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Best smartphones of 2011 ... for now

Now that CES, MWC, and CTIA are all wrapped up it is a good time to go through and list what we can consider the top 10 smartphones for the first half of 2011. That will likely change this summer when Apple announces a new iPhone and more Android devices hit the streets.
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The Samsung Galaxy S II gets my pick for the best current smartphone of 2011.

Check out my full ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones blog post for the full list and comments on each smartphone.

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The Droid Bionic may be the best LTE smartphone on Verizon wireless.

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The back of the Droid Bionic is simply, yet hides a very powerful interior.

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The T-Mobile G2X might be the best Android device on T-Mobile and they have quite a selection to choose from.

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The T-Mobile LG G2X is the US version of the LG Optimus 2X.

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The Apple iPhone 4 is a very successful smartphone that will continue to appeal to millions of people.

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The 3D functionality in devices may seem a bit gimmicky, but it looks like HTC has done a good job implementing it on the HTC EVO 3D.

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Note the dual cameras on the back of the HTC EVO 3D that let you capture 3D still and video content.

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The HTC ThunderBolt is the only LTE smartphone currently available, which makes it appealing to many of us.

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The HTC ThunderBolt has a decent 8 megapixel camera and rock solid kickstand.

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play looks to solve the problem with gaming on Android devices.

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The SE Xperia Play has a dedicated gaming controller and official PlayStation support.

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The Google Nexus S is made by Samsung and is a pure Google experience phone.

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The Nexus S and Nexus S 4G are solid devices, with internal specifications primarily based on 2010 standards.

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The HP Pre3 looks similar to the Pre2 and Pre Plus with a larger display.

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webOS is a fantastic operating system, but HP needs to do a better job releasing products and supporting them.

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The Dell Venue Pro is the best Windows Phone 7 device.

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Windows Phone 7 is a great mobile operating system that needs reliable support from Microsoft.

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