Early 2011 and 2010 Phones

HTC Thunderbolt
Available: March 2011

Representing HTC's first 4G LTE phone, the Thunderbolt sports a large 4.3-inch touchscreen, an 8MP camera with HD video capture, video calling via front-facing camera, Android 2.2 with HTC's Sense software, and a 1GHz processor. Other features include mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA wireless media streaming, a kickstand for media viewing, FM radio, and 8GB of internal memory alongside the included 32GB microSD card.

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Carrier: Verizon Talk Time: 6.5 hours
Price: $100 with two-year contract (normally $250) Standby Time: 13.5 days
Manufacturer: HTC Weight: 5.78 ounces
Platform: Android 2.2 Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Network: CDMA, EVDO Rev. A, LTE Storage: 8GB internal, 32GB microSD card included


Samsung Galaxy S 4G
Available since: February 2011

The Galaxy S 4G is an update to Samsung's Vibrant, with the most notable addition being the front-facing camera and a slight battery capacity bump to cope with the beefier radio. Specs include a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel rear camera, a 16GB microSD card, and Android 2.2 "Froyo". A number of applications are bundled with the smartphone, including Amazon Kindle for Android and Qik for video chats.

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Carrier: T-Mobile Talk Time: 6.5 hours
Price: $150 with two-year contract Standby Time: 16.7 days
Manufacturer: Samsung Weight: 4.16 ounces
Platform: Android 2.2 Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
Network: GSM, WCDMA , HSPA+ 21 Storage: 1GB internal, 16GB microSD card included


Motorola Atrix 4G
Available: February 22, 2011

The Atrix 4G is an Android 2.2 smartphone with a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 4-inch "qHD" (960 x 540) display, a fingerprint recognizer, a big 1930 mAh battery and 0.4-inch thick body. It has dual cameras, expandable storage through miniSD cards, HDMI-out, and HSPA+ "4G" connectivity. But perhaps the Atrix's coolest feature is its ability to gain PC-like functionality with either a laptop-sized expansion dock or HD multimedia dock.

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Carrier: AT&T Talk Time: 9 hours
Price: $30 with two-year contract (normally $100) Standby Time: 10.4 days
Manufacturer: Motorola Weight: 4.81 ounces
Platform: Android 2.2 Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Network: GSM, WCDMA, HSPA+ Storage: 16GB built-in, 32GB supported via microSD


HTC Inspire 4G
Available since: February 13, 2011

The HTC Inspire 4G is a stunning, 4.3-inch superphone running Android 2.2 and was the first in the U.S. to feature the next-generation HTC Sense platform with cloud services. The new Sense platform can pinpoint a lost phone on a map, send a command to sound an alert on the handset, and remotely wipe the phone's data through HTCSense.com. The Inspire 4G also delivers an 8MP camera, a 1GHz processor, and boasts a premium aluminum unibody design.

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Carrier: AT&T Talk Time: 6 hours
Price: $0.01 with two-year contract (normally $100) Standby Time: 15.5 days
Manufacturer: HTC Weight: 5.78 ounces
Platform: Android 2.2 Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Network: GSM, HSPA+ Storage: 4GB internal, 8GB microSD included


HTC Evo Shift 4G
Available since: January 9, 2011

The HTC EVO Shift 4G is a smaller, less costly alternative to the EVO 4G on Sprint and gives hardware keyboard fans another choice besides the Samsung Epic 4G. That said, it also lacks a front-facing camera and doesn't include HDMI output. Among its features are a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture, WiMAX connectivity, an 800MHz processor, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, GPS navigation, microSD slot for expansion, FM radio, 3.6-inch display, and Android 2.2.

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Carrier: Sprint Talk Time: 6 hours
Price: $100 with two-year contract Standby Time: 6.1 days
Manufacturer: HTC Weight: 5.87 ounces
Platform: Android 2.2 Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Network: CDMA, EVDO Rev. A, WiMAX Storage: 2GB internal, 2GB microSD included


Samsung Focus
Available since: November 2010

The Samsung Focus is basically a Windows Phone 7 version of the popular Galaxy S Android phone line and has a lot in common with its European brother, the Omnia 7, boasting the same 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 8GB of internal storage, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and 5 megapixel camera. It's a great addition to AT&T's smartphone lineup, offering seamless social network integration, solid multimedia features and allows you to play games with Xbox LIVE.

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Carrier: AT&T Talk Time: 6.5 hours
Price: $0.01 with two-year contract Standby Time: 18 days
Manufacturer: Samsung Weight: 4.1 ounces
Platform: Windows Phone 7 Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Network: GSM, HSPA 7.2 Storage: 8GB internal


BlackBerry Bold 9780
Available: November 2010

BlackBerry phones are starting to look a bit behind the times, and while the Bold 9780 makes no great leaps forward for the brand, it's still a solid smartphone when it comes to messaging and call quality -- the things that really matter for some. The Bold 9780 is a near replica of the Bold 9700 (available on AT&T), offering just good enough specs, but great battery life and a slightly improved user experience courtesy of the updated operating system.

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Carrier: T-Mobile Talk Time: 6 hours
Price: $200 with two-year contract Standby Time: 17 days
Manufacturer: Research In Motion Weight: 4.3 ounces
Platform: BlackBerry OS 6.0 Wireless: 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Network: GSM, WCDMA, HSPA+ Storage: 512MB internal, 2GB microSD card included


Apple iPhone 4
Available since: June 2010 in the U.S.

The latest iteration of the popular iPhone includes a high-resolution so-called 'Retina Display' that squeezes 326 pixels per inch into its surface -- that's twice as many pixels as its 3GS predecessor. The result is a crisp 640 x 960 screen that puts (almost) everything else available to shame. Other notable new features include a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and HD video capture, front-facing camera for video conferencing (Wi-Fi only), three-axis gyroscope for gaming, a larger battery and faster A4 chip, plus the iOS 4 software.

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Carrier: AT&T, Verizon Talk Time: Up to 7 hours on 3G (14 on 2G)
Price: $199 with two-year contract Standby Time: 12.5 days
Manufacturer: Apple Weight: 4.8 ounces
Platform: iOS 4 Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Network: GSM, HSPA 7.2 / CDMA, EV-DO Rev. A Storage: 16GB or 32GB on-board