Best Jelly Bean Android phones

The phone is a slightly amended version of HTC's flagship model of 2012 and still offers an impressive amount of oomph and smoothness.

The One X+ runs on a quad-core Tegra 3 chipset so will run everything out there today with ease, plus the "+" part of the name means you get an enormous 64GB of onboard storage space. It's for people who haven't yet bought into the concept of cloud storage.

Motorola Razr HD

Motorola Razr HD

Motorola Razr HD review

Motorola's RAZR range is something a little different from the Android norm, using an odd mixture of angular design and Kevlar materials to build something solid and slightly unusual looking.

The software inside the RAZR HD is the commonplace 4.1.2 version of Android's Jelly Bean code, complete with a few customisations from Motorola layered over the top.

The big selling point here is one of the best-performing batteries on the market, which goes some way toward making up for the not particularly impressive dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM combo that power the thing.

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z review

Sony Xperia Z review

The Xperia Z's a seriously impressive phone, one that's currently running on the slightly older 4.1 version of Google's Jelly Bean code.

That said, Sony's masses of software optimisations go some way toward filling in the few gaps that exist between versions 4.1 and 4.2 of Jelly Bean, with the Xperia Z's camera software, visual theme switching, Sony's own gesture typing system, NFC tools and more making it a superb demonstration of how manufacturer skins can sometimes really improve Google's core code.

It's got a 4.2 update winging its way to users right now, so it will also be supercharged to the other version of Jelly Bean soon - making things even better.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

The immense Samsung flagship arrives running Android 4.2, making it not only the biggest and most popular model around today, but it also lets users feel rather pleased about having Google's latest OS at its core.

That said, it's barely recognisable, with Samsung's own TouchWiz user interface binning the vast majority of Google's design work in favour of its own layouts, icon sets and custom software features.

Folder management isn't as good as it is under Google's system, but the trade off here is you get Samsung's feature-packed camera app instead of the rather poor and bland stock Jelly Bean tool.


HTC One review

HTC One review

As well as arriving with Android 4.1.2 onboard, there are many, many reasons that make the HTC One one of the finest Jelly Bean models out there right now, even if it's not quite running on the newest code from Google.

The full HD 1080p display's a stunner, the aluminium body a welcome change from the lightweight plastics that make up many other smartphones, plus HTC's Sense interface has been completely reworked and refreshed, and enhances Android for the better across the board.

Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4 review

Nexus 4 review

Obviously this is the winner if you're serious about keeping on top of Google's Android software releases - or just want a really, really cheap quad-core smartphone.

The Nexus series is always first in line when it comes to receiving the new software updates, as they're supplied free from the fiddlings, skins and alternate options added in by many other hardware makers, and tend to hit the phone within days of being announced by Google.

As a result of this, the Nexus 4 is currently using version 4.2.2 of Android, which is the newest public release of the "Jelly Bean" code available -- and it's likely to be first in line for 4.3 or even 5.0 whenever they may pop out of Google's labs.