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  • November 20, 2011 8:51 am

Smartphones

Apple iPhone 4S


While it disappointed many consumers and analysts alike earlier this year when it was revealed, the iPhone 4S is Apple’s best phone yet, and dare say one of the best on the market despite several specs being surpassed by competitors.

Features of Apple’s latest and greatest include a 3.5″ 640 x 960 display, fast dual-core A5 processor, a tweaked antenna system that promises better reception than competing phones, and a well respected 8-megapixel camera that features a 2.4/f lens for crystal clear photos in light or dark situations. 1080p video recording comes along for the ride to. Now all you have to decide is what apps you want — out of the 500,000+ available.

Galaxy Nexus


The Galaxy Nexus is simply “the” Android phone of the year. Between the dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, full gig of ram, 1280 x 720 (720p) HD display, and full suite of other hardware goodies, it’s hard to not be impressed.

But hardware isn’t everything these days. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a massive upgrade over the old, stodgy 2.x software running on most Android phones, and even a large step above Android 3.x Honeycomb on most of your Android tablets.

While the Galaxy Nexus is currently a VZW exclusive, look for a non-Verizon version to come in the not too distant future. Before the holiday season? Maybe not. (There’s always gift cards…)

HTC Rezound


Where the Galaxy Nexus is all about the newness of Android 4.0, the Rezound is (for now) about bleeding edge hardware. A fast 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a stunning 1280 x 720 (720p) display. Sadly, all of this powerful hardware won’t have Android 4.0 initially, though HTC promises an Android 4.0 update is planned.

Like most high-end smartphones these days, all that’s needed is a $299 downpayment and 2-year contract with the carrier — in this case Verizon.

Samsung Galaxy S II


As awesome as the Galaxy Nexus is, if you’re not down with VZW’s rules or don’t want to drop the cash, the Galaxy S II is your phone. Next to the Galaxy Nexus, not much else comes close in comparison. 1+ GHz dual-core, 1 GB or RAM, and 4.3″ 480 x 800 display.

The only downside to the GSII is the use of Samsung’s TouchWhiz. Some like it. Many more don’t. To each his own.

iPhone 4


Wait a minute! This phone is old news. You are partially correct. While the iPhone 4S is Apple’s latest and greatest, the iPhone 4 is still plenty capable. The single-core A4 processor still has more than enough muscle to power through the latest 5.x operating system and handle most of the iPhone 4S’ features (save for Siri) with ease. Besides, the real meat of Apple’s iPhone line is the innovative software, large list of apps, and…oh yeah, the $99 price tag. Probably the best $99 you’ll spend this year if you ask us.

Motorola RAZR


The “RAZR” name used to be synonymous with super thin, overly abused marketing schemes. The new Moto RAZR, well, pretty much follows that same methodology with a crazy thin design that still manages to house the latest dual-core processor (1.2 GHz to be exact), 4.3 qHD (960 x 540), 1 GB of RAM, and plenty more within its 7.1 mm shell. Some would argue the RAZR has been overused. Others would say the RAZR’s design isn’t all that unique. And still some have already emptied out their piggy banks for a shot at Moto’s latest and greatest.

Would we pick the RAZR over the Galaxy Nexus. Not a snowball’s chance in hell. But we’re not the type to judge you if you do.

BlackBerry Bold 9900/30


BlackBerry. Seriously? Are they still relevant? For (still) millions of people around the world, BlackBerry still holds a prominent place in their lives. Multiply this “aura” x2 for corporate environments. But RIM’s reign on top has been crashing down over the last year with large strides into the enterprise world by Android, and to a larger degree, Apple.

Nonetheless, RIM has a couple phones you might just be interested in. The Bold 9900 is the flagship device for 2011. While it’s screen isn’t as large and it’s software not as flashy, the 1.5 GHz toting smartphone still holds the top spot when it comes to hardware keyboards and simple, easy email. Unfortunately such things are easily replicated and (and improved upon) by competitors these days.

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  • http://dealzon.com Dealzon

    That Airzooka… wonder whats the range on it.

    • http://www.gadgetsteria.com The Gadgeteur

      “Up to 20 feet and beyond…”

      I’d say a good 15-20 feet solid, with anything else extra a bonus.