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We now have a fourth major competitor in the mobile world.This week, BlackBerry launched BlackBerry 10, a new mobile operating system that will power two of the company’s new smartphones.
Now you have even more to choose from: iPhone? Android? Windows Phone? BlackBerry?
We took a look at the best phones available right now to help you decide.
Note: We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, and price. You can see last month’s smartphone rankings here.
If you're a Verizon customer and want a super cheap Windows Phone, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey isn't such a bad choice. It's not the best Windows Phone out there, but you get most of the advantages of Microsoft's new operating system without breaking the bank.
Even though it's well over a year old now, the iPhone 4S is still a great device because you still get access to Apple's excellent ecosystem of movies, music, and apps.
In short, the 4S gives you basically the same experience as the iPhone 5 at half the price.
Nokia's current flagship phone, the Lumia 920, is one of the first devices to run the latest operating system from Microsoft called Windows Phone 8. Nokia worked closely with Microsoft to make the Lumia 920, so it's one of the best representations of what the platform can do.
Just be warned: The Lumia 920 isn't as light and thin as most top-tier smartphones. This thing is a brick.
But if you're looking for a unique experience from Android or iPhone, the Lumia 920 could be worth it.
Samsung is largely credited with kicking off the so-called 'phablet' craze, and the Galaxy Note II is the best device in the category. It has a huge 5.5-inch screen plus a stylus for drawing and taking notes.
If you want a phone with a super-huge screen, the Galaxy Note II is the only device you should consider buying.
If you want a Windows Phone, HTC's Windows Phone 8x is the first device you should consider buying. We think it's the best phone on the platform today.
HTC's One X+ was one of the best smartphones to launch in 2012. It's nearly identical to the HTC One X that launched early last year, but has a faster processor and more memory.
If you're an AT&T customer, the One X+ is one of the first phones to consider buying.
HTC's Droid DNA is the first smartphone that can play full 1080p HD video. Impressive.
Even though the DNA has a big 5-inch screen, the device doesn't feel absurdly large. It's the best phone HTC makes right now.
Google's Nexus 4 flagship phone appears to finally be in stock for good. After months of supply problems, you can now get the Nexus 4 unlocked straight from Google for a very reasonable price.
There's one major downside: The Nexus 4 can't connect to LTE networks, meaning you won't get the fastest data speeds possible.
After all this time, we still think Samsung's Galaxy S III is the best Android phone you can buy today. It has the best design, best screen, and best software features compared to the rest of the Android phones out there.
The Galaxy S III's price has dropped on several carriers recently, so you're getting an incredible smartphone for just the fraction of the cost of a comparable iPhone or other top-tier device.
Price: Starts at $199.99 with a two-year contract, but price varies by carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular)
BlackBerry announced its new phone, the Z10, at a big launch event at the end of January. It's launching as early as the first week of February in some countries, but won't be available until mid-March in the U.S. Stay tuned!
In the meantime...
HTC will announce its next flagship Android phone, the M7, at a press event on Feb. 19. Images of the phone have leaked a few times in recent weeks, but we're still waiting for final details from HTC.
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