The world’s hottest smartphones
Perhaps you’ve heard of it. The sixth version of Apple’s pioneering phone went on sale in stores Friday and boasts a larger screen, more powerful processor, better camera and the ability to run on faster 4G LTE wireless networks. Apple took 2 million pre-orders for the phone in the first 24 hours.
The iPhone’s main competitor, Samsung’s Galaxy S III, is larger and faster. And it includes hip features. For one: It switches to silent mode if placed face down on a table.
HTC One X
HTC’s One X is seen as the most stylish Android phone. “It can’t be overstated what a beautiful device this is,” wrote a reviewer from The Verge. It’s also powerful.
Nokia Lumia 920 and 820
Once-dominant Nokia has been slipping. Its Lumia 920 and 820 phones, however, feature new camera tech and run the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Comeback?
Motorola, now owned by Google, released a new line of Razr phones this summer. The Razr M will be available for $100 with contract. It runs the Android OS.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
From Samsung and Google, the Galaxy Nexus soon will run the latest version of the Android operating system. Face-recognition tech lets you “unlock your phone with a smile.”
Sony Xperia Ion
The standout feature on the Sony Xperia Ion is its camera, which has 12 megapixels to the iPhone 4S’s eight. It’s only $100 with contract.
Motorola Photon Q
Most smartphones have ditched tactile keyboards. Not the Motorola Photon Q. Engadget says it has “one of the finest physical keyboards we’ve used on an Android device.”
Samsung Galaxy Note II
With a monster 5.5-inch screen, the unreleased Samsung Galaxy Note II is a “phablet,” or a phone-tablet hybrid. It doesn’t fit in your pocket, but it does come with a stylus.
Also in the mondo-screen category is the LG Optimus Vu, which Wired says “promotes doodle scribbling and free-hand note-taking.”
Another take on the “phablet” comes from Asus. The PadFone docks with a screen to become a tablet. It’s “the Russian doll of the mobile world,” wrote Will Findlater, editor of Stuff, a gadget magazine.
This time of year, it seems like a new phone comes out every couple days.
With the Apple’s brand-new iPhone 5 now on sale, here’s a roundup of some of the hottest smartphones on the market, along with a few that are coming soon. Many of these gadgets are getting faster and bigger — so big, in some cases, they won’t fit in a pocket. For the most part, tactile keyboards are disappearing, too.
Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section.