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Greetings, distinguished Android Central Reader. (Yeah, we're giving you the benefit of the doubt.) We're working on a kick-ass new feature and want a little feedback.

Interested in a sneak peek? Read on.

So this is a call for your feedback. We're building a new section on the site for comparing Android phones. The idea is to give you a better experience when narrowing down your choice of what phone to get next. 

The full version will be interactive so you will be able to swap the phones out and expand on the feature set below.

Please take a minute to help us create a better experience and comment below with the answers to the following questions:

  • What phone do you own right now?
  • Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
  • After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
  • Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?

Have we missed something? We’d love to get your suggestions.

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"UI Skin:" not "IU Skin:"
Include a link to the full review by android central writers for each device?
Highlight "best" with green, or blue, not red? Red means stop, and I was confused as to whether the red around "4.65in AMOLED" meant you were saying it was bad or good...

I've been reading about the nexus S for like... a week now, cause my lovely girlfriend is getting me one for Christmas, and I did not know it had 32gb storage. I feel a lot better about my decision (:

* Current phone: iPhone 3GS. Had to get one... cheapest replacement for my Pre (yuck!)
* Mostly yeah, I can't think of what else I'd like to see from a quick summary other than what I mentioned.
* "Best"? In a comparison like these 3 I hardly believe any could be considered hands down the best. Best for me, yes.
* Hard to say since I've already made my mind up before reading this :D

The Nexus S actually has 16GB of internal storage. As far as my knowledge goes, that was the only option here in the US (besides GSM or CDMA)

@vanderveen89 I believe it's 16gb for the Nexus S and they are featuring the Galaxy Nexus in this particular review. I can see your confusion as Samsung/Google should of considered an appropriate name for the Galaxy Nexus being that there was already a Nexus S.

As for the Android Central here is my critical input:

1. My current Phone: SGS2 SGH-i777 AT&T

2. No. I couldn't make a buying decision based on the information provided. see supporting information below.

3. No, it is not clear which phone is the best just based on the lack of supporting media and the inaccurate information displayed. Not to mention I don't agree w/ the rating on 2 of the 3 phones. Again see supporting documentation below.

4. No, see answer on questions 2 & 3.

************SUPPORTING INFORMATION*************

What I don't like:

-Do to the processor alone you're reviewing the wrong SGS2. Should of been the AT&T version. (not really a big deal)

-You give up the goods too fast by displaying your final number. That makes me not want to read the supporting commentary. It's like knowing who's going to win a football game before it starts. Think about it. Also you lose credibility in my book by giving the Nexus an equal rating to the RAZR. I hope that was a type O. I'd never come back to read a review if it wasn't.

-more supporting media as in multiple photos and videos. I want to feel like I'm getting a real hands on w/ the device. I would like for you to put more into the comparisons. As it stands with the current demo I'll go elsewhere to get my information. Not a good look.

What I like:

-I like that Android Central is asking for feedback because you really need it to take the site where it needs to go. That's a good look.

-I like the clean layout. It's organized and easy to follow from top to bottom.

-There's a lot of work to do to get this right but I know you guys will do it.

• Samsung Fascinate
• Very useful starting point to get a general idea. I'd want to be able to delve into the full reviews and videos of each while not losing the "place" of my comparison (i.e. be able to come back to the comparison to look more closely at another device) Also, I'd want to be able to choose the comparison phones or at least limit them to a carrier.
• Well it certainly seems we are being told that the Nexus is the winner, but the others are good alternatives when the Nexus never comes out in the US. I have bias here as I've already compared these 3 phones + Rezound in me own head
• If I had the cash to throw around I'd get the Nexus if/when possible

*also Phil might not like the term "UI Skin" and may want to use "UI Framework" (assuming this post isn't actually from Phil)

How about cost of data plans or overall cost of ownership? Relevant if considering switching carriers without having to go to the website to find out what data plans they have (especially since they seem to change). Also relevant if you are ever decide to compare a prepaid phone (i.e., Virgin Mobile Wildfire S) to a different phone on a contract carrier (whoever carries the Wildfire S).

Also, include overall size of the phone.

•What phone do you own right now? I have a Motorola Atrix 4G and an iPhone 4

•Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision? For the most part.

•After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one? Subjective.

•Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page? If I was in the market for one of the 3 phones, yes - the information here is very handy to have. I've seen other sites that let you do this too.

I think its great for now and I'll try to get back to see if there is anything else I wouldn't mind seeing but here is one that kind of stood out to me at early glance.

The screen attribute although helpful i think is still slightly general. I think this could be split up maybe into screen size, resolution, and pixel density. I always find myself curious about these statistics and usually have to dig pretty far to find any information on them so having them separated here and ranked (or bolded in red) on separate lines would be helpful.

I currently own an OG droid 1 so I have actually been in the market for a phone for sometime now but I still haven't found something that has convinced me to switch. The unlocked bootloader and "updates first" quality of the nexus device along with its gorgeous screen is currently putting it ahead of the others you have listed.

Another thing that i've seen on some sites is the option to put a shadow of the current phone over various items (your current model phone, a deck of cards, etc.) I think including that as well as a place to see how it stacks up (technically) against your current phone would be amazing!

I agree with the previous poster on the format, but it will also mean you'll have to review every phone that could be compared. You guys haven't even done a review on the HTC Vivid yet and it's been out for a month. I'm still waiting for your take on it. I've got it and love it, but would still like to see your take on it.

What phone do you own right now?
-Samsung Captivate
Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
-Yes, but like others have said, make the better features in Green. Red comes across as "bad"
After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
-If I didn't have any preformed opinions, I'd say yes. You should include a link to the forums for that phone as well as review.
Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
-Yes

- fascinate
- will you able to filter by carrier? not sure how often people change carriers, so having the galaxy s II in the sample comparison doesn't make sense..
- but overall, i like the look of the layout and it seems like it provides enough information to make a decision..

* Nexus S
* Not really. The format it's in is fine but needs more info.
* You might want to rephrase that..."Best" is subjective, but which one is best for me, see point 2
* Assuming I knew nothing about the phones before seeing the page, probably not, again it comes down to the the "quick" info and some people (like me) are too lazy to read the whole review.

I think you guys are on the right track, you just need some more info about the phones...think phonearena

I own a droid bionic.

I believe this format does include enough information.
I would add a few things, however. You have your review score, but maybe also an average user review score will be helpful. Also, while you're at it, it would be nice to have a dedicated forum for reviews to each phone in the formums (I'm sure there already is on most), and then a link to those from this page. That way potential users can see what current users think of their phone. Most of us who are android nerds have already researched our phones, and know what we want. However, we are a small population. To reach the mass market you need to make it easy for regular phone users (not nerds) to quickly find the best phone for regular users. That is why Apple is so successful, they reach out to the normal crowd, not the nerd crowd.

For me, yes it is clear. However, like I said, I'm a nerd so I understand nerd talk. For those that don't understand nerd talk you might want to find a way to make it easier for them to pick a phone.

Personally, I probably would not buy a phone just from this page. I would look for what others say about the phone before I bought it, which goes back to my comment above.

Case in point, I bought my wife a Charge back in July. The official reviews I read looked good. However, if I would have looked at what others said about the phone, I probably would have bought her something else, because I didn't realize the problems I was going to have until after I bought the phone, and then went to the forums. If you could find a way to have user reviews, and then have people mark the review as useful (like on amazon), that would probably help people make a decision greatly.

Thanks for working on making it easier for us, the consumer, to pick out the best phone for our needs in this ever growing cell phone world.

***Update***
As seen by many of the other suggestions, everyone has their own preferences, and it is impossible to capture everything here on a quick comparision. However a "What Other People Are Saying" link that takes you to a forumn where people can just post their pros and cons would add a ton. Just my two cents. Really, I think the best internet retailer out there is Amazon, and I believe a lot has to do with their user reviews.

Are the reviews AC editor reviews only or will/can it be like c|net where they offer the editor's review # as well as user feedback? If user feedback is allowed, # of users is a MUST. A 10 by 1 person is not the same as a 9.5 by 5000 people.

1. Droid Incredible
2. Not enough. My needs are a little different, I'd want to see sample photos from the camera.
3. Appears to be the Nexus.
4. No. Without a price, I cannot accurately make a decision.

What phone do you own right now?
- Nexus One

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
- Definitely good base information especially linking to reviews.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
- Of course, the one with Nexus in the name. :) I think this is a good format, but it looks like you are flagging better features with Red which is a warning color. I would make the best feature Green or label all the worse features Red. Marking the best things red leave the other impression.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
- I would it I had the money. I am trying to stretch out my $600 purchase of the nexus one a little more.

- Motorola DROID (yes, OG)

- It's not bad but I wouldn't use the title "Main Differences," I would instead use "Comparision" or "Features" and avoid highlighting anything. There is no real standard or reasoning for which aspects get highlighted and is very ambiguous. I suggest you avoid the highlighting and let readers decide which aspects are important to them.

- No, all offer their own pros and cons, to declare one as the best overall would be based on nothing other than personal opinion.

- The information would most definitely be helpful in making a final decision.

* Currently have an EVO 4G

* Good starting point, but I'd like more info about the following:
1) The camera: it's not all about the megapixels...in fact I think you had a poll before about if we still "incorrectly" think megapixels are the be-all, end-all of cameras. Would be nice to include a camera rating.
2) Size (dimensions, weight). A back/side picture would be nice as well.
3) Is it rootable/locked bootloader.
4) If the memory is upgradable (Nexus doesn't have a SD slot, for example)

* Yeah, I think I can make a judgement call or at least eliminate the ones I don't want to research further.

* Perhaps.

HTC Rezound

Looks great so far. I would love to see some kind of overall size comparison. Listing dimensions helps, but it would be great if you could visually compare it to something. As an example, I think verizon's website at one point could compare them to a deck of cards.

Droid Incredible 2

The format is good, but I want to see full size/weight stats - not just screen size. I carry in a pocket - overall size is important to me.

I don't really like the highlights - they're chosen by AC and may or may not be important to me. The links to the reviews are great, though - I can see the full info there and the limited choice of highlights won't be so skewed.

I would love to see alternate views - I was totally into the Rezound until I saw it from the side and saw what a chunk it is...front/back/side views would be huge.

This wouldn't have been enough for me to choose among these three phones....

htc Thunderbolt

I like the format. But needs a line for "hackability". i.e. ability to download custom ROMs and kernels. Would be good to mention level of developer support, too.

Droid X

I would add more specifics to the data presented. For example I don't see where external storage capabilities are shown. It should be obvious that the Nexus doesn't support micro-SD.

I like the format and agree that there should be a link to the actual reviews for people to dig into more subjective info like the actual feel and usability of each phone.

Only thing I'd suggest adding is a "User ratings" vs. "Editor rating". So display both the average rating that the site's readers give each phone, and the rating that whichever one of you guys reviewing the phone give it.

HTC Touch Pro 2 "Not By Choice"

For the most part it does. Some of the key points that are swaying my decision for my next phone is AVAILABILITY and SD CARD SLOT. Also other features such as Gorilla Glass (or similar) and liquid protective coating. HDMI is not one of those make or break things IMO. Maybe include whether or not the phone is rooted yet.

I like what Maximum PC does when reviewing their PC components. They give a score (like you have here) and also give an Editor's Choice kind of recommendation and also publish a rolling Best of the Best. I make many decisions based on their Best/Editor's Choice. I also like to know what you guys (the editors) are currently using, so maybe under each one list the name of the editor who currently uses that phone as their primary phone.

Definitely. I am planning on buying the Nexus, but that wasn't swayed by this graphic.

tell me what each phone has going for and what it has going against it - like the pros/cons thing you do in the reviews themselves - all high-end smartphones will be "keepers" in some ways and not in others - tell me those right up front - "awesome music, crap battery life"; "gorgeous screen, weighs more than you're used to" - that kind of stuff

1. HTC Evo 3D
2. I would add in NFC capability, PPI (pixels per inch), and whether or not a microSD card slot exists for the specs. Also, I would somehow reword so that it doesn't seem like there is only one version Galaxy Nexus that will work on all the carriers.
3. To me, it's clear which phone AndroidCentral recommends.
4. I'd still be undecided on which to purchase after taking a look at this.

•What phone do you own right now?
BIONIC

•Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
1. I WOULD ADD FRONT CAMERA RESOLUTION/TYPE
2. POSSIBLE RELEASE DATES

•After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
YES

•Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
I WOULD INCLUDE A LINK TO THE AC REVIEW OF THE PHONES

Another thing that would be cool is the ability to pull up either more pictures rear, sides, top, bottom, or a 360 degree veiw.

The chart does not capture the defining factor of the Droid RAZR and the main reason I bought this phone: Smart Actions give me fine control over how the phone consumes power. I have phenomenal battery life on this phone because I keep LTE off when on wi-fi, I have GPS off unless I'm moving or charging the battery, and I only have the phone sync data once an hour unless the display is on. After a full day's use, this LTE phone often still has 50% charge.

Your charts might need a special features section to capture stuff like this.

• Og Droid
• Yes, if the nexus actually had a price
• I'm kinda biased on this one because I've been waiting for the nexus for way too long to pick another phone
• Same as the previous question

Room for improvement
• add actual device dimensions
• to me, red means bad, so I wouldn't use red on the highlighted items

What phone do you own right now? Droid Incredible
Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision? Almost
After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one? no, but does give info to make a decision on what is best for "me"
Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page? yes

I think including carrier info like some one else mentioned would be good. Also if a list of carrier installed or unique apps (bloat) would be helpful too. An app only available on a specific phone or carrier may sway a decision.

I would love the Galaxy Nexus, but since my contract won't end until Oct 2012, I'll just wait for the quad-core phones (Maybe the Nextus).

You should also add should add SD slot and how much does memory does it come with on the SD card, if any.

Also dimensions of the phone, and the resolution of the screens, quality of front facing camera and battery conditions and power.

I would like to see battery size, phone dimensions, weight, screen resolution and expandable storage added to the list. Links to any reviews on AC would be nice.

* Motorola Droid 1

* Yes this conveys information in an easy to read format, although as stated above, maybe highlight the better specs in something other than red.

* Which phone is best? Depends on what meets your needs and what you want in your phone. Maybe I want an 8MP camera, or maybe I would rather have the slightly faster processor. For me I was able to see most of the specs I need to see.

* I would love to buy a Nexus, if only it were available in the US.

What phone do you own right now? HTC Thunderbolt
Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision? I think for the average consumer it covers everything it needs to.
After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one? The phone which is best is based on what I am looking for, so for me that would be the GNex.
Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page? Yes. However, it would be nice if I have the availabilty to sort phones based on carrier, i.e. Verizon or T-Mobile. The above graphic gives me two Big Reds and a TM device...I'm not switching carriers, just phones.
A Link to reviews would be good as well.
Keep up the good work AC!!! Happy Holidays!

- Nexus One
- Need to add expansion slot (Micro SD) info.
Filter by carrier definitely.
I've always liked a Pro and Con section - justify the scores up front
If this is going to be a dynamic comparison then change the perspective/relationship viewed data to actual data (i.e. RAZR is "thinner"... thinner than what? Just saying "It's thin!" would be beter; and "less expensive"... again, less expensive than what?
- Best for me would be the Nexus
- Would I buy a phone based of solely on this? Nope, good starting point though.

I like the format. A suggestion would be to show how the storage is divided for application and available storage.

• HTC Rezound (until the G-Nex is released)

• It does convey a lot of information (all of which vital when making an informed decision). My real beef would be with the lack of info for NFC and battery. A less informed person, such as my girlfriend's dad, would not be able to tell you that the Droid Razr has a larger stock battery than the Rezound. They also couldn't tell you which one had longer talk time, use time, etc. When her father bought his Android phone, he seemed to spend hours just on the reviews of battery life and how much "babysitting the battery" he had to do. To add on to that, the first thing I think he would ask when seeing this is "8 out of what? Is it 8/8 or 8/10?" lol

• It is quite clear the Galaxy Nexus is the winner, this seems fairly clear to me about which phone is superior. Granted my own personal bias towards GED's had me favoring the G-Nex before further reading. Unfortunately my girlfriend would have argued the Razr to be the choice, and ask why Webtop and Signal wasn't a factor.

• Unfortunately I would need more reading because the lack of battery info. Granted I was sold on the G-Nex from the day I had bought my Nexus S 4g this summer and saw what pure android is.

What phone do you own right now?
Droid Incredible

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
I would like to see more info on ports, expandable storage, sliding keyboard, etc.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
No, not enough info. Carrier would also be helpful. Maybe a link to their coverage zones if possible, especially when it comes to 4G coverage.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
No, I would go to the manufacturers web page to get additional specs.

These might have been mentioned in earlier comments, but:

I think release date of the phone might be helpful... Possibly presented with color coding that "degrades" as time since release passes.

Also: Carrier is (perhaps) the most important factor in comparisons, so hopefully that gets the treatment it deserves here.

EVO Shift
Nexus S 4G

Put a line that states if the bootloader is encrypted or not.

Galaxy S2 and Nexus appear about equal to me. Better screen and storage vs better processor(and GPU), price(most likely) and camera. Tough call.

A link to a 360 view or other pictures would be helpful. I know you can get them in the full review so you kind of have that covered but a link to a gallery would be good.

Add a line for SD storage.

NFC line.

Carrier info is important as well.

What phone do you own right now? - DX

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision? - not bad - carrier sort and more UI features would be good

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one? - yep

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page? - yep

•What phone do you own right now?
HTC Rezound and Droid X

•Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
No, it's a little too brief for me. I like to dive into the nuts and bolts to make a decision and won't until I've read through several reviews/camera test shots/blog chatter/etc.

•After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
Yes, but I'm not sure if it's because of the information or my prior knolwedge of each of these. To really determine it, I would have to see phones I don't know much about.

•Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
Again, probably not - But may lead me to eliminate some potential choices based on the main features.

What phone do you own right now?
4S (upgraded from a Droid Incredible)

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
If you know what everything means, yes. However, if you're not familiar with all the technical terms it might be a bit overwhelming.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
Meh, not really. The red text made it seem as if these were features that were bad, instead of good (perhaps use green, yellow, & red).

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
Probably not. While all the geek info is great for those who have to have the latest and greatest, i can see it being intimidating to the average user. I think clearly labeling & outlining your Pros (in green) and Cons (in red) below the product would help a bit.

-my $0.02

Fascinate

This info is great, but not enough

Need: Dimensions, weight, removable memory, potential to root and install custom ROMs if not “Pure Google”

I would need more info to purchase one of these phones

I like the Red text!

Storage should be split between internal vs expansion (incl and potential)

I also like to see battery information both size and anticipated life under various conditions (talk 3G 4G web use, etc)

Display should include resolution and dpi

As for the questions:
What phone do you own right now?
I currently own a Samsung Fascinate.

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
It is definitely a great start, see my comments above.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
I would be able to make a decision, but adding the info I suggested would make it 99% for me.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?

What phone do you own right now?
HTC Incredible

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
Not really, need to include price and plan cost, and be standard with terms across the board (if its a dual band radio don't say (like you did in the first image) that its GSM on Verizon, which is a contradiction). Might be difficult unless the same person does ALL the reviews, which would be a pain for that one person.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
Need links to real reviews.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
Not yet - need more in depth info, the at-a-glance you provide doesn't drive me to buy a phone but to look for more info on a phone.

A lot of good ideas, I'd like to throw two more into the pile: Possibly list both contract and off-contract pricing if available. Could possibly add mouse-over definitions/descriptions on the features to provide a "layman's description" of the technical numbers/features the users are reading.

•What phone do you own right now?
Droid Incredible

•Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?

I like the format as it seems to be fairly standard to what I am used to seeing on Verizon’s and HTC’s sites, however, this is a high level look at the phones and a starting point but not a decision making tool at first look.

•After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?

No, but the links to your reviews will take me to the next steps I need in making a decision.

•Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?

Same as the points above, this is where I would start my research but it’s not enough to make the final decision.

One question:

Will you be releasing these changes across all of your sites (BB, iProducts, WP)? If so, would you have the ability to look cross platform?

Current phone: Droid Incredible

Format info: The first section under the pictures feels more like a one man personal opinion, perhaps not bias enough. Also it only really conveys one feature, or lack there of. Specs is a nice touch with the red highlighting of differences. Ratings however I feel should be more on a 1 to 5 scale, lets face it, you would never be able to rate any phone a 10, because everyone's tastes are different. With a smaller scale you get more of a feel like 1 don't buy, 2 works but not well, 3 average phone balanced, 4 good phone but may lack one or two good features, 5 great phone with most almost everything you would want in a cell phone. The lowest price retailer under the shop online is a nice touch.

Clearness of content: Based on the spec info and main vs info, its clear which is better.

Would you buy: If I had to choose between the models listed, Its clear the winner for me is the GNEx, but I would buy all three models if they were the best my carrier had. All three are top competitors.

I have a Galaxy S2

I think your pricing may be off as i got my Galaxy S2 for $149 at Target a few weeks ago.

I also think your comments are slightly biased towards the Nexus, but thats fine....its a good phone. However, Touchwiz can be a "pro" for some people. I actually like how touchwiz operates, even if its not pure google.

There are pros and cons between the 3 phones, but if the Galaxy S2 had Ice Cream Sandwich (which it will), then spec for spec, the Galaxy holds its own against the Nexus and Razor.

To me, the biggest thing is the Carrier. You can hype up a bunch of phones, but to me the reviews dont mean much if my carrier doesnt have the phone. Selecting the carrier first, then comparing the phones they offer seems to be the best way to do this comparison.

I own a Bionic, Rezound, RAZR, and a Thunderbolt.
I would like to see screen dimensions (H x W) in addition to diagonal measurement. I think that would answer a lot of peoples questions on how screens compare. For example all of my phones are 4.3 inches, but they are almost all different sizes. The Thunderbolt has a wider screen than the rest, some are longer...

Right now I own a HTC Desire.

I want the Nexus because of the camera and ICS but the lack of a SD concerns me.

The Droid razor looks cool but if I can't change the battery it's not for me.

So if I have to pick right now I'd choose the Galaxy S II but I'd really like an HTC alternative.

- Droid Incredible

- As others have stated before, more info, links to the phones page on AC; AC rating and USER rating would be nice info.

- I wouldn't use "RED" as the "better" color, made the initial reaction not that it was the better product. Other than that I'd say "YES" I was able to compare basic information like OS version, Manufacturer UI and screen size to help me see this is better than that.

- Yes, I plan to as soon as it is released. But I already knew that going into this so maybe I am a bit biased. :)

I don't see any point in the "Reviews" section when you're giving one. I saw a few say battery life, which is a good idea (should be in hours, for the general consumer). I don't like that there are no negatives on the Galaxy Nexus. The review should tell whether or not the device has an SD card slot. The text under the "Operating System" title should only list the current version number and some form of "ICS status" for the device if it does not launch with ICS.

1.) Evo4G - CM7

2.) Overall, the highpoints are covered. Some comparative processor stats/benchmarks would be nice to compare performance between processor mfg's/CPU speeds. Explanations or links to specs of the differences between screen resolutions would be helpful.

3.) Personally, I'm trying to hold out for a Sprint Nexus, so I'm biased already. But there are subjective intangibles like UI, size, feel that may change my mind if the question means "would you pick one over the other based on this information".

4. Again, I'm a bit biased here. The GS2 and Nexus are at the top of my current list, so it's helpful to see a feature-for-feature comparison. But I would think, as long as two or more of the phones were on my wishlist, this would be a good starting point for at least some basic research.

1. Droid X
2. No - I'm thorough - I'd probably read numerous reviews on the phones I'm most considering to buy and play with them in the store. I'd want to know about the battery life. I'd want to know about the storage (i.e. internal vs. Cd card). www.phonearena.com is a GREAT website for comparing phones. Check out what they are doing. I love the detailed level comparison they give.
3. I'm planning to buy the Nexus as soon as it comes out.
4. No - see answer to #2

Galaxy s 2 tmobile.

Plenty of information about the phones are offered. But I would love to see a drop down menu allowing me to choose which three phones to compare. Say I wanted to decide between the Htc sensation, the amaze 4, and the mytouch 4g slide. Would I be able to select those three to compare or am I confined to preset phone comparisons?

I might be able to make a purchase after reading through this comparison. The link to each phones full review on the page definitely doesn't hurt my chances of a purchase soon after.

LG V910, Does not give the "Pro" and "Con" of the phone like the lousy battery life most droids have. The constant auto-rebooting the droid does.

List the accessories you will need to buy, like and external or extra battery.

Give the true time of expected battery life. The manufacture gives some outrageous times when in fact anyone who owns a droid know the battery life is no here what the manufacture says it is.

List "do you really need 4G, 3G is good enough for the masses.

Your format is not include the things the buyer should know, spending $200.00+ on a phone that sucks, the buyer should know the true facts and not what the manufacture wants you to know.

From lesson learned NO I will not buy a phone based on your format. Word of mouth is better. The so called "Associates" will not tell you the truth about the new phones, they just want to make a sale.

"What phone do you own right now?"
Dinc2

"Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?"

Yes (mostly), but I think a kick ass add on to your format would be to (probably a pain in the ass though)add one side by side photo option for the phones you want to compare so you could really get a good feel for how they compare. I know some of the newer phones may be a tad too big for some people and adding that option would really give a great perspective....

"After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?"

Yes

"Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?"

Pretty much but a few of the suggestions posted here would further that likelihood.

What phone do you own right now?
OG Droid, Droid X, Samsung Nexus S 4G

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
Yes

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
Yes, I will be buying the Galaxy Nexus!

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
Yes, but I cant say for the next time...

Current have an Inspire 4G

I like the format. It's got good information in good places. I do think it's enough to make a decision.

Is it clear which is the best? Yes, it's obvious which of phone wins spec vs. spec. It gives me the info I need to say which I think is best.

Would I buy one of these three? No, I would get another HTC. I'm a big fan of Sense. If I had chosen these three phones to compare, yes I know which I would buy.

A few comments.

-I would like to see when the phone was released/available as one of the specs.
-Make it a little more clear that the review rating is AC's review rating not user reviews.
-Since the different UI's are listed as a spec, I think it would be valuable to link to reviews about the UI's. Either in the phone's review or an overall review of UI's.

One other thought. For phones like the Galaxy S II, point out that there are alternate versions for different carriers.

Droid RAZR

I would like Green for "Best" not Red. 1.5Ghz should be Green Not Red. Red was kinda confusing at first. But once you know what its supposed to be its not bad.

RAZR has a lot of bloatware, but most is nice to have. It extends the functions of the phone. 2.3.5 is boring when compared to the UI of RAZR. Smart Actions should be noted as well as all of MOTO's accessories. They have quite a few good ones. Albeit expensive ones.

SGS2 doesn't have Video chat for Stock Google Talk app. RAZR does. This is a big peeve of mine. I want to video chat.

ICS has tons of updated features that no one has really been able to put a number on how much stuff they've improved. When Mango update for Windows Phone 7 came out, Microsoft said we have X number of updates in this update. It would be nice to know that too.

Verizon rep told me that since I bought a highend 4G LTE phone I can use HotSpot for an extra $30 a month but I get Unlimited data as opposed to regular $20 a month for 2GB. This is a major plus.....Considering that my home internet is 15MB Down and 1.5MB Up. Since I have a Verizon tower literally across an empty lot from me. I get speeds of like 21MB Down and 7MB Up and I pay $50 a month for internet.

My friend has a SGS2, and I like the RAZR better, but I'm returning my RAZR to get the Galaxy Nexus when it arrives.

Some important specs that I feel are missing (others may not find them as important:

* Screen resolution (qHD vs 720p), and to a lesser extent, DPI.

* GPU (Adreno 220, PowerVR SGX 540, etc.)

* RAM speed (DDR 133 MHz vs DDR2 266/333 MHz)

* Removable storage (MicroSD slot?)

* Total and/or surface bulk (cubic inches) or some other measurement of proportions and thickness.

* Inclusion of important features such as gorilla glass, barometric sensors, NFC chips, DLNA-support, etc.

* Battery capacity as well as removable/upgradable batteries.

* Front-facing camera tech (present? 1.3 MP/2.0 MP, etc.)

* Bluetooth hardware compliance (v2.1, 3.0, 4.0, etc.)

I agree. Need more information like psouza4 has suggested. Also need more picturs of phones. Otherwise, great idea. You guys are thinking in the right direction.
For me, I own a CHARGE right now but like to keep up with the market evolution.
This type of comparison would get me 95% of the way towards making a final decision.

Wow lots of feedbacks: are you going to read them all?

* What phone do you own right now? HTC Sensation

* Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision? Yes, keep it simple! But put perhaps more information under the pro and con if possible.

* After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one? It is all RELATIVE. But generally yes. Still, since your review includes 2 Verizon phones and 1 T-Mo phone, folks who have Sprint and/or AT&T might not care a whole lot.

* Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page? I might. It is certainly a GOOD start, regardless. Kudos for thinking creatively!

•What phone do you own right now?
Samsung Galaxy Mesmerize
•Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
Looks great to me.
•After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
No necessarily the best one, but I love the format and data.
•Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
The Nexus S

I would suggest that you do this with tablets too.

What phone do you own right now? EVO 4G CM7.1

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision? I think you did a good job putting together a summary of the selected phones. You should be able to filter them by carrier. I would also like to see info about dimensions, weight, battery size, screen resolution, and if the boot loader is locked. I would also like to see a user rating. We've seen too many phones that look good on paper, but are crap to use.

After reading through this page is it clear which of these 3 phones is the best one? It is clear which one you think is the best. Like I said, specs aren't always the best way to select a phone.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page? No. I have to dive into nitty gritty details of a device before I buy it. Read the forums, pro/con user experiences, etc. But, it is a really good tool to narrow down my search and the start the real research.

What phone do you own right now?
Samsung Galaxy S II COMMA Epic 4G Touch.

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
For me? No. I do a ton of research first, and this kind of only scratches the surface for me. I like to watch video reviews from all the tech blogs, and browse forums to get the common man's feedback. However, now that I think about it, my mind is mostly made up before a device even comes out. I can't remember the last time I ditched my current phone for a phone that was already on the market. I usually sell my current device for the latest and greatest.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
It provides a good bit of information for somebody who may not know enough about the current batch of top Android phones. But to the hardcore Android crowd, we want specs, chip names, clock speeds -- the reach geeky stuff.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
Yes.

TBH, esteemed Android Central editors...

I think you're sortof fighting a losing battle here. You will have people say "not enough information" and others say "too much information". The comparison you have shown contains more than enough information to overwhelm 'normal' people, but is missing key points for geeks: screen resolution, anyone?

I wouldn't worry too much about the content above, because real geeks don't NEED the graph and the average consumer doesn't need THAT much information.

Nexus S 4G

Not enough for a purchase decision, because screen resolution is very important to me.

Yes, it's clear which is best, but it could be MORE clear (screen resolution again!)

I already want the GNex.

P.S. WHY are so many people calling it the Nexus S? People... Nexus S was LAST YEAR!

* HTC Evo 3D
* For most people, I would say this is at least a good starting point
* I also agree that the red, while matches the color scheme nicely, could be confusing to the reader. Honestly not sure what I would change it to, though, to keep the high-contrast effect.
* I would never by a phone based on just a spec grid, but I'm obsessive about these kinds of things.

Personally, something like this would probably be where I would start, to get an idea for which phone I'm interested in researching in more detail. Perhaps have a list at the bottom of each phone that shows the most popular forum threads for that phone in say the past month or week. This gives people a quick way to look at what other people are saying about the phone. You could either end up with a list of "This Phone Rocks" "I'm really loving it" or "The GPS never works" "Stupid phone freezes constantly". You get the idea. It's like instant consumer feedback on the device. I don't know how well that would work in the real world, but it's an idea.

I definitely, also, like the idea of links to the full review of the device along with the phone. But the quick overview thing with a score is a great idea.

And you might have already thought of this one, but I would have either links (or hover-popups) for some terms like "Super AMOLED Screen" or "Pure Google Experience". Many users might have no clue what these things really mean, or why the information should (or shoudn't) alter their opinion. And I also like the idea of having links from the UI (skin) names to a review and maybe even a gallery (or video) of some kind showing what the UI looks like, since many of these skins differ massively and most people either love or hate certain ones. I, personally, think Sense looks good. But I also know that I'm probably in the minority with that statement. I would also (in these reviews) remind people that you can *always* replace the launcher. I'm running Sense 3.0 with GoLauncher. Android = Choice, but a lot of people I talk to don't realize how much choice. I think it's something worth pointing out frequently.

All that said, kudos to the AC team for putting something like this together. Choice is the best and, sometimes, worst part of Android. People get diluted with *so* many options that the just kind of shutdown.

Samsung Fascinate

Mostly. I'd probably use something like this to narrow down which ones to read reviews on. Here some that, I think, should definately be added:
Dimensions
Expandable Memory? ([Yes/No]/Max. size)
Removable Battery? (Yes/No)
Battery life times & capacity
Front-facing Camera? ([Yes/no]/MP Count)
I'm also really picky about the gadgets I buy, so here are some items that, I feel, get overlooked all too often by comparisons like this:
Notification Light? (Yes/No)
Screen should mention pixel density/resolution.
NFC? (Yes/No)
Unique features? Things like the GN's pogo pins (that is what they're called right?), or Moto's lapdock, come to mind.
Then there's the features that only us geeks care about. Like:
Unlockable bootloader?
Supported media formats
Sensors

Hard to say since I'm going to be biased towards the GN.

Doubtful, simply because I'd have to read some reviews before making a decision; for someone less picky, this might work with a few tweaks.

Also, red typically means something bad. Use green or blue to highlight advanatages.

-Droid X
-Basic information seems to be there with the big differences and the important points needed
-I think points like removable battery and SD card should be included
-I know you talked about this on a podcast but a Carrier ID (Esque) identified may make a good bullet point as well

The other point I wanted to share was one company (I want to say Verizon) used to show a 1:1 display of each phone with a known item (Like a deck of cards) for real world comparison of size. If possible, I would suggest this.

Thunderbolt

I liked what I saw above in the comparison, I would like to see some kind of Company device update history, for example. Samsung (good luck getting updates ex. fascinate), Sony (in the past has been lackluster at updating OS but a new policy is leading the way for them and promises ICS on devices in 2012), Motorola (probably the most locked down but most active in updating Os) Also a realistic battery analysis for example. Thunderbolt - Ext battery is a must for those who are heavy users and want the device to last a full day without charging. Razor - battery is non-removable heavy device users beware. Other than that I liked what I saw keep up the good work.

- Phones: iPhone 4, HTC myTouch 4G
- Most information is there but it's not complete
- Mostly
- Maybe

-Suggestions:
The chart lack some key data:
- Screen resolution: sure the size and technology is important, but in this 3 phones, we have 3 different resolutions: 1280x720, 800x480 and 960x540. This is important because the RAZER have a smaller screen but a bigger resolution than the GS2 therefore, someone like me who's more interested in having a crisp picture and more content displayed would probably go with the Razer instead of the GS2 even if the later have a bigger screen.
- Camera features and video: well, pretty much all high end phones will all have 1080P now. but this tool isn't only for high end devices isn't?
And by camera features, I mean if the camera have 1 Led flash, 2 or specialties like Back Side Illumination. Also, knowing if the phone have a camera button might be useful.
- GPU maybe?
- Storage options & mode (ie: Galaxy Nexus have 16 or 32GB internal, no SDCard support)
- Data type isn't sufficient, if a user want the fastest connection but his choices are all HSPA+, he wont know which one is only 14mb, which one go to 21 or 42.
- Battery information: the MaH, rated time under use and is it removable?

Now with all this, I would be able to make a clear choice without the need to read each phone reviews one by one.

* HTC Glacier(okay, myTouch 4G)
* A lot of people will enjoy and be helped from it. From a average Joe who wants to compare devices it's brilliant, but for a Geek like me (and many others on the forums) i couldn't help but want a little more detail in stuff, such as PenTile display or a quick Great or Horrible in Sunlight and Root access.Overall though this a well thought out layout.
* And based on the info i would get a Galaxy Nexus...

-Droid 2 Global
-Mostly, but would like access to reviews & videos
-Yes, Nexus
-Maybe, I tend to do a lot of research before making my purchase

Looking forward to this resource

I will echo what several others here have said: the screen resolution must be added in order to make an informed decision. All three have the words "Super Amoled" which can be confusing. Is "HD", "Plus" or "Advanced" enough information? Not really. What's the difference? We need resolution and maybe even pixel component info. Sure, we could get that by clicking on the "Full Review" but you wanted to know our opinion based on just looking at this one page.
1. G2
2. Almost, need the screen info
3. Yes, the Nexus is clearly represented as the best here.
4. No, I'd need the screen resolution info.

Overall, a very good start. Thanks for asking for field input!

So you're only pointing out differences? It doesn't seem like it provides enough information for a consumer. Ex: Where's the weight & dimensions?

-Current phone: Droid Incredible
-Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision? I would say yes, but it wouldn't hurt to provide more info, you never know what people are going to like or dislike about a phone
-After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one? not really, because I think it is fairly subjective, and someone may decide to choose either one, but I personally would choose the nexus, but someone else might come to a different conclusion. I do agree using a cool color like green or blue might be a better choice to show off the best in each category, and maybe red for the worst?
-Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page? I've already decided to purchase the nexus, so I may be a little biased, but it is very informative. having links to full reviews would be helpful. also possibly including other phones and linking to the reviews on other mobile nations blogs would be helpful.

Droid X2

Yes, it conveys the most important info needed to make a decision. You should add details about the memory if it's all internal or has available SD slot.

Yes - I like how when looking at the features the highest quality is highlighted in red.

Yup

Think it looks pretty good, "pure Google" is really only a selling point to us geeks though. Would really like to see a section to cover some of the differences in the UIs since whichever you get the UI is what your seeing constantly and it can make or break a device more then specs alone and I've never seen that in any of these before.

What phone do you own right now?
A Kyocera Echo

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
Mostly

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
That could vary person to person

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?

If these are the ones I was looking for then more then likely yes

Good start though

▪Samsung Galaxy S II
▪It conveys some of the important information but there are some things missing that will make a difference. No, it is not enough with which to make a purchase decision.
▪Were this the only information available then it would be clear that one of the three phones here offers more than the others but based on what is here I am noticing certain pieces of information that are missing.
▪No.

The numerical ranking system seems simple and helpful but it it likely to become inaccurate as time passes and more phones are released. List type comparisons like this are certainly less useful and informative than full reviews. However, they do make it easier for people who do not want to read as much.

-What phone do you own right now? = LG Optimus V

-Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision? = yes

-After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one? = yes

-Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page? = yes

My one bit of advice, please don't leave out the prepaid phones. There are a load of us out there, and we usually get left out of this type of thing.

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I'm going to just post my comments even if they have already been posted above.

What phone do you own right now:
Droid Incredible

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
No, but I'm a very particular shopper. Personally, along with other reviewers here, I tend to look at the minor differences that pertain to my particular style of phone. I will not buy a phone with a locked boot loader. Period. But I know this information is not always available and always changing. A way to list ALL the features publicly available to a phone (ala click here to expand) would be more beneficial to me).

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
No. Mainly for UI purposes, not quite the text. Here are some changes I would make to help.
1. First of all, even though I know what they mean, you need to have a glossary of terms. If this is geared towards quick glance information and not in-depth, then you need to explain to casual shoppers what MHL means. HDMI should be self-explanatory but still included as a link for those who don't know. Most people know 1.5Ghz is probably better than 1.2, but what's the point of listing OMAP vs Snapdragon if someone doesn't know the differences. It'll just confuse them more. Super AMOLED HD vs Super AMOLED Plus vs Super AMOLED Advanced? Best example right there. Not your fault, you don't come up with the names, but its your job to explain them if you are going to show them off. Even data speeds, you can at least clarify what is the carrier equivalent. I know each carrier has their opinion on 4G, but according to this chart The Galaxy s II is not 4G. Now, I agree it isn't, but that HSPA+ means absolutely nothing sitting next to 3G as well, let alone 4G. Hard to tell which is better to the average customer.

2. I can't tell what the red text is for. Does it show which out of the three is the best, because that isn't always black and white. Just cause the Galaxy Nexus has a larger screen, does that mean AMOLED is better than HD or Advanced? Also, why are both 8MP red and the 5MP isn't? That contradicts that the HDMI comparison isn't similar, there's two out of three, yet the none are in red. Maybe you're trying to say with HDMI out, neither option is better. Well that goes back to my first point. I don't know why there even IS a difference using this chart alone. Also why is the RAM red all the way across. They can't ALL be the best when comparing each other can they? If they are, then NONE should be red. Misleading to me. And while we are on the red text, I find that harder to read text that has the grey diagonal background. The colors clash and maybe its because I'm partially colorblind, but the fact remains. I would rather you highlight the background of better features than highlight the text itself. Or make the font italic or the other unbold. Basically red doesn't stand out enough with the color used.

3. Finally, I would also add a side view right next to the front on view of each phone. I know I can read the reviews, but I don't think its too hard to show the thickness in these comparisons. In fact, I'd argue the thickness it more important to me than the screen size is.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
Again. I'd need to know if the boot-loader is locked or not, but that's just me. I think for the average customer, a little but more explanation on what the acronyms would go a long way in helping. If I didn't care about hacking the device, then yes this chart helped. I actually am eligible in two weeks for a new phone and I have been comparing each of these options. Now more than ever I'm leaning towards the Galaxy Nexus based on the information here.

I know this is long, but hopefully its very helpful. I've browsed sites before comparing side to side and these are some of the problems I've noticed there as well.

As other as have said, using red as the option that is the 'best' is hard to understand at first glance. Red is always used as a warning color, which typically denotes a negative reaction.

I would like more specifications like: dimensions, pixel density, and weight/phone materials.

Other than that, I love the idea. A one stop shop for a quick overview instead of searching around so much.

-Currently rockin' the good ole Incredible

-Only several things I would add.
-Screen size comparison (showing side by side, compared to common objects, etc.)
-Battery comparison-not actual numbers but real-life data such as hours of video, music, standby.
-Any information that would help clarify a certain feature (like the GNex's camera, SD card, etc.)

-Yes, have already been wanting the Nexus since it was announced.

-Also yes, very thorough yet quick review.

Droid X2

- Yes most of the important facts are in the charts with a little more filler it would be perfect.

- Use green to highlight the good info. Red can be used to highlight the lowest scoring info of the phones in comparison. Green for best, red for worst. That makes direct comparisons a cinch!

- Now for my 2 cents of recommendations;
Make the first choice of the comparison table the carrier. Then the choices can be filtered to what is available from only that carrier. The choice of carrier is the central most significant decision when buying a smartphone for all of us. Many of us, myself included, have only one of two choices for where we live. In my case Verizon & US Cellular. All other choices are moot unless we pick the right carrier first.

Looks great, but something about the visual style makes me think I'm looking at The Verge. It doesn't look like Android Central.

What phone do you own right now?

LG Optimus V on Virgin Mobile

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?

The more information you can squeeze into a clean comparison the better. I would like weight, or at least comparison weight. Resolution (can you see pixelation)Root friendliness is also something i would like to see. Other compare tools don't rank

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?

The specs of all the phones are all over the place and each of them have their own bonuses. Without knowing which has the best overall experience it would be hard for me to pick the best with this information

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?

No, i personally have to look at reviews of the phones first. Though you have links provided to AC reviews

Something simple and something i hear nothing about..How about a review of a phones ringer volume..because i dont know..why does it seem basic phones have the best volume(im talking about ringer volume.)i dont want to set at 9 or 10 to be loud enough...if i leave at 5 even indoors i might miss call..

What phone do you own right now?
Droid X...I was # 1 in line to get it from Verizon on its release date.

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
Yes it does. It gives a lot of the basic information that I look for when skimming over new phones. Once I decide on a new phone, i then get more in depth on the specs of it.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
I cannot say from this information which is the best phone...but I can say which is best for ME.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
Yes I would highly consider 1 of the 3 phones listed here without looking at anything else on the market.

Sprint GS2E4GT

For me there is some info missing to make a purchase, but it's a goods start.

I can definitely tell which phone is the best, but only because I know what the Nexus branding implies. I think a small addition of what kind of user the phone would be best for,(i.e. Small hands, data savvy, pic-maniac, etc...).

The info on this page is very insightful, but I would not buy a phone solely on this.

A few features I think need to be included in this are robust filtering options, the ability to filter range, low/entry(optimus one series) to Superphone (Nexus/Tech innovator). Also a section that gives pros and cons of the carrier the phone is available for. It shouldn't be a forgotten that anyone new to contract phones should definitely go try the phone they're looking at getting at the closest store by them.

Caveats of the device should also be placed on the comparison so they can see if small features bug them. I just recently got my Sprint SGS2E4GT and found out in an embarrassing attempt to take a discrete pic that Sprint Gs2 lacks the ability to mute shutter sound unless you root the phone.

Great start AC! I look forward to seeing this feature in the near future.

I own a Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Good information to have but at the very top I would show the carrier. A lot of people have family plans and are simply not interested in switching.

* Current phone: Samsung Galaxy S II
* Not enough to convince me to purchase right away, but enough to make me want to hit the store and try it out hands-on.
* "Best" is subjective. Best for who? Best for what?
* Already own one of them, so that's a yes.

:D

* Droid X 1 user

* the format conveys important information but as some have stated, nerd information. Needs to be more of a laymans format. Remember, normal people not associated with this site that may come here want simple terms too.

And no, this information should never ever be the reason you purchase a phone.

* as from my segue above, this info alone still proves nothing about which phone is better overall.

* I would not buy any of these phones based on the comparison charts, ever. You should go play with the phones first, and not go by the popular brand or hottest thing written in an article.

I like the format, but it is too lengthy. It should be no more than 4 main points to compare. And they should be points that impact a potential buyer. What is it they REALLY want to see? For example, there really shouldnt be a comparison for cameras anymore. Most phones have closed that gap as even some of the older gen. phones arent noticeably different from the newest ones. My current phone is just as good as some of the newest out. ive compared to a few myself. What i would want is a real world review of battery life.

Again, keep it simpler in the "Data" field. Use simpler terms : 3G, 4G, GSM, etc. Dont use LTE for biased purposes, etc. Not everyone loves verizon.

Again, processor. There just isnt enough advancement in the android os to say that one processor is better than the other with these applications. In the real world, seat of your pants experience, it doesnt matter and isnt that noticeable yet.

If you want to actually say things about the camera and processor for instance, then use that information in the pros/cons but only few details are probably really needed there.

My four points i would use would be

Price, Screen tech, storage, and battery life. I think battery life is a must for your comparisons. Do a manufacture comparison with a real world comparison there.

It would be one thing if these three phones were the ONLY phones introduced in 2011. But as we all know with android rolling out phones every month, its just not possible for anyone to even pick a phone from any list and say its better than the other. I remember how everyone was talking about the SGS II and raving over it. Seems like its old news and has given way to something else. As is the case with all phones.

Galaxy Note, Nexus One

Most people will have a few features that are most important to them such as CPU/GPU, display type/resolution/DPI, storage (onboard/expandable), price on or off contract, etc. You should have settings to display up front several selected features/specs so that individuals can see what matters most to them. Full specs are not shown here. Pictures should be scaled the same for comparison with side shots. Can't make a decision from this chart. One should read several reviews and preferably check out a live device before purchase.

-T-Mobile G2
-No there is no bullet point on battery life or front facing camera.
-Yes
-No, it doesnt inform you that verizon is not supportin google wallet on the galaxy nexus

I need a T-mobile version of the galaxy nexus.

* HTC Thunderbolt on VZW
* It certainly contains the majority of the important information, but not enough to make a decision.
* Not really.
* No, it would need the FULL specs, or a link to the carrier/manufacturer site which contains the full specs. Also, it needs a link to some form of customer reviews. Full specs are nice, and these write-ups are nice, but I want to hear from existing users (when possible - obviously not for unreleased phones) what their experience has been like and if they would choose to buy that phone again.

Regardless of whether or not this will ever be enough for me to make a decision, it's a great idea. I trust Android Central to be more honest with me than VZW or any other carrier or any manufacturer out there. If this feature existed and was maintained, it might not be a 'one-stop shop' for me, but I would not buy a phone 'til I checked out your comparisons.

Phone :galaxy s II epic 4g touch

My main concerns when shopping for a phone is picture quality megapixel size, speed of phone processor size, battery life, size and sleekness, and memory size
I think this site is bias towards the galaxy nexus, but based on all reviews the galaxy nexus is subpar to the razor and gs2.

At this point the galaxy nexus should have been at least 1.5 processor, 8mp camera,working nfc chip, and expandable memory

What phone do you own right now?
- Nexus S and One (use mostly the S)

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
- Quite good, but personally, I don't like numbers, because is it really possible to condense all the information relevant to how "good" a phone is into one number? But thats just my opinion.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
- If I didn't know anything about any of these phones, probably not. It might be helpful if the phone pictures were resized according to their relative sizes, i.e. relative to each other. Also, with cameras, MP often doesn't tell the whole story, and when that's the case, there should at least be a 10 word sentence elaborating on camera quality and/or features, especially video stuff (1080p recording?) While these phones are fairly close in chronology, I find myself often comparing old and new phones alike, and in that situation, I would love to have the release dates for each, as well as a date to the quote underneath the review, I say that specifically because I often look up official reviews on, for instance, c-net, and it will be an raving review, saying how much better it is than the competition, and when I am about ready to buy it, I realize the router I'm looking at is three years old and that review was that long ago and is no irrelevant. So dates underneath the quotes would be nice. Finally, seperate bits of information about the underlying hardware does not always tell the whole story; sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and when that's the case, as with the Galaxy Nexus, people looking to buy phones should know that.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
- Personally, yes, but I was planning to anyway. But as an objective observer, probably not. This doesn't make me truly desire any of these phones, but that's good because that just means you guys are being impartial - I think.

Hope this one of hundreds of comments was useful.

T-Mobile HTC G2

The UI seems ok, but I would like for your system to have an option to only select the specs that you want to compare. For example, if you don't select specific specs, then all specs will be displayed, but if you select screen, camera, and storage, then only those will be displayed (or they will be highlighted and placed at the top of the spec list).

I own a couple of cell phone stores and I always have the issue of training my people with hardware differences. In the case of processors, not all processors are created equal. Instead of just listing them by name, can you throw in a benchmark of the processors, so customer don't just base their decision on bigger numbers (IE a 1.2GHz dual core TI OMAP vs. 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon). Personally I would also like to see which phones work flawlessly with CM7, or other mods. I just went through this deciding between the GSII and the Nexus, and I would have loved to have those two facts without having to dig.

Also I liked the idea s2h2golf had regarding carrier cost of ownership. The way we do it in store is we take each carrier's individual unlimited minute and text plan and the minimum applicable data plan and show the monthly total for carrier comparison. I know that adds a ton of work, but it would also make your comparison stronger than anything else out there.

* Galaxy S II
* It has the basics, but it's just numbers to a customer. It's like trying to explain why an Intel I7 3.0Ghz is different from a Intel 3.0GHz quad core when they both have the same number in a customer's eyes. Benchmarks would make it easier, as would other specifics like screen resolution rather than just size.
* Editor and/or customer ratings would help decide which phone is best.
* Well since I did buy one of the three phones based on similar info I found, I guess the answer would have to be "yes"

Droid Incredible

Lots of things are missing... I would want to know if the storage and battery are removeable?
Does it have rear and front facing cameras? Flash for picture taking?
Gorilla Glass?
After I have some coffee, I might think of other things.

What phone do you own right now?
Droid Bionic

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
User reviews and links to the specific forums would be nice. Also would be nice to include the off contract price.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
Green needs to be used instead of red,but yes it is clear, but I think a top to bottom would look better than a side by side and be a little more clear on which is the best phone..

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?

No, would rather get hands on first, but it helps knowing any quirks about the phone ahead of time so that I know what to look for when looking at the phone(problem wise).

- Nexus S
- The format is very good, clean and good information
- Needs more information about GSM frequency that it works, also you should consider a worldwide readers and put the retail price like Amazon or something like that.
- Nexus always, pure Google since N1.

What phone do you own right now? Droid Razr (which will be returned if the Nexus ever launches)

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?- I love the layout. It's easy to understand and you don't have to have a degree in "Androidology" to figure it out.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?- yep. Nexus baby

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?- Me personally? Not until I first held one and played around with it. After moving from an OG Droid to a Droid Razr I can tell you that the way a phone fits in your hand is a big factor for me.

What phone do you own right now?
Samsung Galaxy SII I9100
Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
It does, it's easy to read, very intuitive so you don't have to figure out were to look for the information.
Also it has current information for everyone, you don't have to be a geek to understand the articles
After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
No, it isn't. It all depends what I'm looking for. If camera it's important to me then I'll probably get the S2 or the RAZR. For good display the s2 or the nexus.
If im interested in lte probably motorola.
Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
Yes, although again, I would love a place were you can click on the specs you need and having accurate results.

What phone do you own right now? Droid Bionic

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision? Yes, I think it does. Especially the chart format with the red highlighted areas for direct comparison of features.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one? I think that is very subjective decision, but I think you have enough information to know which is the best for your tastes.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page? Yes but that isn't really objective since I knew all about those phones already. I do think that someone looking to choose between one of those three could make an informed decision about which one was the best purchase for them based on the information supplied. The information is in a compact format that makes it easy to read while giving lots of good detail.

Evo 4G

Yes, Some sort of carrier field or filter would be nice

Pretty much BUT ... If someone is new to the community and does not know the difference between all the different types of screens it might not be as informative. So, maybe having something like a quick link to the Android Dictionary would be useful

If it was available on my carrier yes this would give me a great basis for comparison to ease my decision making process.

This is a great idea!

Since many people new to Android use your site as a resource when purchasing a new phone (or their first Android phone, like I did), they may not know what a Super AMOLED HD screen is or what the benefits are or what a Dual-Core TI OMAP processor can do for them. I think I have a dual-core processor in my G2X, but have know idea if I need it or not.

It would be really helpful if a new user could scroll over where it says "Super AMOLED HD" and have a small pop-up box appear that explains what it will do for you and why (or why not) someone would want that feature in their phone.

I used to be up on the latest and greatest technology, but that was way back with my Handspring Visors and Pocket PCs. Since then, technology has passed me by and although I'm always tweaking my G2X, there hasn't been a simple way for me to figure out what the heck reviewers are talking about without navigating to another site - which I hate to do.

Thanks,

The KISS Army

Sprint Photon...

Filter by carrier. Some of us like our carrier and do most research when it is time to upgrade...

1) iPhone 4S
2) YES
3) YES
4) YES

I have been looking for something EXACTLY like this.

AWESOME IDEA!!!

Thank you

Nexus One

No
No
No

I need to know all the hardware specs before choosing to buy a device. Which one has NFC? Which one has a gyroscope? What about a barometer? Is there an FM tuner? I can't truly make an informed choice without knowing all the facts. All these short comparison lists just end up annoying me. You could keep the initial list short for the average user but put a link at the bottom of the spec list to expand it fully, like a "See all specs" link that would expand the page.

If nothing else, list the things in a device that the others surely don't have. For example, if one has NFC and the others don't, than put that on the list. How else will people know they get a barometer in their Galaxy Nexus for faster GPS locating?

I like the design of the layout though.

- Galaxy Nexus Unlocked - using on AT&T network.
- Yes it does. Maybe adding an unlocked/unsubsidized price.
- Yes it is clear to me.
- I would purchase the Galaxy Nexus again in less than twelve parsecs.

Motorola Photon 4G
- No
- No
- No

After I've read general reviews and info, when I'm ready to compare head-to-head, I am usually looking for 4 things to directly compare on: 1) Physical dimensions 2) Screen *resolution* (I don't really care about "screen size") 3) Processors 4) Expansion options. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to compare two tablets only to find dimensions of one in inches and another in millimeters, or "head to head" reviews that compare screen size in inches while never mentioning resolution. This format still only gives me one out of the four things I care about.

Also, will those top bullets be dynamic, or will labels like "less expensive" be assigned at the original shipping date. A lot of the current phone pages are severely outdated, sometimes to the point of including pre-release speculation that's never been updated. Hopefully this won't continue that trend.

I have a T-Mobile G2 currently but I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of quad core superphone beasts.

I think I'd like to see more info like:

Screen resolution
Expandable memory? Yes/No/How much
Exclusive features i.e. Sony stuff or extra Dropbox storage for Sense devices
NFC? Bluetooth version?
Tested battery life
Hardware Keyboard?
Dimensions and device-in-hand feel

I don't think there's enough information to make an informed decision quite yet.

•What phone do you own right now?
BIONIC

•Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?
I want more info about the external hardware. This is a big factor in my decision. I want to know if battery/sdcard are removeable, any physical buttons, notification light, type of glass for screen.

•After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?
From 'computer specs' yes, but not from a usage perspective.

•Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?
No. As mentioned I need the above info, and would still have to do research on those things to make a decision.

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What phone do you own right now?

HTC Sensation (T-Mobile US)

Does this format convey the important information - enough to make a purchase decision?

Yes, I believe it does. I really like the chart format with the "best of breed" of listed features being highlighted in red. As long as you make sure you include all of the features that really matter (I believe you missed a few like resolution, NFC capabilities, etc). It might also be helpful to have a final tally of the red highlighted features at the bottom - i.e. showing the Nexus had 3 and the SII had 4.

After reading through this page is it clear to you which of these 3 phones is the best one?

While subjective, I think it shows that the Nexus is the best of breed as long as price isn't a factor - and the SII is the better choice for those looking to save a few bucks.

Would you buy one of the 3 phones based on the information on this page?

Yes I would, but would I use your buy button?? I'm never really sure what is the best option when upgrading a phone. My initial *assumption* would be that my best bet is to go into my carrier - as long as I'm sticking with the same one. So maybe a link explaining why it's better to through here would help.

Motorola Droid Razr

I enjoy the lay out you have working on this preview. However, I may have to echo the sentiment that a green highlight may work better on the specs that win over the others. Maybe using red works for specifications that are tied, but I think making it pronounced on a winning specification allows people to peruse more quickly (for those who do not wish to ensure they have all available info before buying).

I myself only see the highlight colors as an issue. he layout you all have here is very universal and helps people combine several reviews and cross examinations fluidly to make a wiser decision on their choice of phone or future purchase.

-G2X
-Great format
-It's helpfull, but I'm not sure it pushes me over in one direction of the other.
-Not quite
-Maybe have a "this is the phone for person type X" like, this a gamer/media/talker/executive/grandma phone