Apple iPhone 4$199.99 with contract on AT&T
Despite almost impossibly high expectations and early issues with reception, the fourth coming of the iPhone still managed to impress with a sleek new slab design, bit-shredding processor and even 720p HD video capture. And we weren’t the only ones impressed: Apple managed to take orders for 600,000 of the phones in one day, outstripping demand for even previous generations of the iPhone.
Read the full Apple iPhone 4 review.
HTC EVO 4G$199.99 with two-year contract on Sprint
4G was just beginning to peek its head around the corner at the turn of the new year, but summer brought us the very first 4G phone in the United States: HTC’s EVO 4G. Next-gen speeds, mobile hotspot capability and even HDMI output helped set it apart from the iPhone and made it a real contender, even after Samsung challenged it with the Epic 4G months later.
Read the full HTC EVO 4G review.
Samsung Fascinate$199.99 with two-year contract on Verizon
Verizon fortified its once-weak Android arsenal with a string of successively more capable Droids through the spring and summer, but the Samsung’s Fascinate arguably trumped them all when it arrived in September. A heart-racing Hummingbird processor, picture-perfect OLED display and 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording all made it one of the most capable Android devices yet.
Read the full Samsung Fascinate review.