Top Android phones: Best buys (August 2011)

PC World's best buy Android phones are a rank of the top 10 Android smartphones based on perceived value for money

Looking for an Android phone on a budget? You should look no further than PC World Australia's best buys. These Android smartphones are a rank of the top 10 handsets based on perceived value for money.

Google's Android platform has not only provided a genuine competitor for the Apple iPhone, but it has also opened up opportunities for powerful smartphones at the lower end of the market. The 10 selections in our August list are headed by the Huawei Sonic, which sells for a super low $188 in supermarket chain Woolworths and electronics retailer Dick Smith.

HTC is the most popular best buy Android phone vendor in August: four models from the Taiwanese giant made our top 10, including the Telstra-exclusive Desire S.

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HTC Desire S

The HTC Desire S is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade over the original Desire. It remains an excellent smartphone, but it hits the market at a time when competition is fiercer than ever. We think it's a good all-rounder at a competitive price, but the Desire S does little to stand out amongst the crowd.

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  • 6th June, 2011
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • HTC
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  • Pros:
  • Latest Android OS and slick Sense integration
  • Unibody aluminium design
  • Competitive price
  • Cons:
  • Evolution rather than evolution
  • No real advanced features
  • We miss the physical buttons
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