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It’s a big day for Big Red as three more Android devices come to Verizon. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (see our hands-on), LG Revolution (see our first look) and Motorola Droid X2 (initial review) are all available for purchase now, expanding Verizon’s already robust Android lineup.

Each phone has its advantages, it's just a matter of personal preference for which one you choose. The Xperia Play is the first "Playstation-certified" device and will be extremely robust for gaming. Oh, and Minecraft will be available exclusively for the Play for a limited time.

The Droid X2 is an incremental improvement over the original. The dual-core processor inside will make it incredibly snappy and the lack of LTE means good battery life.

The Revolution stands as the only 4G LTE device launched today, and that means you’ll be paying a bit more for the phone as it can be had for $249 with a 2-year contract. It is also the first phone to come preloaded with Netflix, an app that I'm sure many don't mind to come with the device.

The Xperia Play and Droid X2 can both be bought for the standard $199.

Verizon's Android lineup got a lot juicier today. What's everyone picking up?

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LG Revolution, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Motorola Droid X2 available now from Verizon


If I had to choose between these three devices... I would choose the Droid X2. The 4G on the revultion is IMO not worth it yet. You pay more, battery life suffers and if you have wifi in most places it isnt really necessary. The Droid X2 has Dual Core and a higher res display then thr Revolution..and cheaper.

Xperia Play is nice for gaming fanatics.. But IMO the Xperia Play lacks power.

If non of these is your style: GO Galaxy S II! Its really worth the wait, all games play fantastic on its processor and the insanely beautiful screen. Browser outclases the iPhone in speed and smothness, plus flawless Flash playback! Lack of that little bump to qHD resolution is no problem, screen is sharp!

You pay more for the phone, sure, but not the plans..currently the unlimited LTE plan is the same as the unlimited 3G. That may change, but people signing LTE contracts now would be grandfathered in.

I do agree with you on the X2 out of these choices. LTE isn't in my area yet & probably won't be for a while (Damn rural mid-west!) Having a LTE phone now would just mean less battery life. I also agree with you on the Xperia Play. I am not a huge gamer, but I can't see buying a phone specifically for gaming on a 4" screen when I have a 42" LCD & PS3 @ home. I already have a NES Emulator on my OG DX for the occasional time waster & it works just fine. (Tecmo Super Bowl FTW!)

I don't understand the draw for the SGSII though. It has nice specs, sure, but so did the current SGS line & look how Samsung supported them. And before you say they will redeem themselves with the SGSII line because of the hit their reputation took with the SGS line, remember that is how everyone justified buying the Fascinate, Captivate, Epic, & Vibrant because they had the same problem previously with the Intercept & Behold 2.

Samsung just doesn't support their phones & I won't trust they will until I see they do consistently for an extended period of time.

Just my $.02

I understand your point of view, I would be pissed to if they lacked support here in Europe. But they dont, the original Galaxy S is supported very well! Its on Gingerbread as far as I know. On the other hand, the Galaxy S II has an unlocked bootloader so you know what that means. Since its so popular the support from XDA will be excellent.

The biggest thing about the GS2 is its future proof. All these devices that came out on on Verizon lack SOMETHING. Either it being the newest OS version, a dual core processor (needed soon for many games and other stuff, you dont want to buy a single core now and be stuck with it for 2 years... Seriously), a good camera, etc. The GS2 has them all, so you wont have an outdated phone for a while!

Yeah, if you are in Europe, say no more. They are being supported, it's the US Galaxy S phones that have gotten HORRIBLE support.

No but Im pretty sure Samsung wants to get it out ASAP. Im 100% sure it will come before the end of the summer (before new iPhone). My feeling says the announcement is very close, the actual release date between 3 to 6 weeks. But he, thats no fact ;)

Any word on the status of bootloader encryption on the X2? The Droid Charge supposedly has no encryption.

The poor Xperia Play gets no love. I went to the Verizon store and really was impressed with the build quality of the Play.It has stock vanilla Gingerbread which should count for something.Does anyone know if Verizon's Play has Gorilla Glass? Hopefully we'll get some modding reviews on the Play very soon.If any phone was unimpressive to me it was the Revolution.I can't think of any reason to pick the LG over the Bolt or Charge.

If I could cut off the keyboard (or even just have a QWERTY), and keep the vanilla Gingerbread on Verizon's network, this could be one of the best phones on Verizon. Not until I got my DX and realized the horror that is Motoblur have I desired a stock android devise on Verizon.

Unfortunately, I'm not a gamer, so the keyboard is a deal breaker for me, as it will be to most sensible, everyday shoppers that walk into the Verizon store looking for a smartphone.

I'll have to pop into the store and check them out. I'm digging the Tegra2 in the DX2, but interested to check out the screen and interface on the LG. The Sony phone doesn't interest me at all.

I actually played with all 3 phones today at a Verizon store. I was really suprised at how thin & light the Xperia Play was. I played the racing game that comes pre-installed & it was really smooth. It also had Gingerbread (2.3.2) and not as much crapware as other VZW phones. I wasn't really impressed by the LG Revolution. It was lighter than my ThunderBolt, but just about as thick. Didn't care much for their skin as it seem like TouchWiz lite. However, in the app drawer they have your apps separated into categories like Media, Tools, Games etc. The DX2 didn't really blow me away considering I had the original up until last month. Looks the same, feels the same. I wasn't blown away at the screen resolution or the dual-core (but I didn't get a chance to really do anything that would take advantage of it). My wrap up - meh.

For the moment it seems dual-core processors and LTE don't play nice together so I can understand that omission but,agreed,no reason for LG to pass on IPS.

That's what I'm thinking. LTE and the dual core tech are fighting each other or something. No announcement from Verizon about any dual core phones coming soon (and the Bionic is pure speculation at this point. It is going through a complete redesign!)