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.

Comparing Two Of The Best Android Phones Today – The Sony Xperia S And The Samsung Galaxy S2

We are all lucky to have witnessed the release of the Sony only brand handset the Sony Xperia S this year. We are also all lucky to have been graced with one of the most powerful and best-selling smartphone to date, and I am talking about the Samsung Galaxy S2. In this article, we will try to pit two of these handsets against each other. In short, I will try to compare them and tell you why they both deserve your attention. Read on!

Let us now talk about their displays. Let us start with the Xperia S. It packs a 4.3″ LED backlit LCD touch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels with a pixel density of 342 ppi. The Galaxy S2 on the other hand, packs the same screen size (4.3″) but uses the Super AMOLED Plus display technology. It comes in with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 217 ppi. As you can see, the Xperia S bags the title for packing a powerful screen resolution and clearer pixel density at 342 ppi. But on the other hand, the Galaxy S2 is packed with Super AMOLED Plus screen display. Between the two handsets, they are both capable of delivering smooth graphics and vivid screen colors. In short, they are both winners in this category.

Let us now move on their processors. Again, we are starting off with the Xperia S. It is packed with a powerful dual-core processor using Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset. It clocks at an amazing speed of 1.5GHz. On the other hand, the Galaxy S2 packs the same dual-core processor. The only difference is that it clocks at 1.2GHz only and it used Exynos chipset. If you look at the numbers, the difference is not that huge. They are still known for bearing the same powerful dual-core processing prowess.

Moving on, let us now talk about their cameras. And again, let me start with the Xperia S. It is packed with a powerful 12MP shutter with resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels. It can record videos at 1080 pixels and at 30 frames per second (fps). It boasts a 1.3MP front-facing shutter with a resolution of 720 pixels and can shoot at 30 frames per second (fps). The Galaxy S2 comes in with 8MP shutter with resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and can shoot videos at 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second (fps). It packs a 2MP front-facing shutter. Now, it is quite obvious that Sony bags the title for better and powerful primary camera. Samsung on the other hand, wins the title for better front-facing camera.

Both of these handsets originally shipped with Android Gingerbread. However, the Galaxy S2 is now upgradable to the latest Android Iteration the Ice Cream Sandwich. On the other hand, the Xperia S is still waiting for its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. Another point goes to Samsung for getting the much awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update ahead of Sony.

If you look at the main features of these handsets, it is not that quite hard to believe why they are so famous and loved right now. They have the processing prowess that mobile phone users are into right now. They also have good shutters that we all use on a daily basis.

This is the end of my comparison note. This is my version of comparing two of the best Android handsets today, the Sony Xperia S and the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Who Has The Best Android Phone

Android is the most popular operating system for mobile phones nowadays and there are lots of new device releases each month. With Android covering more than 30% of the market shares, it is clear that Google’s OS runs on the best smartphones out there. Although in fierce competition with the iPhone, the phone manufacturers working with Android do a fantastic job and even if it is difficult to name the best Android device, it is clear some of them stand out. Google Nexus S 4G, HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Atrix and HTC Sensation are definitely the best Android devices out there.

In my opinion the best out of these five is Samsung Galaxy S2, a great smartphone succeeding Samsung Galaxy S, being powered up by a 1.2 GHz dual-core SoC processor and 1 GB of RAM. The device was announced at the Mobile World Congress in February 2011 and is currently the second thinnest Dual-Core smartphone on the market, after the NEC Medias N-04C, which is only available in Japan. We can actually say that Samsung Galaxy S2 is the thinnest popular Dual-Core smartphone in the world, because it is not likely to hear about the NEC Medias if you do not live in Japan or work in the field of IT&C.

The phone has a huge 4.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED plus display and features an 8 MP camera with flash. The camera can record videos in Full HD 1080p, a feature not many smartphones can brag about right now. This phone is also one of the first devices ever with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), which allows the smartphone up to 1080p uncompressed video output with HDMI, while the device is up for charging.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is also one of the newest releases on the market, with release dates around July 2011 in Canada, the U.S. and Pakistan. The phone was pre-ordered by around 3 million persons, which is quite an impressive number. The audio hardware of the phone is manufactured by Yamaha, while the one on the original Galaxy S was manufactured by Wolfson. It is said the previous model of audio hardware was better than the one manufactured by Yamaha, but the difference can’t be that big. The phone runs on the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and an official update to Android 2.3.4 is announced. An unofficial version is already available, but I do not encourage you to use it.

The Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 user interface is featured on this model of Samsung and follows the same principles as TouchWiz 3.0. However, the new version adds new improvements. Zooming in and out of a webpage happens in a different way now, with the user only needing to press on the screen with two fingers and move the device back and forth in a cradle-like movement. The way widgets are displayed is also different in the new Galaxy S2, but TouchWiz 4.0 comes with many other interesting and useful features.

Even if it is difficult to name the best Android phone, because everything is subjective, I think the Samsung Galaxy S2 gets close to being one of the best during its period and will probably stick on to the first place until HTC or Samsung develop another fantastic device which offers a better experience to the user. But with the tech world moving astonishing fast, will there be more than few months until we will see a new leader?