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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.