You Tell Us: What is AT&T’s Best Android Handset For the Money?


As we head into the new year and a slew of new Android goodies, we’d like to start reflecting on the current crop of phones.  We’ll be taking the next few days and weeks to gauge our readers’ opinions on handsets and carriers as they pertain to Android.  To kick things off, we’d like to know which Android-based smart phones are the best value for AT&T.

Is it the new Android 2.1-powered Motorola Bravo or perhaps the Galaxy S series Captivate?  Maybe you have a soft spot for the Backflip.  Okay, maybe not.

Hit the poll below with your vote and then head into the comments section.  Why did you pick that particular device?

Need a little help figuring out which phone is which?  We’ve listed a handful of specs and prices to aid you in your decision.

  • Motorola Bravo – Android 2.1, 3.7-inch screen, 3 megapixel camera, TI OMAP3610 800MHz processor, 2GB internal memory ($139.99)
  • Motorola Flipside – Android 2.1, 3.1-inch touch screen, sliding QWERTY, 3 megapixel camera, TI OMAP3410 720 MHz processor, 512MB RAM ($99.99)
  • Motorola Flipout – Android 2.1, 2.8-inch screen, 3 megapixel camera, TI OMAP3410 720 MHz processor, 512MB RAM ($79.99)
  • Motorola Backflip – Android 2.1, 3.1-inch screen, 5 megapixel camera, Qualcomm MSM7200A 528MHz processor, 256MB RAM, ($49.99)
  • Samsung Captivate – Android 2.1, 4-inch screen, 5 megapixel camera, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 16GB internal memory, ($199.99)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (AT&T) – Android 1.6, 4-inch screen, 8.1 megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 400MB internal memory ($99.99)


  1. The Captivate is definitely the best Android phone on AT&T, but it’s really a toss-up between the Captivate and the Aria as far as which is best for the money. It really depends on personal preferences and how you’re planning on using it.

  2. I vote for the Nexus One, it does not have the bloatware of the ATT handsets and it is up to date in Android releases.

    My son has the Aria, loves it, but is frustrated that they still have not updated to Froyo, yet.

  3. I used to have the X10 until I found out they freaking delay the 2.1 and it’s not getting 2.2. so I returned it. Not getting the Captivate too many software issues so I’m waiting till next year. But in the end the Captivate is better phone. but not for the price

  4. If you are crazy enough to be on att and use android then yeah the best way to roll is by going with the nexus one is the best choice. You can download apps outside the marketplace, its had froyo since june, really best phone to have on att. Captivate comes at a distant second, honestly att has done a poor job of making quality android phones compared to the other carriers. Imo save yourself some money, 1500 talk unlimited text and web 79.99 at tmobile. (web has 5gb throttled web no paying overages tho)

  5. I just ordered an Aria for my phone upgrade, it is hard to beat for a penny. I am looking online now and it has gone back up to $129.99, I guess it was a short (or maybe accidental) sale.

  6. You didn’t put backflip on your quiz options. I can’t comment on the others b/c I haven’t used them, however I’m happy with m backflip.

    • Maybe that’s because the Backflip has been in the running for “worst Android handset” along with the Garminfone and the Behold II. If you’re happy with it though, that’s all that really matters.

  7. I’ll vote for the Captivate in terms of AT&T branded phones….however, a Nexus One or even a Milestone is a better move if you’re willing to forgo a subsidy.

  8. Errr….where’s the Dell Streak? Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but it has the largest screen, a GPS that actually WORKS, and you have the ability to buy an unlocked version that permits free tethering. Oh…and it’s the only AT&T Android phone with 2.2 Froyo! Put it on the list!

    – Jim

  9. Well for a smile, and with 2.1, 8.1 mpx camera with hd recording, 4 inch SLCD screen tethering AND MORE, i definately go for the x10, i know its not the best in phone itself, but like i said, just for a smile? hell beat that ;), Just to let you know that in my country they’re actually sold out and im on a waiting list to get one =0