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#GJNEWS: 7 best smartphones you must consider.


If you're ready to drop some money on one of
the latest and greatest smartphones, you have
some great choices — too many, in fact.
Turbocharged quad-core processors and
wireless charging have nearly become
standard on top-of-the-line Android phones.
As always, the latest iPhone and its gorgeous
screen and vast ecosystem of content is worth
your consideration.
For those looking to break
free of iOS or Android altogether, the
underrated Windows Phone 8 awaits.
How can you possibly decide? I've rounded up
the 7 best smartphones available and I'll tell
you what makes them good.


HTC One
Honed from a slab of aluminum, this 4G LTE
flagship from HTC wows on looks and specs. It
features a high-resolution 4.7-inch screen, 32
or 64 GB of storage, and is powered by a
quad-core processor.
HTC also worked hard on customizing the
latest version of the Android operating
system, Jelly Bean. The BlinkFeed feature
gives you a live-updated home screen similar
to Windows Phone 8. You pick the social
networks and news feeds you want to stay
tuned into.
While other phone makers race to up camera
megapixel counts, HTC went in the other
direction with the One's UltraPixel Camera. It
has fewer megapixels, but a bigger sensor
than other smartphones. If you love to shoot
in low light or at night, you should give the
One a serious look.
Cost: Not known yet. Available in April at
AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.


IPhone 5
Apple's flagship smartphone — introduced last
September — has a 4-inch Retina screen and
the ability to connect to 4G LTE networks from
Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
Because of the new Lightning dock connector
and dual-core A6 processor, the iPhone 5 is
notably slimmer than the 4S and twice as fast.
The rear camera's sensor matches the 4S in
size, 8 megapixels, but captures much better
pictures in low-light situations.
For many users, the iPhone 5's best feature
will be access to the App Store, which is
rapidly approaching the milestone of 1 million
apps.
Cost: $199 (16GB); $299 (32GB); $399 (64GB)
with 2-year contract at AT&T, Sprint and
Verizon. $100 down (16GB), plus $20 per
month for 24 months at T-Mobile.
Apple also sells an unlocked, contract-free
iPhone 5 starting at $649. It only works on
GSM networks, such as AT&T and T-Mobile in
the U.S.


HTC 8X
Want something different than iOS or
Android? The Windows Phone 8 operating
system is a good place to look. Its unique "live
tile" home screen is a definite winner.
If you want to try it out, the HTC 8X with 4.3-
inch display is an excellent choice.
This sleek and compact phone boasts a speedy
dual-core processor and 1GB RAM on the
inside, which is a big improvement over past
Windows Phone units. Plus, it's 4G LTE-
capable.
The Windows Phone 8 operating system has
far fewer apps available for it, compared to
iOS and Android, but you'll stay productive
with mobile versions of Excel, Word, OneNote
and PowerPoint. The built-in People Hub keeps
all your social media feeds organized in handy
place.
Non-expandable storage maxes out at 16GB,
but that can be extended with Microsoft's
SkyDrive cloud storage service.
Cost: $100 (16GB), with a 2-year Verizon or
AT&T contract. $0 down, plus $18 per month
for 24 months at T-Mobile.
Although thicker and heavier, the Nokia Lumia
920 ($100, AT&T) is another great option for
Windows Phone fans.


Nexus 4
Launched last November, this popular
unlocked phone from Google and LG has a 4.7-
inch display. How popular is it? It's often back-
ordered 1 to 2 weeks!
The wait is worth it, though.
The combination of quad-core processor and
stock Android Jelly Bean — unencumbered
with carrier "extras" — make the Nexus 4 a
very snappy smartphone.
Although it's limited to HSPA+ "4G"
connectivity, that's fast enough for an average
user. Note that it will only work on GSM
networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.
The previous version of the Nexus had a so-so
5MP camera. The 4's 8MP camera is a lot
better and more fun, especially when taking
panoramas. Both vertical and horizontal
images can be stitched into stunning Photo
Sphere pictures.
Cost, unlocked from Google: $299 (8GB); $349
(16GB). $50 down (16GB), plus $17 per month
for 24 months at T-Mobile.


Samsung Galaxy Note II
There were a few jeers when Samsung
unveiled the Galaxy Note II, a
"phablet" (phone + tablet) with a gigantic 5.5-
inch screen that includes an advanced S Pen
stylus. Despite that, it has become a top
choice of many mobile business users who
need 4G connectivity and like to quickly jot
down notes, make annotations and run two
apps side by side.
The Galaxy Note II features a quad-core
processor and runs on Android Jelly Bean. You
can expand the 16GB or 32GB of internal
storage up to an additional 64GB using a
microSD card.
Cost: $300 (16GB) with 2-year contract from
Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. $200 down, plus $20
per month for 24 months at T-Mobile.


Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy is the phone line that
grabbed attention away from the iPhone and
shifted it toward Android.
The 4G LTE Galaxy S4 is the best version yet.
With its polycarbonate shell available in white
or gray, it looks a lot like the S III, but the S4
is lighter and thinner and features an
expanded 5-inch HD screen, 13 MP rear
camera and faster quad-core processor.
Samsung integrated a ton of useful,
customized software features into the 4.2.2
Android Jelly Bean operating system. S
Translator allows you to converse in 10
different languages while using email or the
ChatOn instant messaging app. With S Health,
fitness buffs can turn the phone into a
pedometer and calorie-counter. In the car,
control the phone hands-free with S Voice
Drive.
Infrared technology allows users to tilt the
phone up or down to scroll. You can also use
your finger like an S Pen, but there's no need
to actually touch the screen - just hover
slightly above it. A video will pause if you look
away from the screen and resume when you
look back. The IR capability, by the way, also
puts the S4 to work as TV remote.
Choose storage of 16, 32 or 64 GB, which can
be expanded with up to a 64 GB microSD card.
Cost: Not known yet. Available in late April at
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.


LG Optimus G
LG proved it can still make a splash in the
smartphone world with the Optimus G, a close
cousin of the Nexus 4.
Sprint's version features a powerful 13MP
camera, although AT&T's model is no slouch
at 8MP. Sprint's model has 32 GB of non-
expandable storage, while AT&T's 16GB
Optimus can be expanded via microSD card.
Either way, you'll get a blazing fast quad-core
processor, 2GB of RAM and a nice 4.7-inch
display.
Right now, the Optimus G is stuck on Android
Ice Cream Sandwich, but it should get an
update to the newer Jelly Bean soon.
Cost: $50 ($32GB) with a 2-year Sprint
contract, new line only; $100 (16GB) with a 2-
year AT&T contract.

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