TechSpot: Smartphone Buying Guide - First Half of 2011

The year kicked off with two major events in the technology world -- CES in Las Vegas and MWC in Barcelona -- playing host to the launch of numerous tablets and smartphones. And if there's anything that was made abundantly clear at the multiple stages where products were unveiled is that Android has taken the mobile world by storm.

Almost every significant device launched in the last two months or so is powered by Google's platform, which last year managed to leap past iOS in terms of total users. But there's also stuff going on elsewhere!

To help you navigate through the sea of new smartphones getting released week in and week out we've put together a selection with what we consider are the hottest devices out there. They are listed alongside their respective specs, price, and features from newest to oldest. Many devices listed here are not yet available but will be in a relatively short timespan. We hope this will help you narrow down your purchase, and as usual your feedback is always welcome.


Read: Smartphone Buying Guide: First Half of 2011


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The Galaxy S2 looks good. but too bad it's Samsung and they can't update their products to save a life. So, i like Twisp haven't seen much I really really want.

Surprised to see the iPhone 4 hidden away at the end of the last page. I too feel this next year is going to be an Android year, but I do have a bias towards Samsung though as being that lead. I can never forgive LG for the debacle that was the Arena

There's actually a couple of phones that I'm particularly interested in checking out, but I have Sprint service so I'm not quite sure what I would do yet...

I think the competition is really between the LG Optimus 3D and Samsung Galaxy S II. Both feature the best of the best hardware and it will most likely come down to mobile 3D (and 3d technology) vs a super amoled+ display and Bluetooth 3, NFC etc.