Our Top 5 Australian Androids
The RAZR features a KEVLAR® fibre back and a Corning ® Gorilla® Glass front to minimise scratches. To top it all off, the interior and exterior is covered with splash-guard coating to protect the interior of this beautiful phone!
The RAZR was released late 2011 exclusively to Optus. Although there was much hype around its release, there was not such a great following in Australia.
|Operating system -||Android 2.3+|
|Processor speed -||Dual Core 1.2 GHz processor|
|Screen -||4.3″ 960 x 540 qHD|
|Camera -||8MP rear facing with flash and front facing camera!|
|Storage -||16GB internal, up to 32GB external|
You can get this bad boy for $0 upfront on the $59 Cap – of course, on a 24 month contract.
Samsung Galaxy S II:
The Samsung Galaxy S II is possibly THE phone that made Android a serious iPhone competitor. Although it was launched almost a year ago, it is still a top-tier phone with much praise. Its size, weight and screen (Super AMOLED+) were revolutionary at the time, with newer phones coming out with very similar features.
This is the phone I use and I have never had an issue with it, besides for its tendency to get quite warm. If you don’t have a problem with warm phones, you wont have any issues with SGS2!
|Operating system -||Android 2.3 or above|
|Processor speed -||Dual Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex|
|Screen -||4.3” – 480 x 800 pixels WVGA (resolution)|
|Camera -||8MP with flash|
|Ram -||1GB Ram|
You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy S II for $0 per month on the Vodafone $49 Cap.
The Galaxy Nexus is an absolutely beautiful phone to both hold and use. It’s curved edges fit perfectly into your palm, making the robust 4.65” screen all-of-a-sudden not feel all too large.
This is THE phone of now and in our opinion everyone should get one! Every task undertaken by this miracle of technology feels effortless in its processing, with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich included to add to the feeling of fluidity. With this newest evolution of Android there are less bugs, more apps than ever and a stunning HD screen.
The glass comes quite close to the edges of the phone in order to not ‘waste’ any space, while still accommodating for the massive screen. There are no physical buttons, which adds to the futuristic feel of this Nexus branded Android.
The only issue with the Galaxy Nexus is the lack of internal storage, coupled with an inability to add external storage (which has been a common Android feature). Then again, in the modern day of cloud computing is it that necessary to have more than 16GB on-board? Probably yes, but only for the next couple of months until 4G LTE kicks in, or so we hope!
|Operating system -||Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Processor speed -||1.2GHz Dual Core Arm Cortex A|
|Screen -||4.65” – 1280 x 720 pixels (resolution)|
|Camera -||5 MP with flash|
Simply put, the Sensation XL is a whole lot of phone! Its 4.7” display is one of the largest found on smartphones. This is an extremely powerful smartphone, which will give the user a great overall experience. Its major features are a 1.5GHz processor and an 8 Mega Pixel Dual LED flash rear camera.
This is the flagship of HTC’s current Australian Beats By Dre family. The phone comes bundled with the SOLO HD over-ear headphones, which sell for ~$300. These headphones give a great overall sound quality with a particular emphasis on deeper sounds.
Although there is a lot under the hood, HTC have managed to keep this phone thin, measuring in at 9.9mm. This adds to the overall feel that HTC gives time in and time out of producing particularly beautiful phones – both to hold and look at, as well as the Sense 3.5 skin which is slapped on top of the Android OS.
The major negatives of this phone would have to be its weight (162.5g) and its fairly limited 768MB of RAM. For such a great/flagship phone, these are major letdowns – but you can’t have everything!
|Screen -||4.7″ with 480 x 800 resolution|
|Camera -||8MP with Dual LED Flash|
|Ram -||768 MB|
|Size -||132.5mm x 70.7mm x 9.9 mm|
|Battery -||710 minutes talk time|
The HTC Sensation XL is available for $0 upfront on the Vodafone $29 Cap.
ASUS Transformer Prime [Tablet]:
The ASUS Transformer Prime is the first quad-core tablet available. It is also able to be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while it is also shipping with the new OS in some circumstances.
This tablet is simply outstanding! It is fast, responsive, light, thin, has great graphics and a beautiful screen. It is the benchmark for all Android tablets and all other OEMs should be taking a page from ASUS’ book of tricks – not only have they brought out the first quad-core tablet, but ASUS have also managed to be at the forefront of pushing updates out to consumers.
The Transformer Prime features NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, which is specialised for high graphics. Games like Shadowgun have been optimised specifically for tablets (and future phones?) running the Tegra 3 processor.
These games have computer-like graphics and fluidity!
There is the option or purchasing just the tablet, or the add-on keyboard as well for an extra $150. The keyboard features Android specific buttons, as well as an extra battery which will supposedly keep the Transformer’s juice going for an extra 6 hours!
The only downfall is the lack of 3G, which ASUS is apparently not going to add any time soon. If you’re looking for a tablet and are not too concerned about constant internet connection, than the ASUS Transformer Prime is definitely for you!
|Operating system -||Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Processor speed -||1.3GHz Quad-Core Tegra 3|
|Screen -||10.1”, 1280 x 800 resolution|
|Camera -||8MP rear with flash, 1.2MP front-facing|
|Storage -||32/64GB internal, up to 32GB external|
The Transformer Prime is not currently available in Australia, but it should be released shortly!