Android Smartphones to take on the iPhone 4S

If you’re looking for a new smartphone and either can’t afford the Apple iPhone or simply want something else, then handsets running the Android operating system make the next logical step in your search. After all, this OS is now hugely popular, not just with phone users but with tablet owners too and it’s not hard to see why thanks to a proven track record of reliability and a fun but highly functional feature set. So, which Android smartphone should you buy that can take on the might of the iPhone? Are there any options out there in mobile land? Of course there are – Android smartphones are everywhere and there’s something to meet every kind of budget. Naturally, from a performance and specification standpoint, you have to spend a little more to get an iPhone-beater, but they do exist…

Perhaps one of those at the top of the pile is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is a veritable monster amongst the many handsets out there. This comes packed with sophisticated new technology, is designed and built well and, naturally, because it runs Android, is quick and easy to use.

Motorola continues to impress with it’s Defy + model, which is a lot cheaper than the Galaxy Nexus but still comes packed with a raft of great features and also looks good on the eyes. Again, Android is featured but it also boasts some cool tweaks and fine-tuning from the manufacturers too, so it’s worth a look.

The Samsung Galaxy SII is a smartphone that ticks all of the boxes when it comes to form and functionality, with a delicious design, a durable build quality and a specification that can easily rival the iPhone. It’ll cost around the same amount however, so it’s a serious bit of kit but the sales figures suggest this is certainly up there alongside the Apple counterpart.

Alongside Samsung, HTC is one of the most prolific smartphone manufacturers out there right now and they have a whole range of great phones that can nearly match what the iPhone has to offer. One such example, the Sensation, is a cracking little device that sports a fabulous screen and is also packed with high- end entertainment features such as video and music options.

Elsewhere, if you fancy a little bit of Japanese quality and finesse then take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, which has been out for a few months but attracted huge praise for it’s funky design and superior build characteristics. However, if you want to stay bang up to date then check out the new Xperia X10, which, as Sony states on its publicity blurb, is the ultimate Android multimedia smartphone. It comes with HD too!

So then, that’s just a few of the current best buys on the Android front. And, while some don’t quite enjoy the trendy status of the Apple iPhone, they are certainly worthy contenders as rivals to the sought-after handset. What’s more, shop around and you can often get them for a much better price than the undeniably expensive iPhone.

About the author: Joe Linford writes on behalf of Smartphone Genie. You can find all the latest Android and iPhone 4S deals here.

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