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Smartphones launch so often that it’s almost impossible to keep up with what’s out there.If you’re ready to buy this month, we put together a list of the best phones out there.
Keep reading to find out which ones you should get.
Nokia's Lumia 710 is the first Windows Phone from the company to hit the U.S. It's not as full-featured and powerful as the upcoming Lumia 900, but it's still an excellent value if you're a T-Mobile customer. You get the latest version on Windows Phone 7, plus access to T-Mobile's 4G network. If you're looking for something a bit different (not Android or iOS, that is), then the Lumia 710 is a great choice.
Even though Motorola's Droid Razr debuted just a few months ago, the company has already released an updated model with incredible battery life. It's a bit thicker than the original Droid Razr, but you'll get hours and hours of use out of the phone on one charge. The Razr Maxx also demonstrates that those power-sucking 4G LTE phones can still last just as long as 3G devices.
If you're looking for a great value, Motorola's Atrix 2 is one of our favourite options. This phone is a modest update from the original Atrix, but still gives you all the basic Android features you'd want.
A phone? A tablet? Samsung says the Galaxy Note is both. This mammoth smartphone has a 5-inch screen and comes with a fancy stylus for doodling and taking notes. It's already very popular overseas, so we're curious to see how well it does in the U.S. when it launches on AT&T. Pre-orders begin Feb. 5 and you can buy it in stores on Feb. 19.
Price: $299.99 with a two-year contract
LG's Spectrum is one of the latest 4G LTE devices on Verizon. It has a brilliant screen that can play 720p HD video and a built-in ESPN app for streaming live sports.
Despite being on the market for months now, HTC's Sensation still holds up as one of the best phones you can buy on T-Mobile. It has a brilliant screen and a powerful camera that can shoot full 1080p HD video. (That was pretty rare for smartphones when the Sensation first launched.) Plus, it's a great value.
HTC's Rezound is the company's first phone to integrate Beats Audio. It also has a gorgeous display that can play 720p HD video. As a 4G LTE device on Verizon, you're guaranteed to get blazing fast data speeds. It's not the thinnest phone out there, but it is super powerful.
Samsungs Galaxy S II is the company's flagship device right now. It's available in several variations with different screen sizes, data capabilities, etc. But for the most part, you won't notice a huge difference in performance between each model. For now, it's probably the best Android phone you can buy.
If you're looking for an Android experience the way Google intended it, then you should definitely check out the Galaxy Nexus. It's the first phone to run the new version of Android that Google released late last year. It has a massive 4.65-inch display that can play 720p HD video, plus a camera that takes video with almost no shutter lag. It also runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network.
Price: $299.99 with a two-year contract. You can also buy it unlocked and use your AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card. (Prices vary.)
The iPhone 4S doesn't really need an introduction. Just know it's still the best smartphone you can buy right now. The competition is getting close, but Apple is still on top. If you don't want to pay $200 or more for a 4S, you can get the iPhone 4 for $100 or the 3GS (on AT&T) for free.
Price: $199.99, $299.99, or $399.99 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models, respectively.
Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900 Windows Phone stole the show at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. We got to spend some time with the device and were definitely impressed with what we saw. It's rumoured to launch in March on AT&T, so stay tuned.
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