5 Android Smart-Phone Forums Reviewed

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Droid Forums

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Forum Categories:

Droid Forums (News and Polls), Droid Discussions, Droid Phones by Model, Smart Phones, Supporting Vendors, and Off-Topic Discussions.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5

The Bottom Line:

Compared to other Android Forums, Droid Forums does not measure up in terms of depth and breadth. At Android Forums, for example, the Android Phones list is extensive and complete; by contrast, Droid Forums’ list of Droid Phones by Model is not as thorough, even when their Smart Phones category is also considered.

Hottest Threads: Droid General Discussions

Talk Android Forum

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Forum Categories:

Google Android, Android Software, Android Phones, Android Carriers, Android Coders, Android Market Forums, Android Media, and Off-Topic Forums

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5

The Bottom Line:

Overall, Talk Android is a forum that hasn’t yet reached its prime. For instance, when it comes to getting your Droid questions answered, a quick browse through posts revealed far more post views than substantial replies. The sub-category lists are thorough, but the forum is not as active as some of the other forums reviewed below. Furthermore, you can’t just browse through the Talk Android posts without first becoming a registered user, which is slightly annoying if all you want is an answer to a quick question. It seems that Talk Android is a forum that has not yet caught on amongst most Droid geeks, but has potential to be a good forum in the future.

Hottest Threads: Android Chat

Android Community Forums

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Forum Categories:

Android OS Discussions, General Mod My Android Discussions, Android Apps Discussions, Android Powered Hardware Discussions, Android Google Phone Accessories, OHA Members Discussions, and General Dev Discussions, How to Guides, and FAQs, plus The Lounge, which includes “aBay” (buy, sell, and trade Androids), Off-Topic, and Site Updates

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

The Bottom Line:

This forum is geared more towards the general Android user than the super-geek, so how you rate this forum really depends upon what you’re looking for. If you have basic Droid questions and want basic answers, this is a great forum. If you want to know how to develop your own Droid apps, this forum can help you get started but is not as complete or as advanced as a forum like XDA-Developers. There are not nearly as many general categories on Android Community as there are on other forums, but the forum is active and it doesn’t take that long to get your Android questions answered. One handy feature of Android Community are the staff reviews. While there are not as many staff reviews as one might hope for, the reviews that are there are helpful and generate a lot of discussion.

Hottest Threads: Android-powered Hardware discussions

Android Forums

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Forum Categories:

Android Community, Android Discussion, Android Phones, Android Carriers, Community Info & Talk

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

The Bottom Line:

Android Forums is an active and complete forum. In particular, Android Forums provides one of the most active forums on Android Games of all the forums reviewed here. The Android Applications category is also an excellent resource when compared to similar categories in other forums. But when it comes to forums on individual phones, Android Forums is perhaps not the best choice. Although it has an extensive list of phones, there are several phones that have no discussion around them at all – if you’re looking for phone-specific information, try XDA-Developers instead.

Hottest Threads: Android Applications

XDA-Developers Forum

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Forum Categories:

General Discussion, Development & Hacking, Wallaby, Blue Angel, Himalaya & Andes, Alpine, Magician, Wizard, Universal, Prophet, Atom, Apache, Charmer, Hermes, Trinity, Artemis, Palm Treo 750, Palm Treo Pro, Herald, Athena, Kaiser, Elf, Vogue, Nike, Diamond, Opal, Blackstone, Dream, Sapphire, Hero, Polaris, Titan, Gene, Pharos, Juno, Sedna, Shift, Raphael, Rose, Jade, Iolite, Topaz, Rhodium, Maple, Leo, Mega, Tattoo, Whitestone, Smartphones, Other HTC Manufactured Phones, Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, and Special Boards

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

The Bottom Line:

If you’re a Droid geek, this is your forum. Unlike other forums, such as Talk Android, posts don’t wait very long before they get answered. The forum is quite active, the discussion around different phones is as extensive as they get (as you can see from the list above), plus almost every phone category includes a picture of the phone so you can verify with your own eyes that you’re thinking of the same phone that others are. The moderators do a good job of posting sticky threads at the top of each category, making it easy for the noob looking for an answer to a simple question.

Hottest Threads: General and Upgrading, Modifying and Unlocking

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