We've shown you our list of the year's top smartphones and now it's time to take a look back at some of your favorites. The following devices all received 4-star ratings based on at least 60 user reviews. We've also included some excerpts from the user reviews to show you why our readers love these smartphones so much.
HTC Evo 4G (Sprint)
Average user rating: 4 stars - 398 user reviews
Reader jdhuiz2's take: Simply put, the EVO is the best phone I've ever used. It has great call
quality, excellent Outlook synchronization (an absolute must for me), a
great onscreen keyboard, and excellent multimedia capabilities, and looks
Reader Art_34's take: This is a great smartphone that does everything well you would expect a
smartphone to do. Was waiting for iPhone to come to Verizon, but now I
could care less if it happens or not based off the performance of this
Reader selenitic's take: This phone has a beautiful screen and the HD movies look incredible. It
has enterprise features that I really missed from my BlackBerry and
have not seen on other Android phones.
It looks a lot like an iPhone on
the exterior (is this a con, maybe?), but don't be fooled, it is totally
Android with some of the best features I've seen so far. Oh, and the
phone is super fast! I love it.
Reader johnw43's take: I have had the following phones in the last year: MT3G, BB Bold 9000 and
9700, BB 8520, Droid Eris, Motorola Droid, HTC Incredible, iPhone 3GS.
Yes, I have a problem. After one day of use, I think this one may be the
best. Call quality and 3G signal have been very good--severely lacking
on the Incredible and to a lesser extent the Eris.
Reader atomicbomb156's take: The HTC Aria is a wonderful smartphone. It is literally the perfect
size, making the iPhones, BlackBerries, and Droids of the world seem
huge by comparison. Although the specs may not be that impressive, the
real-life performance [is].
Reader Guruan01's take: I have had the device for a week now. Was very skeptical in the
beginning, but now I'm loving it! The phone is very smooth/zippy, and
there is no lag at all. The stock Android feels clean, and the phone
does not have much bloatware.
Reader mrmcguire's take: I hate to quote the commercials, but the phone really does save you from
your phone. It gives you what you want at a glance, and it provides a
rich, engaging experience when doing everything else. If you're looking
for a different kind of phone experience than iOS/Android that is fast
and functional, the Focus will not disappoint. Best purchase I've made
in a long time. Read our review
Huawei Ascend (Cricket Wireless)
Average user rating: 4 stars - 61 user reviews
Reader total_destruction_1999's take: I have had this phone for about 3 weeks and so far I love it. The
touchscreen is fast and responsive. Call quality for me has been
comparable to every other phone I have used on Cricket's network. This
is my first smartphone and I have to say I think I made a wise choice.