Current Popular Smartphones

BlackBerry Bold 9930
Available: August 15, 2011

69 10 Reviews The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is a CDMA/GSM world phone with a 2.8-inch capacitive touch screen and a 1.2 Ghz processor. The device sports a 5MP camera on the back, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of built-in memory and one of the best keyboards you'll find on a smartphone. It also comes with the latest BlackBerry 7, though unfortunately this is only a minor update to RIM's aging platform and not terribly different from OS 6.

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Carrier: Sprint, Verizon Talk Time: 6.6 hours
Price: Free (Verizon), $110 (Sprint) with new two-year contract ($200 extension) Standby Time: 12.8 days
Manufacturer: RIM Weight: 4.6 ounces
Platform: BlackBerry OS 7 Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
Network: CDMA, GSM, HSPA 14.4 Storage: 8GB internal, expandable via microSD


Motorola Photon 4G
Available: July 31, 2011

80 13 Reviews Announced at a special event back in June, the Photon 4G is Motorola's first smartphone to support WiMAX connectivity. It follows the popular HTC EVO 3D, and with a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8MP camera, global roaming capabilities, and Android 2.3. An optional desktop dock transforms the phone into a nettop -- Motorola doesn't offer a laptop dock for this phone, though.

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Carrier: Sprint Talk Time: 10 hours
Price: $50 with new two-year contract ($180 extension) Standby Time: 8.5 days
Manufacturer: Motorola Weight: 5.6 ounces
Platform: Android 2.3 Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
Network: CDMA, GSM, WiMAX Storage: 16GB internal, expandable via microSD


Samsung Infuse 4G
Available: May 15, 2011

83 15 Reviews Samsung Infuse 4G features a large 4.5-inch super AMOLED touch screen that's great for browsing and videos -- though unfortunately it maintains the 800x480 resolution of its predecessors so pixel density is not that great. This Android 2.3 smartphone features a thin all-plastic body, an 8MP camera, theoretical download speeds of 21Mbps and snappy performance courtesy of a 1.2GHz (single core) CPU. While its large size will turn some off, others will enjoy having a bit more screen space to type and browse on.

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Carrier: AT&T Talk Time: 8 hours
Price: $50 with two-year contract Standby Time: 16 days
Manufacturer: Samsung Weight: 4.9 ounces
Platform: Android 2.3 Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
Network: GSM , HSPA+ 21 Storage: 16GB internal, 2GB microSD included


Motorola Droid 3
Available: July 7, 2011

70 17 Reviews The Droid 3 packs a 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor that makes the phone feel speedy when browsing through menus or scrolling through the home screens. It has an excellent five-row QWERTY keyboard, maintains the great build quality of its predecessors, and was upgraded with Android 2.3. That said, compared with the competition the phone's 4-inch qHD (540x960) display isn't that sharp, it lacks support for Verizon's speedy LTE network, and call and picture quality could be better.

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Carrier: Verizon Talk Time: 9.6 hours
Price: Free with new two-year contract ($130 extension) Standby Time: 12.5 days
Manufacturer: Motorola Weight: 6.5 ounces
Platform: Android 2.3 Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
Network: CDMA, EV-DO Rev. A Storage: 16GB internal, expandable via microSD


Samsung Galaxy S II
Available: April 2011 in Europe, October 2011 in U.S. - TechSpot's Review

91 100 Reviews The Galaxy S II is one of the sleekest smartphones in the market at just 0.33 inches thick and weighing 4 ounces. Samsung's hot selling Android handheld features a 4.27-inch (800x480) Super AMOLED Plus display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, an 8MP primary camera with 1080p video capture and a 2MP camera in the front, as well as integrated NFC support on some versions. There's also Bluetooth 3.0+HS and HSPA+ connectivity, as well as Samsung's custom UI TouchWiz 4.0.

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Carrier:AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint Talk Time: 8.5 hours
Price: $99 (Sprint), $150 (AT&T), $200 (T-Mobile) with new two-year contract ($200 extension) Standby Time: 25 days
Manufacturer: Samsung Weight: 4.1 ounces
Platform: Android 2.3 Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
Network: GSM , HSPA+ 21 / CDMA, EVDO Rev. A Storage: 16GB/32GB


HTC EVO 3D
Available: June 24, 2011

83 16 Reviews The HTC EVO 3D packs a dual core 1.2GHz CPU and Adreno 220 GPU, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch QHD glasses-free 3D screen, and 3D video recording and picture taking capabilities. Internal storage is only 4GB but the phone comes packaged with an 8GB class 4 microSD card. The EVO 3D is by no means a small phone, but for those used to the EVO 4G or similar phones it will feel at home in your hand.

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Carrier: Sprint Talk Time: 7.5 hours
Price: $50 with new two-year contract ($100 extension) Standby Time: 17. 5 days
Manufacturer: HTC Weight: 6 ounces
Platform: Android 2.3 Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
Network: CDMA, EV-DO Rev. A, WiMAX Storage: 4GB internal, expandable via microSD