Starting this month, CrazRoid will have a “Top 3 Smartphones” every 2 months. This competition will judge smartphones based upon price, design, speed (software), as well as other features such as camera, screen (resolution, type), and durability.
1. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Galaxy Nexus was the first smartphone to hit the market running Google’s brand new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, offers a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display. My only gripe with Verizon’s version is it doesn’t currently support Google Wallet for NFC-based mobile payments, but I suspect that functionality will be switched-on when starts activating its ISIS network in the second half of this year. The only thing I can complain about with Galaxy Nexus is the price: Verizon is currently selling it for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. That’s not exactly pocket change.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note
This phablet packed to the brim with useful features. It offers the largest smartphone display (5.3-inches) currently available on the U.S. market. Dubbed a phablet by many (for phone and tablet), the Galaxy Note LTE offers a beautiful Super AMOLED HD screen, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, an S-Pen and corresponding S Memo app for jotting down notes or drawing pictures, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and much more. The size might be a turn-off to some, but I haven’t been able to put mine down since I replaced my iPhone with it. Plus, I’m dangerous against my opponents in Draw Something now that I have an S Pen to cheat with.
3. Motorola DROID RAZR Maxx
Ever since Verizon decided to bring back the iconic RAZR branding with the DROID RAZR, I was attached. Then the carrier re-introduced a better version of the phone called the DROID RAZR Maxx, which offers much longer battery life. It was frustrating to see Verizon do this to customers who originally purchased the DROID RAZR, but I’d argue you’re better off buying the Maxx for its improved battery life. The phone offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a reinforced case for added protection against accidental drops, an 8-megapixel camera and HDMI-out. But here’s where the story get’s real: the DROID RAZER Maxx offers a 3,300mAh battery that’s rated for up to 21.5 hours of talk time. This means I don’t hace to worry about killing my apps…
I think we’re about to be flooded with a ton of awesome next-generation handsets in the coming months. In July, we can probably expect some of the phone we saw at Mobile World Congress to make it to CrazRoid’s Top 3 Smartphones. Stay tuned for CrazRoid’s Top 3 Tablets in June.