The best Android smartphones

Are you sick of the iPhone? Want to be different and stand out from the crowd? It is clearly the year of Android smartphones, so we've rounded up the best of the best on offer in Australia!

  • [[artnid:343080|Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10]]

    Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X10 smartphone is the company's first handset to run Google's Android operating system. The XPERIA X10 features Sony Ericsson's Timescape application, setting the phone apart from the abundance of other Android smartphones hitting the market. Though it's visually impressive, the XPERIA X10 has a few niggling faults that put it behind some of the strong offerings from competitors, but it remains an interesting proposition and will soon be updated to the latest version of Android (2.1).

    The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is available through [[xref:|3 Mobile]] and [[xref:|Vodafone]].

    Be sure to check out how the [[artnid:343738|Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 shapes up against the Apple iPhone]].
  • [[artnid:315378|HTC Hero|Review: HTC Hero smartphone]]

    HTC's Hero was the third Google Android mobile phone to be released in Australia, following on from the [[artnid:276055|HTC Dream|Review: HTC Dream smartphone]] and the [[artnid:305210|HTC Magic with Google|Review: HTC Magic with Google smartphone]]. The Hero introduced HTC's Sense user interface — an intuitive and customisable home screen that is the highlight of an excellent smartphone.

    The HTC Hero is currently available [[xref:|exclusively through Harvey Norman|HTC Hero smartphone -- Harvey Norman]] and is sold outright and unlocked.
  • [[artnid:333489|Google Nexus One]]

    Officially sold through Vodafone in Australia, Google's Nexus One is built by HTC but branded by Google. It comes with the latest version of Android and alongside the Desire is most polished smartphone to use the operating system that we've seen. It may not be as revolutionary as Google might want you to believe, but the Nexus One remains an excellent smartphone and an able challenger to the iPhone.

    The Google Nexus One is also available through online mobile phone retailer [[xref:|MobiCity]].
  • [[artnid:338220|Motorola DEXT smartphone]]

    The Motorola DEXT is an Android-powered, touchscreen smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. It features MotoBlur software, which aims to unify social-networking communications on the handset's home screen. Though it isn't perfect, the DEXT should be a real hit at this price point, especially with teenagers.

    The Motorola DEXT is available exclusively through [[xref:|Optus]].
  • Smartphones are all the rage in the mobile market and touchscreen smartphones have made the biggest impact. Apple's [[artnid:309245|iPhone 3GS]] has hogged much of the limelight in this space, but Google's Android operating system has made a huge splash. Providing a number of benefits over Apple including an open applications market, a unique and fully customisable user interface and full multitasking, Android continues to go from strength to strength with brands like HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Motorola already launching handset in Australia, and the likes of LG soon to follow. For those who want an iPhone alternative, we've rounded up the best Android smartphones currently available.

    [[artnid:341433|HTC Desire]]

    HTC's Desire is the first Android phone to be released by Telstra, and we think it's the best Android phone so far. A highly impressive design, a superb, customisable user interface and all the features and capabilities of the latest version of Android combine to produce an excellent smartphone that will only get better with software updates. The HTC Desire boasts an outstanding 3.7in AMOLED display, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and an updated version of HTC's excellent Sense user interface.

    The [[artnid:342685|HTC Desire is currently available exclusively through Telstra]] in Australia.

    Be sure to check out how the [[artnid:343738|HTC Desire shapes up against the Apple iPhone]].
  • [[artnid:342091|HTC Legend]]

    A successor to the HTC Hero, the HTC Legend may lack the extra-large screen of the flagship HTC Desire, but the unibody aluminium casing is a superb piece of industrial design. The Legend is an excellent smartphone and a solid improvement over its predecessor, with improved software and hardware combining to produce a great device.

    The HTC Legend is currently available exclusively through Vodafone in Australia, or through online mobile phone retailer [[xref:|MobiCity]].
  • [[artnid:332134|Motorola Milestone]]

    The Motorola Milestone is sold in Australia exclusively through Optus, but can also be easily imported or bought online. Called the Motorola Droid in the US and other markets, the Milestone isn't a game changer but it's an excellent Android smartphone on the whole. The chunky design, awkward sliding mechanism and QWERTY keyboard are sour points, but the fantastic display, impressive features list and the updated Android OS provide a rich user experience.

    The Motorola Milestone is also available through online mobile phone retailer [[xref:|MobiCity]].
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