Not everyone wants an iPhone. Diehard Apple fans might assume this uprising is fueled by Cupertino angst, but there really are some compelling reasons to consider an Android device.
Android is on fire and Samsung stoking it with the Galaxy S II. It is the fastest selling Android device with 10 million units sold.
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Device insurance might make those prone to accidents feel more secure, but an inexpensive case goes a long way.
AT&T has added five more smartphones to its Android arsenal. That makes for a total of 19 for this year if you are counting. These join their top shelf device, the Samsung Galaxy S II which we have in our hands and will be sharing a review soon.
Read on for the roundup on these latest five.
We shouldn't want an iPad clone with support that mimics Apple unless someone figures out how to beat Apple at the game it created
The Fire will appeal to a different market. It is the Nook Color's niche. While the Fire's dual-core processor looks to trump its rival tablet from Barnes & Noble, remember that refreshed Nook Color is due. Part of the success of the Nook Color is credited to its popularity with advanced users who load versions of Android that free the tablet from Barnes & Noble's playpen. If the Nook Color's successor closes that accessibility, it could make it vulnerable to an Amazon attack.
What to like, not to like:
+ Stripped down to the essentials allows for a modest $199 price.
+ Smaller size may appeal to some.
+ Amazon integration should offer seamless experience with its media content.
- $199 price means modest storage, no SD card slot, no camera or Bluetooth.
- Smaller screen size may be a turn off for some.
- Amazon's ecosystem means 10,000 apps instead of 200,000 and a cloudy future for Android updates.
Females prefer Facebook. Men actually do use maps despite popular belief. And both sexes play entirely too much Angry Birds. This is according to Nielsen which ranked the 20 most used Android Apps by adults in the U.S..
The LTE Motorola Droid Bionic with Verizon has launched as the carrier's most potent smartphone. Along with the fast network behind it, the Bionic's 1GHz dual-core processor has Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 and 1GB of RAM to play with. Users will appreciate the 8GB available of the 16GB built-in storage along with the additional space on the included 16GB MicroSD card.
Motorola's Droid Bionic has had Android fans pining since it was first announced during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The 4G LTE smartphone has the specifications to be a serious Droidzilla for some time.
Book retailer Barnes & Noble is reportedly updating its Nook Color tablet crucially ahead of rival Amazon's anticipated tablets.
Digitimes reports that shipments from parts suppliers indicate a September launch for the 7 inch tablet. Amazon is expected to launch two tablets starting as early as October.
The current Nook Color straddles the line an e-reader with tablet abilities, but is highly regarded as a best buy among Android tablet enthusiasts who enjoy the device for its ease of rooting to transform it into a full blown Android tablet.
The impending release a Nook Color 2 could bring discounts for the current tablet.
Paying $12.5 billion, Google is acquiring mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility at $40 per share, 63 percent over its price at closing on Friday.
In a statement released Monday morning, Google CEO Larry Page says that the deal with "supercharge the entire Android ecosystem."
The acquisition should help Google's Android compete better with Apple, and stem what competition could emerge from the Microsoft-Nokia marriage.
Will Google be making moves to make Android development more like Apple's iOS referred to as "the walled garden" by critics? Fragmentation has been one of Android's gowing pains, but Google maintains that Android will remain open.
While Android may edge Apple's iOS on the pie charts in those monthly mobile OS surveys, it is done with dozens of Android devices from several makers. With rumors of Apple manuevering and its next iPhone volley into the market, the only better timing for Google to buy Motorola would have been sooner.