The best Android phones of the past decade


Take a walk down memory lane to find out what Jack Wallen considers the best Android phones of the past decade.

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Android was first released on September 23, 2008. Since then, Google’s platform has come an incredibly long way. From those sad underpowered and buggy first devices (such as my first Android device–the HTC Hero) to the magnificently powerful handsets we see today.

Over the years, there have been some seriously groundbreaking Android phones, but which stand out? Here are my picks for the best Android devices of the decade.

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HTC Dream

Release date: September 23, 2008

No list of Android devices would be complete without the one that started it all: The HTC Dream. Announced along with the initial Android offering, the HTC Dream offered a slide up screen that revealed a physical keyboard along with some pretty impressive specs for the time, such as 256 MB of internal storage, 192 MB of RAM, a 320 x 480 pixel 3.2″ display, a rear-facing 3.15 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Quad-band GSM 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz GPRS/Edge, and a 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery. Although this was the first device to sport the Android operating system (version 1.0), it was a thing to behold. 

Motorola Droid

Release date: October 17, 2009

The Motorola Droid was another Android device with a slide out keyboard. The Droid shipped with Android 2.0 and had a spec sheet that included an Arm Cortex A8 600 MHz CPU, a PowerVR SGX 530 GPU, 256 MB of DDR SDRAM, 512 MB internal storage, and a 1390 mAh battery. The Motorola Droid was promoted as the iPhone alternative, and was the first mobile device to claim multitasking support. Analytics firm Flurry estimated that over 250,000 Droids were sold during the first week of release. The Droid was also the first Android device to be…



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