Smartphone Holiday 2009 Buyer’s Guide: Consumer Oriented

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Consumer-oriented models put an emphasis on playing music or video, and also social networking. They typically have high-resolution cameras and lots of storage capacity.

 

As mentioned earlier, despite their consumer focus, all of these let you check your company e-mail.

 

Apple iPhone 3GS

Apple iPhone 3GS
When it comes to consumer-friendly smartphones, Apple rules the roost. Its iPhone has become a phenomenon, and the one most people think of first when they want a high-end phone for non-business use. This device is easy to use and offers plenty of features. There are versions with 32 GB, 16 GB, and 8 GB of built-in storage. In the U.S. it’s available only from AT&T.
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Motorola Droid

Motorola Droid
The Droid has recently emerged as the strongest competitor for the iPhone, and has several advantages, like a hardware keyboard and a larger, higher-resolution touchscreen. It runs Google’s easy-to-use Android OS, which offers a wealth of third-party apps. It’s currently available only from Verizon.
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Palm Pre

Palm Pre
The Palm Pre is easy to use and powerful. It puts information from a variety of sources — Gmail, Facebook, and more — at your fingertips. It’s a bit weak when it comes to games, but includes a suite of Office apps for those who want a consumer/business phone. In the U.S. it’s exclusively available from Sprint, but it’s on the market in Europe and Mexico, too.
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Motorola Cliq Motorola Cliq
The Cliq has the strongest focus on social networking of any phone on this list. It can pull in posts from Facebook and Twitter, and it gives you access to GMail, IM services, and much more. It’s another Google Android model, and it’s exclusive to T-Mobile.
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