Android Phones Invade Barcelona
The next round of hot Android phones has arrived at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, seriously threatening the iPhone's supremacy. More Android devices are sold altogether than the iPhone, but one single device hasn't managed to dethrone Apple's phone. Can one of these phones topple the iPhone this year alone? You'll be the one voting with your credit card.
HTC Incredible S
Lowdown: The Incredible upgrade goes high-end
What's hot: Feels more expensive than previous model, as it comes with elegant aluminum unibody, 8-megapixel camera and 720p video recording.
Not so hot: Doesn't come with the latest OS, but only with Android Froyo (2.2)
Samsung Galaxy S II
Lowdown: Strong iPhone competitor with amazing display, dual-core processor and Android 2.3
What's hot: Great 4.3-inch high-resolution display, light and thin, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p recording and HSPA+ (21MBps) connectivity.
Not so hot: Looks like a bigger iPhone 4
HTC Desire S
Lowdown: Slight update over previous model arrives in the second quarter
What's hot: Bright 3.7-inch display with 1GHz processor and 720p recording with 5-megapixel camera in an aluminum unibody.
Not so hot: No dual-core processor, few design improvements.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Lowdown: PlayStation Portable meets Android 2.3
What's hot: Has a slide-out panel containing the Sony gaming D-pad on the left side, the four symbol-etched game control buttons on the right, and a set of circular touchpads in the middle, which act like analog joysticks.
Not so hot: Bulky, plasticky, will only work on Verizon initially.
Lowdown: The official unofficial Facebook phone
What's hot: Dedicated Facebook hardware button for uploading photos, videos and update statuses on the fly via Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Not so hot: Average specs; positioning of the Facebook button looks slightly out of the way.
LG Optimus 3D
Lowdown: Create and share 3D content without glasses
What's hot: 4.3-inch display to watch 3D content without glasses, dual 5-megapixel cameras for 3D video recording and 3D HDMI out video.
Not so hot: 3D experience works only at certain viewing angles, won't come with latest Android version.
HTC Wildfire S
Lowdown: Budget Gingerbread phone arriving in the second quarter
What's hot: Nice, clean design with rounded corners and solid build, coming in three colors: a light purple, stone gray and black.
Not so hot: Average specs, with a low-resolution 3.2-inch display, 5-megapixel camera and 600MHz processor.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
Lowdown: Refreshed Sony Ericsson Android 2.3 line
What's hot: 8.1-megapixel camera with Sony's Exmor R CMOS sensor for bright photos and videos even in low light and HDMI output. Pro version has full QWERTY slide-out keyboard.
Not so hot: No dual-core processor, average display
Lowdown: BlackBerry-style Android phone with Facebook integration
What's hot: Full QWERTY keyboard and hardware Facebook button for quick posting content on the social network and dual cameras.
Not so hot: Only 600MHz processor, small 2.6-inch touchscreen.
Samsung Galaxy Mini
Lowdown: Highly-pocketable budget Android 2.2 phone
What's hot: Small form-factor with a 3.1-inch display, QuickOffice and Swype keyboard for easy texting.
Not so hot: Sluggish 600MHz processor, 3-megapixel camera, only Android 2.2.
T-Mobile (Samsung) Move
Lowdown: Budget-conscious 2.8-inch Android 2.2 smartphone
What's hot: Handset costs as low as $50 on a two-year contract with T-Mobile starting this spring in the United States.
Not so hot: Slow processor, 150MB internal memory, 2-megapixel camera