Pick of the best Android phones

The majority of Android-based mobile phones released to date have been made by HTC but there are also a number of other Android phones worth considering. We look at some of the alternatives to HTC if you’re determined to own an Android phone.

Motorola Milestone

The Milestone, otherwise known as the Droid in other markets, is a neat package, coming in at just 13.7mm thick. Even more impressively the Milestone has a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard as part of the package.

The 3.7-inch touchscreen is every bit as good as the HTC Hero’s screen, the most common of the Android phones.

The Milestone runs Android 2.0 and supports Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support. The Milestone also supports multi-touch support, which the Droid in the US didn’t.

The 5MP camera, WiFi and A-GPS is fairly standard, as is the MicroSD slot and 256MB of RAM.

Motorola Dext

The Dext is aimed at the social networking crowd and includes Motorola’s MotoBlur service. The MotoBlur service allows users to store their social networking profiles online and then access them on their phone. The interface is also designed to be customisable so users can position all their incoming texts, emails and social networking messages in a way that makes sense to them. 

The phone itself runs Android 1.5, has a 5MP camera, and WiFi MicroSD slot.

The touchscreen on the Dext is smaller than the Milestone at 3.1-inches.

Like the Milestone the Dext also includes a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and built-in GPS.

Samsung Galaxy Spica

Samsung is another maker getting into the Android business. The first version of the company’s Galaxy Spica ran Android version 1.5 although the latest release of the phone is equipped with Android 2.1. The 12mm-thick phone is as slim as any on the market.

The original Galaxy had a 3.15MP camera and newer release sports a 5MP camera. The 800MHZ processor is among the best in the market and with A-GPS is in line with the likes of the Motorola Milestone.

WiFi, MicroSD are standard although 3.6Mbps HSDPA is not as good as the Motorola Milestone’s 7.2Mbps HSDPA support.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

The original Xperia X10 from Sony Ericsson shipped with Windows Mobile but now the company has released an Android-based one as its first Android phone.

The current Xperia X10 only runs Android 1.6, however, which is now quite old in comparison with the HTC, Motorola and Samsung Android phones. Sony Ericsson has also modified the usual Android interface.

One of the major features of the Xperia X10 interface is TimeScape, a social networking interface for pulling information from Facebook, Twitter and other social networking accounts onto the Xperia interface. Not everyone will like this approach although for the socially networked it could be popular.

Similarly the Xperia X10 has MediaScape which pulls together various multimedia content into one player.

Under the hood the Xperia X10 runs on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor giving it one of the  highest processor specifications in the smartphone market. The phone also includes an 8MP camera and a 4-inch touchscreen, also among the best in the market. A-GPS and WiFi are also included as well as a MicroSD slot.

The Xperia X10 is expected to be upgraded to Android 2.1 later this year.

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