Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports' latest smartphone ratings are in September's issue of the magazine (you know, those things made out of wood pulp), and eight Android phones made the "Recommended" list. And Android made the top two phone for three of the four major U.S. carriers. The winners are (in order):

The AT&T 3G version of the Nexus One wasn't listed under its respective carrier, though it is noted alongside the T-Mobile version. We definitely would have put it above the Motorola Backflip (ranked No. 3 for the carrier), though, and it's odd that CR decided not to.

Other decisions we'd disagree with? The Motorola Devour is ahead of the Palm Pre Plus? Really? The newest Android phone we see listed is the myTouch 3G Slide, so it'll be interesting to see how much more Android dominates next time around. [Consumer Reports - subscription required]

 

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Android strong in Consumer Reports' smartphone ratings

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Emm...while I'm happy some Android phones came out on top, I long ago became disillusioned about CR's reviews for almost anything I actually knew something about, particularly electronics or other specialty items.

I kinda trust them to tell me about washing machines, lawn mowers or floor wax. Wouldn't buy a phone or a good saute pan or guitar based only on a CR review.

So how old was the work that went into this study?

Not a single Galaxy phone? Was that because it wasn't out yet, or they hated it?

(No I don't have a subscription and I'm not buying one, thanks). I'm just waiting till the take down notice arrives for you magazine photo. ;-)

the Galaxy phones aren't on there for the same reason that the Droid X isn't, they didn't receive review units in time for them to put it in that month's issue

Sorry but CR is a joke. They review things so long after they're out, the report is no longer relevant- I'm surprised they even mentioned the EVO!

I read a DSLR report that had 1year old camera models after most had been replaced. This is similar practice for TVs, Cell phones by this publication- they're used to reviewing large appliances like Refrigerators and Washing Machines that USED to not get updated yearly- but EVEN those are being updated with greater frequency- and yet CR's longwinded yet still somehow lacking reviews take forever for them to tabulate and gather info to create a valuable tool.

Their best buy rankings are hysterical as they will often recommend something low quality as price is paramount to that rank rather than look at "perceived quality vs. value."

They stay in business due to the older demographic (no offense anyone) that still want a printed publication - their demo is similar to the average Reader's Digest subscriber.

It is very obvious that no one at CR knows shit about Android. They have the slide ahead of the world's best Android device the Google Nexus One. Still IMO the best made, looking and most powerful device ever made. The Google Nexus One. If you never owned one you don't know what you are missing.

I remember last year my mom wanted a kitchen mixer. CR recommended the Sunbeam for $99. I finally talked her into a kitchen Aid pro series. Now she is so glad she listened. CR is for people who don't know the first thing about anything. The mixer they recommended is garage, it would have broke by now.

I could care less about any phone besides the HTC Evo 4g as every carrier has had something to show for and Now Sprint has the hottest phones coming out and its been along, very long time since Sprint had something to show they stand out from the rest. I'm not sayin any other phone besides the Evo is not worth it but just saying its about time Sprint has a Hot Phone and with its great prices it really starting to stand out. After failure and failure of phones the HTC Evo and the upcoming Samsung Epic 4G along with 4g service says a lot about a company. And yes I'm hitting 10mbs on 4g service in MD and others are hitting about 13mbs in other cities so its great to hear after years of bs sprint has over come its odd's and I wanna say thank you Dan H. For making the turn around.

Never been an Apple fanboy so for me seeing all these Android phones really start to take off is awesome! I think the OS is great and only going to get better with time as they fine tune all aspects of future Adroid OS releases. I have the DINC and love it and I am checking everyday for my Froyo 2.2 update to get here. Thanks for all the info on Adroid Central and it's a great way to stay informed and up to date with what going on in the world of Android phones.