Compare Android phones the easy way

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

Compare Android Phones

We've said it a million times: Android is all about choice. Thanks to the platform's open nature, Google's operating system is growing in leaps and bounds. New Android devices are debuting every month, and the ever-expanding number of options shows no sign of slowing down.

Now, choice is a good thing -- despite some companies' theories, one size doesn't always fit all -- but it can also be a bit intimidating when it comes to picking out a new phone. After all, when you have a sea of carriers and devices to choose from, how do you know where to begin?

Don't panic: A new Web-based tool makes it easier than ever to compare Android phones and find the device that's right for you.

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Compare Android Phones: A New Cross-Carrier Tool

The new Android phone comparison tool comes in the form of a Web site called Droidthing.com. Droidthing is a user-friendly searchable database of Android devices, including both phones and tablets. It features devices available within the U.S. and abroad.

When you first load Droidthing, you'll see a green "Get Started" button. Click it once and you can compare Android phones to your heart's content.

Droidthing lets you check off a range of values to find the Android phone you want. You can specify carrier (or any combination of carriers), keyboard type, price, or screen size. You can even compare Android phones based on their release dates or ratings.

Compare Android Phones

Once you check off the options you want, Droidthing presents you with a list of Android phones that fit within your parameters. I searched for phones on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon that have physical slide-out keyboards and are currently available for purchase. Droidthing gave me an easy-to-read chart with specs on 11 devices that matched my criteria.

Compare Android Phones

The site's charts provide you with all sorts of specs and details on the devices you find. One extra click takes you to a list of external reviews on any phone, too. You really couldn't ask for a simpler way to compare Android phones across multiple carriers.

That said, Droidthing's Android phone comparison tool isn't entirely perfect: On my slide-out keyboard search, for example, Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G failed to show up in the list, even though the phone does appear correctly in the site's database. The site's field for OS version also displays a "yes" or a "no," oddly, instead of an actual Android version number. Hopefully these glitches will get worked out over time. And hopefully Droidthing's creators will follow through with their promise to maintain the database and update it as new devices are announced.

Ultimately, Droidthing isn't the end-all resource for Android phone shopping. It is, however, an incredibly handy starting point for exploring the options -- and a site well-worth bookmarking for the future.

Want some specific Android phone recommendations? Check out JR's list of the top 5 Android phones of the summer. 

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on Facebook, on Twitter, or at eSarcasm, his geek-humor getaway.

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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