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Best Samsung Android Phones to buy in 2012
Are you looking for the best Android phones from Samsung? Read my experience in searching for the best Samsung smartphone with Android 4.0 ICS Sandwhich OS.
I have been an Android and Samsung fan for a while, but my wife has been using an iPhone 4 brought from USA which stopped working after she messed up with the firmware upgrade. After trying everything we could, we decided to buy a new Android ICS phone and Samsung was our obvious choice (no specific reasons to say why we decided to go for Samsung phone and note that both of us have never used an Android phone before).
Please note that this article is written as part of my research to buy a new Android smart phone and it does not include expert reviews on any of the Android phones. Whatever I have written is part of my research to buy the best Android phone, preferably from Samsung.
Since we are quite new to the Android world, we started exploring. Some of the questions we asked ourselves were:
- Which is the best brand for Android phones
- Which is the best model of the Android phones
- Which version of Android OS we should choose.
One important question I did not include above is, which OS we should choose. That is because I wanted to try an Android phone this time since I have already played enough with iPhones and Windows phones. So, the obvious choice for us was Android.
Which is the best brand for Android phones
We were quite sure we will go for the Samsung phones, but still did some research. Just like anyone else, we searched in Google and most results came up with recommendations for few brands:
1. Samsung Android phones
2. HTC Android phones
3. Motorola Android phones
Most websites recommend Samsung Android phones are the best Android phones. So, we finalized our brand for our next Android phone: Samsung.
There was nothing wrong with other brands like Motorala and HTC. I have used an HTC Windows phone in the past and was not much impressed. But HTC has improved a lot in the recent years and they have good rating as well. Motorola also makes good smartphones, especially some cool phones like Droid.
Which is the best Samsung Android phone released in 2012?
Once we finalized we will go for Samsung Android phones, the next big question was, which model to choose. Samsung has a confusingly large number of Android smart phones and it was hard to choose the best Android phone. The web is flooded with hands on reviews of Samsung Android phones and I am pretty sure most of the bloggers out there haven't even seen the phones they are writing reviews on.
Samsung has a good number of Android phones with great rating. But I wanted a phone which is the latest model, preferably a Samsung Android ICS phone released in 2012.
Android ICS phones from Samsung
After a lot of research, I found an Android ICS phone (Android Ice Cream Sandwich) currently available: Galaxy Nexus. Galaxy Nexus has excellent reviews on most rating websites. However, as of today, the Android phones are not available in India with the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the OS pre installed. It is expected that all the latest Android phones will get an update to Android ICS in 2012, but I am yet to find out how many of the existing Android phones have the hardware capabilities to take advantage of the latest Android ICS featues. My fears were confirmed when I read a news that Samsung will not be updating the Galaxy S series to Ice Cream Sandwich. Here is a pretty good article in ThinkDigit on which phones will get Android ICS update.
Which version of Android OS should we choose
This question sounds to be an easy one compared to the previous ones. If I ask which version of a "thing" you should buy, everyone would recommend "go for the latest one". We have already decided we want an Android phone and it should be a Samsung phone. Now, when it comes to the OS version, the latest version is Android 4.0, a.k.a Android Ice Cream Sandwhich, widely known as ICS. But the real problem is, there are no ICS phones available in India yet. Another choice is, go ahead and buy a Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Note which are confirmed to get an update to ICS soon. But do they have the hardware capability to support latest features in Android 4.0? That is my next research and I am going to find out soon.
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