Android smartphones have witnessed a huge increase in its popularity since the beginning of the year 2012. Smartphones other than Android smartphones have witnessed decline in sales as the new figures for the third quarter of 2012 from Gartner reveal.
Android, Google’s mobile software powered 122m new handsets during the three months from July to September, which is an average run rate of 1.3m every day. Mobile phone makers such as the South Korean electronics firm, Samsung Electronics, is one of the major beneficiaries of the popularity of Android smartphones. The firm’s Galaxy S3 model outsold Apple’s iPhone 4s for the first time in 2012 which makes it the world’s best-selling smartphone.
With its massive market share, android now has a large community of developers writing applications (“apps”) that extend the functionality of the devices.
4 Best Android Smartphones To Get For Christmas
1. Google Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 is the new smartphone from Google equipped with cutting edge hardware, 8GB and 16GB of storage, your favourite Google apps and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean – the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. The new Nexus 4 is an ideal and perfect Christmas gift for Android smartphone enthusiasts as it puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand.
Google’s Nexus 4 has 4.7″ LCD touchscreen – an intuitive type of mobile phone interface that’s sensitive to pressure. It also has other features such as 8 megapixels, 2GB RAM, 1.5 Ghz processor speed, video recorder (1080p@30fps) etc. The obvious downfall of Google Nexus 4 is the lack of SD Card support. Overall, this smartphone is a powerful mobile phone that does more than standard handsets. It has advanced features and dedicated operating systems that manage battery life and enhance performance.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
With a unbeatably giant 5.5″ (almost tablet-size) touchscreen, Samsung Galaxy Note II is the perfect Android smartphone to get creative. The smartphone is slimmer, thinner and way faster than the original Samsung Galaxy Note, with more than double the processing power, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software and has 2GB of RAM for managing tasks, plus a 1.6GHz quad core processor that’s capable of handling the most advanced mobile games and applications. One of the unique features of Samsung Galaxy Note II is the HD resolution display, with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 to protect it from scuffs and scratches, plus a high 1280px720p resolution.
Unlike the new Nexus 4 that only comes in 8GB and 16GB versions with no microSD card slot for additional storage, Samsung Galaxy Note II comes in 16GB, 32GB and even 64GB editions, with a card slot available for even more capacity. Samsung’s S-Pen has several new features that take advantage of their unique stylus technology. While this Android smartphone’s larger size might not be for everyone, Samsung Galaxy Note II is still the best Android-powered handset to date.
3. HTC One X
With a large 4.7″ Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen and ultra fast quad core processor that makes it perfect for gaming, videos and internet browsing, HTC One X is a superbly incredible android smartphone. This light-weight and very thin smartphone comes with unique features such as Beat Audio and advanced camera technology. The 4.7″ screen and 720p make it perfect for web browsing and media viewing with everything looking pin sharp.
HTC One X is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that’s packed full of the newest features and security enhancements. The smartphone comes with 8+ megapixel advanced digital camera, often enhanced by LED flash, autofocus and digital zoom for crisp pictures. It has a storage capacity of 32GB (26GB user storage) and 16GB massive internal memory. The smartphone’ Beats Audio™ boosts bass and treble and gives a higher quality of sound. The obvious downfall of HTC One X is the lack of SD Card support.
4. Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S III sees you, hears you and responds to what you say! This android smartphone is one of the world’s most advanced smartphones. Samsung have packed a lot of impressive hardware and software into the Galaxy S 3. It’s hard not to be impressed by the 4.8” Super HD AMOLED touchscreen, with its rich colour density and razor-sharp icons. The smartphone’s Android 4.0 (ICS) and new TouchWiz 4.0 software bring with them heaps of new features.
Samsung’s own 1.4GHz quad core processor can handle everything you throw at it; you can watch videos in a pop-up box while checking emails, browsing the web and flicking between social networks. With its 8MP camera, Samsung Galaxy S III takes truly stunning pictures, with decent quality even in low light conditions. The phone is capable of full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps. The camera also includes features such as photo share, in which 2 Galaxy S III phones can share each others taken photo’s using WiFi Direct. The phone also comes with a microSD card slot which means you can boost your phone’s memory by up to 64GB.