Tax refund smartphone buying guide: Gallery

Tax refund smartphone buying guide: Gallery

Summary: The average refund for US taxpayers this year is nearly $3,000. There are some fantastic smartphones available or coming soon that you can purchase with some of this refund, as you can see in this gallery.


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    1. HTC One

    It has been a few years since I put together a tax refund special. Yesterday was tax day, and with the current fantastic smartphone lineup, changing carrier landscape, and average tax refund in 2013 of around $3,000, it's time to look at what is available now or coming in the next few weeks.

    In the past, it was easy to give a recommendation or two for each carrier, but we are now seeing more of the same phones appear across carriers, so consumers have the best options available. I always tell people who ask me what phone to buy to first figure out which carrier or two works best for where they live, work, and play. After that, you can then look at what the carrier offers and choose the best phone.

    A couple of months ago, I posted my top 10 smartphones to kick off 2013, and since then, I have had more time with many of these devices. The Samsung Galaxy S IV is not yet available, but will be by the time people submitting their tax forms yesterday will be receiving their refund.

    I wrote that the HTC One was the best smartphone I have ever used, that I think both BlackBerry and Nokia have solid phones and strategies for success, that the Samsung Galaxy Note II was one of the best Android smartphones available, and that the Apple iPhone 5 is a keeper.

    Check out the following images in my gallery, showing my top picks for mid-April 2013, with the knowledge that announced devices are coming soon.

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    2. Samsung Galaxy S IV

    The Samsung Galaxy S IV is called your Life Companion, thanks in large part to the wide assortment of software features that Samsung includes.

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    3. Samsung Galaxy Note II

    The Samsung Galaxy Note II remains one of my best all-time Android devices, and keeps stealing the SIM out of my One because it is such a capable device.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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  • $3000 ????

    I have to pay in nearly that in extra. :((((

    Granted in a very high tax state (MN)

    Let's hope their phones have foodstamp and how to get fake disability apps.
  • Tax Refund means too much upfront

    Definition of Tax Refund:
    Government's way of getting their money up front
    by creating an environment where tax payers
    become another source of short-term borrowed money.
  • Unacceptable article format

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  • Value proposition...

    My contact with Sprint ended April 15. I'd been wanting to try a no-contract operator for a while, and so on the 15th my wife and I took our lines to Cricket. So far, I'm thrilled (though it's barely been a day). We went with the value proposition and bought HTC one Vs. My goodness I'm impressed with this device! It was $100.00 with no contract, and easily outperforms my old Evo 4G. It's not a screamer, but performs smartphone duties admirably. Runs simple games like Temple Run 2 without a hitch. I just tested the 3g in downtown Baltimore this morning and saw 1.7 Mb down and 500k up. My $55 a month gets me 2.5 GB of data and tethering to boot. Best of all, I can dump the plan at any time without incurring a termination fee. Two thumbs up for no contract plans!