Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

Between the imminent release of the HTC EVO 3D, the newly announced Photon 4G, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II, and the pure Google experience of the Samsung Nexus S 4G, we have to ask - which device is next for you? To help you decide, here's a break down of each phone's specs:



  • 4.3 Inch qHD  Super LCD
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB built-in storage
  • 5MP 3D Capable rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 2.3 with Sense 3.0

As the follow up to the super-popular EVO 4G, it not only packs a harder punch under the hood, but also includes some groundbreaking features like Sense 3.0 and the inclusion of both 3D playback and video capture. HTC's recent update to its bootloader policy doesn't hurt this bad boy's chances of success, either.

Motorola Photon 4G

Motorola Photon GVS

  • 4.3 Inch qHD display
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage
  • 8MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
  • Android 2.3 with MotoBlur
  • Web-top and global ready

Just announced today, the Photon has some features that are unmatched, like the enterprise-level security (thanks to the newest version of Blur) and its ability to connect to Bluetooth game controllers (like the Wiimote) right out of the box.

Samsung Galaxy S II


  • 4.3 Inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.2GHz Exynos processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in storage
  • 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • Android 2.3 with Touchwiz

Even though the Galaxy S II hasn't even been officially announced in the US yet, it's the powerhouse of the group. In terms of processors, the Exynos is is a figurative God among men, making this one hard to beat (once it becomes official).

Samsung Nexus S 4G


  • 4 inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage
  • 5MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
  • Stock Android 2.3.4
  • NFC

This one is the clear underdog of the competition, and rightfully so, considering its original incarnation appeared well over 6 months ago. It does have its advantages though - namely NFC and pure, stock Android.


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Cameron Summerson
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  • Tommy

    Currently have the Nexus S 4G, but depending on if the GSII has a keyboard or not will be the ultimate deciding factor. It it comes to Sprint exactly like it is now, then YES!

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Ouch for Nexus S 4G's 1 vote so far.

    Definitely the S2 for me, if and when it comes out without a keyboard.

  • http://hollercentral.com hollercentral

    I just pre-ordered my Evo 3D! $100 @ Sprint.

    • Kane

      $100? Do you mean after a trade-in?

  • Neil Phillips

    NONE. Sprint enticed me to buy an EVO, and switch carriers with the promise of a yearly upgrade on the primary line. Then they changed the rules. AT&T never did that in the many years that I did business with them. I still have an unlimited data plan with ATT on my daughters phone that was grandfathered. Even after I changed to Sprint, and went back to ATT on that phone within 90 days. I will think long and hard when my two years is up with Sprint. And the WiMax has never been een able to penetrate my house, which is 1000 ft. from the Clearwire tower. Which phone do you think I will buy from Sprint?

    • Marvin

      You can call Sprint and express your concern regarding their recent change in Premier Policy. I told customer service that I switched on the premise of the premier service's yearly upgrade only to be mislead. Just be polite and the upgrade for this year should be valid.

    • Danny

      I'm in the same boat as you....I can't upgrade until April next year. So, I guess I'll wait until my contract is up and see what's out there. Very happy with my Evo 4G anyway, it does everything I need from a phone.

      Also, I did call Sprint and was polite but they still wouldn't allow me an early upgrade. Maybe I was just unlucky and got the only rep who would say no?

      • Kane

        Yeah, I'd say try again a few times.

    • http://www.sprint.com/premier Art

      Neil (and others) - Hi, Art here from the Sprint Premier team. If you had an upgrade that was or would have been available prior to June 30 that was taken away, please log on to the Sprint Premier Community (http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/premiercommunityforum) and send a PM to "SP_Jose". He can help restore your upgrade.

      Sorry for the trouble and thanks for your loyalty, -art

  • Jaymoon

    Not a big fan of Samsung (hardware or software), so the Nexus and Galaxy is automatically out of the running for me.

    Who knows when the Motorola Photon will be available. "Summer" could mean anything (even mid-September).

    More than likely I'll be upgrading my Evo for an Evo 3D. This is the only mobile phone I've owned for an entire year, which is really saying something. I used to get bored with them after just a few months, if not weeks.

    • saquib

      I can't understand why people like the evo 4g so much. it's got old tft screen, weak gpu, horrible battery life, bad camera. amazing.

      • http://www.androidbattery.net Android Battery

        Cause with all the development support, all the custom roms for the EVO kill every phone out there.

        • androooooid

          ROMS are overrated. They're nice, but I'm not going to sacrifice quality just to change how my phone looks every day. If there's both quality and tweakability, that's the best case. But Samsung has better hardware, so that seals the deal for me.

        • Rich

          Sounds like you just really hate the Evo androooooid. While everyone else loves it. Great support (and ROMs are not just for changing the way it looks), great performance, and considered the milestone for Android phones for a very long time by just about every professional Android blogger out there.

          @saquib The camera isn't bad, the battery life improved greatly with use, you are overstating the weakness of the gpu, and the screen isn't bad at all. Again it sure is loved by every person that knows what they are talking about and hated by people that don't.

      • fins1771

        If you could see my EVO you would see why people love it. I have five different roms backed up so I can make it look and run how I feel. Been running sense 3.0 for awhile now, and its just now set to be released on sensation and EVO 3d. My next phone probably will be nexus 3 if it comes out at the end of this year.

  • winclay

    I like the new galaxy s II & I currently have the galaxy s, but with samsung being so slow to upgrade their software, I promised myself that I will never ever get another samsung phone because even though the new one has the android 3.0 the competition will be miles ahead as samsung will take forever to upgrade, so my new phone will be the evo.

    • Zomby

      Actually Samsung is pretty fast in it's upgrades, and even faster lately. Galaxy S has been on 2.3 for a little while now. The problem is with the carriers not releasing the updates. Heck, at some point source codes for the US phones were available on Samsung website before carriers sent the update out.

  • SiliconAddict

    None. Not a single f'ing QWERTY keyboard phone of in the bunch. F you Sprint.

    • http://hollercentral.com hollercentral

      lol keyboard? n00b!

      • SiliconAddict

        Yah noob I've been with Android since the G1 came out. Currently have an EVO and its the worst god damn experiences I've ever had with a phone. ignoring the fact that trying to type in portrait gets 1 in 8 characters wrong even 8 months after getting this POS. Ignoring that lets look at trying to type a paragraph in a web browser in landscape. First you need to zoom the screen just right because the god damn keyboard takes up half the screen and THEN if you are lucky the website is formatted right so the cursor doesn't scroll off the damn screen to the right. Meanwhile if you have to cut and past from one thing to another you loose the position as the keyboard collapses and the damn screen shifts.
        Or better yet how about the auto predict feature that SHOULD be great and allow you to not type as much. 8 months after getting this thing I'm still imputing general net lang that isn't in the dictionary. I would LOVE to turn off auto check...not going to happen because since its a soft keyboard I need predictive typing to even remotely speed along typing, Even now you hand me a QWERTY keyboard phone and I can fly past you softies and your form over function phones. Because that is what a softkeyboard phone is about. God forbid you have a little bulk and a real keyboard and use the ENTIRE screen. Nope. You have to act like iTard and HAVE to have it thin as possible.
        Never again. This was an experiment. It failed. Every single person I know from teen up to their 50's has a phone with a real keyboard and there is a reason why: No matter how you cut it, its faster then softies phones. Period. N00b? Try experienced user who will never touch one of these POS ever again in his life.

        • http://hollercentral.com hollercentral

          okay, now you sound like an old grumpy n00b.

        • Danny

          Wow, you're angry aren't you...
          I know a lot of people who have an Evo 4G and none of them have the problems you do when typing, all of them plug along accurately and quickly.....yes, maybe not as quickly as you do when you use a QWERTY keyboard, but they're fast enough. Maybe the problem isn't the phone....
          The point is, just because YOU have a problem typing on it, doesn't mean the phone is bad and it doesn't mean the phone doesn't work well for others.

        • Rich

          In the IT industry we call your problems a PEBKAC error.

          Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair.

          Get a different keyboard if you don't like the stock one and grow up. As for speed, you bust out your old physical keyboard and I'll use Swype. Lets see who can recite Shakespeare faster.

        • aachterhof

          Why type when you can Swype? Bet you can't type on a physical keyboard faster than I can Swype

    • Someone

      I agree with you. I wish my Evo had a keyboard.

      typing URL's and texting sucks on a virtual kb.

      • Rich

        Actually it doesn't suck. It works quite well if you type in an actual language and n0t lek dis al de tiem az kno 1 wants 2 ce dis shet.

        Translation: Not like this all the time as no one wants to see this sh!t.

  • RockinEvo

    Moto phone looks specs looks impressive but the sound of blur scare me soo much to the point where I have nightmares, waking up in the middle of the night screaming out not again Cliq XT not again. Evo3d is ma next device

  • jeremy

    The 1 with Cyanogen Official support. I do like the motorola specs but with a locked bootloader... Probably waiting for nexus 3

    • Cameron Summerson

      You might be surprised about the bootloader...

      • Kane

        Actually, looks like there was no surprise at all after all.

  • Richard Yarrell

    No question that sprint was first to 4g and first carrier to have a 4g android device. Now they will be the first carrier to have and 4g/3d enabled android device. Sprint honestly have just taken all the other carriers behind the wood shed and wipped some carrier butt this whole year of 2011. Sprint has the best selection of up to date android devices that are industry leading as far as specs and as far as affordibility. And to think Verizon has devices that are the same spec wise as my current Evo 4g and they are ripping off there customers with STUPID PRICES 250 Thunderbolt and 300 Droid Charge WHO'S RIPPING WHO OFF. I will be purchasing my Evo 3d because spec was it is the best device on the market 3d is just extra in my book plus technology wise and content installed on the device the Evo 3d won't be beat. Look around you right now and take a good look at every carrier and ask yourself if your getting the BANG FOR YOUR BUCK??On sprint we are that's for sure. Sprint has the best selection of android devices and tablets...Sprint and the Evo 3d ALL THE WAY

  • Jay

    I voted for the Photon simply based on the fact that it has a kickstand! ;-)

    • Kane

      Shit, didn't even notice it had a kickstand. Nice!

  • DevilDogVIKING

    I still have a year and 4 months left on my contract, it really depends on whats out around that time

  • orlanka

    Verizon coverage is still the best for me. Their customer service has never been short of outstanding either. Completely opposite of my experience with Sprint and there is no way I am touching AT&T. All that said, I have some sort of hate for Moto and I am definitely a fan of all the HTC devices I've owned so going to hold out for them to do something big with Big Red. Of course knowing, I may be waiting a long time, at least I still have a year on my current contract with my Dinc (and sorry AP, DInc2 is not a solid upgrade)

  • elrubiroso

    I'm not 100% sure about my next phone but I do have to say that I really like HTC SENSE but this does not mean I will automatically go for the evo I actually feel that this time around the competition is pretty good.

  • Exynos

    LG had 3D capture and playback months ago... I doubt 3D displays in phones have even matured enough to really matter at all at this point. Galaxy S 2 is the easy choice if it ever makes it to Sprint and if it doesn't get molested like most carrier phones.

  • Phil

    I preordered the 3D yesterday at Sprint. Should be around $50 after the tradein.

  • dsub

    +1 on waiting for whatever the next QWERTY is...

  • Noel

    The low vote for the Nexus S is bcz it is a samsung made Nexus which many ppl did not like. But i guess if it came with a Super Amoled screen and a micro SD slot maybe many of us would have not passed on it. I strongly hope the upcoming Nexus doesn't suffer the same fate...love my N1. Hope Google will make sure it has at least a 1Gb Ram, 16Gb internal memory plus a 32/64Gb micro SD slot, 1800mAh batt, ofcz dual core but we will love a Quad core and a Super Amoled screen surprise...plus lots of new tech goodies.

  • Aeires

    None, as in none of them have physical keyboards. If the Galaxy S2 has a keyboard, that'll be the one.