3. Google/Samsung Nexus S
In a year where Samsung really took the Android ball and ran with it, the Nexus S is the phone that's got techie tongues wagging now.
Why? Well, for starters, it's the first Android phone to come pre-loaded with Android version 2.3, code-named Gingerbread, and it has a 4-inch contour display that fits comfortably in the hand and against the side of a face. It sports 1 Ghz Hummingbird processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, 16 GB of internal memory, and hardware for near field communication, as well as all the bells and whistles of the 2.3 Gingerbread update. Released just this month, is Nexus S now the Android phone to beat?