These Are The Best Android Phones You Can Buy This Month

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As the Holidays approach, we’re on the verge of another mega-wave of powerful Android phones on all U.S. carriers.We’re still on the edge of our seats for the launch of Samsung’s delayed Galaxy S II (expected any day now), but there are plenty of other excellent phones to hold you over until then.

Here’s our list for the best Android phones you can buy this month.

Motorola Photon 4G (Sprint)

The Photon is Motorola's latest super-powerful 4G smartphone. It's very similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G, with a bright qHD screen and a dual-core processor. It's also a global phone, meaning it will work on GSM networks overseas.

The first round of reviews for the Photon have been pretty good. Some think it could be the best phone on Sprint right now.

Price: $199 with a two-year contract

Motorola DROID 3 (Verizon)

Believe it or not, the DROID that started it all is already in its third iteration. The DROID 3 is still sticking to its slide-out QWERTY keyboard and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It's 8 MP camera can shoot full 1080p HD video. It also sports a dual-core 1 GHz processor.

Reviews haven't been that great for the DROID 3. But if you're not ready to give up a full QWERTY keyboard, this is one of you're best bets.

Price: $199 with a two-year contract

Samsung Infuse 4G (AT&T)

We're big fans of the Infuse's giant screen. Videos look absolutely gorgeous on it. The phone is also super thin and light. If you watch a lot of movies on the go, this is a great phone for you.

Read our full review of the Infuse 4G.

Price: $199.99 with a two-year contract

Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T)

We still think the Atrix is the best Android phone on AT&T at the moment. It sports a dual-core processor and a bright 4-inch touchscreen. Whatever you do, don't get the laptop dock with it. It's a waste of money.

Click here for our review of the Atrix 4G.

Price: $199.99 with a two-year contract

HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon)

The Thunderbolt is Verizon's first 4G phone and has been wildly successful so far. It has a giant 4.3-inch screen and access to Verizon's speedy 4G network. Those speeds come at a price though.

Price: $249.99 with a two-year contract

HTC DROID Incredible 2 (Verizon)

The DROID Incredible 2 is the sequel to one of HTC's most popular phones last year. It's not a HUGE upgrade as far as looks and performance, but it's still a solid phone.

Click here for our review of the DROID Incredible 2

Price: $199.99 with a two-year contract

Samsung DROID Charge (Verizon)

Samsung's DROID Charge is a beast. It's a mammoth device running on Verizon's 4G network. You also get Samsung's gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus display, which is excellent for games and movies. The bad news: It ain't cheap.

Click here for our review of the DROID Charge

Price: $299.99 with a two-year contract

Motorola DROID X2 (Verizon)

The DROID X2 is the sequel to Motorola's popular DROID X. This time Motorola added a dual-core processor, just like the one in the Atrix. There's also HDMI out for connecting to your TV and an 8 MP camera.

Click here to read our review of the DROID X2.

Price: $199.99 with a two-year contract

HTC Sensation 4G (T-Mobile)

HTC's Sensation is easily the best Android phone on T-Mobile right now. It's insanely powerful and runs HTC's Sense 3.0 skin over Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Click here to read our full review.

Price: $199.99 with a two-year contract.

T-Mobile G2x (T-Mobile)

The G2x has gotten stellar reviews, and is now widely considered to be the best phone on T-Mobile. It has a 1 GHz dual-core processor and can record full 1080p HD video.

Price: $249.99 with a two-year contract

Google Nexus S 4G (Sprint) and Google Nexus S (AT&T, T-Mobile, Unlocked)

The Nexus S is still our favourite Android phone since it offers the purest Android experience available. With the Nexus S you're guaranteed to get the latest updates straight from Google without waiting for your carrier or manufacturer to catch up. AT&T finally started carrying the Nexus S last month. The phone comes in three flavours: 4G (Sprint) and 3G (T-Mobile, AT&T, and unlocked).

Price: Free with two-year contract from Sprint (4G), $99.99 with two-year contract from T-Mobile or AT&T (3G). You can order all models from Best Buy.

BONUS: Samsung's Galaxy S II is expected to launch this month in the U.S.

We'll give Samsung credit for building up anticipation on the U.S. release of the Galaxy S II. Most expect it to launch some time in August on most, if not all major carriers. A few photos of the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II (pictured) leaked last week. Unlike the base model of the phone we tested, the AT&T model will have a slide-out keyboard.

Click here for our review of the Galaxy S II >

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