to ever carry around a traditional digital camera or camcorder.

While all of these hardware innovations sound great, the real place where this phone points to the future is in the software. Traditionally Android phone makers looked at only using a skin to differentiate their phone from others available on the market. Samsung has taken it a step further and integrated a lot of special apps to make their phones stand out. S Voice may not seem like anything special but the reality is that there are a lot of times when typing on your phone just isn’t as quick as you’d like it to be. Instead of searching or setting appointments in your phone, you can have S Voice do it for you. While it’s true that voice commands aren’t anything new to Android no other manufacturer has brought it to the forefront of the device like Samsung is doing with the Galaxy S III. The phone also has the option to use its camera to check and see if you’re looking at your phone to ensure that it doesn’t turn off the screen even after it has timed out. These little things, along with the powerful hardware which make it happen is what is separating the Galaxy S III from other phones currently available and which will hit the market in the months to come.

There is another piece to what is making the Galaxy S III so successful and that is how it is following Apple’s approach to device launches. Apple is well known for putting together great devices with great software and releasing them to people all around the world at the same time. Samsung is doing the same thing here and that will only make people want to buy the phone since they don’t feel slighted by a company who releases in a few countries and then waits months to follow up in America. This points to the increased sway Samsung has developed with the phone carriers in the US. If the carriers didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t as we’ve seen time and time again with other phones in the past.

The real question is if people who buy this phone and get stuck on a 24 month contract with their carrier will stay happy or will Apple’s latest phone keep people on the sidelines until a side by side comparison can be done. No one knows when a new iPhone will be made available but the reality is that in the meantime Samsung will do everything in its power to get their phones in the hands of more people and away from their competitors whether it’s LG, HTC or Apple.