December 17, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The only number one question we hear at Androinica HQ is “What’s the best Android phone for [insert carrier]?” It’s routinely asked and often difficult to answer because what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you. So we decided to give you a short guide to help point out some of the differences. In this article, we’re reviewing the Verizon Android phones currently available.
Verizon presents a unique set of challenges for smartphone buyers. The carrier has spent the better part of the year releasing Android phones, seeking to assume the top spot among all providers. It appears that 2011 will be a similar year with some new serious phones set to debut with LTE. But if you need a phone now, here’s a look at the top Android Phones on Verizon, followed by a comparison chart showing other devices on the network.
Motorola Droid X
The HTC EVO 4G arrived with industry-leading specs, but the Droid X was hot on its tails with many of the same features that made the EVO special. The Droid X has a 4.3-inch WVGA screen, 8 megapixel camera that records HD video, plenty of internal storage, and support for HDMI-out and DLNA.
For people seeking a spec monster, the Droid X is the way to go. The large screen is ideal for watching video and the form factor is surprisingly thin and comfortable to grip. The only major flaw is that it runs Motorola’s Blur-like-but-not-quite-MOTOBLUR tweak of Android. And even that is a matter of opinion because thousands of people are perfectly okay with it. The Droid X is arguably the best phone without a keyboard and should be your first option.
Droid 2 Global
The Droid birthed the Droid 2 , which then gave way to the Droid 2 Global. For the world traveler who craves speed, the continuation of Verizon’s first Android phone is probably the way to go. The Droid 2 Global works in multiple countries and packs a powerful 1.2 GHz processor. It also has plenty of space for storage and a 3.7-inch screen to show off the Moto App Platform.
When it comes to phones with a physical keyboard, the Droid 2 is one of only two elite devices on Verizon with that feature. But unlike the Droid Pro, this phone has a landscape keyboard that can be typed on easily but may not be as natural or fluid. And while the two phones share similar specs in key areas, the Droid 2 Global has an edge with Dual LED flash for taking photos and a larger screen.
The Samsung Fascinate has almost everything you could want. Actually, it has everything except for a physical keyboard, up-to-date software, larger space to install apps, and more RAM. So why would anyone want this phone when there are other devices on Verizon that do offer those things?
Well, because the Fascinate still has a lot going for it. The 4-inch SuperAMOLED screen is beautiful and incredibly responsive. It also has DLNA and DivX, which adds to the allure of this device as a gaming and media device. While the sluggish update pace can be frustrating, the Fascinate has tweaks to UI, music, and strong performance that may make it worth considering. Grab the Fascinate if you value those things above all others.
Are you a business man or woman? Do you need a phone that supports enterprise functions better than any other device? The Motorola Droid Pro is the way to go. The Droid Pro ships with strong MS Exchange support, the ability to view and edit Office documents, and has unified calendars if you need to merge views.
The Droid Pro doesn’t have as large of a screen or internal storage as some other phones. However, it’s a strong device for business thanks to software mods and a portrait keyboard that can lead to some fast-paced typing. This is the premiere device for people who want a BlackBerry-style phone with an Android experience.
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