CES may have come and gone, but the only thing that didn’t was the mark that some devices left on the said event. And for those under the green robot camp, that mark was left pretty well as there are multiple Android devices that topped this year’s Best of Innovations Honorees. What impressions did these handsets left that included them in this timely list? That’s what we’re here to find out. Presenting, the top Android devices in CES 2012 Best of Innovations Honorees (in no particular order.)
DTS Inc. – T-Mobile G2x™ with Google™ by LG
The G2x, one of T-Mobile’s more popular devices. A good all around Android mobile phone loaded with lots of multimedia features. And if you’ve got multimedia, it would be better if it had great sound, right? This is where DTS goes in. DTS’s Ultra Mobile technology allows the user to experience the ultimate in portable entertainment and gaming. Now you won’t have any problems of not having enough volume from your mobile phone once you see that DTS logo imprinted there.
Now here’s something different. For most android phone models, there’s always a variant that caters to those wanting a QWERTY keypad despite being optimized for a touch screen interface. There’s the Xperia Arc and the Xperia Pro; and then there’s the Droid and the Droid Pro. However, there are a few that go outside this ‘norm’ and go for the more creative approach. Such phone is the DoublePlay by LG. While it also has the slide out keypad, the keypad itself is split into two — with a small touchscreen at the center. This allows easy customization for users that always access the same apps at once to do it easier without having to scroll through multiple screens. And of course, there are the features that you’d expect of an LG phone in this price range. So yep, that’s an innovative phone right there.
LG Revolution with VMware Horizon Mobile™
Here’s another offering from LG, but this time around, it’s neither the design, nor the specs. For those that use their mobile phones in both personal and work applications, but don’t want to intermix either into one conundrum, then the LG Revolution is perfect. Included in the package is VMware Horizon Mobile Technology, which allows you to have two virtual phones in a single unit. This basically allows employers to have less capital expenses by letting their employees have a phone with the said technology, such as the LG Revolution, and they’ll be more productive.
Motorola Droid Bionic
The Droid Bionic was a first in its kind in many ways. For one, it’s the first phone offered by Verizon to use 4G LTE technology powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor. Couple that with it’s 1 GB of RAM and a thin form factor and you’ve got yourselves a very stylish smartphone that has the integration of the latest technology into a single package. Add to that Motorola’s ZumoCast and you have yourselves a great multimedia device that can easily pull off content from your desktop and back. And yep, it’s upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich, making lesser reasons of not buying one.
Motorola Photon 4G
Motorola has proven themselves to be really flexible this time. If Verizon has the Droid Bionic, then Sprint has in their hands the first Worldphone. Basically with speeds like those provided by Sprint 4G, coupled with the processing power of the Photon 4G’s 1 GHz dual core and that gorgeous 4.3-inch qHD display, you won’t need any phone besides this one. Since it is a worldphone, you’d use it for endless hours chatting — as a bonus, the Photon 4G has an included kickstand, you can just place it on the top of your coffee table, then chat away. The phone, combined with the provider truly deserves the worldphone moniker it has.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Galaxy Nexus has been a news maker for quite sometime, well it’s the first mobile phone released to have the latest Android version loaded into it. Combine that with it’s astounding 4.65-inch HD Super Amoled Touchscreen display, and it’s LTE connectivity capabilities, the Galaxy Nexus is sure to be a staple in most Android lovers out there. The Galaxy Nexus also has it’s own build-in voice assistant feature. And while it may not be a Siri, it definitely gets the job done. So for those early adapters or just wanting to have the latest of what they can get, then go for the Galaxy Nexus.
Samsung Galaxy Note
IF you ever wanted consistency in the size of your mobile phones, then the Galaxy Note is definitely out of that range. Samsung likes creating devices at different and sometimes, weird dimensions. The Galaxy Note, as many will probably deem it, is kind of a hybrid between your smaller 7.1-inch tablet and your typical 4-inch touch screen phone. So why would you buy something you’re not even sure if it will fit it your pocket? Well, it isn’t named the Galaxy Note for nothing. Integrated in this phone is the capability to easily write notes and doodle anything with the included stylus — something we haven’t seen in a while. Add to that it’s HD Super Amoled display, and you’ve got clarity beyond most phones can deliver.
Samsung Galaxy S II
The Galaxy S II might be released sometime in 2011, but it still remains as one of the top choices for Android phone buyers in the market. Simple reasons, it’s 4.2 inch display, utilizing their Super AMOLED Plus display technology brings out crisp images at a finger’s touch. Combine that with the latest Android version — and is upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich, and you’ll find yourselves at probably one of the best Android phone experiences in the market. And did we forget that this phone is slim? At only 8.9mm at its thinnest, that’s no bulk right there.
When you hear the term ‘sidekick’, it immediately connotes a partner in one way or another. So getting T-Mobile’s Sidekick means you’re definitely getting one great partner to boot. It’s your partner in easily getting connected to what’s happening around you. It’s an Android phone with deep social-networking integration — Group Text for group message threading, preloaded Facebook and Twitter applications and more. With it’s sliding keyboard, powered by T-Mobile network, you’ll get updates whenever you may be.
HTC Amaze 4G
Perfectly capping this list is something that will definitely amaze any user that experiences it. If you want it fast and reliable, then having a 4G network running on a 1.5 GHz device must be the perfect combination for you. While some may say that it’s basically a repackaged Sensation, then they might be right at some point. But the key selling point of the Amaze, aside from the revamped exterior, is T-Mobile HSPA+ 42Mbps network. Those are hard numbers and those represent hard data that you’ll be getting with the Amaze 4G.