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Android is the most prevalent operating system in the smartphone market. Developed by Google, the software is now used by numerous phone manufacturers. But with so many choices, which Android handset is best?
We looked into five models: HTC’s Raider, LG’s Optimus 3D, the Motorola RAZR, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Sony’s Xperia arc. They all share certain traits: relatively large touchscreens (ranging from 4.3 to 4.7 in.), cameras and microprocessors that, not so long ago, would have been on par with those in high-performance desktop computers. Prices vary ($475 to $650), but that isn’t as big a concern when the vast majority of consumers will buy these handsets with contracts, whereby communications companies like Rogers, Bell and Telus subsidize the cost of the device in exchange for multi-year service agreements. If price isn’t a critical factor, features, battery life and performance make all the difference. Read on to discover how the contenders stack up—and which one chops down the competition.