Android This Week: Droid 2; EPIC 4G; Video Smackdown

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Motorola is looking to repeat the success of the original Droid smartphone on Verizon with the newly released Droid 2. The company took the proper approach for a refreshed model by keeping the new phone much the same while improving the areas that were lacking. The new keyboard is much improved over the original Droid, as demonstrated in our video review. The new processor gives the Droid 2 faster, more fluid operation. Check out our complete review of the Motorola Droid 2 to see what has consumers buzzing.

Samsung is making a big entry into the world of Android with the Galaxy S line of smartphones. The EPIC 4G is the latest Galaxy S phone to hit the market, and our in-depth review shows what makes this one of the best smartphones. The large 4-inch Super AMOLED display is as bright and vivid as you will see, and the QWERTY keyboard may be the best on any phone. Samsung is firing on all cylinders with the Galaxy S line of Android phones, and will be a force for competitors to reckon with.

The Android Market is not as big as Apple’s iTunes Store, but with over 70,000 apps, it’s trying its best to catch up. Unfortunately, the more apps in the Market, the harder it can be to find the one you need. AppBrain is a web site that taps into the Android Market and makes finding good apps much easier. What sets AppBrain apart from the crowd is that it pulls in the information about member’s installed Android apps from Google ( goog), which allows the user to maintain them from the desktop web browser. Every time a member visits the web site, AppBrain presents a list of all installed apps that have updates available. All apps installed through the web site can be pushed to the user’s phone by hitting a single button. There’s also an AppBrain app to provide enhanced app searching on the phone.

If you’re trying to decide which Android phone is right for you, then don’t miss our Android Superphone Smackdown. We show the Droid 2, EPIC 4G and EVO 4G going head-to-head on video to compare these three hot phones. There’s a side-by-side look at the phones with QWERTY keyboards (Droid 2 and EPIC 4G) and a direct comparison of the only two phones available with 4G.

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