Galaxy Note 4, Moto 360 Among Top Android Devices Available Today

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-11-25
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    By Don Reisinger
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    There's Something Special About the Galaxy Note 4
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    There's Something Special About the Galaxy Note 4

    There's something awfully appealing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Perhaps it's the smartphone's impeccable design or its massive screen. Perhaps it has something to do with the device's solid Samsung TouchWiz interface or the power under the hood. Whatever the case, the Galaxy Note 4 has taken many U.S.-based customers by storm and earned high marks from reviewers. It seems like a solid product all around.
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    Although Android historically has been a tool for smartphone and tablet customers, the operating system is also a solid option for smartwatch buyers, thanks to Google's Android Wear wearable OS. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the Moto 360, which comes with a rounded screen, can interact with Android devices and runs Google's wearable operating system. More devices running Android Wear are expected next year, but so far, it has done a fine job of appealing to wearable device fans.
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It terms of total devices sold, Android is far and away the world's most popular mobile operating system. The OS runs on many of the most popular mobile devices out there, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. And Android has made it easier for a number of companies outside the community of mobile hardware makers, such as Amazon.com, to market their own lines of smartphones and tablets. Now Android, through the Android Wear platform, is available on wearable devices such as the Moto 360 and the LG G smartwatches. With the holiday shopping season now upon us, this is a good time to take a deeper look at some of the top Android devices on sale today. Some Android products are obviously better than others, so this slide show includes those that have received solid reviews and have proved to be generally popular with consumers and business buyers. So, read through the following slides, and you might even discover an Android handset, smartwatch or tablet that is just what you are looking for this holiday season.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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