Best Android Phones Overall

Let’s continue our Android Phone Finder questions with what kind of user you are.

Read the descriptions below and select the answer that’s closest to how you use your phone. This question is important to help you find the best available phone that fits the way you use the phone. We do this by focusing in on the features that are most important for how you use the phone. We’ll also show you the true cost of the phone over the two year contract. (Note that prices do not include taxes, fees, or overage charges which can vary greatly depending on the location.)

Q2: What kind of phone user are you?

 

Gamer

For gamers, the number one thing you need is a powerful device with a strong processor to run the best games. You’ll also want a large screen so that you can see the details in the games. The large screen will also help with the controls of the game. Since most games are touch based, your fingers cover less of the screen the larger it is. Gamers are the true power users — they will always need the latest phones with the fastest processors and the largest screens.

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Business User

Business users need a professional device that has great connectivity. One of the many devices with tethering should be a must. A keyboard is a pretty good feature as well — especially for those users coming over from the Blackberry world. Not necessarily large, but a good quality, easy to read screen is a must. Next, battery life is very important for power business users that are checking emails and talking on their phones all day.

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Social User

A social user needs a little bit of everything. The ability to check in with their social networks at anytime and any place. The ability to take pictures and video to post, GPS to find connections, and most likely a keyboard to type up those Facebook updates quickly. Battery life is also a really important feature for the social user.

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Casual User

A casual user generally uses the phone to (gasp!) actually make phone calls more than any other feature. For them good call quality and battery life are the most important features. Since the typical casual user isn’t a real power user, a keyboard is optional. Size is more important — the smaller, the more convenient, and therefore the better.

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None of the Above

If you don’t really fit into any of the above segments, feel free to take a look at any of the phones below and look for features that are important to you.


Best Overall Android Phones for a Gamer

Droid X

Manufacturer: Motorola
Specs: 1 GHz processor, 4.3″ screen 854 x 480 resolution, 8.0 MP / 720p camera with flash, 8 GB on board memory, GPS
Size: 5.47 ounces, 5″ x 2.57″ x 0.4″
Relative Size: Very large
Battery: 8 hours talk time
Released: July 2010
Network: Verizon Wireless

The Rundown: We like this phone for one, because it’s one of the most powerful Android phones to date. It’s got a beautiful screen — at a huge 4.3″. And, it just feels good in you hand, in your pocket, anywhere. A great phone for people who need the power. The camera is also rather amazing at 8 MP and does 720p HD video recording. Won’t be for everyone as it is very large. Consider Droid Incredible if this is too large for you.

What’s it cost?: (Device + Contract costs minus taxes,fees,etc.)

Via Amazon:: $179.99 with two year contract (affiliate link)
Direct from Verizon:: $199.99 with two year contract, $569.88 without contract.


Evo 4G

Manufacturer: HTC
Specs: 1 GHz processor, 4.3″ screen with 480×800 resolution, 8MP back camera with flash, front facing camera, GPS
Size: 6 ounces, 4.8″ x 2.6″ x 0.5″
Relative Size: Large and beefy. Oh, and red on the inside.
Battery: 6.0 hours talk time
Network: Sprint

The Rundown: The first 4G Android phone, the Evo is a gigantic beast of a phone. While huge, it’s also amazingly powerful. Including the fastest processor available, a fantastic 4.3″ screen, and a front and back camera. This phone really has it all – there’s even a kickstand on the back so you can prop it up to watch videos. (Something I have never once used) The real downside to the Evo is the extra 4G data charge that you have to pay under contract — even if you never use the 4G data. Considering very few Sprint customers have access to 4G, I’m surprised Sprint decided to charge this from the start.

What’s the cost?:

Amazon.com:: $199.99 with two year contract.
Direct from Sprint:: $199.99 with two year contract, $449.99 without contract.

Best Overall Android Phones for a Business User

Intercept

Manufacturer: Samsung
Specs: 800 Mhz processor, 3.2″ screen 240×400 resolution, 3.2MP camera, GPS, slide out keyboard
Size: 4.9 ounces, 4.4″ x 2.2″ x 0.6″
Relative size: Mid-size
Battery: 6.4 hours talk time
Network: Sprint

The Rundown: The Intercept is a slightly older phone, but the best budget option on Sprint right now. It’s got a good slide-out keyboard. The screen is rather small at QXVGA resolution, but passable and has good color. A good option with great battery life and a keyboard for Sprint users on a budget.

What’s the cost?:

Amazon :: $0.01 with two year contract.
Direct from Sprint:: $99.99 with two year contract, $349.99 without contract.


MyTouch 3G Slide

Manufacturer: T-Mobile/HTC
Specs: 600 Mhz Processor, 3.2″ 320×480 resolution screen, 5MP camera with flash, 512MB internal memory, Wifi, GPS
Size: 5.9 ounces, 4.5″ x 2.3″ x 0.6″
Battery: 4 hours talk time
Network: T-Mobile (3G)

The Rundown: Keyboard comes at the cost of the battery.

What’s the cost?:

Amazon :: $49.99 with two year contract.
Direct from T-Mobile:: $179.99 with two year contract, $429.99 without contract.


Droid

Manufacturer: HTC
Specs: 550 MHz processor, 3.7″ 480×854 resolution screen, 5MP camera with flash, 256 MB on board memory, GPS, slide-out keyboard
Size: 5.96 ounces, 4.56″ x 2.36″ x 0.54″
Relative Size: Medium, heavy feeling
Battery: 6.4 hours talk time
Network: Verizon Wireless

The Rundown: A fairly small phone to have a real slide-out keyboard, and still one of the few Android phones with a real keyboard. While this phone is getting a little long in the tooth, it’s still a solid workhorse and a great phone. The screen is rather clean and crisp and the keyboard functions well. A great budget option on Verizon — especially so if you need the keyboard.

What’s the cost?:

Via Amazon:: $0.01 with two year contract (affiliate link)
Direct from Verizon:: $149.99 with two year contract, $559.99 without contract.

Best Overall Android Phones for a Social User

MyTouch 3G Slide

Manufacturer: T-Mobile/HTC
Specs: 600 Mhz Processor, 3.2″ 320×480 resolution screen, 5MP camera with flash, 512MB internal memory, Wifi, GPS
Size: 5.9 ounces, 4.5″ x 2.3″ x 0.6″
Battery: 4 hours talk time
Network: T-Mobile (3G)

The Rundown: Keyboard comes at the cost of the battery.

What’s the cost?:

Amazon :: $49.99 with two year contract.
Direct from T-Mobile:: $179.99 with two year contract, $429.99 without contract.


Droid

Manufacturer: HTC
Specs: 550 MHz processor, 3.7″ 480×854 resolution screen, 5MP camera with flash, 256 MB on board memory, GPS, slide-out keyboard
Size: 5.96 ounces, 4.56″ x 2.36″ x 0.54″
Relative Size: Medium, heavy feeling
Battery: 6.4 hours talk time
Network: Verizon Wireless

The Rundown: A fairly small phone to have a real slide-out keyboard, and still one of the few Android phones with a real keyboard. While this phone is getting a little long in the tooth, it’s still a solid workhorse and a great phone. The screen is rather clean and crisp and the keyboard functions well. A great budget option on Verizon — especially so if you need the keyboard.

What’s the cost?:

Via Amazon:: $0.01 with two year contract (affiliate link)
Direct from Verizon:: $149.99 with two year contract, $559.99 without contract.

Best Overall Android Phones for a Casual User

Droid

Manufacturer: HTC
Specs: 550 MHz processor, 3.7″ 480×854 resolution screen, 5MP camera with flash, 256 MB on board memory, GPS, slide-out keyboard
Size: 5.96 ounces, 4.56″ x 2.36″ x 0.54″
Relative Size: Medium, heavy feeling
Battery: 6.4 hours talk time
Network: Verizon Wireless

The Rundown: A fairly small phone to have a real slide-out keyboard, and still one of the few Android phones with a real keyboard. While this phone is getting a little long in the tooth, it’s still a solid workhorse and a great phone. The screen is rather clean and crisp and the keyboard functions well. A great budget option on Verizon — especially so if you need the keyboard.

What’s the cost?:

Via Amazon:: $0.01 with two year contract (affiliate link)
Direct from Verizon:: $149.99 with two year contract, $559.99 without contract.


MyTouch 3G

Manufacturer: T-Mobile/HTC
Specs: 528 Mhz Processor, 3.2″, 320×480 resolution screen, 3.2 MP camera, 192 MB internal memory, Wifi, GPS
Size: 4.1 ounces, 4.5″ x 2.2″ x 0.6″
Relative Size: Small
Battery: 7.0 hours talk time
Network: T-Mobile (3G)

The Rundown: The MyTouch 3G is a great little phone. While it may not be the speediest Android phone out there, it a solid little device. Good hard buttons and a trackball and really fantastic battery life for a smartphone. Downsides are the lack of real headphone jack (boo HTC!).

What’s the cost?:

Amazon :: $89.99 with two year contract.
Direct from T-Mobile:: $99.99 with two year contract, $399.99 without contract.