The holidays are approaching and smarpthones market is hot! Each brand already has its main devices on sale or are about to come quickly, and undoubtedly will raise an epic battle for Christmas sales. However, it is overwhelming how many devices there are available and may even be a little confusing to choose one, and that is why today in AndroidADN prepared a list of the Best Android Phones 2012.

SELECTION CRITERIA

USER

The criteria for selection must be based first on the person who will use it, this means the knowledge that the user already has and the desire and time that will spend on discovering this new device. This is important because a moderately experienced Android user may get the most out a non high-end device with custom ROMS and non-official updates. By contrast, a novice user should always have have official support if he or she wants to have the latest in Android and may need a high-end flagship.

HARDWARE

Smartphones have different sections as far as as hardware is concerned, and depending on the usage the user gives some parts are more important than others. For example, an average user values the camera and the applications of it to share moments in social networks, however, fans of the customizations may seek better processor and RAM to optimize their devices with custom ROMS and surely doing overclock. This is why you must decide which aspect of the device draws more attention because, unfortunately, there is no such thing as the perfect smartphone.

BRAND

It is known that the most popular Android brand is Samsung, by the quantity and quality of the devices that offer, however there is a crucial issue that is software updates in which all the companies falter. Whether by delays, or for failing to provide update support for hardware devices that qualify for it, the brands that manufacture smartphones do not usually provide quick updates to new versions of Android. The only brand that does provide the latest updates is Google with its own devices Nexus therefore if having the latest Android is priority for the user then this should be taken into account.

REISSUES

You will find within the low and medium range devices that are reissues of classic models, especially in the range Galaxy of Samsung. It is important to note that these models are launched with the idea of “updating” the hardware of the device so that it can adapt to the new demands of the market, but generally its user community is usually considerably lower. This is why you must keep in mind that when you purchase a “reissue” chances are that we should remain in the layer of the manufacturer without optimization options, which can be a factor to consider for those Android power users that may prefer the “less powerful” version but with custom ROMS and overclock end up being more efficient.

PRICE

Obviously prices will differ for the holidays, but is good to consider how much money you can get now at stores like Amazon, eBay or BestBuy to get an idea of the price reduction of the devices. I tend to think that those brands that release new devices at this time will significantly reduce the prices of their previous devices, but I can not be 100% sure. All prices listed here are for SIM-free devices, this means the net price of the same without discounts of the carriers nor contract.

Best Android Phones (High-End)

The high-end devices are characterized by bringing the best in hardware ensuring the user compatibility with the latest games and the best graphics, video streaming in HD and a fluid interface performance. As flagships of their respective brands is expected to receive at least one or two major upgrades in the future.

Note that some devices that are now in the mid-range as the Samsung Galaxy S2, were once high end thus support from the community is very large ensuring updates from custom ROMS that otherwise would not get (eg: the SGS2 can run Jelly Bean with Cyanogenmod but with Touchwiz only Ice Cream Sandwich).

NEXUS 4

The new Google flagship device claims to be the most powerful Android now, and if we add the constant support of its brand plus a moderate price then we speak of a smartphone to take into account. As drawback it must be said that the Nexus 4 has no ability to increase its external memory and its glass cover makes it fragile to falls.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 4.7 inches, resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels / / 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm, weighs 139 g

PROCESSOR & GPU: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 1.5 GHz, Adreno 320 GPU

RAM & Memory: 2GB RAM / / 8GB/16GB internal memory, no SD card

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilizer, Photo Sphere, geo-tagging, video 1080p @ 30fps, 720p 1.3MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: not necessary, has support from Google

PRICE: 8GB $ 299, 16GB $ 349

LG Optimus G

The flagship of LG might be seen as a brother of the Nexus 4, as they share similar technology. A device that has received attention for its great potential in the benchmarks and has a simple design that makes it in the antipodes aesthetics of Galaxy S3.

As main virtue, the LG Optimus G is presented as one of the most powerful Android for RAM and processor, and the resolution and size of its display make it ideal for gaming and HD video playback.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: True HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 4.7 inches and a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels / / 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5 mm and weighs 145 g

PROCESSOR & GPU: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 1.5 GHz, GPU Adreno 320

RAM & Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, has no SD slot

CAMERA: 13 MP/8MP (varies by region), autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging, video 1080p @ 30fps, 720p 1.3MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean update promised

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: is a very new device so there is not much support, but it will surely have

PRICE: $ 894 approx

LG Optimus 4X HD

The flagship of LG until the Optimus G came out, which is expected to significantly reduce its price for the holidays, has formidable specifications that makes it a very interesting device to follow.

The main advantage of the LG Optimus 4X HD is its Tegra 3 processor and the ability to expand its memory via microSD, which makes it an ideal device for gamers who install games that weigh much. Its display is very attractive and overall a flawless device. I think the main problem with this device is the lack of brand marketing.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: True HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 4.7 inches and a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 132.4 x 68.1 x 8.9 mm and weighs 133 g

PROCESSOR & GPU: NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.5 GHz, GPU ULP GeForce

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (12GB for the user), has microSD up to 32GB

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging, video 1080p @ 30fps, 720p 1.3MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: has support from the community, so you can enjoy Jelly Bean on this device

PRICE: $ 400 approx

Samsung Galaxy S3

Not much you can say of this device that has not been said so far, the Samsung flagship device is the best selling of the year and without doubt one of the best Android smartphones of the moment. Its large display and powerful processor make this device a classic. As drawback some say thate the Samsung Galaxy S3´s plastic construction gives a feeling of poor quality device, which I don´t share at all. It is impossible that you can go wrong with this device, in particular, can not find major faults.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 4.8 inches at a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, and a weight of 133 g

PROCESSOR & GPU: Exynos 4 Quad 1.4 GHz quad-core, GPU Mali 400MP

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory, microSD slot holds up to 64GB

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization, 1080p @ 30fps video, 1.9MP front camera 720p @ 30fps

OFFICIAL OS: by default Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, has now Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: great support from the community, one of the most popular devices

PRICE: from $530 (16GB)

Samsung Galaxy Note II

While not exactly a smartphone, the fact is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a “Phablet” (hybrid between phone and tablet) and is plausible to be used as a smartphone and for its great hardware is currently Samsung´s most powerful device. Its huge display makes it ideal for playing multimedia content and gaming, although it is not recommended for the average user accustomed to devices that are much smaller.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 5.5 inches and 720 x 1280 resolucón pixels / / 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm, weighs 183 g

PROCESSOR & GPU: Exynos 4412 Quad 1.6 GHz quad-core, GPU Mali 400MP

RAM & Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory, microSD slot holds up to 64 GB

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization, 1080p @ 30fps video, 1.9MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: is a very new device, and the community support will surely be large although not as much as the S3

PRICE: $ 800/900

HTC ONE X

The classic of HTC boasts of having one of the world’s best Android screens, and carrying with a powerful processor and a GeForce surely be the favorite for many gamers.

The HTC One X was until now the flagship of the company and for its specifications and user community is an interesting option. With the release of the new Droid DNA will surely have a discount in its price.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: Super IPS LCD2 of 4.7 inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 130 g

PROCESSOR & GPU: Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.5GHz GPU ULP GeForce

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and has no microSD slot

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, video and photo capture simultaneous stereo video 1080p @ 30fps, 720p 1.3MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean update on the way

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: high

PRICE: from $ 450 to $ 500, but is likely to be achieved for the holidays for $ 400 approx

HTC ONE X PLUS

This device is an improved version of HTC’s previous flagship, the HTC ONE X, which makes it an interesting version although some users may prefer something more innovative. As hardware regards has interesting specifications and has by default Jelly Bean.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 4.7 inches and a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 135 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Nvidia AP37 Tegra 3 quad-core 1.7GHz, GPU ULP GeForce

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, has no card slot

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, video and photo capture simultaneous HDR, 1080p @ 30fps video, 1.6MP front camera 720p @ 30fps

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean,

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: is a very new device, although all HTC usually have great community support

PRICE: $ 763

HTC DROID DNA

The new flagship of the Taiwanese company was presented a few days ago and has attracted the eyes of many smarpthones users. The HTC Droid DNA has the best screen in the world so far, and the size of its display and the power of its processor will surely be one of the most sought devices this holiday season.

Unfortunately is only available in the USA and for Verizon, although it should not be surprising that after the holidays arrive unlocked or to other companies in the world.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: Super LCD3 5 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels / / 141 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm and weighs only 138 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Qualcomm MDM615m/APQ8064 Processor 1.5GHz quad-core, Adreno 320 GPU

RAM & Memory: 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and microSD slot has not

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, video and photo capture simultaneous HDR, 1080p @ 30fps video, 2.1MP front camera 1080p @ 30fps

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: too recent

PRICE: $ 200 with Verizon contract, not unlocked for the moment

Sony Xperia T

Known for being used in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, the Sony Xperia T comes on the heels of a specification that position in the high end but just barely.

This device certainly has great marketing through the film, and its design camera and display are the highlights of it, but not its processor wich is proper for a midrange or upper middle.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 4.6-inch TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 129.4 x 67.3 x 9.4 mm and weighs 139 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor dual-core 1.5GHz, GPU Adreno 225

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable microSD slot holds up to 32GB

CAMERA: 13 MP, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D panoramic photos, image stabilizer, video 1080p @ 30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, 1.3 front camera 720p

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.0 ICS, but the upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on the way

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Good

PRICE: $ 550 approximately

Motorola Atrix HD

Scratching the high end is this Motorola device that stands as high-end mainly for its recent departure date, July 2012. Continuing the line of Motorola Atrix, the Motorola Atrix HD is a stylish device that incorporates the design style of the RAZR. Not the most powerful but is a good alternative.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 4.5 inches and a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 133.5 x 69.9 x 8.4 mm and weighs 140 g

PROCESSOR & GPU: Dual-core processor 1.5 GHz GPU Adreno 225

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, microSD slot holds up to 32GB

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Touch focus, geo-tagging image stabilization, 1080p video @ 30fps, 1.3 MP front camera 720p

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: has support from the community, and you can install Jelly Bean

PRICE: $ 280 approx

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD

With a design very characteristic of Motorola we find this device that is located in the high range purely and exclusively for its display, battery and release date (September 2012). As main attribute must be mentioned that has a great battery Li-Ion 3300 mAh which offers a talk time of up to 32 hours. It also has a high-resolution and size display, and a casing kevlar style gives it a rough and tough look.

As for hardware, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD is far behind the main high-end models being mid-high. Its high price makes it a difficult choice prioritizing the battery over other aspects of the device.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 4.7-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3 mm and weighs 157 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz, GPU Adreno 225

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 32GB internal memory (26 MB available to the user) and has microSD slot expandable up to 32GB

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Touch-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, 1080p @ 30fps video and 1.3 MP front

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: unstable

PRICE: $ 800

Best Android Phones (Mid-End)

Midrange devices are divided into flagships of a recent past and in modern devices with less powerful hardware. In general you can run the latest of Android with good displays as well as gaming and HD multimedia, what separates primarily of high-range are its display size and resolution, the number of processor cores and official updates offered by their respective manufacturers.

A mid-range device with great community support should not present notable differences with high-range except for the size and resolution of their display.

Samsung Galaxy S2

The former flagship of Samsung stays in tune and for its specifications promises to have a lot to give yet.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is a very complete smarpthone, although not the ultimate as far as hardware is concerned, its specifications allow it to run all games and high-end applications. Added to this, the large community of users that has makes it a device with support not only for Android 4.1 but 4.2 with developers like Cyanogen. On the side of Samsung updates, however, by the time the device has Ice Cream Sandwich although Jelly Bean is promised.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: Super AMOLED Plus 4.3 inch with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) / / 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm and weighs 116 g

PROCESSOR & GPU: dual core processor Exynos dual-core Cortex A9 1.2 GHz, GPU Mali-400MP

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB internal memory, micro SD slot for up to 32GB

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization, 1080p @ 30fps video, 2MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean promised by year end

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: massive, developers like Cyanogen or MIUI have it as one of the most popular devices

PRICE: $ 400, but is likely to be reduced for the holidays

Samsung Galaxy S2 HD

As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy S2 HD is an enhanced version of the famous Galaxy S2 but incorporates as major improvements a display with HD resolution and a slightly faster processor.

Note that the models are reissues of classics are considered “transitional devices” that will probably never have a great community support and therefore we should stay with the operating system provided by the manufacturer. But are good choices for those who do not try to optimize their device and have official support knowing they are acquiring an improved version or modified of a classic.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: Super AMOLED Plus of 4.65 inches and a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 129.8 x 68.8 x 9.5 mm weighs 130.5 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Dual-core processor 1.5 GHz Scorpion, GPU Adreno 220

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and has microSD slot up to 32GB, 8GB included

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization, 1080p @ 30fps video, 2MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, is likely to be update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with more delay

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: very little

PRICE: between $450 and $500

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The formidable device created in partnership between Google and Samsung was able to attract the eyes of the entire community when he premiered the Android version of Ice Cream Sandwich back in October 2011. The Galaxy Nexus is a smartphone very difficult to classify in a range since its specs are somewhat heterogeneous, its display and Google updates belong to a high-end, while the camera, processor and lack of microSD make it down category being an upper-middle range.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 4.65 inches Super AMOLED with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm and weighs 135 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: dual core processor TI OMAP 4460 dual-core 1.2 GHz, GPU PowerVR SGX540

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage, has no microSD slot

Camera: 5 MP, 2592×1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Touch focus, zero shutter lag, face detection, panoramic photos, touch focus, geo-tagging, video 1080p @ 30fps, 720p 1.3 MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, already features the new version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: being Google device it is not necessary

PRICE: $ 350 to $ 370

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

As with any successful model, the company that launches it aims to make the most of this and releases new versions or adaptations of it to compete in other market sectors, and this is precisely what is the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. Taking advantage of the name and design of the famous Galaxy S3, this device, launched in October 2012, has an almost identical appearance but at a reduced size with substantially lower performance.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is a lower-middle range that points to lower-cost areas of the market trying to take advantage of the Galaxy S3 fame and no it is not a bad device is far from being one of the best. Hopefully, if the device is successful in sales creates a good user community, although that is yet to be seen. I must confess that for the price I think there are better options, although if the aesthetics of the device is essential for you then maybe the S3 Mini is a good choice.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 4-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels / / 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm and weighs 11.5 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: dual core processor dual-core U8420 NovaThor 1GHz GPU Mali-400MP

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB/16GB internal memory and microSD slot offers expandable up to 32GB

Camera: 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, Touch focus, Video 720p @ 30fps, VGA front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: very recent device

PRICE: $ 440

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx

Launched in January this year, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is a formidable device that has a great construction and similar specifications to the Galaxy S2 being barely higher the resolution of its display although unfortunately its community support is significantly lower.

It has everything necessary to be a midrange Android without particularly excelling in any aspect unless its design emulating in its cover a kevlar vest, although this is a section subject to the taste of the user.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels / / 130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99 mm and weighs 145 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: dual core Cortex-A9 dual-core 1.2 GHz, GPU PowerVR SGX540

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and microSD slot offers expandable up to 32GB

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilizer, video 1080p @ 30fps, 720p 1.3MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: acceptable

PRICE: $ 400 to $ 450

Very similar to this model we find the Motorola Razr Maxx, launched in May 2012 that practically has no differences with the model just described.

HTC ONE S

The HTC One S is a formidable smarpthone that presents good specifications with a design that marked the line for the following models. Its main virtue is the powerful processor being the other aspects common to other devices in the range. It is a very popular device that has a wide support from the community of users and developers.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels / / 130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm and weighs 119.5 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Qualcomm MSM8260A Processor 1.5GHz dual-core, GPU Adreno 225

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, has no microSD slot

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, video and photo capture simultaneous stereo video 1080p @ 30fps, 720p 1.3MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, upgradeable to Jelly Bean

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: great community support

PRICE: $ 400 to $ 450

HTC SENSATION

With nearly two years on the market, the former flagship of HTC continues to battle in the Android market and stands as a good choice in the midrange. As main attribute must emphasize the resolution of its display and as drawback its RAM. The HTC Sensation has a large community of users, and if you know how to handle it you´ll be able to run the latest of Android smoothly.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: S-LCD of 4.3 inches with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels / / 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm and weighs 148 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual core, Adreno 220 GPU

RAM & Memory: 768MB RAM, 1GB of internal storage, expandable microSD slot has up to 32GB, 8GB included

CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, image stabilization, face detection, video 1080p @ 30fps, VGA secondary camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Jelly Bean as the company itself transcended

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: great support from the community, it is possible to install Jelly Bean with CyanogenMod

PRICE: $ 300 to $ 320

SONY XPERIA S

This device is one of the best in the mid range, in fact has a range of upper-middle range. Launched in January 2012, the Sony Xperia S has some formidable hardware features, and if not for its processor and small screen size talking about a high-end device. Highlights the resolution of its display and powerful camera, and the major cons that I see are the lack of microSD and maybe its processor, although within the middle range is one of the most powerful.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: LCD with LED backlight 4.3 inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels / / 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm and weighs 144 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Processor Qualcomm MSM8260 1.5GHz dual-core processor, GPU Adreno 220

RAM & Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB internal memory, has no microSD slot

CAMERA: 12 MP, 4000×3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D panoramic photos, image stabilizer, video 1080p @ 30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, front camera with video 720p @ 30fps

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread,

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: acceptable, but not the best

Price: Between $ 340 and $ 380

Best Android Phones (Low-End)

The low-end usually are devices that already have a few years on the market and will still maintain due to its great performance and a growing user community. It’s probably not the first choice for a user who wants to enter through the front door to the Android world, although I must point out that as far as the use of smarpthone regards can do everything you need (messaging, social networking and navigation).

The low range are ideal choices for users who do not pay too much attention to their device or for those of advanced knowledge that installing custom ROMS and doing overclock take its performance to the rank of a mid-range.

Samsung Galaxy S

Like the S2, the Samsung Galaxy S was the flagship of Samsung back in March 2010 when it was released, I must emphasize that it is a truly amazing device and if you have advanced knowledge of Android you´ll be able to run not only Jelly Bean on this device but also able to play the most demanding titles like NOVA 3 or Asphalt 7.

The Samsung Galaxy S has interesting features that for obvious reasons of time are not the most powerful, although if you know how to optimize, as I said earlier, you’ll have the latest of Android for a really affordable price. Its main virtue is its 4-inch display and a powerful GPU. The only drawback I see is the lack of LED flash on the camera, an attribute that is regularly built, but if you can ignore that, this is a device to take into account.

With its large community of users, the Samsung Galaxy S is the perfect device for the user seeking optimization at low cost.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: Super AMOLED capacitive 4 inches at a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels / / 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm and weighs 119 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU processor core 1 GHz Cortex-A8, GPU PowerVR SGX540

RAM & Memory: 512 MB RAM, 2GB ROM (read only memmory), 8 GB/16GB internal storage and microSD slot holds up to 32 GB

Camera: 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, video 720p @ 30fps, VGA video call secondary camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android OS v2.1 Eclair, upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: huge, you can upgrade to Jelly Bean, overclock and run the latest of Android

PRICE: $ 250, though there are a lot of devices used in very good condition starting at $ 100 or $ 150

NEXUS S

The Nexus S is a device almost identical to the Galaxy S, in fact was manufactured jointly by Google and Samsung at the same time it launched the Galaxy S, as major differences are found the LED flash on the camera and Google support that always is welcomed.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 4-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels / / 123.9 x 63 x 10.9 mm and weighs 129 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU

RAM & Memory: 512 MB RAM, 16GB internal memory, has no microSD slot

Camera: 5 MP, 2560 x 1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, video 720p @ 30fps, VGA secondary camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: fine, is possible to install Jelly Bean

Price: Between $ 280 and $ 320

Samsung Galaxy S Advance

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is a device that takes the specifications of the Galaxy S a little step forward, but not necessarily much better. The main improvements are found in the processor that goes from one core to two and in RAM, where some 256 MB of more memory can be useful although not mark a drastic change.

In its aesthetic has changes quite notorious for being a re-issue, and users will certainly appreciate its size and portability especially to hold with one hand. It’s an interesting update of a very popular device that will be particularly useful for the average user of Android who does not seek too optimize the device or tries to run Jelly Bean on it. If, however, you would like to install custom ROMS, run Jelly Bean and perform overclocks with different kernels then I recommend going for the original model.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 4-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels / / 123.2 x 63 x 9.7 mm and weighs 120 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Cortex-A9 dual-core 1GHz, GPU PowerVR SGX540

RAM & Memory: 768MB RAM, 8GB/16GB internal memory, microSD slot holds up to 32GB

Camera: 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization, 720p @ 30fps video, 1.3MP front camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: low

PRICE: $ 305

SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE

The ultra popular and sold Samsung Galaxy Ace may be a bit old by now, especially in regards to hardware, but I assure you that if you know how to optimize it you will have a fine smartphone running all the basic and fundamental applications of any Android.

For its time, January 2011, was a mid- range smarthpone with even features in all aspects, and today is a good choice for an advanced user who does not intend to use it as a device for reproducing HD multimedia content or gaming but for pure and exclusively smartphone usage (web browsing, social networking and messaging) at an accessible price. Its size is ideal for talking, using WhatsApp or keeping it in your pocket.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 3.5 inch TFT with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels / / 112.4 x 59.9 x 11.5 mm and weighs 113 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: one core processor Qualcomm MSM7227 800 MHz, GPU Adreno 200

RAM & Memory: 278MB RAM, 158MB internal memory, microSD slot holds up to 32GB, 2GB included

Camera: 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, VGA video @ 24fps

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: High, you may install Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

PRICE: $ 180 to $ 220

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, as its name implies, is the older brother of the Galaxy Ace, very popular model in the Galaxy series. I must confess that I am not a big fan of the reissues but in this case we must pay close attention to the specifications since this device has improved and a lot being a more than valid alternative. Except for its RAM and OS, this device could fit in the midrange being a low-mid range or medium-low depending on which aspects of the device prefer to highlight.

As main virtues has a dual-core processor, an interesting display with better resolution and a design and size ideal for portability. As cons, this device has a delayed version of Android and I doubt that has official support in the future to incorporate neither Ice Cream Sandwich not Jelly Bean, and its user community may not reach to be large enough to optimize the device to the maximum.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: TFT PLS capacitive touchscreen of 3.8 inches with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels / / 118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm and weighs 122 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: dual core processor at 800MHz NovaThor U8500, GPU Mali-400MP

RAM & Memory: 768MB of RAM, 4GB internal memory and microSD slot offers expandable up to 32GB

Camera: 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, video 720p @ 30fps

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: low

Price: Between $ 270 and $ 280

NEXUS ONE

The first device in the Nexus series was created between Google and HTC, and its hardware and its Android-native condition conferred to this device virtues enough to be taken seriously. Note that for the time it was released, in January 2010, this device was a luxury.

The Nexus One, although it has not a powerful hardware, like all low-end devices, offers a wide usage as regards to a smartphone (social networking, messaging and navigation) leaving  aside only the gaming newer titles section and media playback in HD.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: 3.7-inch AMOLED with a resolution of 400 x 800 pixels / / 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm and weighs 130 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz, GPU Adreno 200

RAM & Memory: 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM internal memory, microSD slot has (TransFlash) up to 32GB, 4GB included

Camera: 5 MP, 2560 x 1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, smile detection, video 720×480 @ 20fps D1

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.1 Eclair, upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: High, you may install Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

PRICE: $ 180 approx

Sony Xperia Play

Designed purely and exclusively for gamers, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was one of the last Sony devices before changing signs (moved from Ericsson to Xperia). Launched in February 2011, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has a hardware that obviously is not the most powerful and its slide keyboard may do it a little thicker than desired, but if you’re a fan of the games you may ignore that. No doubt it is recommended for gamers.

The highlight of this device is its gamer keyboard and a display of good size and resolution; as counter, and for being a gamer smartphone, is too wide and heavy for its size.

DISPLAY & MEASURES: LCD with backlight LED of 4 inches at a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels / / 119 x 62 x 16 mm and weighs 175 grams

PROCESSOR & GPU: Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor 1 GHz, GPU Adreno 205

RAM & Memory: 500MB internal memory, 380 MB user available RAM, microSD slot holds up to 32GB, 8GB included

Camera: 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, touch focus, WVGA video, secondary video call camera

OFFICIAL OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: fine, is possible to install Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

PRICE: $ 200 / $ 220

This was AndroidADN´s selection of the best Android Phones of 2012, there are models that for criterion issues remained outside of the post but the idea is that you can get an idea of what you’re going to find this Christmas.

I recommend that you analyze well before buying a phone with a contract because many times the initial cost is lower but then the monthly cost does end up paying the difference in a short time. Keep in mind the user of the device since a smartphone is no ordinary cell-phone nor in cost neither in functions.

That was all. I hope the post served and you may choose the best device for your use and taste. Let us know which is your favorite and which you are planning to buy this holiday season

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