The year kicked off with two major events in the technology world -- CES in Las Vegas and MWC in Barcelona -- playing host to the launch of numerous tablets and smartphones. And if there's anything that was made abundantly clear at the multiple stages where products were unveiled is that Android has taken the mobile world by storm.

Almost every significant device launched in the last two months or so is powered by Google's platform, which last year managed to leap past iOS in terms of total users. But there's also stuff going on elsewhere!

To help you navigate through the sea of new smartphones getting released week in and week out we've put together a selection with what we consider are the hottest devices out there. They are listed alongside their respective specs, price, and features from newest to oldest. Many devices listed here are not yet available but will be in a relatively short timespan. We hope this will help you narrow down your purchase, and as usual your feedback is always welcome.

  • Late Q1 and Beyond :: HP Pre 3 • LG Optimus 3D • Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc • Sony Ericsson Xperia Play • HTC 7 Pro • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Q1 2011: Now Available :: HTC Thunderbolt • Samsung Galaxy S 4G • Motorola Atrix 4G • HTC Inspire 4G • Motorola Cliq 2 • HTC Evo Shift 4G
  • Great 2010 Smartphones :: Samsung Nexus S • Samsung Focus • T-Mobile G2 • BlackBerry Torch 9800 • Motorola Droid 2 Global • Apple iPhone 4