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Best of Android Super Phones in 1st Half of 2011

Half of 2011 is gone, and we take a look at the best of the best Android super phones out there in the market for the 1st half of 2011. All these phones (with the exception of LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix) are running the latest and greatest Android 2.3 Gingerbread with their own unique customizations. There is a reason why these phones will only hold their place as the best in the 1st half of 2011, because in the 2nd half of 2011 before the year ends, we will see more powerful Android phones scheduled to be released using quad-cores, and running the new version of Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich, providing a completely new super phone experience. And now, we have the best top 5 phones from the 5 Android super phones manufacturers (in no particular order):

Here’s a table of comparison between the 5 devices:

LG Optimus 2X Samsung GALAXY S II HTC Sensation Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Motorola Atrix
Android OS 2.2 Froyo (Upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread) 2.3.x Gingerbread 2.3.x Gingerbread 2.3.x Gingerbread 2.2 Froyo (Upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread)
CPU 1GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, Nvidia Tegra 2 1.2GHz Cortex A9 Dual-core Qualcomm 1.2GHz Dual-Core Scorpion, Adreno 220 GPU Qualcomm 1GHz Scorpion, Adreno 205 GPU 1GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset
Display 4” 480 x 800 IPS LCD 4.27” 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus 4.3” 540 x 960 qHD 4.2” 480 x 854 LCD 4” 540 x 960 qHD
Custom UI Optimus UI 2.0 TouchWiz 4.0 Sense UI 3.0 Rachael UI Motoblur UI
Internal Storage 8GB 16GB 1GB 512MB 16GB
Battery 1500 mAh 1650 mAh 1520 mAh 1500 mAh 1930 mAh
Camera 8 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED Flash
1.3 MP front camera
8 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED Flash
2 MP front camera
8 MP rear camera with auto focus and dual LED flash
VGA front camera
8 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash
(No front camera)
5 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash
VGA front camera
Retail Price SGD$888 SGD$998 SGD$838 SGD$888 SGD$988 (with HD Multimedia Dock)

I’m always asked which phone I’ll recommend to people, and which phone I’ll buy if I had the money. Well, if I’m looking for the best of the best of all Android phones, I’ll get the Samsung GALAXY S II which will be out in Singapore by the end of June 2011.

I highly recommend the Samsung GALAXY S II because it has the best all rounded specifications, together with the Super AMOLED Plus screen (which dramatically reduces battery usage) and large battery capacity of 1650 mAh, you’ll be able to use this phone the whole day without charging up (the biggest complaint against Android phones).

My only complaint about the Samsung GALAXY S II is that it’s way too thin for my hands (which isn’t such a bad thing for many people), and TouchWiz UI. In terms of customized UI, HTC Sensation has got the best so far with the new Sense UI 3.0 bringing “Active Lockscreen” into the picture, enabling the possibility of music controller on the lockscreen, one of the biggest requests from everyone who wants to use (or has used) Android. But hey, that’s software and it will eventually be on every Android phone soon (I hope).

What do you guys think of the Best Android Super Phones in 1H 2011? Which do you like?

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