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Top 10 Rated Smartphones 2015

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A smartphone is an incredibly convenient gadget that helps organize your life and keep you entertained. We reviewed 10 smartphones and ranked them based on the following qualities:

1. Responsive touchscreen
2. Well-designed user interface that’s easy to navigate
3. Fast Internet connection
4. Large, bright display visible from all angles and in sunlight
5. Good audio and picture quality
6. A camera with photo editing options and HD video recording
7. A plethora of apps and programs for email, video, games, etc.
8. Solid construction
9. Adequate battery life
10. Small, lightweight, and easily portable
11. A good value

HTC Rezound  9.5/10

4.3-inch HD display
1.5 GHz dual-core processor
8 MP rear camera
2 MP front-facing camera
5.1” x 2.6” x 0.5”
6.1 oz.

Whether you need a phone for business or personal use, the HTC Rezound is a top choice. Its 4.3-inch display is brilliantly sharp…
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Apple iPhone 4S  9.5/10

64 GB
960 x 640p HD display
8 MP camera
Dual-core processor
3.5-inch screen
Bluetooth 4.0

Everyone always clamors over the latest Apple product, and with the iPhone 4S they have good reason. The 64 GB black iPhone…
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3.2-inch display with 480 x 320p resolution
2 MP camera with video recording
Includes phone, charger, rechargeable battery, 2 GB micro-SD card
4.4” x 2.3” x 0.5” – 3.8 oz.

Want a decent, attractive smartphone without all the hassle of expensive carrier contracts? The Samsung Galaxy Prevail…
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1.5 GHz dual-core processor – 16 GB
4.5-inch touchscreen display @ 800 x 480p
4G LTE connectivity
8 MP camera w/ video recording @ 1080p

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket runs on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, which unfortunately isn’t available in every city…
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4.52-inch AMOLED display
1.2 GHz dual-core processor
8 MP camera with 1080p HD video
5.1” x 2.7” x 0.38”

The Samsung Epic Touch, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, is an ultra thin smartphone with incredible 4G capabilities…
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Nokia N9  8.5/10

Comes in black, cyan, or magenta
16 GB
8 MP camera with 720p HD camcorder
3.9-inch display with 480 x 854p resolution
2.41” x 4.58” x 0.48” – 4.7 oz.

The Nokia N9 features a handy “swiping” system that lets you close or switch between apps with the swipe of a finger…
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Motorola RAZR  8/10

4.3-inch display
1.2 GHz dual-core processor
4G LTE network connectivity
8 MP camera with 1080p HD camcorder
5.1” x 2.7” x 0.3”
4.5 oz.

We were astounded when we saw how thin this Motorola Droid Razr phone is at just 0.3 inches. Ultra-light, yet durable…
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Samsung I9250  7.5/10

16 GB
4.6-inch display
5 MP camera
1.2 GHz dual-core processor
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
4.76 oz.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus doesn’t disappoint with its large 4.6-inch touch display, which features bright, sharp, vivid colors. …
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2.55-inch LCD display with 240 x 320p resolution
5 MP camera with video recording at 30 fps
128 GB internal memory with external memory up to 16 GB

For a small, lightweight smartphone, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 has all the basic features you’d expect without all…
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Samsung Galaxy Y  8.5/10

3 inch display with 240 x 320 resolution
2 MP camera with video recording
Wifi and 3G support
4.1” x 2.3” x 0.45” – 3.44 oz.

The ‘y’ in the name stands for youth. This will be a general idea of who this phone is really targeted too. You may have noticed some of the specs aren’t very impressive when compared against other smartphones that have been release recently. That’s simply because this phone isn’t meant to compete. It is supposed to be a simple phone that will perform the basic needs for a teen or younger child. It is also great if you are looking for a phone without all of the bells and whistles too. You can find this phone for the great price of $119.99.

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3.7-inch display
8 GB
5 MP camera with 720p HD camcorder
800 x 480p resolution
2.46” x 4.69” x 0.49”
4.44 oz.

For a functional smartphone at an affordable price, the Nokia Lumia 710 is not a bad choice. It’s a relatively small phone with a…
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The Best Features to Have in a Smartphone

Nearly everyone these days carries around a smartphone like an additional appendage. It’s no wonder. These hi-tech phones have nearly as many functions as a PC, and they’re lightweight and easy to flip out of a pocket to perform any function, whether it’s searching for a pizza parlor or video chatting with a faraway friend.

So if you’re looking for a smartphone, it’s worth going over some of the best features you’ll probably want in your model. The more fancy features you have, of course, the higher the price.

Camera

Most smartphones have a rear camera with 5 to 8 megapixels; some offer as many as 12 MP. Some smartphones have an additional camera in the front that lets you view yourself as you take a self-portrait shot or participate in a video chat. If you plan to use your phone to document important moments in your life in place of a digital camera, then look for a smartphone with great photo clarity and editing options.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Smartphones with 3G, or wi-fi connectivity, allow you to browse the web wherever there’s Internet access. Whether you’re using your phone for work or pleasure, there’s no denying how convenient it is to pull up your email, look up the weather, or watch YouTube videos.

GPS

So many people are dependent on GPS these days that it’s hard to find your way around without it. Wherever you are, a smartphone’s GPS system can let you search for nearby shops or restaurants or show you your way in unfamiliar cities.

Large Screen with Great Resolution

If you want to stream videos or view photos on your smartphone, then you may wish to spring for a fancy model with a large screen and high resolution. Screens are measured diagonally, and some of the bigger ones are well over 4 inches. Remember that the larger the screen, the larger the device will be, so view phones in person to decide whether it’s too bulky to carry around comfortably.

Applications

While smartphones are highly functional devices capable of organizing your contacts and keeping track of your email, they’re also cool gadgets, or grown-up toys. You may soon find yourself hooked on apps and games that help pass the time. If these features are important to you, then consider phones with a wide selection of apps to download.

Steve Holdgren Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve

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