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Best Canadian Android Smartphones

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Google Android logoCanada usually receives the latest technology after the United States which can be very frustrating for Canadian techies. Most people want the latest and greatest the day it comes out or shortly thereafter, especially those of us in the “Android Army”.

So it comes as no surprise that most Canadians will buy unlocked U.S. phones via sites like eBay so they can get their hands on the devices a lot sooner than waiting for a Canadian carrier to release it. That being said, we have a run down of the top Android powered phones that are available now at Canadian carriers.

Rogers, the leading carrier in Canada, offers up 8 Android powered devices for your choosing. Arguably, the best of these is the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate. The Captivate is powered by the lightning quick 1GHz Hummingbird processor and has a beautiful 4 inch Super AMOLED screen.  However, it’s still running Android 2.1 with the TouchWiz overlay.

Samsung i9000 Galaxy S

The Dell Streak is also offered by Rogers. The Streak did not fair very well in the states due to it’s awkward size, a 5 inch screen, and would the device works better as an ultra compact tablet than a phone. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and Xperia mini pro are also offered. The X10 features a very nice 4 inch touch screen but if you crave a QWERTY keyboard then the Mini Pro is the way to go, even though it has a smaller 2.5 inch screen.  The rest of the line up is rounded out by the Acer Liquid MT, Acer Liquid E, LG Loop, and the HTC Magic+.

Dell Streak ATT tablet smartphone

Telus is another carrier in Canda that actually sports a lot of good deal on their 9 Android models. The top dog in their phone selection is the HTC Desire HD. The Desire HD is best described as the HTC EVO 4G’s Canadian brother, minus the 4G and front facing camera. It has a 4.3 inch screen, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and runs Android 2.2. They also carrier the sister phone of the widely popular American Motorola Droid, the Motorola Milestone. The Milestone has the same physical slide out QWERTY keypad with the gold track pad and a 3.7 inch touch screen. Other phones offered by Telus include the HTC Desire, LG Optimus One, LG Sunshine Plus, Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 3G+, Samsung Galaxy Apollo, Motorola Charm and Motorola Backflip.

HTC Desire HD

Bell offers a variety of Android phones as well. Their flagship device is the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, however the Motorola Atrix will be sure to replace it as top dog once it is release March 17th.  The Vibrant features a 1 GHz processor and 4 inch Super AMOLED touch screen. The Atrix also features a 4 inch screen, non AMOLED, but also packs a dual core 1GHz processor. Bell also offers the LG Optimus Chic, the HTC Desire Z, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Wave and the Motorola Dext.

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Mobilicity is a new carrier in Canada that carries the Google Nexus One, which is made by HTC, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. This carrier should add more Android devices as their customer base grows.

Fido, a carrier that is Roger’s less expensive sister company, offers only the Acer Liquid E.

Wind is another Canadian carrier that only sells the Alcatel Tribe. This phone has been generally panned by critics and I highly recommend playing with one in store before deciding to purchase. With Wind it may be better to buy an unlocked phone via the internet.

Koodo is a carrier that is owned by Telus, but like Fido is a cheaper alternative. The LG Optimus One is their only Android offering but is actually quiet a nice phone. It has a 600 MHz processor and runs Android 2.2 which means it has Flash support.

Which ever carrier you chose, an Android phone will help you do everything you need to do on the go. The power and speed of these phones is incredible and, for the most part, you cannot go wrong no matter what you chose.

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By , Chicago, IL, USA on Mar 16th, 2011 GMT +2

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