Cell phones and accessories
Best of the best: iPhone 5
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Unsurprisingly a huge favorite with tech editors everywhere, Apple’s latest smartphone sensation, the iPhone 5, grabs kudos for 4G LTE, a zippy A6 processor and of course that amazingly crisp (and now larger) screen and superior graphics. It also doesn’t hurt that your choice of apps is vast and ever changing.
Best of the best: Nokia Lumia 920
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Considered the flagship of the Windows Phone fleet, this powerhouse gets buzz for innovative features including wireless charging, turn-by-turn voice navigation, and truly impressive PureMotion + technology allowing touchscreen sensitivity even through gloves. The Nokia Lumia 920 is also one of the largest smartphones in its class, and solidly built.
Best of the best: Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD
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The battery life on this Android-based smartphone is a huge selling point – according to PCMag’s benchmark testing, the Droid Razr Maxx HD sails along for almost 19 hours of talk time, the longest charge they’ve ever seen. Data at 4G speeds, a luscious display and excellent call quality are the icing on the cake.
Best of the best: LG Optimus G
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Tapped by Cnet.com as “the best LG phone on the market,” the Optimus G offers a super-fast quad-core CPU, a 13-megapixel camera (found on the Sprint model), and a bright and beautiful display. Reviewers single out that blazing processor for special mention – PCMag scored it the fastest on any Android phone they’ve tested.
Best of the best: Samsung Galaxy S3
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The third iteration of their Galaxy line does Samsung proud. The consensus on this Android phone is that you get a lot for a very competitive price, including an expansive 4.8-inch HD display, 4G LTE, voice-command capability and the sleekest chassis of any Galaxy model. Plus, a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera takes impressive shots.
Mid-priced & basic: Droid Razr M
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Verizon customers can get their hands on this luxe Android phone for under $100 and enjoy an experience “every bit as powerful” as “other top smartphones” according to PCMag. Reviewers like the smaller size for ease of handling, the “super saturated’ display, fine call quality and long battery life.
Mid-priced & basic: LG Rumor Reflex
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Sprint and Boost Mobile offer this phone to the bargain-minded text-happy among us. The slide-out keyboard pairs with a responsive touch-screen display for an easy user experience, plus modest web and email apps keep you connected. Made with some recycled materials, this unit gets PCMag’s “GreenTech Approved” stamp.
Mid-priced & basic: Samsung T159
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Basic, yes, but at an astoundingly low $20 you probably aren’t expecting smartphone fireworks. There’s still a sizeable contingent of folks who are happy with a cell that primarily makes phone calls, and T-Mobile’s Samsung T159 will do that, plus give you fantastic sound quality and even voice command capability.
Mid-priced & basic: Kyocera Hydro
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Opting for prepaid cell service doesn’t always mean choosing a no-frills phone. Case in point – Boost Mobile’s supercool Kyocera Hydro. Running Android’s popular Ice Cream Sandwich OS and providing “excellent call quality” (per Cnet.com), this smartphone also offers an awesome (and sometimes very useful) quality – it’s waterproof.
Mid-priced & basic: LG Viper
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$50 will get you this sleek and sexy smartphone, preconfigured to work with Sprint’s upcoming (and blazing fast) 4G LTE network. Cnet.com loves the phone’s 1080p HD video capability, and PCMag deems it “GreenTech” for its eco-conscious design. It also runs Android’s Gingerbread OS “beautifully” on a dual-core processor.