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Apple may be selling millions of iPhones but there’s no denying Android is a hot platform with 160,000 phones activated daily. Carriers are bringing high-end Android smartphones to the market, and this comparison of the top six should make that purchase decision a little easier.

Nexus One

Apple may be selling millions of iPhones but there’s no denying Android is a hot platform with 160,000 phones activated every day. Every U.S. carrier is bringing a high-end Android smartphone to the market, and this comparison of the top six should make that purchase decision a little easier. All six of these Android phones compare favorably with the iPhone 4, and contain top-of-the-line specs. The companies behind the phones shipping with the Android 2.1 version of the operating system have indicated they all will receive an update to the latest version Android OS (aka Froyo) at some point. For everything you need to know about Froyo check out Kevin’s post detailing why it’s so hot.

Feature Nexus One Droid Incredible EVO 4G Droid X Epic 4G Samsung Captivate
Manufacturer HTC HTC HTC Motorola Samsung Samsung
Android version 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1
Rear camera 5 MP 8 MP 8 MP 8 MP 5 MP 5 MP
Front camera None None Yes- video chat Yes- video chat None Yes- video chat None
Screen (inches) 3.7 3.7 4.3 4.3 4.0 4.0
Internal memory 512 MB 8 GB 440 MB 8 GB 512 MB 16 GB
Storage 4 GB microSD 8 GB microSD 8 GB microSD 16 GB microSD 16 GB microSD microSD is not included
Keyboard Onscreen only Onscreen only Onscreen only Onscreen only QWERTY Onscreen only
Special note Gets all OS updates There’s a shortage of these in the market WiMAX capable Offers access to the MotoBlur app WiMAX capable Designed as a social network hub
Cost (2-year contract) $179.99 $199.99 $199.99 $199.99 TBD TBD
Carrier (U.S.) T-Mobile Verizon Sprint Verizon Sprint AT&T
Availability Now Now Now July expected July expected TBD
 

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  1. I don’t think the Droid X has a front facing camera unless I am mistaken.

    1. There was one report somewhere that stated it had one but I can’t verify that so it’s been changed. Thanks.

  2. Autoexec.bat Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    I would think the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S would be more highly rated than the AT&T version (the Captivate) since it won’t be crippled as much.

  3. Thomas Hempen Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    If you’re going for the plain, cold hardware specs, the list above seems about right.

    But I recently ditched the Desire and Nexus One in favor of the HTC Legend.

    I used to go for the max of raw computing power, too. But recently I noticed that all premium smartphones have more than sufficient computing power nowadays and things like polished UI and optic appeal started to count. And talking about that, there is no Android phone as shiny as the unibody Legend, in my humble opinion and in the opinion of many reviewers, too.

  4. All these phones are great examples of what android is capable of but they are all made of plastic if I’m not mistaken?

    I really think the key to iphone success is not ios or the techy things but really it boils down to 2 things quality of materials (which is why i skipped the iphone 3g and 3gs) and itunes! :)

    1. I couldn’t agree more Ashga, I love good build quality, and it’s one of the reasons I must try any product I buy. for example my current computers hinge is sturdy, but I’m starting to hear some creaks when I lay my palms on the palm rest.

      While build quality is not the only factor for a successful device, it should be taken seriously by all manufacturers.

  5. Verizon’s Fascinate and T-Mobile’s Vibrant are missing Galaxy S variants. T-Mobile even has pricing up for the Vibrant, although it looks like they are going the no FFC route (sadly)…

    I think the Galaxy S’ deserve a note indicating that they can render 90 million triangles per second.

  6. Justin Jensen Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    It’s worth noting the storage expansion capabilities and the screen technology. The Nexus One’s AMOLED display is my favorite part about the phone.

  7. James Kendrick Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    I simply ran out of room in the table for additional features. I wanted to put lots of other stuff in there but it got physically too long. I didn’t note the AMOLED screen models due to the shortage that is causing some makers to switch to LCD. Samsung won’t switch as they make the AMOLED screens. :)

    1. I mention the graphics processing because, I think, it may make the Galaxy S one of the (if not The) most powerful portable/handheld gaming platforms out there. There are many many monies to be made here.

  8. With due respect, lists like these are meaningless. They are all high end phones and except for somewhat minor differences (screen size, megapixel count, processor speed), the phones are essentially the same. At the end of the day, personal preference is what will make the decision.

    We should be more concerned with issues like the build quality, UI customizations, long term support and if a specific phone will be locked down by its carrier.

    HTC’s phones look spectacular on paper but have the weirdest hardware issues. AT&T’s android phones are locked down. Samsung drags their feet when it comes to rolling out new Android versions. These are the things we should worry about.

    1. And this brings up a point that needs to be in the infographic.

      Which versions can upgrade to which versions of Android? Including future versions?
      Which phones are restricted by the network for upgrading?

      1. just go to xda developers and you can update anything! jeez…all that talk about update possibilities…

        BTW I think weight of the device is really also important!

  9. The internal memory row seems like it’s got apples and oranges there. I think these days, manufacturers and carriers play loosely with the term. We really need three categories — RAM/runtime memory, internal solid state storage, and expansion card storage. Thanks for the great articles as always! — Kevin

  10. I really like these kinds of comparisons. A couple items that I am always looking for are:

    Is the screen plastic or glass?
    What are the dimensions and weight?

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