Comparing Smartphones

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the old brick-phone

The hype surrounding the release of a new generation of a smartphone is tremendous. This fanfare is understandable because smartphones have evolved greatly from the originals, incorporating functions of media players and digital cameras while facilitating their use with touchscreens and high-speed data access via Wi-Fi and mobile broadband. These phones are obviously superior to the “bricks” of the old days, but as their market expands, so do the types of smartphones that become available to the public.

Since there is no easy to simply declare which smartphone is exactly “the best,” it is easier to test their skills in terms of battery life, the best camera, and video quality. When discussing battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S II has the longest Continuous talk time of 11 hours 7 minutes. The Motorola Atrix 2 comes in second, running for Continuous talk time: 10 hours 43 minutes. Also worthy are Motorola Driod Bionic and HTC Rhyme. Apple claims that the iPhone 4S will deliver 8 hours of 3G talk time, but users claim its battery span is 6 hours, 14 minutes.

When discussing cameras, the Apple iPhone 4s remains the best phone, but the HTC Evolution 3D, Samsung Galaxy SII (Sprint’s Epic Touch 4G version) finish right on its heels. The T-Mobile MyTough 4G Slide is impressive, but not more than the HTC Amaze 4G. Video quality is an entirely different story. The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide goes from one of the best to worst, while the Samsung Galaxy SII posts the highest overall score--even better than the Nikon Coolpix P300. In low-light situations, however, one is much better served by the Motorola Droid Bionic, or the jack-of-all-trades Apple iPhone 4S, containing solid scores for both bright-light and low-light video. Smartphones are continuously evolving practically every month. However, when going out to buy a smartphone, a junior advises, “It is best to purchase an Android, especially the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless...
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