We tallied up your votes, read through your answers, and came up with a clear cut winner on which Android device you guys are most looking forward to. Unsurprisingly, it's the device that's been on our minds from the very beginning, runs the best custom UI in HTC Sense, and is the device closest to launch: the Sprint HTC Hero. The voting breakdown is as follows:

  • Sprint HTC Hero - 40% (739 votes)
  • Sony XPERIA X3 'Rachael' - 25% (474 votes)
  • Motorola Sholes (Verizon) - 18% (332 votes)
  • T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ - 12% (216 votes)

Taking a closer look at the results reveal that the Verizon Motorola Sholes/Tao/Droid made a late push, likely due to the leaked pictures that showed off the stellar hardware. And though it was our own personal favorite, we're surprised that the Sony XPERIA X3 'Rachael' racked up so many votes considering it's not yet firmly linked to a carrier. The T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ finished a disappointing fourth but it's a bit unfair when being compared to these flagship devices (fix that price T-Mobile!).

And to give you guys an idea of which devices were written as 'Other': the Samsung Galaxy and InstinctQ receive a lot of votes, as did the same phones originally listed but on different carriers (Hero on AT&T, etc).

Stay tuned for the next poll! We hope you guys continue to vote and thanks for participating!

 

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The Sprint HTC Hero is the Android Device We're Most Excited For

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Just wanted to share some information I received this morning. If you pre-ordered your Sprint HTC Hero from Best Buy like I did, and you are a BB Reward Zone customer, you get your Sprint Hero on the 9th instead of the 11th. You can imagine the excitement then the dismay when I had to tell them that I would be out of town on the 9th! Oh well maybe someone can pick it up and tell me how awesome it is!

Actually, I'm a little surprised at the high numbers for the Clique, as it is something I am most definitely NOT interested in.

On the other hand, that is the GREAT thing about the Android platform, in that it *can* be absolutely customized to a particular audience. I was also happy to hear the rumors that Motorola is not planning on putting Blurr on the Sholes/Droid phone. This at least points to someone in their organization who has a clue that this phone will be more likely to be hitting the business crowd.

I have every intention of switching to Sprint for the Hero next weekend, even though the hardware isn't exactly what I would *choose*, myself. I would much rather have the Sholes/Droid hardware, but I have two reasons for jumping to Sprint (from US Cellular)

1. It looks like it is going to be out about 2 months earlier than the Sholes.

2. Sprint's plans are a LOT less than Verizon. Also, given the history Verizon has with hobbling their phones in the past, I would want absolute assurances that they are not going to try to sneak in some sort of lock-in just before the official release. Also, with Sprint's plans I will have the option of upgrading to newer/better hardware that will inevitably be coming out during the next year. From all I have read the hardware is quite "usable" on the current Hero, and I've been limping along with an under-powered BlackBerry 8703e for almost 4 years now, so it definitely HAS to be an improvement. If i could put up with an out-of-contract 8703e for the past 20 months, just waiting to jump-ship as soon as an Android was available in my area, I will be more than happy with whatever functionality is available on the Hero for the next year.

One always "looks ahead" at what is coming, faster processors, larger screens, thinner profile, hardware keyboard, more memory, OLED screens, and if you keep looking too far ahead, you never "jump in".

I've promised US Cellular that I'd be jumping As soon as possible, and taking along my other 3 phones with me, so I don't want to disappoint :)

I even have a bonus for them, I'm taking along a few friends, so I should be exceeding their expectations :)

Maybe if enough customers jumped-ship to new providers that have more progressive phones, the companies who think they couldn't possibly offer a phone with Wi-Fi, and a fully functional GPS in their phones, because they might loose $5 or $10 a month of potential revenue will miss the $300/month that some of us spend with them. I suspect US Cellular, at least here in Iowa, should be feeling a pretty big pinch now that Verizon has purchased Alltell, and will be offering full coverage in areas that were once only fully covered by US Cellular. With the merger of Alltell with Verizon, now they have some serious competition. Unfortunately, Verizon and US Cellular, have in the past, acted pretty much the same as far as disabling features on their phones, and lagging the rest of the industry when it comes to "modern" (let alone "cutting edge") phones.

I hope that Verizon actually DOES release the Moto Sholes/Droid as a full-featured phone, no gimmicks, no BS. That would be a great sign of things to come. True, OPEN competition in the wireless market can only be good for consumers in the long run, regardless of what company one ultimately chooses to use.

I would have jumped to T-Mobile a year a go when the G1 was released, but it was not an option at all, as they have absolutely no coverage in this area. In fact, you can not even get a T-Mobile phone with my area code, since they have no presence anywhere in the central part of Iowa.

I think a lot of bloggers/reviewers who say things like "Android just hasn't taken off THAT much..." fail to take into account that the ONLY U.S. carrier who has had ANY android phones is also the carrier (With a national presence) who has the LEAST coverage of the "Big 4"

These people may live in a little corner of the world that they rarely leave. For these people, a carrier who covers 10% of the geographical area of the country may be fine. They apparently can't understand why someone who may strongly desire a phone hasn't switched yet. They take this as meaning that Android (or any phone) has reached it's saturation limit. After all, if a phone were THAT desirable, people would be flocking to the carrier to get the phone, right?

I hope (and expect) that once a few Android phones hit some carriers with a wider coverage area, that we will be seeing these numbers changing quickly.