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What are the top 5 Android phones currently available on the market? Now that we are in 2013 it makes sense that they are all devices that were released last year at some time. When you are looking for a new phone odds are you are going Android based on the overwhelming statistics showing Android is the OS of choice. This being said when you go to look through all of the Android devices available, how do you decide which one is the best. We will tell you, thats how … If we are wrong you can slam us in the comments section at the bottom of this article.
1. Samsung Galaxy S3 (by a landslide)
Every Android enthusiast has followed Samsung and have noticed big things coming from the popular company. The Galaxy S3 just being made by Samsung gives it an advantage. This device is Samsung’s latest flagship Android phone and has a crystal clear 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD display and a quad-core processor. What this means for you is no laggy graphics and speed to support any app you want to run on it. You will also get a removable battery and micro SD card support which most newer devices are starting to phase out.
Not only are the hardware specifications impressive but the software is loaded with extra features that are actually useful. Samsung has its own interface called TouchWiz making the device much more user friendly than the average Android device. Its also important to note that this is the most widely owned and supported Android device on the market to date.
2. HTC One X+
HTC has created a thin powerful family of devices with their One series. This phone runs on a quad-core processor putting it in line with the best specs available on a mobile device. You can get the One X+ with 64GB of storage. One thing to keep in mind is that while this device has an awesome screen that is the largest in its class and very clear that the battery life suffers and if you don’t like charging the phone at all during the day it may not be for you. You will get this device with Android 4.1 out of the box and HTC’s Sense UI which is second only to Samsung’s TouchWiz.
3. Google Nexus 4
Many Android developers and enthusiasts would argue that this device should be number one on the list although for the average user based on the purpose of this article it comes in third. Its a very affordable device that can be purchased out right for half of most other high end Android devices. This is also a Google device meaning that its always up to date and is the cleanest Android experience available.
The design of the Nexus 4 is small form and comes with a display that is on par with the top 2 devices in this article. If you don’t want the custom overlays that you get with HTC and Samsung this is the perfect device. It is fast enough to handle any app on the market today as well as coming with the most up to date Android OS 4.2 Jelly Bean. We do have to note that its storage is lower than the others and it lacks the 4G connectivity that we have all come to need in our high paced lives.
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Of course another Samsung phone would be on this list as they are as stated before king of the mobile industry right now. The Galaxy Note 2 is more of a phone Tablet hybrid as it has a large 5.5 inch display and a stylus. If you want a phone and a tablet but only want to have one device this one is easily the choice for you.
The Galaxy Note 2 is a powerful device with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface making it a very user friendly device for anyone. You will also get the most recent version of Android when you first turn the device on. The battery life is average for a device of its size and can easily last all day short of serious gaming.
5. LG Optimus 4X HD
When we think powerful smartphones LG usually does not hit our radar although they have proven to be a high end manufacturer with the Optimus 4X HD. This device comes with a quad-core processor, 4.7 inch display, and a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 making it very appealing to the eye.
The 4X HD is a great device for those that want a completely custom Android experience out of the box due to LG adding their own overlay that covers the stock Android look and feel. This device is however not for those that want the power and design of the previous devices mentioned.
Even thought the Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the greatest Android devices available right now, even the best will have an issue now and again. Reseting the Samsung Galaxy S3 to its factory condition is not a difficult process and can be easily done by any level of user. The easiest solution to fixing device errors is doing a factory reset or “hard reset”. What a hard reset is, is basically a software process that erases all information that has been added to the device since turning it on for the first time.
There are many reasons to do a factory reset on your Android device like getting it ready to sell, corruption to the file system by apps, or just slow down from everyday usage.
NOTE: Factory resetting the Samsung Galaxy S3 will erase all data on the device so be sure to backup anything that you don’t want lost forever.
How to Factory Reset (Hard Reset) the Samsung Galaxy S3:
- View your Apps and tap on the “Settings” app
- Once in Settings tap on the “Storage” tab
- Scroll to the bottom and tap on “Factory Data Reset”
- Follow on screen instructions and select “Erase Everything”
- Last confirm the action by tapping “Yes”
- Your Galaxy S3 will now reboot after the process is completed
- Congrats your Samsung Galaxy S3 is back to Factory condition
Once you factory reset your Samsung Galaxy S# you will need to setup your Google Play account again by attaching your Google account and then re-install all of the apps that you need.
One of the most anticipated Android phones of 2012 is the Samsung Galaxy S III which has been left out of Mobile World Congress by Samsung has some amazing specs. BGR has reported that they have seen the specs and they will have you giddy with anticipation.
Samsung Galaxy S III Features:
- Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
- 4.8-inch “full HD” 1080p resolution
- 16:9 aspect ratio display
- A 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 8-megapixel rear camera
- Ceramic case
- 4G LTE
We currently have no picture for the Galaxy S III although there have been renderings to show what the device may look like when released. As Samsung announces the device soon after MWC as they have stated we will update you with the full specs and hopefully an image.
We aren’t sure if this is legit or not but there is an online store that is allowing pre-order of the Samsung Galaxy S III called Kimstore. Samsung still has not officially announced the device but Samsung Telecommunications President JK Shin did leak it already. We have been expecting the announcement at Mobile World Congress although have since been told it will be announced at a separate event after MWC.
The Samsung Galaxy S III Specs According to Kimstore:
- SuperAmoled Plus display with capacitive touchscreen and 16m colors
- 720×1280 resolution at 4.6″
- 12 megapixel rear facing camera
- Video recording at 1080p
- 16gb or 32gb onboard storage and 2gb of RAM
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
We can assume this is only an attempt to generate traffic to their site since we can assume that Samsung would release this device with Android 4 ICS and not the Android 2.3 stated at Kimstore. They will however get their wish for traffic due to the ad seen above.
Samsung has officially stated that the Galaxy S III will not be announced at the Mobile World Congress this year but in a separate event by June. Samsung is not ready to unveil the device until its closer to production. This could be to avoid marketing suicide like Motorola has done in the past with devices like the Droid Bionic. I know everyone was looking forward to the Galaxy S III being announced at MWC but the announcement will come soon enough.
This is what Samsung had to say about the inquiries:
“Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.”
We can assume that a huge reason for this delay is the fact that they want to compete with Apples iPhone 5 that is expected the end of this year. Either way we do know based on track record that the Samsung Galaxy S III will be a force to be reckoned with.
It looks like Samsung has already “accidentally leaked” some specs for the newest device in the Galaxy S series of Android Devices. The Galaxy S III specs have been released with an expected 2012 release date already posted to it. We can almost guarantee that the specs you see here will change as the new device progresses through the next year.
Current leaked Samsung Galaxy S III features:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1.8 GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 4.6 inch Super AMOLED Plus HD Display
- 12 MP Rear Facing Camera
At this point Samsung shows that the camera will use the W750 BSI CMOS sensor with LTE and NFC support. The device will be lighter and thinner that the Galaxy S II and probably support the same TouchWiz UI seen in earlier versions.
Of course this is a very early leak and once released may not even be close although it is good to see that Samsung is moving forward so fast. As we find out more and the device is developed further we will keep you up to date on progress.
This has been verified to be fake.