Christmas is getting closer and if you want a new handset but don’t know which one to ask for or have been given a list with the very helpful description consisting of ‘a phone please’ then we might be able to help you out.
We’ve come up with the top 5 Android handsets that can be ready and waiting under the tree on Christmas morning, but what makes this OS worth investing in? For a start, it’s one of the most popular software platforms around at the moment with Google reporting that they sell around 200,000 Android handsets a day. It’s an operating system that keeps on growing as the Android Market recently passed the 100,000 apps mark, and Google regularly churn out software updates too. Being a Google creation, Android also packs a number of familiar clients from the company which have been transferred to the mobile market including Gmail, Google Maps and Google Talk.
Best of all, Android handsets come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of different spec lists and price points to suit every budget. Here’s our pick of the best 5 out there:
If you haven’t been acquainted with the Desire HD before, you’re bound to have heard about its older brother the HTC Desire, a highly successful Android handset. The HTC Desire HD steps things up a notch and has a huge 4.3 inch Super LCD touchscreen display, making it an ideal smartphone for anyone who loves browsing the web, watching films or viewing photos.
There’s a lot more to this handset beyond the big screen as the rest of its technical line up includes an impressive 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 Froyo, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity plus an 8 megapixel camera with 720p video recording. The Desire HD has DLNA connectivity too which can be brought to life with Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround Sound. Users can also take advantage of the latest version of HTC Sense, which connects the Desire HD up to a new security feature via HTCSense.com which can lock, wipe or track your phone down online.
Read our full review on the HTC Desire HD here.
2. HTC Desire Z (Available for free from £25 a month)
The Desire Z is HTC’s latest QWERTY slider handset and was announced alongside the Desire HD. The full QWERTY keyboard is the Desire Z’s main asset and this handset would suit anyone who loves to talk and text.
It still has a commendable range of features including Android 2.2, a 1GHz processor, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 5 megapixel camera, the latest version of HTC Sense and a slightly more modest 3.7 inch display.
Read our full review on the HTC Desire Z here.
When the Samsung Galaxy S was announced back in March, it raised the smartphone bar with its 4 inch Super AMOLED display providing one of the best quality phone screens around. Aside from topping the smartphone display chart, it still offers a great range of specs for any budding space ranger including a 1GHz processor, Android 2.1 (which can be upgraded to Android 2.2) plus Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 5 megapixel camera and is just 9mm thick.
Read our full review on the Samsung Galaxy S here.
The Flipout takes a different approach to smartphone design, and is a perfect starter handset with all the trimmings. It gets its name from the flip out five row QWERTY keyboard which makes it stand out from the standard slider device. Despite it only having a tiny 67 x 67mm frame with a 2.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, it’s still big on features and has 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 3.1 megapixel camera with Android 2.1 and Motorola’s own UI, Motoblur. Motoblur has a heavy focus on social networks and offers direct access to Facebook and MySpace and delivers live Twitter feeds to the Flipout’s homescreen. This friendly focus makes it a perfect phone for teenagers and the fun design will go down well with their friends too.
Read our full review on the Motorola Flipout here.
If you’re not so keen on carrying a big handset around, the X10 Mini Pro may be just what you’re after. It’s still got some top features including 3G and Wi-Fi connections, a 5 megapixel camera and the manufacturer’s own social networking app, Timescape but is the same size as a credit card. The 2.55 inch display may not sound particularly finger friendly but Sony Ericsson has come up with some practical solutions. You can install your favourite apps and widgets onto the four homescreen corners for quick access and the Pro has a full QWERTY keyboard to make messaging easy. This handset only has Android 1.6 on it, but if you or the person you’re buying for is looking for an easy to get your head around smartphone this is a safe bet. It’s small enough to fit into a stocking too!
Read our full review on the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro here.
Why not check out our top ten tips for buying a mobile phone as a Christmas present.