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Consumer Reports rates best smartphones
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- With all the hype surrounding the new iPhone 4S, you might think it's the only game in town. But there are dozens of smartphones that can get the job done and a whole lot more.
Sure a smartphone can make a phone call, but that's just a fraction of what it can do. You can keep your calendar, store and play your music, watch TV shows, even feature-length movies. And of course smartphones let you update your Facebook status anywhere, keep on top of your Twitter feed, take photos and shoot video.
Since it went on sale, there's been plenty of buzz about Apple's new iPhone 4S, and Consumer Reports testers say it turns out to be a great phone. The 4S is faster than the iPhone 4, and the upgraded camera takes better pictures. The voice-activated personal assistant, "Siri," also works well.
But Consumer Reports says there are plenty of other smartphones out there that perform just as well, or even better, than the 4S.
"For example, several phones we tested weigh less than the 4S and have larger screens," said Gikas.
Like the Samsung Galaxy S II. A bigger screen is great for Web browsing and video.
Another important consideration: speed.
"Many of the Android phones we tested run on 4G networks, and are faster than iPhones," said Gikas. "That means content downloads more quickly and videos run smoother."
If you have Verizon, Consumer Reports top-rates the Motorola Droid Bionic. If you use Sprint, T-Mobile, or AT&T, the Samsung Galaxy S II topped the ratings.
Consumer Reports says there is one aspect of the iPhone that's a real selling point: compatibility. If you own other Apple devices, like an iPad or a Mac computer, getting pictures, video, and music from one device to another is a breeze.
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