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The 5 Best Android Devices You Can Buy This Fall

Matt Smith 18-09-2012

Android devices have always struggled with a stigma of being a bit low-class compared to Apple’s lofty products. This may have been deserved when the first products hit the market years ago, but manufacturers have been working harder to catch up.


Today, there are many options for the enthusiast that can go toe-to-toe with the best products running any other operating system. This is true among both phones and tablets. Let’s have a look at the current Android vanguard.

ASUS Transformer Prime Infinity

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The ASUS Transformer has always been a bit of a press darling. It was the first tablet to introduce a keyboard dock and it was among the first to use an NVIDIA Tegra processor. ASUS has revised and expanded the line since its original release, culminating in the Transformer Prime Infinity.

The Infinity offers a fast Tegra 3 processor, 1080p display and an optional keyboard dock that can extend battery life to about 20 hours. This makes it the most impressive Android tablet on the market, period. It’s fully capable of rivaling the iPad 3. Prices start at just under $500 for the 16GB version and end at around $700 for the 64GB model.

Google Nexus 7

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The Infinity is great, but also expensive. If you’re looking for a more affordable tablet the Google Nexus 7 is the current tablet of choice. It starts at $200 and comes with the same Tegra 3 processor, which means it isn’t lacking for power. Nor is it lacked for pixels. Though its resolution of 1280×800 is not as impressive, it’s packed into a 7” display, giving the Nexus 7 respectable pixel density.

This tablet also benefits from being small. It is light and can be managed with a single hand. Its engineers smartly coated the rear of the tablet with a rubbery material that provides traction, making it more difficult to intentionally drop or slide the device. And while inexpensive, the Nexus is built every bit as well as the Infinity. Which makes sense – ASUS is the company that builds this tablet for Google.


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HTC is an interesting company. It came out of seemingly nowhere to establish itself as a manufacturer of excellent Android handsets. The One X is their latest flagship, and it’s a heck of a phone.


Build quality is a boon. The One X uses a polycarbonate back which is both attractive and sturdy, providing this phone with an look and feel that is more substantial that the Galaxy S3 and most other phones on the market.

The One X also is an extremely fast phone. In most global markets it ships with a quad-core processor – in North America, however, it ships with a dual core. It also ships with a gigabyte of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

Buyers who can’t nab a HTC One X should instead take a look at the HTC EVO 4G LTE. It has a different exterior, but its specifications are extremely similar.

Samsung Galaxy S3

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Samsung’s new Galaxy is the other flagship phone worth talking about this year. Like the One X, the Galaxy S3 benefits from a large display, quad-core processor and a gigabyte of RAM. North American and Japanese models have to make do with a quick dual-core instead of the quad.

The Galaxy S3’s display is probably its standout feature. It uses AMOLED technology which allows it to provide excellent black levels and vibrant color without using much power or space. Some users do dislike the “pentile” arrangement which can make individual pixels easier to see, but not all users will notice this problem.

Motorola Atrix HD

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While flagship phones like the Galaxy S3 and HTC One X dominate, they have a problem. They’re flagship phones. Which means they cost quite a lot of money on-contract and even more if you acquire them off-contract.


That’s where the Motorola Atrix HD comes in. This phone provides many of the advantages of other high-end Android handsets including a brilliant 4.5″ display and fast processor. But it usually costs half as much as flagship phones when bought on-contrast. Unlocked versions are starting to pop up for under $400, as well. Buyers looking for a powerful yet affordable Android handset need to give the Atrix HD serious consideration.


There are a lot of other Android products that almost made the cut. This includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, the HTC One S, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx and many more. Choice is the Android ecosystem’s greatest strength. There are far more products available, so you’re more likely to find something that works for your needs.

What’s your favorite Android device? Is it a tablet? A smartphone? Or something more creative, like an Android mini-computer? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Michael Blackburn
    September 28, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I got a Nexus 7 for my 40th birthday - a little gift from me, to me :)
    My second 7 inch tablet - the first wasn't a make - just a model number (M009S) and whilst good for £100 the battery life was dire. I'm rocking the Nexus though - my poor Kindle 3 Wifi has been retired - at least for now - no need for the expensive case I bought with built in lamp for night reading. Games are fast and smooth, the wifi is superb compared to the no-name tablet - streams videos from my PC so easily. And with a 94p USB adaptor and a £1.87 app I can expand the memory for media whilst out and about. Best £199 I've spent in a long time!

  2. Louis Giliberto
    September 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    My top tablet choice is the Transformer, but I plan to get the Galaxy Note 2 when it comes out in the U.S. My phone is with me all the time, and I honestly use it more as an internet device than a phone, so I'm going to opt for the largest screen that's reasonable (to me) to carry everywhere.

    Also, I used Tablet PCs back in the day with a stylus, and I really do like using a stylus, so that's a plus for me.

    I pick the Transformer over the Galaxy Note tablet because of the detachable keyboard with battery. Again, going back to my Tablet PC days, the TC1100 was a great machine that way, and would like something like that again.

    If I had the cash to burn, I would get both the Note2 and the Transformer.

  3. Bruce Casner
    September 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Nice wrap-up. I'm currently on a smartphone and Nook rooted, but looking forward to more power.

  4. Andrew Kim
    September 22, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I really like Android tablets but the really good 10-inch ones are always at least $500, which is a bit expensive for a tablet in my opinion. I also like Android phones. I would love to try the upcoming LG Optimus G coming out in Q4.

  5. Qliphah
    September 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I have the AtrixHD myself, and it certainly holds up to anything HTC or Samsung has right now. In fact the construction of it seems more solid than any other phone I've held. It may have something to do with the kevlar backing or the gorrilla glass front but it doesn't creak or 'pop' like most other plastic phones.

    As for performance it's hit and miss, the phone itself is pretty fast, a little lag and stuttering on big games but that may be android 4.0... and 4.1 is supposedly on it's way. The camera is another complaint, the autofocus is practically useless (but a software update can fix this...).

  6. Michael Avila
    September 21, 2012 at 5:54 am

    looking forward to getting either the nexus 7 or asus tpi come Christmas time either one is good for me since i just recently got into and a hold of an android device.

  7. Muhannad Agha
    September 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I'm waiting for the new Motoral Maxx

  8. Edmar Diego
    September 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

    google nexus is more affordable than other tablet pcs.

  9. Angel Vinod
    September 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

    waiting on Nexus 7,

  10. Kypros Vassiliou
    September 19, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Where is the Galaxy Nexus? Come on.. It still is one of the best android phones money can buy.. Even for the update capabilities alone :)

  11. Debbie Strain
    September 19, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I bought the Samsung Galaxy Tab, works great for my needs.

  12. Tom Bogan
    September 19, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Call me cheap, but I do not understand the clamor over anything that fruit company makes. I like open source, AMD, Samsung and peach cobler.

  13. Tom Bogan
    September 19, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I would much better save my money than to give it away to a fruit company. Open source and Samsung, AMD are what I use.

  14. xbalesx
    September 19, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Trans Prime is an amazing device. Hoping to grab one when I get the bucks saved up.

  15. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    September 19, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I love android tablet more than smartphone because tablet screen is bigger. Bigger screen is more fun to play with.

  16. Siddhant Chaurasia
    September 19, 2012 at 12:35 am

    The iPad is still my choice

  17. Richard Steven Hack
    September 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I don't think mixing tablets and phones in the same article makes much sense. It should be the 5 best Android phones and/or the 5 best Android tablets. Right now, I'm interested in tablets, not phones, given the cost of most of them.

  18. Frederick Doe
    September 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    The S3 has two HUGE advantages over the One X:
    *Removable storage
    *Removable battery

    I have a Galaxy Nexus and have gotten used to being stuck with 16GB of storage, so that's doable. Not having a replaceable battery would be terrible, though. You never know how much you need a backup battery until it's late at night, you're in a bad part of town, you have no idea where or when the next bus comes, and your phone is dead.

    By the way, for some reason Firefox won't let me comment on articles. I'm running the latest version of Firefox on Ubuntu 12.04

  19. Lee
    September 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Now that the One X is $99 on contract (the same price as the Atrix HD), I'm really considering going with it for my upgrade in November (unless of course something better comes out).
    Hopefully that $99 price point isn't a promotional thing and is still available when I do my upgrade. The only thing I'm concerned with about the One X is the lack of an SD card slot. The Atrix HD has one, and is also much closer to stock Android, so those two reasons are making me really think about the One X vs the Atrix HD.

    • Matt Smith
      September 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      $99 for a One X is a pretty rocking deal.

  20. tarzan2001
    September 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Providing a few more specs on the Motorola Atrix HD in this article would've been nice. Will have to google them now... ;)