It's the best of times to be a smartphone buyer. The competition is cutthroat, innovation reigns and multiple companies are vying for attention. The smartphone market is developing rapidly and arguably the most interesting tech sector to watch.
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If you're a Windows Phone fan seeking a relatively compact and solidly built handset, the HTC Radar could fit the bill. The optional dock may prove attractive, although that must be balanced by the inaccessible battery.
The Galaxy Note has a large, vibrant and responsive screen, and is a good size for using 'notepad style' with the S Pen. However, it's too large to carry around as an everyday smartphone, and isn't as useful at home or in the office as a full-sized tablet.
HTC's Windows Phone 7.5-based Titan has a fast 1.5GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera, but its standout feature is a huge 4.7in. screen. We'd like the display better if it had more than 480 by 800 pixels, and people with small hands will find the device unwieldy.
The Lumia 800 has appeal for both professional and personal users, and the reuse of the N9 chassis design is a good move. The result is a solid Windows Phone 7.5 handset.
Although the 3.7in. Torch 9860 is easy to use and responsive, we're not sure that RIM is best serving the BlackBerry brand by jettisoning the physical keyboard.
IT leaders are finding ways to capitalize on the benefits of BYOD while reducing its risks. This analysis examines the impact of BYOD and looks at how organizations are dealing with the trend.
The Torch 9810 has a touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, but both have their drawbacks. Performance and battery life are good, but the lack of Flash support is disappointing.
If you want to try 3D on a smartphone we recommend the less expensive LG Optimus 3D, which shoots 3D stills to a higher resolution and has a dedicated 3D user interface with better 3D integration.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 offers an upgraded OS, solid specifications and good integration of a small touchscreen with an optical navigation pad and keyboard. But battery life is disappointing and, despite the novelty of Near Field Communication support, this is primarily a catchup device.
It's difficult not to be impressed with the 3D aspects of this smartphone, but there are drawbacks: it's large, sluggish at times and the battery life is abysmal. We're not sure this handset has much staying power, particularly as a business tool.
Motorola's Atrix is a competent high-end smartphone with a fast dual-core processor, good battery life, a fingerprint reader and a high-resolution screen. If you're prepared to invest in the accessories, you'll get considerably more functionality than the average smartphone delivers.
HTC's Sensation has a fast dual-core processor and a high-resolution 4.3in. screen. The Samsung Galaxy S II remains our favourite high-end smartphone, but the Sensation comes a very close second.
The Galaxy S II's large Super AMOLED Plus screen and lightweight build are impressive, and there's a useful software bundle running under Android 2.3. This is a very expensive smartphone, but if you have the budget, we heartily recommend it.
Dell's Venue Pro is a first-generation Windows Phone 7 device whose standout features are a large screen and a slide-out portrait-format keyboard.
The Optimus 2X's dual-core processor makes the UI feel responsive and enhances many activities, while its 4in. screen is great for multimedia, web browsing and email. However, LG has crammed too many apps on-board, and we'd have preferred Android 2.3 and longer battery life.