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The Best Android Smartphones of 2011

The popularity of smartphones is evidenced in all forms of media and social media. Looking around in a public setting shows many individuals using their smartphones to keep up-to-date on news, watch videos and listen to music, and keep in contact with their friends and family. If you are in the market for a smartphone, it can be difficult to select a model with so many options on the market. Here are the very best Android smartphones available for purchase.

Samsung Galaxy S2
Known for their powerful and popular smartphone models, Samsung offers yet another option for those seeking a fast processor and a crisp, bright display. The Samsung Galaxy S2 has a Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, which simply means it is one of the fastest phones on the market. With a 4.3-inch touch-screen display, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, the Galaxy S2 is packed with some of the best technology available. Shockingly lightweight for all the power within, the Samsung Galaxy S2 doesn’t come cheap, but can be worth it for what is available at your fingertips.

HTC Thunderbolt

The quality and variety of HTC phones has become obvious in the last few years, and their smartphone offerings rival the very best of their competitor’s phones. With the HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon’s 4G LTE service marries lightening fast speeds with the smartphone’s clean design and interface. The phone’s 1GHz Scorpion processor allows for fast loading through the Verizon network and through a high speed internet connection and the 8-megapixel rear facing camera with 2 LED flashes take beautiful photos.

LG Optimus 2X

Speed and reliability are essential in smartphones and LG took this into consideration when building this model. Built around a dual-core processor, the LG Optimus 2X provides fast speeds and a 4-inch LCD screen provides crystal-clear images. Fueled by a 4G network, the Optimus 2X also boasts an 8-megapixel rear facing camera that is capable of recording 3D videos to upload through a high speed internet connection. Sturdy in design and materials, the LG Optimus 2X is an excellent option for a smartphone.

Motorola Atrix 4G

Motorola’s contribution to the smartphone race has given us the Atrix 4G, a phone packed with options and features that rival the best competitors on the market. The device has 4-inch display and its speed is gifted to it by a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Internally, the Atrix 4G has 1 gigabytes of RAM and 15 gigabytes of on-board storage, providing plenty of room for multimedia downloaded through a high speed internet connection or cellular network. With a solid design, the phone has a more hefty feel to it, which can be a much sought after feature.


HTC’s popularity grants itself to having many smartphones on different cellular networks. Their Sprint offering is the EVO 4G. Similar in design and style to the Thunderbolt, the EVO has been one of Sprint’s most popular smartphones since its introduction. Packed with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p video recording, and WiMAX compatibility, the EVO 4G has quite impressive stats. A built in kickstand is available to make viewing videos easier when placed on its side.

The phone itself is substantial in size and weight, making it feel just as well made as it is.