4. 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 now capturing the buzz. 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 a 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. What's not to like?