Smartphone Buying Guide 2011.Q3


Smartphone Buying Guide 2011.Q3 If you are in the market for a smartphone there are plenty of great options to choose from. An overwhelming majority is powered by Google's Android platform, which continues to extend its lead in terms of total users thanks to a growing lineup of devices covering a wide range of features and form factors. But there's also stuff going on elsewhere.

Apple didn't release a new iPhone this past June as it has in previous years, however the company is expected to bring out the guns sometime around September with new hardware and the next version of iOS -- which is enough reason to be excited about. Meanwhile, Microsoft is slowly getting more Windows Phone 7 devices in the market, and with the arrival of Mango this fall and Nokia on board as its shiny new partner things are about to get much more interesting.

Meanwhile, things have been pretty stale on the BlackBerry and webOS camps. The former has been losing market share quarter after quarter, and it doesn't seem like a QNX-based handset will be out soon to push things forward. HP has been focusing on the recent TouchPad launch, but the company is expected to launch a third-gen Pre smartphone soon.

As with previous editions of this guide, we've put together a selection of the hottest devices out there to help you navigate through the sea of new smartphones getting released week in and week out. Each phone is listed alongside its feature highlights, specs and prices, from newest to oldest. Some devices listed here are not yet available but will be in a relatively short time span. We hope this will help you narrow down your purchase, and as usual your feedback is always welcome.

    New & Upcoming Releases :: Nokia N9, iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S?), HTC Eternity, LG Thrill 4G, HP Pre 3, Motorola Droid 3, Samsung Galaxy S II
    Current Popular Smartphones :: HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation 4G, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Samsung Droid Charge, Samsung Nexus S 4G, T-Mobile G2x, HTC Arrive
    Early 2011 and 2010 Phones :: HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC Inspire 4G, HTC Evo Shift 4G, Samsung Focus, BlackBerry Bold 9780, Apple iPhone 4

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