The Best Canadian Android Phones

Welcome to the best Canadian Android Phones as of Feb. 2, 2012. Or you can call them our favorite Android phones. Or the top Android phones. Really, call them whatever you want. Here's what you're getting: Our unabashed, unapologetic and unequivocal list of what we consider to be the best Android smartphones available on the three major Canadian carriers today.

Just like with our American list, you can't have this sort of thing without controversy. But considering that we're talking Canadian phones and Canadian readers, we also expect the discussion to be much more civil. 

The best phone on Rogers, Bell and TELUS

Verizon Galaxy Nexus

This one was a rather easy choice. Sure, there are plenty of other devices to choose from, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus takes the cake. Really, you can stop reading this now. None of the other phones really matter at this point given it's a GSM Galaxy Nexus you'll have in your hands, and all three carriers sell it for the exact same $160, unlike the US where a GSM version is thus far -- non-existent.

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Honorable mention for Rogers - Samsung Galaxy S II LTE

Android Central

If the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn't your thing, a great alternative for Rogers is the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE. With it, you're getting a full 4.5 -inch display, 8MP camera and 16GB of internal storage. Plus, a 1.5GHz processor and eventually, ICS to go along with it all. A nice little package indeed.

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Worth a look: Motorola RAZR, HTC Raider.

Honorable mention for Bell - HTC Raider

Android Central

The HTC Raider offers up a solid design and gives you that well-built feeling without sacrificing any speed. Its snappy dual-core processor and large display are a joy to use, and it's a great multi-media powerhouse. Did we mention LTE? It's certainly a plus if you live in a Bell LTE coverage area.

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Worth a look: Samsung Galaxy S II, LG Optimus 4G LTE

Honorable mention for TELUS - 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X

Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

Seemingly following in Sprint's footsteps in a race for the longest device name ever, TELUS has dubbed their Samsung Galaxy S II the 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X. We won't question why, aside from the Galaxy Nexus, it's the best phone in their line up right now.

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Worth a look: HTC Amaze 4G. Coming soon: Samsung Galaxy Note


Reader comments

The best Canadian Android Phones - As of Feb. 2, 2012


Lawl, Galaxy X (assuming it's the same as the Epic 4G touch) is a better phone than the Nexus. When it gets ICS in the near future it will be exponentially better.

I honestly don't think anyone cares about WIND, Mobilicity, Chatr or Videotron.

the big "3" have spoken though - They all got the Galaxy Nexus. Good job.

Good thing none of the carriers pulled a Verizon, adding crap to a Nexus phone and having it randomly reboot (haha suckers)

You guys should mention that the Galaxy Nexus is (sim) unlocked right out of the box. So you could bring it over to whatever carrier you want if you had the desire to switch.

These choices are simply a matter of opinion rather then any valid reasoning. I for one would only consider a phone with a QWERTY keyboard. So, that limits my choices. Based on that the Milestone 3 currently holds the reigns. On screen keyboards are fine until you need to write anything of any length. Android is truly suffering in this category compared to BB's as an example.

I type my work documents on my droid Razr Maxx on a screen keyboard. They are a few pages long an avarage abputabout 4 pages long. Yes it takes some time but then so would typing on a real keyboard on say a droid 3. But I have no problem typing long messages on a virtual keypad

If you used said screen keyboard to type your post above, your error rate of 0.5 typos per line must make those four pages very hard to understand.

I opted for the Samsung galaxy s2x on Telus. Just got it LS last month. I could have waited fire the GN but felt the S2x was truly tested in the market while the GN had a few mixed reviews. I have not met anyone who was unhappy with either phone but I am extremly happy with my new phone. What I do find odd is how the Droid RZR didn't make the list yet it was picked for phone of the year in 2011. I still think the GN or SGS2 should have taken this honor.

I still like my Sony Xperia Pro on Fido. Could use a faster processor and more RAM (what phone couldn't?), but I love everything else about it. Form factor, decent slide-out keyboard, screen, resolution, side light, camera (same as iPhone 4S), etc.

But yes, if you can live without a hardware keyboard and want a giant screen, the Galaxy Nexus is nice. I use my tablet for that kind of stuff though.

I like the HTC Amaze from telus... I didn't want to wait for the Nexus and the resalution on the Galaxy s2x just didn't cut it for me.