Take the iconic iPhone 4, add a zippy dual-core processor, a kickin' 8-megapixel camera, and a voice actions app with a witty personality--just for a start. Then add your choice of a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB storage capacity, your choice of three carriers, and a dual-SIM for traveling abroad if you happen to get it for Verizon or Sprint. Yep, that's the iPhone 4S.
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 (T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless)
If you're a BlackBerry fanatic, you'll love the latest RIM BlackBerry Bold. The Bold 9900 is for T-Mobile, while the Bold 9930 is for Verizon Wireless. It ships with the latest BlackBerry OS 7, and it is the first Bold to have a touch-screen display. The new Bold is the thinnest Bold yet, and boasts great graphics, a 1.2GHz processor, and an absolutely amazing QWERTY keyboard.
Creepy commercials aside, the HTC Rhyme is in actuality a beautifully designed phone with an appealing take on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. You just have to like purple. We do, as it happens, and we also like the charging dock that comes with it. We can't say the same for the built-in charm, but rest assured that the accessories are the least of what is essentially a very smart and likable smartphone.
The Motorola Triumph is perhaps the best prepaid Android phone we've reviewed this year.
Available from Virgin Mobile, the Triumph has a generous 4.1-inch WVGA display, a slim
design, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture, a
front-facing camera, HDMI out, and more. Android fans will also love its no-frills interface. It
does cost $299.99, but that's without a contract, and Virgin Mobile has one of the lowest data plans in the country.
Even if you never use its push-to-talk features to communicate with family and friends, Verizon's Samsung Convoy 2 is a durable flip phone that will appeal to handy types who value utility above all else. Up to military specifications, it can withstand the elements and a few butterfinger fumbles. Large dial-pad keys and music controls on its external face are bonus points for this straightforward cell phone. Bonus points go to the bright integrated flashlight.
Not everyone needs or wants a smartphone, and these days, the number of quality feature
phones is much thinner than in years past. The Samsung Character for U.S. Cellular is
one of the most youth-friendly of the bunch. Its fun, icon-based interface and comfortable
keyboard will appeal to text-happy teens. The two colors--bright blue and a more sober gray--broaden the appeal. And for $40, it won't break the bank.
The Breeze III is perfect for those who want a no-frills phone. There's no HD video capture
or 4G speeds here in this basic clamshell. It even has a Basic mode for senior citizens or
cell phone newbies who don't need complicated menus. It has large keys and a bright legible screen for those who have poor eyesight. You do get a few niceties like a 1.3-megapixel camera, 3G, a music player, Bluetooth, and GPS, but this phone is meant for making calls and little else. Seeing as it's less than $40, we have no problem with that.