Aug 11 AT 6:08 PM Taylor Wimberly 95 Comments

Top 5 most wanted Android smartphones for Q4 2012


Hundreds of Android phones are released every year, but only a handful of products get all the attention. The big releases are normally saved for the fall shopping season and we are expecting new flagship phones from HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and many more. Read on to see which phones topped our power rankings.

1. Anything Nexus

Why it’s hot: The Nexus brand represents an up-to-date, pure Google experience. The original HTC Nexus One was launched back on January 5th, 2010 and it has spawned two more Nexus phones.

Which OEM will make it?: Old rumors from Digitimes reported that Samsung would build the 4th-gen Nexus phone, and then a newer story from the Wall St. Journal said Google was working with multiple OEMs on releasing several Nexus devices. A lot of details are still unknown, which will lead to increased attention and buzz in the coming months.

Expected US carriers: AT&T and T-Mobile for the unlocked phones. It’s possible we could see a carrier locked version on Sprint or Verizon, but the unlocked model will be more desirable.

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Why it’s hot: Now that the Galaxy S III has hit stores, the rumored Galaxy Note 2 is Samsung’s next flagship mobile device. The original Galaxy Note was announced last year at IFA 2011 and the sequel is widely expected to be Unpacked later this month at IFA 2012.

Rumored specs include: 5.5-inch “flexible” AMOLED HD display with Unbreakable Plane (UBP) technology, Exynos 5 Dual processor, 12 megapixel camera, thinner design, and larger battery.

Expected US carriers: AT&T and T-Mobile are likely since they carried the first Note.

3. Next devices in the HTC One series

Why it’s hot: HTC had the nicest looking Android phone this year, but AT&T snagged an exclusive and deprived HTC fans on other carriers. Now the refreshed One X+ and rumored phone with 5.5 inch display are looking to bring an enhanced experience to the other carriers.

4-PLUS-1-PLUS: The HTC One X+ could be the first Android phone in the US powered by Tegra 3+. This quad-core chip from NVIDIA will feature CPU speeds up to 1.7 GHz and offer 25% faster graphics performance.

Supersize me: HTC is also rumored to be working on an Android phone with a 5.5 inch display. Possible features include a stylus and a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip.

Expected US carriers: T-Mobile for One X+, Verizon for One series with 5.5-inch display.

4. Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD

Why it’s hot: The Droid series is Verizon’s flagship brand for Android phones. Motorola debuted the new RAZR and RAZR MAXX last year which performed well and demanded a follow-up.

What’s new this time around: Verizon is rumored to be releasing three versions of the device this year – RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, and RAZR Micro. All devices will feature slimmer designs, improved cameras, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip.

Expected US carriers: Verizon

5. LG Eclipse 4G LTE

Why it’s hot: LG could be one of the first OEMs to produce an Android phone around the new quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro. This is Qualcomm’s first quad-core mobile processor and it features their new Adreno 320 GPU, where performance appears to have doubled from the Adreno 225 found in the current Snapdragon S4 Plus.

Rumored specs according to Briefmobile: 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU (APQ8064), 4.67-inch HD display (1280×768), 13-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 4G LTE, NFC, and removable 2100 mAh battery.

Expected US carriers: AT&T, Sprint

Poll: What phone are you waiting for?

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  • redraider133

    All of the above? I’m interested to see what each manufacturer brings to the table. Competition and choice are great.

    • Missy1986

      Other. (new iPhone 5)

      • Bart Ens

        I agree, the new IPHONE 5 will be a mega seller!!!!!!!!

      • HI

        Never heard of an Android Smartphone with such a name before…..who WOULD DO THAT ??

        • Homncruse

          It’ll be made by Samsung.

      • Beverly

        My family is ecstatic about the new iphone! We cant wait!

        • road kill

          Your family is full of iSheep

    • Richard Yarrell

      More than happy to pick up the Note 2 this September that’s a great but. With crusty ass Verizon going with Lg and it’s 5inch phone as well as Htc and it’s upcoming Note competitor. Samsung only has to make 3 US models of the Galaxy Note 2 (2) GSM carriers in At&t/Tmobile and Cdma carrier Sprint. Verizon is so stupid to say the least. Plus on Tmobile we have the choice of purchasing the NEXT NEXUS directly from the Google play store. Then we have the Htc One X +on September 26th boy what a great way to end the year.

      • Sargon

        Aw, is someone salty because they couldn’t afford Verizon? Don’t bother replying with some bullshit that you have a half dozen smartphones. We all know that’s a lie. If you had any of these devices, auto-correct would’ve fixed your errors. You just post shit from the computer at the Bowery Mission. No one with a smartphone would have so many typos. You never even posted a pic of YOUR phones, just pics on the internet. What a pathetic example of an adult – even taking the mental handicaps into consideration. You may be fooling yourself, but you sure as hell aren’t fooling anyone else.

    • Balaram Vineeth Venugopal .P

      I want an optimus G

  • jenskristian

    This was an easy one, the next Nexus of course.

    • iamXiV92a


  • Brian

    While Nexus hardware might not best others like the GS3, it’s the only way to guarantee prompt and reliable updates. I will make some concessions on hardware for timely updates and stock Android.

    • pjamies

      I think that the prompt updates only happen in the states, as here in Canada, we are still at 4.01.
      Personally, if you cannot guarantee prompt upgrades across the board then what is the sense …
      Google states that when upgrades are ready for the Nexus line, then they will automatically be pushed without any carrier intervening. Sorry I just don’t see it!
      I think the only phone that actually seems to get updated properly across the board is (and I am sorry to say this!!) is an iPhone.
      The fact that with all of Googles strong market share/presents, they still seem to get pussy whipped by the carriers .. it is just so dis-heartening ..
      If there is 1 thing that almost every loyal Android user wished that Google would do it is have a phone that actually gets updated in a timely fashion, and to keep carriers (and manufactures’) out of the update process!!!

      • redraider133

        Well another great thing about the nexus line is that they are so easy to root and install the latest OS that it has huge developer support so if you do not want to wait for the update to come the great developer community will get it out for you.

      • Sol

        That’s Samsung’s fault, to be frank. It all depends on your firmware. As far as I know, only Galaxy Nexi with “yakju” and “takju” receive updates straight from Google. Other variants like “yakjuxw” and “yakjujp” get updates from Samsung.

        Truly unfortunate, that…. which is why I DON’t want Samsung making the next Nexus. Give the deal to Panasonic (their Eluga line is gorgeous) or Motorola (now that Google own them).

        Btw, you can flash stock yakju firmware on your GalNex, though you’ll need to unlock the bootloader to do so.

        • Dirge

          Thing is, how do we know Google won’t continue the same trend with other OEMs?

          • Sol

            Because the first Nexus (HTC) and Nexus 7 don’t have those problems.

  • txbluesman

    I am all in Nexus! What else is there?

  • Bilal Akgunduz

    If there’s Exynos 5 Dual, i’m in!!

    • dutrak


  • Jaywrayson

    After owning a GSM Galaxy Nexus, I’ll only Nexus devices from now on. Software > Hardware

  • Meister_Li

    Ever since I had a Nexus device, I selected my devices on hackability and development-scene… And that just means that from those, the next Nexus is the best.

    Still, I am curious about the Note 2, it will probably have a quad Exynox, which is a beast of a processor and 2GB Ram, wich I think will help relieving a big bottleneck when it comes to more complicated applications like drawing and web browsing. I am curious if it’ll have a Super Amoled HD+ Panel finally. Samsung also gets big props from me for usually not locking boot loaders down and helping development.

    The One X+ doesn’t interest me that much. Development on the One Series seems pretty slow and having an NVIDIA chipset doesn’t help there. Also, HTC’s Boot loader policy is iffy at best. So I’ll pass on that.

    Motorola… Well, by the time they come out over here in Europe, they’re usually outdated. Add to that their stupid stupid boot loader policy, shitty support and updates as well as a bad custom interface and they’re a clear pass.

    The LG phone looks like a beast, but just as with the 2X and 4X, it’ll probably be a beast in Hardware only while the Software side leaves a lot to be desired. So it might actually be really good as soon as Cyanogenmod/AOKP/Gummy and so on are daily drivers. Also, LG is not locking boot loaders. Good for them!

    I am actually still waiting for a “superphone” from Sony. I don’t understand why their phones always are outdated when they come out. C’mon, you are SONY! Get your ass in gear, you’re like one of the largest companys in the world. Surprise me with something awesome that has a lot of power behind it, not clones of HTC phones from half a year ago with better cameras.

    • zerosix

      Motorola is a part of Google now. So I’d vote both for next Nexus and Motorola, if it was possible. I do want to see a completely Google phone. Razr’s are devices, created before Google. Maybe, in 2013 at CES we will see something completly new. And maybe Google will decide not to lock the bootloader of new devices.
      By the way, most of Android-manufacturers have problems with updates.

  • Guest

    The next Nexus, of course.

  • JD

    Am getting Daddy a unlocked Note 2. Time for some love.

    • HI

      JD Witherspoon ???


    LG cant even get 1%? Hate to keep bringing up the G2x debacle but they make good devices and not many ppl care…at least in the US.

    • kazahani

      LG makes smartphones?

    • Homncruse

      LG can’t get 1% *because* of the G2x debacle. They had a chance at a major flagship phone, ahead of everyone else in terms of hardware, and they completely abandoned it and blew their opportunity. I can tell you right now that if they supported the device properly and promptly, LG could be giving Samsung a run for their money.

  • Daleos

    HTC for me for the most part. Prompt updates are on my list of essentials but great hardware design and a consistent UI pip it for me. HTC’s skin is a slight improvement on stock (ymmv) but it’s HTCs well thought out built in apps that will keep me going back to them. I have a Nexus 7 and whilst I think it’s the best 7″ tablet ever, I’m still really missing many of the apps I took for granted on my HTC Sensation.

    Pity you messed up on the non-removable battery for the One X HTC. I had the money to upgrade waiting for you but spent it on a Nexus 7 instead due to that error.

    Non removable batteries may be OK for non-essential devices but as I need 2 batteries at least once a month on my Sensation, there’s no way I’ll be spending any money on a phone that can’t last a whole weekend of medium use without a charge unless it has a removable battery. Also, what happens a year down the line when a full charge only gives you 1/2 the amount of use you started off with?

    Fortunately HTC’s Sensation has a removable battery and can deal with everything I need it for (so long as my spare battery is nearby) so I’m going to sit this round of new phones out and hope that HTC come up with a something that will allow me to last the distance with one of their forthcoming versions.

  • Christopher Wueste

    If I learned one thing from my G2X it was this. I never should have left the Nexus line of phones. I had the Nexus One and to date, its still the best phone for it’s time, that I have ever owned. I also had the Nexus S which was a great phone. Then I decided to go out and get myself the first phone with a dual core processor in it thinking, “Man this is going to be fantastic”. 3 months later, it had turned into the worst phone buying decision I had ever made. The software was so incredibly bad and LG doesn’t update their phones like they should. Plus, every custom rom I tried had awful glitches. Not the devs fault, just that you can’t fix something that was shit together in the first place. Now I am back to my Galaxy Nexus and swore off non-Nexus phones every again. GO NEXUS!!!! Down with LG!!!!!

  • NasLAU

    I will not consider anything other than a Nexus with one exception; if it has an Nvidia processor I might entertain other options.

  • jian9007

    It’s also the next Nexus for me as well. Since I’m on T-Mobile, I’ll probably never see a high-end Motorola phone (not that I want one) as they are only on Verizon. The HTC One X+ is ok, but it’s just a rehashed slightly upgraded version of the One X (hence the same name with a +). LG can osculate my keister after the crap they put out with the G2X (and even the LG MyTouch that my mum has). The 5.5″ HTC doesn’t interest me too much, as I feel the Note 2 would be a better choice if I was looking for a phone that doesn’t fit into any pockets.

    Also HTC’s bootloader locking, lack of expandable storage and non-removable battery rub me entirely the wrong way, and I have been a loyal supporter of there phones since the T-Mobile Wing.

    So that leaves the Nexus, with it’s pure Google software, and hopefully more than one OEM this year. I still want it to have expandable storage, though Google seems to be against this. If a few companies get to make their own version, I hope Google lets one of them add expandable storage (I’m looking at you Samsung). And no, 16GB is not enough for me at all. If you aren’t going to allow expandable storage then give me 64GB option. That’s why the first thing I did with my N7 is unlocked and rooted it, then snagged a micro usb to OTG cable.

    • jian9007

      That should have read “have been a loyal supporter of their phones,” not their. Man, we need an edit button.

      • Fly in the ointment

        Grammar police to the rescue. Thank goodness you have saved the day.

  • AT&TAndroidExpert

    The only concern with the next Nexus is of the unlocked versions will come with LTE compatibility. If not, then i don’t know if i would buy it. I can barely stand the data speeds on my Galaxy Nexus as it is…..

  • MoSDeeb

    Can’t wait to see the next nexus. I’ve owned allm3 thus far and will do so for the foreseeable future

  • Nathan D.

    I couldn’t decide which one I was looking forward to seeing. It was either new exynos 5 with Mali-t602 or new nexus but then I remember that the nexus will always have the best software experience which I like better plus first to get updates which is great. Hopefully it’ll have great hardware to make it software awesomeness.

  • fletchtb

    They all seem like great options, but it has to be the next Nexus for me. The unskinned version of Android as Android was intended is the biggest draw. The ability to unlock and easily implement custom ROMs is another key advantage. Timely updates and the fact that they continue to arrive for 18 months or more seal the deal.

  • Ardrid

    Easy choice for me: the next Nexus. After having experienced carrier devices and the atrocious update experience, nothing less than a Nexus will do. A close alternative would be HTC’s next flagship device, because I can tolerate Sense a lot more than I can TouchWiz.

  • Pete

    Anyone else wish to see a nexus phone with only a 4-ish inch screen? Kinda disappointed so many of these are pushing 5″ or more…my gnex is just in that edge of being too big. Would love a high Res hi ppi phone at 4″ that isn’t an iPhone.

    • Ramon

      I just commented that!
      YES, I like to use my phone with one hand only…
      I don’t understand what these people see on big screens…

    • cthonctic

      Personally, no. I never want a smaller phone than my GNex anymore. For me that size is perfect. But in general I wouldn’t mind more Nexus variety as Google suggested for the next crop.

      Let’s say a large slap smartphone, a smaller slab smartphone, one with hardware QWERTY, an integrated phone/tablet like the PadPhone and a new tablet (Nexus 10 anyone?) – of course all of them with pure Android and maintained by Google.
      That is kind of what I expect/hope to see later this year.

    • ┼

      Just get the new iPhone 5, it will have a 4 inch display. Much better than this new android crap with 5 inchers.

      • David Juliano

        Iphone5 is outdated in hardware and software before it has even come out. We are talking about cutting edge hardware and software on phones not outdated iphone crap.

  • jamal adam

    I think the poll is exactly as I would want it, with the Nexus first, followed by HTC, and Samsung, etc

  • Ramon

    Exactly what I want from hardware:
    Galaxy Nexus + updated cpu + 64GB (or microSD slot) + 4″ 720p screen + awesome camera + monstrous battery + trackball (dreaming too much with the last one)

    > I don’t care how powerful the CPU is as long as the phone interface is smooth
    > 64GB: I have lots of music!
    > 4-inch: I HATE BIG SCREENS! My thumb can’t work well on a 4.3-inch screen, imagine me handling a Galaxy S3…
    > Don’t care for 4G connection, but I know lots of you do, so…
    > I still use a Nexus One and I love the trackball!


  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Next nexus :D That’s a no brianer :)

  • Fly in the ointment

    The Next Nexus of course :-)

    • dutrak

      Try buying one LOL

  • Alex Belko

    Anything Nexus YEAAAAAHH)) while every device is an interesting subject to wait, nexus has something like special aura

  • dVyper

    I’ve never owned or even wanted a nexus. They always turn out to simply be the starting block upon which others (like HTC and Samsung) build on to make better phones. So yes I’ll be waiting expectantly for the next Nexus, but only because the east will then produce something better.

  • cthonctic

    All of them are of interest, but the priority will always be (for me, YMMV):
    Nexus devices > Samsung flagship devices > HTC flagship devices > everything else

  • ThisIsMyName

    I really want a top-notch QWERTY slider with an unlocked bootloader. It seems like QWERTY phones have been getting neglected since the original Droid. The only thing that’s come close so far is the MyTouch 4G Slide, but the keyboard is kind of mediocre. The Droid 4 would’ve been great were it not for the poor screen, non-removable battery, and of course the locked bootloader.

    Supposedly, one of the upcoming phones in the new Nexus series is going to be a slider. I really hope this rumor is true. If there was a well designed Nexus slider, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Android OEMs need to start wooing enterprise more and there *is* a demand for a good QWERTY slider.

    • phil

      there is no need for critique keyboard anymore. I don’t understand how all these geeks out there have not mastered typing on the virtual keyboard yet. I used to be one of the querty keyboard fan but not anymore because it is faster to type on a virtual keyboard than on a physical keyboard on the phone. At least, that is the case for me.

  • sere83

    Xiaomi Mi-2. Quad Core Snapdragon based, will be announced in 4 days. For a short period will be the most powerful android phone available. Easily the most exciting device on the horizon, although a high end nexus would be nice.

  • Orion78

    This is why I love the fall lineup. Android is going to drop some amazing phones. The next Nexus will always be on my radar. After using the Galaxy Nexus, there is no way I’m going back to a phone not named Nexus. Hopefully the rumors of multiple devices are true. I can’t wait to see what Google brings.

  • Rovex

    I dont see the appeal of the Nexus range frankly. All they got going for them is the latest version of Android. Now while thats nice, it not better than the best hardware, build and added-value of the high end devices from the main manufacturers, especially since most of the high end phones get custom ROMs with the latest Android version within weeks of the Nexus’ anyway.

    Apart from the N1, which was basically an HTC Desire with no Sense, all the Nexus devices have been pretty average (or worse) for hardware, features and build quality.

    • Orion78

      Hardware wise, I know it hasn’t been on top. But all around, I think they are the best phones. I think you’re way overboard on your assessment. Well its your opinion…no matter how lame it is.

      • Rovex

        I just dont see whats so great about them. The assumption is that stock android is somehow the best android can be, i dont share that view and the hardware is second rate at best. The N7 is a classic example. JB is great, but the N7 itself sucks, its very cheap and feels it. The back is flimsy and the screen is rubbish.

  • mattcoz

    I’m getting sick of Sprint’s awful 3G service in Chicago, so I might finally ditch and go for an unlocked Nexus. The others seem like just more of the same with faster processors, so I’m excited to see what new comes with the next Nexus.

  • shadhussain

    nexus or none, for me. hardware wise, i’d hope the next gen devices are as solid as the nexus one and nexus7.

    • shadhussain

      i meant hardware “aesthetic design” wise. the technical guts don’t bug me as much since an android device is only as good as the software it’s optimized with.

  • John

    Definitely the Note 2!

  • Thomas MacDougall

    I can’t wait to seem what each of the manufacturers brings to the nexus lineup

  • DroidSamurai

    I think Google should change how the “Nexus” program works. Allowing more OEM to make a Nexus is one of the first thing that must be done. Beyond that, I believe the following changes are also needed:

    1) Shared revenue from Play Store purchases: the incentive of a manufacturer heavily promoting a Nexus is very low. One thing that can change that is for Google to share any subsequent revenue from a Nexus with the manufacturer. This will lower the desire of the manufacturer to create its own content distribution channel. And, let’s admit it, unless you are Samsung, you really don’t have the muscle to build your own.

    2) Unify some inconsistent design elements across all Nexus devices. There are some really alloying small details among the Nexus devices. Take the micro USB port as an example. On the Galaxy Nexus, when its screen is facing up, when you plug your USB cable in, the shorter side of the connector faces up. But on the Nexus 7, the wider side of the connector faces up. Yes, it is not something major, but unifying them can bring some consistency to the Nexus family.

    3) A better traditional marketing program is needed — something like a “Nexus Inside” campaign will be wonderful. Google needs to emphasize that the Android experience is defined by the “Nexus”, not the custom skin. Otherwise, badly skinned phone will hurt the reputation of the Android platform as a whole.

  • stm

    If google owns motorola,shouldnt they make nexus? whats the point of it unlocked on att if theyre going to charge u the same as if u got it subsidized..and still sign a contract..On Tmo, u can try a value plan but still have to sign a contract or better yet go with prepaid..Also straighttalk but they dont offer 4g.

  • matt

    If u switch phones will u lose all your app all those levels youve completed on games or puzzles filled with apps that dont let u register an email. So u have to download each app manually again? all that would be a bummer…im still wondering if iphone is better choice..i like android..if it samsung phone is so buggy it really has soured me..freezes, power cycling & just awful support (ignorant reps..& one let slip he owns an iphone)..So confused…as to whats best esp since once u start with apps its hard to switch
    .i own a mac so that makes it more complex plus basically everyone I know. has an iphone & they never have problems (ios apps cost more tho)

  • May

    Eu mi-am luat o tableta cu ecran capacitiv de 7 inch google android d ep eeurodualsim si sunt foarte bucuroasa de ea, imi place foarte mult, m-a bucurat ca ma gasit un pret bun si pentru husa si tastatura pe care am primit-o cadou si am primit gratis si un card de 2 gb cadou, are o groaza de jocuri preinstalate pe ea si imi place mult de tot ca pe navigare imi mkerge mult mai usor, chiar si filme pot vizualiza la ea fara nici o problema si fara sa mi-se opreasaca, cred ca am facut o alegere extrem de buna si am iesit foarte bine si la pret

  • OnIn2

    I learned my lesson on the LG G2x, If you want updates for Android pick a Nexus device.

    Don’t assume that because the hardware is update capable that the Mfg will update the phone.

    I’m hoping Santa has an unlocked GSM Nexus ready for me

  • ZzX44

    This is prolly 2013, but exynos 5 and a T678 1080p 4.55 inch display 2500 mah 13mpx camera. Would be an awesome nexus or GS4

  • Mix

    Next Nexus is what I am waiting for so hurry it on up!

    Can’t wait to send my BB Bold into retirement.

  • mojeda

    I would love to have another Nexus phone on Verizon, just as long as the updates get released in a timely manner that is…

  • nivekkev

    Leaning toward a Nexus device but at the same time, I am trying to wait for the phones that will have T-Mobile’s LTE radio in them. Hate to get a phone on contract now and have to wait 2 years to try the LTE. If the next Nexus WOWS me I could possibly purchase that off contract and still have my upgrade for when LTE finally rolls out…

  • Jorge Vieira

    I want the note 2 so bad!

  • MitchRapp81

    Honestly, most people should stop reading after point #1. It’s Nexus or nothing. Why bother getting something else that’s flawed and always has “promised upcoming updates” that never happen?

    • Jeremy`

      Actually the HTC Tmobile G3 will be better the nexus phones because it is stock android with timely updates and a hardware keyboard which the nexus units have never had.

      • OnIn2

        You just described my LG G2x. Stock Android, good hardware, but waiting on updates, stuck on GB.

        My lesson learned, if the updates don’t come directly from Google….meh you ~might~ get one.

  • BigCiX

    Hopefully the next Nexus will be on all 4 carriers.

  • Wimz3n

    LG top 5??? Gimme a break!! LG might produce decent phones but the software dept. probably is the worst ever. Make – Sell – Forget is their way of seeing the world.

    Please teach those at LG that aftermarket does matter and stop supporting them.

    -=!!! No more LG until they care for their customers !!!=-

  • NeoJesus

    If they want my money, they need to have user replaceable battery and micro-SD card slot!

  • Darkpsycho

    Why do phones keep getting bigger and bigger. I currently have the incredible 2 which is a 4 in display and I feel that or the 3.5 on the iphone is perfect. I understand some people have big hands but it seems like all the new and great phones are starting to get into the 4.7ish size and I think that’s too big. (Like the Nexus, One X, SIII

    • theviper21

      I definitely agree. I have the original Droid Inc and I can’t imagine carrying a bigger phone; of course I mostly check my e-mail and occasionally browse the web, I don’t use it for entertainment aside from music.

  • Noel

    Three of the devices interest me and two are must have. The Next Nexus top on my list…hoping HTC will be the chosen one or one of the five rumored OEMs for the JB Nexus. Next will be the One X+/Era 42+ again by HTC and hoping it will be a stock JB device as rumored. But HTC must include an SD card slot and a bigger replaceable battery and ample internal storage with a 2GB RAM for it to blow up the sales charts. Then comes the Note 2 which kind of intrigues me..the size might be a problem but hope the Note 2 even tho at 5.5′ will feel okay in ur hand. The Exynos 5250 dual core chipset will make it difficult to resist but so will be the quad core S4 Note like device rumored by HTC. Hope Htc doesn’t get it bogged down with exclusivity to Verizon as rumored. Htc has to play hard on all major carriers…Samsung and Apple do and the $$$number or units sold is proof. These two Companies have moved away from exclusive deals…they are detrimental to sales units hence loss of vital $$$$ that HTC needs at this juncture.

  • Ferdie

    One of the most fantastic phones that was built by samsung, the first phone with tablet features and vice versa.. Galaxy Note was really a hit, and now, it’s next version is coming.
    I really like the design of Samsung Galaxy Note more than Galaxy S III.
    Take a look at the Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note right next to each othe rin this video:

    I hope Samsung Galaxy Note’s physical form factor is way better than the 1st one.

  • Michael Essany

    Having been close to the smartphone industry since this thing called the smartphone first came into existence, I’ve never seen a slate of Android devices excite the mobile masses to such an extent. When you take this into consideration along with swarms of new developers flocking to the platform and mobile ad networks like growing more profitable each day, I think it’s evident that Android is poised to have a great run in the coming months and years.

  • lou2cool88

    I just got a Galaxy Nexus and for the first time ever I don’t have phone envy. Before my Nexus, I had a Thunderbolt and it was clunky. Before that I had a Droid X, which I actually liked a lot more than my Thunderbolt and wished I had kept it.

    There’s really something to be said about experiencing android the way Google intended it.

    Hopefully Verizon will continue to carry Nexus devices. Otherwise, I’ll have to go wherever the Nexus is in the future.

  • wirpo032

    Seems like nothing exciting is to be anticipated. I mean all of those devices haven’t been announced or there haven’t been any clues out there giving us at least a small peek on what to expect

  • jswenson3

    C’mon Googorola, send forth the next nexus in a Motorola shell!!!

  • WarRaven

    LG, lol, all you have to do, is own one and you’ll never buy another.

    I’ve a OneX and am quite happy with but look forward to the new X+ and their Note competitor more then any other.


  • RX-78-7

    Without a doubt for me it’s the next Nexus phone, I’m hoping the multiple nexus phone rumors is true, since I would be picking between Sammy and HTC.

  • Prabhat

    Currently I own a Samsung galaxy s2. But I need my next phone to be with exynos 5 dual. According to the rumors LG is the next Nexus manufacturer. So I’ll not opt for this. I will wait untill the exynos 5 will not get unleashed

  • M Chih

    HTC has one feature which no other brands has and that has kept me waiting for their 5.5 inch display model – it has the very convenient auto fit to screen size feature when the font is enlarged. Even with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, when one increases the font, it goes past the screen size. To read, you would have to scroll to the right, scroll back to the left, scroll down…. most inconvenient.

    Needless to say I have long sightness and having the page auto fit to screen size is a most valuable feature. I needn’t take out my reading glasses and I don’t get irritated having to scroll to the right, back to the left and then scroll down !