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Hands on with the Nokia X

We've been spoilt with Android phones over the past eighteen months, but that hasn't stopped us from wanting more options. Nokia's decision to go with Windows Phone rather than Android prompted no small amount of argument, and while Lumia has shown promise, there's still a vocal cohort which would far rather have seen Google's software running on Finnish hardware. Ironically, while Nokia has indeed adopted Android for the new Nokia X, you probably won't see it: as we found when we went hands-on with the smartphone, Nokia has done its best to hide exactly what you'd find if you dug down where X marks the spot.

Nexus S Review

Freshly on sale in the US today, and headed to the UK next week, the Nexus S is Google's second attempt to guide the Android ecosystem with a hardware reference design. Made by Samsung, rather than the HTC origins of the Nexus One, the smartphone arguably has a more difficult task ahead: the complaint today is one of OS fragmentation, not merely lagging performance. Can the Nexus S set Android manufacturers back on track? Check out our full review to find out.

Android Community Google Cr-48 Giveaway

Notebooks running Google Chrome OS aren't expected to hit the market until mid-2011, so until now the only way to get your hands on a Google laptop is to sign up to the search giant's pilot program and hope you get picked to try out one of the 12.1-inch ultraportables. Now, though, there's another way: Google has given us five Cr-48 notebooks to give away, two for Android Community members and three over at our sibling site SlashGear.

Google Nexus S unboxing & hands-on [Video]

Google's new Nexus S isn't expected to hit the US market until December 16, but the Android Community review unit has just dropped onto the test bench. Google's second own-brand device, the Nexus S will eventually be used to push NFC when the short-range wireless technology gains sufficient momentum, but is initially the launch platform for Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Sprint Evo 4G Review

Talk about hotly anticipated. Even before the HTC EVO 4G was officially announced, talk of a WiMAX Android smartphone had been driving speed freaks wild with the promise of 4G connectivity and the flexibility of an open-source OS. The handset even managed to oust attention from the Nexus One at Google IO last week, when the search giant handed out hundreds of EVO 4G handsets to attending developers. The promise is straightforward: big screen, big camera and a big pipe; does the EVO 4G live up to its spec sheet?

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible Review

With a name like the Droid Incredible by HTC, Verizon aren't exactly pulling any punches when it comes to their latest Android smartphone. Beating the CDMA Google Nexus One to the market, the Droid Incredible packs the current holy trinity of big screen, fast processor and high-resolution camera, together with the UI benefits of HTC Sense. Can it really live up to its boastful name, though?

Nexus One Desktop Dock Reviews

Google's first official accessory for the Nexus One, the Desktop Dock, went up for order earlier in the week, and we couldn't help but mash in our credit card details for one ourselves. Designed to not only recharge the phone but to stream music from it to a set of connected speakers, check out our Nexus One Desktop Dock hands-on gallery.

Verizon Droid by Motorola Review

Verizon are going all out to position the Motorola DROID as a significant event, not just for Android devices but for the smartphone market in general, and that demands some serious testing. With sales of the Android 2.0 handset set to begin early on Friday morning, we've been playing with the DROID since its official launch last week to see if it lives up to the hype. Some boxes Motorola have definitely ticked; elsewhere we're left wanting. Read on for the full Android Community review.