The most popular Android phones have almost become household names, like the Samsung Galaxy line or the HTC One, but those that are not in the spotlight could be the right option. While the four big phone carriers—AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile—all sell the most popular Android phones, each one stocks a model or two that is exclusive to their brand. Here’s a little information on them to help you decide which carrier has the best selection of Android phones.
When the smartphone boom first hit, AT&T promoted the iPhone quite a bit more than Android phones. This made sense, as the iPhone was the uncontested champion of the mobile world. Now that Android phones are more common globally than iPhones, AT&T has been quick to accommodate them. AT&T provides many Android phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, the LG G2, the Moto X, and the HTC One. However, AT&T prefers to stock high-end models, leaving customers in the market for low-to-mid range phones without much choice.
Sprint got into the Android game early on, but now that all other carriers are selling the phones, it is looking to separate its brand by providing unique models you won’t find with most other carriers. Historically, these included the Samsung Epic 4G—a QWERTY Galaxy S—and the HTC EVO Shift 4G. Today’s latest “unique” development is found in the Sprint-exclusive LG G Flex, a new phone that incorporates bendable AMOLED screen technology for its curved screen. Other phones include the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Google Nexus 5, and the HTC One. Like AT&T, they stock mostly higher-end models, though they do have more low to mid-range models than AT&T.
Verizon first made Android a household name by offering the Motorola DROID to its customers. The DROID broke through the Apple smartphone wall, making the iPhone share the limelight for the first time since its release. Since then, Verizon has been a firm supporter of Android phones, especially the popular DROID line. Customers can also get most other Android phones from Verizon, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the HTC ONE Max, the LG G2, and the incredibly durable CASIO G’zOne Commando.
Although the Motorola DROID was the first large-scale Android success, it was by no means the first Android phone. T-Mobile has exclusive rights to claiming itself as the original backer of the Android phone, with the T-Mobile G1 back in 2008. They still plan to continue with the “G” line, but other phones to look for include the LG Optimus F6, the Google Nexus 5, the LG G2, the Sony Xperia Z1S, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. T-Mobile also supports unlocking and rooting Androids, so you won’t be penalized for tinkering with your phone.
In the end, it is up to you to decide which carrier has the best selection of Android phones to fit your needs. Every carrier offers its own stock of phones and services, so prospective customers should take a look at the specific options for each.
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