The newest Consumer Reports smartphone ratings is out and it’s already ruffling a few feathers. Whereas the iPhone 4S is considered a great handset that lacks the reception issues found in its predecessor, it’s still not good enough to eclipse multiple Android products. The top scores belong to the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Droid Bionic, and (wait for it) the LG Thrill. According to CR, larger displays and faster 4G connectivity plays an important role in determining the best products.
These pluses were not enough, however, to allow the iPhone 4S to outscore the best new Android-based phones in our Ratings. Those top scorers included the Samsung Galaxy S II phones, the Motorola Droid Bionic, and several other phones that boast larger displays than the iPhone 4S and run on faster 4G networks. (Technically, only the AT&T version of the iPhone 4S supports 4G, running on the carrier’s HSPA+ network at download speeds of about 14 megabits per second, the bottom rung of what is considered to be 4G network speed.)
Other phones that topped the iPhone 4S include the LG Thrill ($100 on AT&T), which has the ability to capture stills and videos in 3D, as well as display them on its 4.3-inch 3D display, and the Motorola Droid Bionic ($300 on Verizon), which also has a superb 4.3-inch, high-resolution (540 x 960) display, with excellent keypad readability under most lighting conditions, even in bright light.
While we’re happy to see the Droid Bionic living up to the nearly year long hype, we’re more than a tad surprised to see the glasses free 3D phone, the LG Thrill earning high marks.