Motorola Droid X2 (05/19/2011)
Released on May 19, 2011, the Motorola Droid X2 upgrade from the original Droid offers a dual-core processor, superior call quality and a longer battery life. The phone does not support 4G connectivity, but it does offer offer mobile hot-spot connectivity. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a powerful 8 MP camera.
iPhone 4S (10/14/2011)
The iPhone 4S burst on the scene in late 2011. As of March of 2012, it's available on approximately 100 carriers spread through 70 countries. An upgrade from the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S includes a faster processor, a stronger camera and video recorder, improved connectivity options and incorporation of the Siri voice-activated app.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (01/26/2012)
The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx popped up in January 2012 on the Verizon Wireless network as an upgrade from the original Motorola Droid Razr. The phone feature an extra-powerful, 3,300 mAh battery that supports almost 24 hours of talk time. It also has the Android 2.3.5 operating system with a promise of the Android 4.0 as a future upgrade, as well as the ability to capture full 1080p high-definition video footage.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (12/15/2011)
Released for Verizon in December 2011, the Nexus offers the Android Ice Cream operating system, as well as a 5MP camera, 4G connectivity and a whopping 1.2 GHz processor. Unfortunately, the phone lacks support for expandable memory, meaning users are stuck with only 16 GB of storage space.
Kyocera DuraPlus (03/11/2012)
The Kyocera DuraPlus is a Sprint phone designed for those individuals who live extra-tough lifestyles. It hosts a thick plastic and rubber encasing that protects it from bad weather, dust, shock and even water. Sadly, it lacks a camera, not to mention microSD expansion or even a headphone port. It's designed strictly for staying in touch while out on the field.
Huawei Pinnacle (10/12/2011)
The Huawei Pinnacle for MetroPCS is a budget-friendly phone designed primarily for text messaging and keeping oneself organized. While it offers a music player, a fairly straightforward interface and a useful QWERTY keyboard, it lacks Wi-Fi and a video recorder. It does, however, include 1,000 fields for keeping track of all your contacts.
ZTE Fury (03/11/12)
Released for Sprint in March of 2012, the ZTE Fury is an entry-level 3G phone that operates on Sprint's reliable EV-DO Rev.A network. It lacks many advanced smartphone functions, but it does include a decent camera, a video recorder and an ultra-fast 1 GHz processor. Plus, the phone features the Android 2.3 operating system, as well as the standard apps associated with the OS such as Google Books, YouTube and more.
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (03/21/2012)
Operating on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 network, which is capable of 42 Mbps download speeds, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G offers extremely high call quality. The phone's features include a 720p-compliant video lens, a 1.3 MP camera and an expandable memory port. It also features the Android 2.3.6 OS and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor.
Samsung Focus S (11/05/2011)
Available through AT&T Wireless, the Samsung Focus is a Windows-powered smartphone that offers HSPA+ connectivity, dual cameras (one 8 MP back-facing and one 1.3 MP front-facing) and a lightweight frame weighing under four ounces. Described by CNET as the "best Windows Phone ever released," it is not only ridiculously fast, but it's also use to use. The phone is packed with a bevy of features, including access to 25 GB of free online storage, good call quality and a 4.3 AMOLED display.
Samsung SPH-M370 (01/08/2012)
The Samsung SPH-M370 is a bare-bones minimum, non-smartphone Sprint phone geared for users who need access to only the most basic features, such as text messaging and voice calling. The only things differentiating it from other non-smartphones are a 2.4-inch QVGA display and support for Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
BlackBerry Bold 9930 (08/17/2011)
Geared for Verizon, the Bold 9930 upgrades from previous 9900 Series handsets by offering a touch-screen display, a QWERTY keyboard, a faster processor and 720p high-definition video recording. More importantly, it supports NFC, meaning you can swipe the phone along a compatible payment-processing system to purchase a product or service.
HTC 7 Pro (06/13/2011)
The HTC 7 Pro appeared in mid 2011 for U.S. Cellular as a bulky but powerful HD-compliant Windows phone. Though it is somewhat over-sized, the HTC provides optimal call quality, as well as a multi-touch display, 8 GB of internal storage and a 1 GHz processor. Unfortunately, it offers no microSD expansion.