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Top 5 Best HTC Android Smartphones – 2012

1.  HTC One X

When HTC decided to create special smartphones instead of trying to please everyone, the company settled on the HTC One X as its first turnaround product. It did not disappoint as many sang its praises. The smartphone has everything one would ask in an Android device.  It has a 4-PLUS-1 NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset with 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex A9 Processor. Soon to come will be a JellyBean upgrade to its current Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0. Users enjoy the 4.7 inch 2nd generation S-LCD that gives 720 x 1280 pixels of display clarity. It also has a scratch resistant gorilla glass screen.

HTC One X - Best HTC Android Smartphone

TV out is via the MHL but requires an adapter to HDMI output. There is an 8MP rear camera and a 720p front camera. There is a LED flash, face detection and geotagging capability. It comes with continuous autofocus and group portrait features for its camera. A dedicated image-processing chip in the phone enables this.

Its music functions are hard to beat. First, there is the flagship beats audio enhancement, then there is support for Bluetooth v4.0 with stereo sound. Connectivity is through the 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support, in addition to the Wi-Fi and DLNA.

2.  HTC One V

The One V from HTC has a 3.5-inch screen with 252ppi pixel density and supports that latest Sense 4.0 for the multi-touch interface. Its MicroSD slot supports up to 32GB cards and the device has a 4GB internal memory.

The phone looks like the HTC Legend, spotting a 9.2 mm, streamlined design. Hardware is a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It has a fast boot time and document processing and handling is available through the Polaris Office. The boot time beats all other HTC phones. The camera offers 720p video recording at 30fps, which is impressive. It also has a function of recording slo-mo videos.

HTC One V - Best Android Smartphone 2012


Where it fails to capture the user with the hardware, the HTC One V makes it up on the software side with a combination of Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense UI 4.0. The Taiwanese manufacture had the user in mind when making tweaks on the interface customizations.

For example, there is no three-button dock. The phone is not for a casual user who is keen to enjoy an intuitive interface and smooth navigation. A moderate gamer will also find Angry Birds and Fieldrunner can be handled as expected in the HTC One V. There is deep social integration leaving your phone book well organized.

3.  HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE

The DROID Incredible is a high end game changer for the HTC line of smartphones. It is only available with Verizon US carrier. It is able to pack so much power into a small package and remains pocket friendly in price. This is a 4-inch 16 million super LCD capacitive touchscreen smartphone. It has Gorilla glass for the screen and displays qHD resolution of 960 by 540 pixels. Users get 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage, plus a micro SD for an expandable memory.

HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE - Best Smartphone 2012

Video recording is impressive at 1080p and comes with stereo chat. Video chatting is also good using the 720p front facing camera. The rear camera is 8 megapixels. The device comes with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and has NFC connectivity. Like with other HTC devices, it has Beats audio enhancements. Most of its other features resemble those of HTC One S; however, the device is quite different in looks.

Another distinction is the extra customizations made by Verizon on the user interface. Users may also be disappointed with the body design after a while, compared with the other HTC that are coming to the market. This device would score highly if it were available for everyone, now you must be in the US using Verizon to use it. As its name implies, the DROID is incredible with its 1.2 GHz dual-core Krait CPU and Snapdragon chipset.

4.  HTC One XL

The One XL has everything working and looking great, apart from the battery. It resembles the One X except for connectivity and color. The colors are as bright and vibrant as its predecessor is but it comes with a bigger screen of 4.7 inches. The resolution is 1280×720 pixels.  You cannot replace the battery and cannot expand the memory.

HTC One XL - Best Android Smartphone 2012

Nevertheless, there could be no need for replacement with the 1800mAh. In terms of hardware, it rocks that it comes with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and Snapdragon chipset. Gaming graphic handling is in capable hands of the Adreno processor. It comes with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and is eligible for a later upgrade to JellyBean.

The additional 4G capability together with Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP and Wi-Fi hotspot technology make it a star. Near-Field Communications (NFC) support is present in the device. This device gives users up to 40Mbps connectivity in city areas. The One XL needs a micro SIM-Card and has only two ports, one for earphones, and the other for MicroUSB connectivity. This handset is only second to the Galaxy S3 in terms of processing Open GL graphics as measured by browsermark.

5.  HTC One S

The HTC One S could qualify as another version of the One X only with a different processor. It has a more responsive user interface than its parent with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A big shout out goes to the design team at HTC for the metallic chassis that feels very touchy to hold.

HTC One S - Best Android Smartphone 2012

The chassis features micro-arc oxidization and the aluminum is stronger than stainless steel. The whole combination of build, performance, and display are the real killer attributes of the One S. Out of the One family, it is the best-looking smartphone.

Moreover, it has a 4.3 Super AMOLED screen and is only 7.8mm thick. There is no single bump to add on to the thickness as in other phones. The hardware is a 1.5GHz dual core Krait CPU and Snapdragon S4 chipset. There is a 16GB storage space and 1GB RAM. The battery power is good because of the 1650mAh battery and the smart operating system.

Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.


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