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Published on February 6th, 2013 | by toptech

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What Brands Have The Best Droid Phones Today

The major smartphone brands to look out for in the Android marketplace today are Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. All three brands bring out a solid range of different size smartphones with a selection of feature sets to suit a variety of budgets. LG and Google also have some interesting phones including the recent Nexus 4 smartphone collaboration.

Samsung

Samsung has so many different handsets out on the market right now that one cannot possibly mention them all.

The biggest seller, and the best selling Droid handset of 2012 was the Galaxy S3. This sub-5-inch smartphone brought style, sophistication and quad-core speeds to users who enjoy Samsungs’ style of phone design. All their phones tend to be a bit plastic feeling, the backs can be flimsy and the screens do not hold up all the time in drop tests. Yet, the AMOLED HD screens deliver saturated images in all colours of the rainbow that take your breathe away the first time you see them.

The big boy is the Samsung Note II which is 5.5-inches, quad-core too and is the “phablet” to beat. Mixes multi-tasking with pen computing in ways not seen before.

Beyond the big two, Samsung has at least 15 other models running from single core to dual core, in handsets from 3.5-inches upwards. Most run at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, offer limited storage and lower screen resolutions, but do a decent job for consumers who are looking for a mid-range phone on a budget.

HTC

HTC changed tack near the end of 2012 from marketing too many different kinds of phones with little to differentiate between them, to simplifying their products with the introduction of three One branded phones.

The One S was a basic mid-range phone which was small, but got things done for people who want simple one-handed phone operations and do not expect all the bells and whistles. HTC has just updated this model with a new HTC One SV. However, other than a few minor tweaks here and there, it was not much of a makeover.

The One X was the largest phone of the One series, with HD screen and more power. A big seller and a good phone if you can overlook the lack of microSD card slot.

The HTC Droid DNA has been only been available in select markets so far, with limited supplies internationally, but this is a 5-inch phone with a display to die for, predictable HTC Sense Android skin, and is an excellent model.

Motorola

Motorola has been doing well with their relaunched Razr range of phones. The latest is the Motorola Razr Maxx HD, which knocks it out of the park with a lovely AMOLED HD display, a huge 3,300 mAh battery, slim design using premium materials and a likeable user experience. The phone is only dual-core, comes with Android 4.0 rather than 4.1-4.2 Jelly Bean and the camera takes poor quality photos indoors or in low light conditions. Despite this, the Razr Maxx HD is a decent phone at the premium price of $299

Peter Miles likes to check out new apps to try on his trusty iPhone 4 .

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