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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.
Plus, we’ll tell you about a few new phones coming out soon!
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 want a Windows Phone, then Nokia's Lumia 900 is simply your best option. It's not the perfect phone, but it's definitely a step in the right direction for the Windows Phone platform.
Compared to most premium smartphones, the Lumia 900 has weaker hardware specs. But one of the great things about Windows Phone 7 is that it doesn't need a lot of power to run smoothly.
The Lumia 900 is also a 4G LTE phone, meaning you're going to get insanely fast data speeds on AT&T's network. (Assuming it's available in your city.)
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. While Galaxy Note is going to be way, way, way too big for most people, it's still a good device for those who can get past its size.
Looking for a decent smartphone on a budget? The Galaxy S Blaze 4G is a solid choice.
While it still runs the old version of Android, Gingerbread, it's a great all-around smartphone. Plus it connects to T-Mobile's 4G network, so data speeds are pretty good.
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.
Samsung's 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.
Price: Varies by carrier.
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.)
Even the year-old iPhone 4 manages to be one of the best smartphones out there. You'll get just about all the benefits of the latest iPhone 4S at just half the cost.
Price: $99.99 with a two-year contract
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.
Sprint and HTC recently announced the third-generation EVO, the HTC EVO 4G LTE. It'll be the company's first major LTE phone and the first to incorporate a new technology called HD Voice. (HD Voice means better call quality and noise cancelation.)
The EVO 4G LTE will sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Pre-orders begin May 7, but there's not solid release date.
HTC's One X is very similar to the EVO 4G LTE, except it sports a slightly different look and will run on AT&T's LTE network. The phone is incredible thin and light, yet felt incredibly sturdy when we tested it a few weeks ago. We still don't have a final release date or price for the One X, but it should be out either late April or early May.
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