Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S was named the best smartphone available from the major U.S. mobile operators in a recent ranking by Consumer Reports, U.S. magazine Fortune reported Wednesday in its online edition.
The independent consumer watchdog magazine scored smartphones based on voice quality, ease of use, battery capacity, camera quality and other criteria. The result was a sweeping win by Android-powered devices, including Samsung's flagship model.
Tied for first place on the list with 76 points each were two Galaxy S variants -- the Samsung Captivate from AT&T and the Samsung Vibrant from T-Mobile.
Motorola's Droid X and Droid 2, available through Verizon, scored 75 points each to tie for second. The Apple iPhone 3GS and HTC's Aria, both from AT&T, shared third with 74 points. Except for the iPhone, all of these models run Android.
Consumer Reports still does not recommend the iPhone 4. "The iPhone 4 is a fine performer," it said. "However, Consumer Reports' tests found that if you touch a gap on the phone's lower left side, you could lose your connection. Apple says to call customer service to request a free bumper to alleviate the problem."