You made your nominations, and you voted. Now we have a winner. The Andy for Best Non-Nexus Android Phone of 2011 goes to...

Best Non-Nexus Android Phone Of 2011: Readers' Choice

The Samsung Galaxy S II.


This really comes as no surprise. The Samsung Galaxy S II is still one of the most powerful handsets on the market, and with an Ice Cream Sandwich update inbound sometime in the coming year, it's only going to get better. The jaw-dropping SAMOLED Plus display and wickedly fast Exynos dual-core processor made quite an impression when we reviewed the Sprint-ified version, the Epic 4G Touch. Even half a year after its European and Korean debut, the Galaxy S II has retained its status as a juggernaut of a phone.

Best Non-Nexus Phone Of 2011: Android Police Pick

Yet again, we have to agree with our readers (we promise, we're not just being lazy) - it's the Galaxy S II. The GSII was the first Android smartphone that raised even some more Apple-loyal eyebrows as a potential iPhone-killer. Was it? I don't know about that, but in terms of reviews and sales, the Galaxy S II did very, very well. It's not hard to see why - the amazing display and excellent processor (with a buttery-smooth UI implementation) blew every other Android smartphone out of the water when the GSII was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in early 2011.

The original Galaxy S was a pretty good phone - the Galaxy S II is a fantastic one. It set a bar which, frankly, most phones released in 2011 failed to reach (excluding the Galaxy Nexus, perhaps). Let's hope the Galaxy S III is even better.


Voting results will be kept for archival purposes.

What Was The Best New Non-Nexus Android Phone Of 2011?

  • Samsung Galaxy S II (62%, 899 Votes)
  • HTC Rezound (13%, 190 Votes)
  • Motorola DROID RAZR (13%, 183 Votes)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (12%, 170 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,439

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Jonathan Nguyen

    Sad my G2X didn't make the list.... not all too surprised... but sad

    • Murtaza Samma

      Don't be sad mate. I too have a G2x and despite having the money to buy any phone; I am still betting on my G2x because it is still fulfilling all my tech desires that I want out of this phone. Can you tell me how many phones (even the most recent ones) have all these EXTRA features (besides the obvious ones)combined in one:

      * Dedicated HDMI output
      * DLNA
      * Working A2DP Bluetooth

      For me these features are a MUST for any smartphone now.

  • Bojan

    I honestly would have voted for the Droid RAZR, but I HATE Motoblur.

    AOSP RAZR would beat every single one of those other phones, imo, but I just can't do it. Motoblur sucks too much...

  • Stewart Higgins

    Atrix. I love it.

    • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays GarciaM25

      Yeah really, where's the Atrix lovin'? That was an incredible phone that didn't get as good of a reception as it deserved.... do any of THESE phones have a fingerprint scanner?

      • Flippy125

        Locked down, big, heavy, expensive accessories, AT&T, etc

        • Tombert

          Big and heavy what? The Atrix is tiny compared to other 4 inch phones.

    • http://tantrajnaan.com Robert Dunn

      The only thing I don't like about my Atrix is the way it looks. It's kind of chubby and a little homely. Oh yeah, and I hate that stupid fingerprint reader.
      That being said, I wouldn't be able to stand it with a stock ROM. I CANNOT STAND Blur.

      • Golightly

        How can you hate the fingerprint reader? If you don't find it useful, you can just not use it.

        Also, I never understood the hatred for MotoBLUR. It leads to superfluous notifications, but those are easily ignored/deleted. It has never interfered with my Atrix experience.

        My friend's SGS2 is nice, but I find it too big. I'd rather a thicker phone to a wider phone. I wouldn't trade my qHD for the oversaturated screen he has either. I do wish the USB port was located on the top where the headphone port is, but that's because I use BT headphones and don't use it, whereas the USB is use a lot(less since battery life improved though). SGS2 runs smoother transitions(sphere, cylinder) in GoLauncher, but I get by. )'=

        Sad that it didn't make the list. Almost a year old and still pulls its weight against newer superphones.

        • b

          People hate the finger print sensor because it usually take 2-3 swipes, and its use as an actual button.. ugh worst power button ever.

    • John Jones

      Seriously, not enough Atrix love.

  • Darkseider

    I voted for the GS2 but personally the LG G2X is still king in my eyes. Granted running CM7 or a derivative of but it's size, thickness, weight, etc... are all just right.

  • Kokusho

    we can vote for our favorite all we want, but honestly, the Samsung Galaxy S II wins hands down.

  • Mr. Dr. Boss Sr.

    The phone, app, AND game I nominated are all leading! Now just the tablet..;]

  • Aaron

    The rezound is an AWESOME phone... beat out the galaxy nexus and razr imo in a verizon store.

  • Brian

    Would have voted the GSII, which I own and love, if it werent for my crush on the Note... *sigh*

    • edd

      This. I own the SII, and it's by far the best phone of the year, but I sit in lust for the Galaxy Note and for this reason, it gets my vote.

  • biker bill

    If you haven't used all of these then don't vote, rezound is hands down the best out and faster than my nexus as well I have had 3 of the 4 and reviewed the other. Rezound should take the win, best screen and fastest phone with biggest processor and it flies even with sense

  • ocdtrekkie

    If you left out the Google phone on this one, wouldn't it have made sense to leave out the Google apps on the last one?

    Regardless, I'm going to vote for the best of the options provided, but it seems a little inconsistent. ;)

    • David Ruddock

      I see what you're saying, but I don't really agree. Apps are something anybody with enough time can sit down and make, even something that competes with a million-plus dollar project funded by a major company.

      It's very sad to think how much money was spent, for example, making the My Verizon app, which is pretty clunky and terrible. On the other hand, an app like AirDroid, by a much smaller developer, can be 10 times better than something like Samsung's version of remote device management. Apps aren't about money, they're about good coding practices, stylistic decisions, and just plain intelligence. Someone could make a better email app than Google's Gmail client next month, for all I know. There's no massive advantage for Google - they've made some crappy apps (Currents, Docs, stock email app, etc).

      Excluding the Galaxy Nexus is a much more obvious choice because it has a huge, obvious advantage: Android 4.0. If there were other Android 4.0 phones out there, we might include, but there really aren't. It has so much of an advantage for that reason alone that anyone saying it isn't the best Android phone of the year, and I'm sure you could agree, should have their head checked.

      Not thinking Google Music is the best app of the year isn't such a crazy thing, comparatively.

  • Tim Dinh

    I've been using the Galaxy SII for half a year and thought it was the best smartphone until I bought the Galaxy Note a few weeks ago. Bigger and higher res screen, faster. Battery last the whole day, not like 4 pm. It runs cooler too.
    So I'm going to vote for Galaxy Note twice from both phones.

  • samuel mosley

    my tbolt beat them all with its 5 minute battery life. lets see ur precious gs2 beat that. lol

  • Reggie D.

    Was hoping to see the htc Amaze here. Rezound gets my vote

  • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

    Haha we know how this will turn out. A phone that has a name that is also the product line for one of the best selling phones in the world... Yeah everything else stands a chance.

    Thanks for the entertainment at least.

  • L boogie

    Gotta give it to the gs2 for coming out of the woodwork and becoming one of android's best selling phones as well as being Samsung's flagship phone just makes you wonder about that possible galaxy s 3d. But my vote goes to the rezound for being an amazing next-Gen version of the Incredible though Htc needs a 4.7 inch , quad-core s4 packing Incredible 3/3d with IPS or mirasol display

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Galaxy S 2 hands down.......it is the flagship android phone of 2011(excluding the galaxy nexus of course :D)

  • flamesbladeflcl

    The Rezound looks like it could be a great phone if the Galaxy Nexus didn't completely overshadow it.

  • Danny

    Sony Ericsson brings out the best handsets, (take a look at the xperia lineup for 2011- arc, ray, mini etc) and just because you guys didn't bother use them, you are simply making a poll that should have been named "best samsung cellphone of the year"

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    OEM Custom UI sucks, period. But if an OEM insists on creating a custom UI, at least they should try to optimize it, like what Samsung did to the Galaxy S2. What HTC did to slow down its own phone in every single way is definitely not something we want to see. So, my vote went to the SGS2.

  • http://www.techiees.com Alpesh

    Its really tough to select 1 frm abv listed phones

  • KingDonnaz

    No amaze? wow straight disrespect lol

    • Brazilian Rider

      Agreed. Amaze FTW.

  • James

    GS2 is definitely the king of 2011, it's even better internally than the galaxy nexus.

  • Nick

    What about the Sensation 4G!!? I absolutley love this phone, hasnt done me wrong yet and have had it for 6 or 7 months now, basically since it came out. Too bad it didnt make the list.

  • Rune

    You are right! S2 is the best :) Jus on qualm though, it would've been better if Samsung would have stuck with the Wolfson DAC on this one too! The sound on this device could have been so much better.

  • Ruben

    Sensation is always overlooked. Very solid device.

  • http://gsmaanbiedingenonline.net/ android

    I like this phone!

  • PorkHate

    having a sg2 myself i have to say the "The jaw-dropping SAMOLED Plus display" is highly, highly overrated. i sincerely prefer the screen on my old droid than this screen (well, excluding size). the pixel size kills it, the resolution itself is crappier than smaller screens and the oh so famous colors aren't better at all (they're off, if anything). not to mention the heavy blue hue if looked at from the slightest angle.

    still the best phone of 2011 hands down, despite my love for the atrix (which has an even worse screen. come on.)