Verizon Wireless has no shortage of smartphones available for purchase, expanding over numerous operating systems and hardware makers. With so many devices to choose from, it could be a tough choice to make, but fret not: we're here to help. Here are our top 5 Verizon Wireless smartphones.
There's no denying that the Droid DNA is an absolute powerhouse. Powered by a super-speedy quad-core processor, the Droid DNA also has a full HD (1920 x 1080), 5-inch display and a reasonable price point of $200 with a two year contract, to boot. Granted, some of these specs are starting to become the norm these days, but the Droid DNA was one of the first out the gate and is still one of the best Android handsets out there thanks to what it has under the hood.
Buyer beware, though: the Droid DNA's major drawback is that it doesn't allow for memory expansion, so users are stuck with the 16 GB of onboard storage -- effectively 11 GB out of the box -- and that's it. And the build, while of decent quality, isn't perfect, as it's a little on the thick side and the power button placement is awkward.
4) HTC 8X
The HTC 8X is one of the best Windows Phone 8 devices out there, second only to the Nokia Lumia 920, which unfortunately couldn't make this list due to being an AT&T exclusive. It has a build that's unique without coming off as too over-the-top, the specs are respectable (even if they will be considered last-gen in no time at all), and it's got a pretty 4.3-inch display.
When Windows Phone 8 first launched, the 8X was, and continues to be, an example of how great the platform can be when it's matched with high-quality hardware. Aside from sporting specs that are new to Microsoft's mobile platform (multi-core processors, for example, were not supported by Windows Phone 7) the subtle curves and bright colors of the handset seem like the perfect fit for an OS like Windows Phone that's all about being personalized and breaking away from the status quo.
The one major drawback of the device, however, is that it has a nasty reputation for bricking under certain circumstances -- the most notable being factory resets -- a rather serious problem that's probably more widespread than it should be. The issue with bricked HTC 8Xs, as well as Lumia 920s, is something that we covered recently, so click here for more information.
We know, we know: the BlackBerry Z10 technically isn't out yet. But not only do we have a unit in-house that we have spent plenty of time with, the Z10 will be available to American markets on Verizon Wireless (as well as AT&T and T-Mobile) in just a few days' time on March 28. And with as much time as we've spent with the device, we can safely say that it's a solid smartphone.
Now, we're not making any grandiose claims about it being the company's savior; odds are good that this won't be enough to save the sinking ship that is BlackBerry. It's too little too late, with the major drawback being that it isn't accompanied by an established "ecosystem" of apps, services, and other devices that is so valued by customers these days.
That being said, when examined in a vacuum, the Z10 is a fantastic device. It has a sleek build with a rubberized back, a good camera, and a decent set of specs -- though, like the 8X, they are already starting to get outstripped by the quad-core handsets that are coming out of the woodwork. But the real star of the show is the all-new BlackBerry 10 OS, which works wonderfully. The BlackBerry Hub feature that aggregates all forms of users' communications is fast and efficient to use, navigation is a breeze, and even the browser has seen some much-needed improvement.
It may have taken a while, but Apple finally got its act together in the latter half of 2012 and released its first LTE handset, the iPhone 5. In addition to its new high-speed wireless capabilities, the iPhone 5 also packs a more powerful processor a beautiful 4-inch Retina Display. And despite the larger screen, the iPhone 5 actually comes in thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.
The facts don't lie: the iPhone 5 is one of the most popular phones on the market today. Apple is stealing away 21% of the smartphone market share with a single phone (and maybe a few sales of the 4S or older models), as opposed to the slew of Android smartphone makers out there that are teaming up to claim 70.1% of the market. And that undoubtedly has to do with its sleek design and desirable "ecosystem," including the whopping 725,000 apps that are available in Apple's App Store.
But there are some caveats that some users need to be aware of, including some flaws in iOS 6 and the phone's new "Lightning Adapter" port. The 30-pin jack from the days of yore is no longer a thing, so all of your accessories, peripherals, and chargers will no longer work with the newest version of Apple's smartphone.
Samsung's current flagship handset was considered masterful at the time of its release, but it's almost a year old now and it's about to be succeeded. The thing is, we don't know exactly when the "next big thing" from Samsung, the Galaxy S IV, is supposed to come out, and nobody has gotten to spend an extensive amount of time with it. On paper, the GSIV absolutely looks to blow the GSIII, and much of the competition, out of the water. But since we can't speak from extensive experience about the phone -- unlike the other unreleased device on this list, the BlackBerry Z10 -- we're going to go with the next best thing until the GSIV is actually available for purchase.
In case you somehow missed the details about GSIII along the way, it sports a sleek, lightweight design of which we were huge fans. Its 4.8-inch screen has a slightly more modest resolution of 1280 x 720 than the GSIV, but it looks beautiful nonetheless. Combine that with blazing fast speed and some unique apps/software and the GSIII takes the cake for best Verizon Wireless smartphone...and perhaps even best Android smartphone overall.
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