What has been the most important Android?


Most important Android device?

Poll closed Mar 3, 2013.
  1. HTC Dream/G1

    2 vote(s)
    7.1%
  2. HTC Hero

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Motorola Droid

    7 vote(s)
    25.0%
  4. Nexus 1

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. HTC Droid Incredible

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. HTC EVO 4G

    4 vote(s)
    14.3%
  7. Motorola Droid X

    2 vote(s)
    7.1%
  8. Samsung Galaxy S

    2 vote(s)
    7.1%
  9. HTC Desire

    4 vote(s)
    14.3%
  10. Nexus S

    1 vote(s)
    3.6%
  11. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. HTC One X

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. Samsung Galaxy Note

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Nexus 4

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Samsung Galaxy S3

    6 vote(s)
    21.4%
  1. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Okay, so the question is what is currently or has been in the past, the most important/significant Android phone? And why?
    -Did it bring Androids to more people than ever?
    -Did it debut a huge step forward in the operating system?
    -Was its design revolutionary?
    -Anything else?

    Always keep in mind that phones should be compared with others out in a similar timeframe. So a Note 2 isn't necessarily more important to Android than a Desire even though it's by all accounts a BETTER phone.
    If you want anymore added to the poll let me know! :)

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  2. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Well-Known Member

    No question: it was the Desire (slightly biased as I had one): that was the first 'hit' Android phone. Nothing before it really sold well - no even the original Nexus that it was based on.

    The Desire looked good, was reasonably high quality, had a decent spec (for the time, though it was beaten very, very soon afterward) and the O/S was mature enough to start to really compete with iOS. It was also the first 'droid to win phone of the year in lots of publications.

    Compared to what came (very soon) after it, the Desire was a bit pants (500MB of RAM was never going to be enough), but it was the Desire that kick started the market and after it, Android went from strength to strength.

    The Desire was the Stalingrad of the war with Apple ;)
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  3. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    I imagine you're not a US citizen? Don't believe it was ever available here though I know it was a HUGE hit in Europe and elsewhere.
    I'm torn between 3 of them:
    Dream
    Moto Droid
    Nexus 1

    Voted Droid since it was my first Android. First one on Verizon (again a big deal for US folks), brought Moto back from the dead, had a huge developer community, first with 2.0. All and all, I think it put Android on the map where it wasn't so much beforehand.
    The N1 was the first Nexus device, and while for all intents and purposes was a failure for sales, was an important step forward for the Nexus line. :)
  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven What does this button do? Moderator

    I'd have to say the a855. While there were others that came before, it was the first by a major manufacturer on a major carrier with a huge marketing campaign behind it. It did a lot to legitimize the platform.
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  5. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Agreed. Verizon marketed the hell out of it and brought Android to mainstream consumers.
  6. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    Any Nexus from Google itself - no carrier crap.
  7. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Was trying to find that video Google made that was an "infograph" of sorts done over Google Earth with a time lapse of sales. Don't know if anyone recalls what I'm talking about, but it's really cool. Hope someone can find it.

    Also, if anyone wants the SGS3 on there, I'm happy to add it. Not sure if the S2 warrants it though...
  8. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Well-Known Member

    As of today I would probably say the Motorola Droid. It was the first Android I saw really marketed heavily and was so popular people would ask, "Is that a Droid?" instead of "Is that an Android?".

    However I think in retrospect, a few years from now, we might be saying the Nexus 4. It is the first phone that I have seen even serious Apple fans make the switch for and then commence heaping praise onto it.

    Between the two, the Nexus 4/5 & the SGS3/4 could very well be the phones that usher in the second Android revolution.

    ~ ArmyX
  9. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    1st.. G1 for starting the revolution..
    2nd.. moto droid .. for marketing to the masses
    3rd.. nexus one... for google to start their own line.. to set the standard for other OEMs.
  10. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    I would say the galaxy s2. I think that this device really revolutionized android and made it look like a real competitor to apple.

    I mean heck this device is still popular today and we are hearing rumors about the S4.

    I never really got to use the device but I have only really heard great things about it. :)
  11. pastafarian

    pastafarian P√Ętes avec votre foie Moderator

    1- G1 (voted)
    2- Droid
    3- Samsung Galaxy S3 (not on list?)

    honorable mention to N1 and Evo 4g
  12. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Alright, added S3. :)
  13. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    I voted the SGS3. I think this was the phone that really made an impact on the general public.
  14. Adauth

    Adauth Well-Known Member

    OG droid
    a855 no doubt.
  15. Fr0stTr0n

    Fr0stTr0n Well-Known Member

    Droid because it catapulted smartphones into the limelight big time and showed Apple that there was a new and better bad boy in town.
  16. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Evo 4g :)
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  17. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

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  18. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    I was waiting until you EVO people would show up. :p
    I can certainly respect that one. No Gnex lovers out there? :rolleyes:
  19. Gmash

    Gmash Well-Known Member

    Absolutely Droiiid. I never had one, but iconic. Not many people even knew about Android before that.
  20. davoid

    davoid Well-Known Member

    How come you didn't vote in the poll? The poor Desire was on zero votes until I gave it my official support!
    For me this was the first awesome smartphone that wasn't an iPhone. It was the first phone I knew of with a 1GHz CPU (actually that was the Nexus 1, which I was looking to buy until I discovered the Desire - which for all intents and purposes was the same phone) and youtube was swamped with awesome reviews. Everyone thought it was totally amazing - fast and feature rich, and I agree, it was the phone that really started Android on its meteoric rise. I was so pleased when I took possession of my Desire <3 :smokingsomb:

    I think more importantly, it was undoubtedly the first android phone that could be said to be hands down better than the iPhone in terms of specs and technology, with an OS mature enough to compete with and beat iOS, and consequently tempting enough for droves of iPhone users to jump ship! It was a shame that the One X didn't fulfill this role as successfully, because it paved the way for the S3 with its quad core CPU, but I think Apple screwed that for HTC by blocking imports to the US at a very crucial moment in the device's life cycle, i.e. before the S3 was released.

    Could you give us your reasoning for this choice? :)
  21. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Well-Known Member

    I didn't see the poll! It must have been added after I'd replied (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it). I have now voted. Didn't realise our colonial cousins ;) never got the Desire - they really missed out.
  22. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven What does this button do? Moderator

    For everything done right with Moto/VZW with the OG Droid was done horribly wrong with the GNex. If anything, VZW turned what could have been another great step forward into a complete and utter fiasco.:rolleyes:
  23. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    They did, but later, and only on some networks.
  24. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    The Evo 4G was based on the Desire or the HD2 platforms, but it was the first 4G phone (yes, not faux G, WiMax was anticipated in 4G spec, like LTE, and the ITU granted dispensation to validly classify it as that as 4G), it was the first large screen Android, it was the first Android with a front facing camera supporting video chatting (before the iPhone, and it didn't require wifi with proprietary software). It formed the basis for the Verizon Thunderbolt and the Desire HD. It wasn't the first phone with HDMI (Samsung Instinct HD), but it was among the first.

    The GNex may have had the largest thread in Android history (it did, here, for its pre-release), but the Evo 4G forum here still holds the record for most threads, posts and views. By the time the GNex came out, the Evo 4G alone had sold more than twice the combined worldwide sales of the Nexus One and Nexus S.

    It was also the first non-Nexus phone in the world to get Froyo through an official release and get full Flash support.

    And while many continue to scoff at WiMax, video chatting and Flash, another of its innovative firsts was the kickstand. Although derided by many, it was and remains a significant feature.

    The G1 may have started Android, but the HTC Evo 4G changed the face of what Android and the Android community was about by every objective measure.

    That's why when someone says Evo, all you have to say is, qft, quoted for truth.



    As for iPhone comparisons, one of greatest viral videos was the iPhone 4 vs the Evo.

    We have more geebees.

    Evo wins.

    PS - the only One X with a removable sd card is the Evo 4G LTE, it arrived in the United States and our hands before the SGS3 did. Takes more than Apple to stop an Evo. And we still have a kickstand. :)

    PPS - haven't seen a good rousing fan thread in quite a while, nicely done. Truth is, as long as it's Team Android, it's right. (Evo still wins though, just saying. :D :p)
  25. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    i loved my evo... it does get honorable mention.

    it helped to move android forward and battle iphone. same as SGS3.
    when we look back.. NOTE will also get honorable mention
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