Top 5 Budget Android Phones for 2011

Google’s Android ended 2010 as the largest operating system worldwide. An Android smartphone can best showcase its capabilities on a high-end hardware or smartphone device. Despite a number of Android phones that are droolworthy, we have to face the face that not all of us have the budget for such premium devices. Android smartphones are known for having highly competitive prices but there are existing Android phones that have budget, mid-range and high-end phones to fit any user’s budget and style.

In no particular order, below is a list of the top 5 Android phones for 2011:

1. LG Optimus One

This Android smartphone has the most basic features an Android smartphone can get which makes it the perfect entry-level smartphone for budgeted buyers. It has sold over 1 million handsets worldwide which has made it into a blockbuster phone. It has an HVGA resolution display with Android customizations to a minimum. However, it has poor onscreen keypads and the processor may struggle with some built-in games.

2. Huawei Ideos

The Huawai Ideos uses the latest version of Android and is even capable of handling simultaneously the basic tasks needed for a smartphone. This inexpensive Google smartphone has replaceable back covers in multiple colors, Wi-Fi and built-in A-GPS. Unfortunately, the battery life won’t last beyond a day and the screen size and resolution are as low as budget Smartphones would go. Even so, Huawei claims that they worked closely with Goggle to develop the device which guarantees it a smart money move.

3. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8/ Mini

Perfect for first-time Android users who want a glimpse of the Android operating system, this stylish device is definitely an affordable smartphone. Its compact and stylish design goes hand in hand with its reasonable price tag despite the inconsistent interface zooming, non-support of Flash in web browser, and significantly smaller screen. Its camera doesn’t do much as well too.

4. HTC Wildfire

Want a touch screen phone? HTC Wildfire will be perfect for you with its 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen and 5 MP camera complete with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. An upgraded 384 MB RAM serves as a significant addition to its speed however, you are stuck at the Android 2.1 on this device. It is highly targeted for the youth as simple social networking apps are built in the device.

5. LG GW620

If you’re still hooked on phones that pop out a physical keyboard, then the LG GW620 is perfect as it gets. It slides out a 5-line QWERTY pad with well-spaced buttons and a built-in backlight. It may not suit the style of many Android users, but for the great battery life, well-rounded specs and affordable price tag, it may be good to consider this device.

Know your needs and requirements when it comes to your phone usage. Consider factors such as battery life, screen display and even touch screen capabilities when choosing your top budget Android Phones. Truth is, the later the version of the Android operating system, the better it is. Stick to your budget and take in your style to find the best Android phone for you.

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.

New Android Phones Warning: Beware Of Gingerbread

Gingerbread (aka Android version 2.3 to 2.3.7) is a surprisingly common mobile operating system on new Android phones. This veritable version of Android is highly compatible with many apps but still has enough power to handle the app and processing needs of the newest Android phones coming out of their factories.

It is has, however, become a bit too popular for its own good.

The Gingerbread Security Risk

Android’s open-source nature and leading position in the consumer market has made it an attractive target for criminals and malicious entities. These crooks have had a lot of time to study the older, more popular Gingerbread operating system and have subsequently found security vulnerabilities to exploit.

This means that some mean-spirited individual on the Internet can slip into the software of new Android mobiles and snoop around the data – a surprisingly simple task on devices connected to managed and hosting Internet servers.

This is why both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security have alerted fire departments, police departments, emergency medical services, those handling security and anyone else in key positions to upgrade their new Android phones to later versions of Android – namely Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) or Jelly Bean (Android 4.3).

The FBI and DHS have outlined a series of possible threats to present and future Android phones using

Gingerbread:

• Toll fraud or when the phone is remotely manipulated to send text messages to premium-rate numbers that can result to over-the-top phone charges.

• Rootkits or malicious software that are difficult to detect and quietly take note of all passwords and login details.

• Fake domains that redirect phone users to fake Google Play stores that install much more dangerous and malicious software into the phone.

Check Your Version and Secure Your Phone

One of the most important things you need to do right now is determine what version your phone is using right now. Don’t rest easy because you have one of the best Android phones on the market since Gingerbread is a mobile operating system that is still being used to this day. Around 44 percent of all Android devices use Gingerbread, according to a report from Google containing data for 2012.

You can do this by going to your phone’s Settings then to the About Phone section. This same section will also allow you to update your phone’s software as long as you have Wi-Fi access or 3G access from a local Internet provider. Heck, even the smart watches that are just coming out of the factories need to be checked if they run on Gingerbread!

Another thing you can do to secure your phone is to install trusted anti virus applications like Avast Mobile Security, AVG Antivirus, Lookout Mobile Security or Kaspersky Mobile Security. Many of these antivirus apps have free versions that provide basic protection against malware. The paid versions of these apps have more advanced features like anti-theft measures and active shields that scan all apps making use of Internet access.

Replace Your Phone?

It is important to note, however, that not antivirus apps may not be enough to address the security vulnerabilities of Gingerbread. Some old and new Android phones are simply incapable of handling the demands of later versions of Android. These phones are designed specifically to work with Gingerbread and will not be able to function using Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. If this is the case with your phone, then it may be wise to upgrade to the next Android phones that use later versions of the operating system.