The Best Android Phones You Can Buy This Month

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With a new Android phone or two coming out every month (or in some cases, every few weeks), it’s tough to keep track of the latest and greatest.Each month we round up the best Android phones on the market right now for each major carrier.

We take several factors into consideration for the list including speed, ease of use, price, and network quality.

HTC's Thunderbolt is already outselling the iPhone on Verizon

The HTC Thunderbolt is the first phone to run on Verizon's 4G network, and reports are saying it's already outselling the Verizon iPhone. That's pretty impressive.

This phone is a beast. The Thunderbolt has a huge 4.3 inch touchscreen, an 8 MP rear facing camera that shoots HD video, and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.

One of the best features is that it can act as a 4G mobile hotspot for wifi devices. We've heard users getting as much as 15 Mbps, which is faster than a lot of cable modem connections.

The only downside we've heard is the battery life. HTC claims you can get around six hours, but many reviewers have said it's more like four.

Price: $250 with a two-year contract from Verizon

The Atrix 4G is our favourite Android phone on AT&T

The Atrix 4G is the best phone on AT&T right now. (Although it doesn't have much competition).

Despite the controversy surrounding it's 4G speeds (or lack thereof), the device is excellent. It has a dual core processor, which means applications launch quickly, and game graphics look amazing.

If you decide to go for the Atrix, ditch the optional laptop dock accessory. It's not worth the extra $300.

Check out our review of the Atrix here.

Price: $199 with a two-year contract from AT&T

Google's Nexus S has the best version of Android

Google's Nexus S, which is manufactured by Samsung, is our Android phone of choice. It's running a clean version of the latest Android OS, 2.3 Gingerbread, meaning there are no extra apps or crapware from the manufacturer. With the Nexus S, you get to experience Android as Google intended you to.

The Nexus S is also unlocked, meaning it can run on any GSM carrier such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and several international networks, just by inserting your sim card.

Price: $99 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile. You can also buy it contract-free and unlocked for $529. Only available from Best Buy.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G is one of the best on T-Mobile

While Samsung's Galaxy S 4G doesn't necessarily innovate, but it does provide the same great experience we've come to expect from the company's line of Android phones.

It will run on T-Mobile's 4G network, has a high-res four inch screen, and includes a digital copy of Inception. A nice bonus.

Check out our review of the Galaxy S 4G.

Price: $199 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile

HTC EVO 4G is still a strong contender

The EVO 4G was way ahead of its time. This June will mark one year since the phone's release, and it's still one of the strongest Android contenders available.

You'll get Spring 4G speeds, a massive 4.3 inch screen, a rear camera that shoots HD video, and HDMI out for connecting the phone to your big screen.

Price: $199 with a two-year contract from Sprint

Motorola's Droid X is a great value

The Droid X has been out for a while, but it's still one of the most powerful and best Android phones on Verizon right now. It takes everything we love in the Droid 2, and adds a huge 4.3 inch screen. There's an 8 MP camera that shoots 720p HD video, Android 2.2 Froyo, and built-in FM radio.

If you already own a Droid X, find out how you can upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread early.

Price: $150 with a two-year contract from Verizon

BONUS: We're looking forward to the Droid Bionic on Verizon

The Droid Bionic is another dual core phone from Motorola. It will be about as fast and powerful as the Atrix 4G, but run on Verizon's super-fast 4G network instead of AT&T.

It will most likely be released this month, but there's no official word on pricing.

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