The prelude to the busy holiday season means one thing: companies are sending out their biggest, baddest smartphones all at once. Here's CNET's guide to the best phones we've reviewed. Keep checking back; we'll add more favorites as they come in for review.
At just $99, the Nokia Lumia 920 is the most advanced Windows Phone yet, and a steal. It has a gorgeous display, a speedy dual-core processor, and its 8.7-megapixel camera masters low-light shots. In addition, it integrates voice navigation and wireless charging, not to mention a music service that saves music offline for free.
The iPhone 5 brings Apple's popular OS to a taller, larger device that's also faster in every way. LTE compatibility means the iPhone can speed along on any network, the camera is top of class, and the build quality -- in typical Apple fashion -- is among the best money can buy. Luckily, you have your choice of three storage capacities for as low as $200.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon)
Samsung's second installment of its mega-phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, essentially adds another operating system on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The "phablet" lets you command a huge swath of screen real estate, while also employing fancy pen techniques to do more than just take notes and draw.
Samsung Galaxy S3 (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon)
Samsung's Galaxy S3 has a huge, vibrant HD screen, a large battery, an awesome camera, and a boatload of software extras -- the best lets you tap two like phones together to share photos and video. A fast dual-core Qualcomm processor and 4G LTE make it a compelling Android 4.0 package. You'll have your choice of 16GB or 32GB versions, which also store up to 64GB of your movies and e-books on a microSD card.
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HTC's Droid DNA is for those of you who love the large size of a phablet, but don't want to mess with a stylus. Its 5-inch screen looks terrific, and the $199 price tag nets you some seriously high-end features.
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LG Optimus G (AT&T, Sprint)
If nothing can move you like quad-core processing action, LG's Optimus G will strike the right chords. The Android 4.0 device is the first-ever to feature Qualcomm's 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. Beyond that, it also packs in LTE, an 8-megapixel camera, and a brilliant 4.7-inch screen.
Motorola's Droid Razr Maxx HD Motorola's Droid Razr Maxx may not have the absolute best 8-megapixel camera, but for many, its Android 4.1 operating system and 3,300mAh battery are all the slice of heaven you need.