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Buying your first Android phone

Are you due an upgrade from your current device? Are you envious whenever you hear the words dual-core processor? Does the little green robot and his several reincarnations fascinate you? Well, it might be time for you to invest in your first Android phone. Welcome to the party!

So if you aren’t up to speed on mobile technology, and the words Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich just get you hungry, then sifting through the various Android devices might be a little difficult. If this does indeed describe you, then read on to find a few tips on buying your first Android phone.

Sticking to a budget 

There are some quality high-end Android phones available for you to purchase, but it may not be your best choice straight away. You can still get a quality handset sporting the Android OS for a fraction of the price some phones are charging. For one, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is a superb budget device, as well as the HTC Desire S. Both of these phones offer a great Android experience; while not compromising on design or performance.

Going all out

If money isn’t a problem for you – or you have a decent knowledge of the Android OS, then perhaps a high-end device is perfect for you. There are plenty of expensive devices, and overall it’s a very mixed bag in terms of quality. Unless you’ve lived under a rock recently, you’ll have noticed a certain Samsung Galaxy Nexus taking up a lot of the Android spotlight. Currently on the market, the Nexus is the pinnacle of a phone using Android OS, and is the first to sport the new Ice Cream Sandwich OS update.

What? A tablet!

So after much deliberation, you may decide that an Android phone isn’t for you, and instead fancy investing in your first Android tablet. Compared to their smaller counterparts, Android tablets haven’t really managed to really make their mark. We’ve been impressed with the Galaxy Tab, the Eee Pad Transformer and the budget Elonex eTouch. However, with the release of the new Asus Transformer Prime, sporting a quad-core processor, we suggest waiting just a little longer before getting your first taste of Angry Birds on the big screen.

The best advice we can give you, if you’re fortunate enough to be on the look out for your first Android device is to really shop around. You’d be surprised with some of the contracts you my able to pick up if you really shop around, especially if you order off the internet. 2011 has been a cracking year for Android, so enjoy searching for your new phone and welcome to the revolution!