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Tat’s not entirely due to the aster down-load speeds o 4G networks. 4G phones arealso likely to have state-o-the-art proces-sors that can provide ast perormanceeven on 3G networks.Another plus to 4G: It allows you to talkand sur the Web at the same time on allour major carriers; only A& and -Mobileallow such multitasking on 3G networks.Contrary to popular belie, not all 4Gphones have notably short run times on acharge. Tough 4G phones rom Verizonand Sprint had lower scores or battery liethan the carriers’ 3G-only models, plentyo 4G phones rom A& and -Mobilescored very well in our battery tests.Many more 4G models will be out laterthis year, possibly at lower prices, andmore areas will have 4G coverage. And 4Gservice could be aster than it is now orA& and Sprint, which plan to shit romtheir current network technologies to LE,the high-speed technology used by Veri-zon. (-Mobile is on the HSPA network.)But i you use your phone mainly to talkand text, you won’t get the benets rom4G that a heavy data user will, so decidewhether you need it.Note, however, that the biggest datahogs who have grandathered unlimitedplans with A& and Verizon may see theirdata speeds clipped in months when theirusage is high, in a controversial practiceknown as data-throttling.
Displays o 4 inches or largerare becoming more common, as are high-resolution screens that look better thanever, with bright, vivid colors.
More phones than ever have8-megapixel cameras and such big-cameraeatures as ISO settings, tap to ocus, andace detection. wo rated phones, the HCEvo 3D and LG Trill 4G, can capture sub- jects in 3D. One eature still missing,though, is optical zoom.In addition to ofering more eatures,the best phone cameras have very goodphoto quality, with little or no graininess,decent detail and color rendition, and ashort shutter lag. And even run-o-the-mill phone cameras ofer photos that aretypically good enough or casual use.A growing number o phones can shootHD video at 1080p (so-called ull high-denition) resolution, the best o themwith video quality approaching that o thebest pocket camcorders we’ve tested. (Buteven smart phones with better camerasand pocket camcorders can’t match ull-sized HD camcorders or image quality.)
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Samsung Gaaxy S II Syrce
These phoes, which e the st to oAT&T’s ewl pgded 4G (LTE) etwok,hve 4.5-ich displs (high-esoltio, ithe cse o the Vivid); 8-megpixel cmecpble o ecodig video t 1080p; d ot-cig cme o video cht. The o the Adoid Gigebed opetigsstem d hve dl-coe pocessos.
Samsung Gaaxy Nexus
This 4G (LTE) phoe, o which pice ws’tet vilble t pess time, pomises to be godbeke i sevel ws. Its specs listthe lgest scee (4.65 iches) d thehighest scee esoltio (1280 x 720) we’veeve see i phoe.It’s lso the st phoe to o IceCem Sdwich, the ltest vesio o theAdoid opetig sstem. The pdtepomises ewl desiged se itece, st bowse, d ew implemettioo Gmil tht lets o sech thoghmessges eve whe o’e ofie. A ewpp clled People will spposedl let obowse high-es photos d pdtes omGoogle+. A Fce Ulock ete will secil ecogitio to lock the phoe.Othe Glx Nexs etes iclde dl-coe pocesso d 5-megpixel cmetht c ecod video i 1080p, ot-cigcme o video chts, compss, go,d bomete.
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The Rz is 4G (LTE) phoe tht etes 4.3-ich high-esoltio displ, Hee e o st impessios o sevel sigict ew smt phoestht ived too lte to be iclded i o Rtigs.8-megpixel cme tht ecods video to1080p, ot-cig cme o video cht,d dl-coe pocesso. Less th thid-o--ich thick, the Rz is oe o thethiest 4G phoes o the mket. It lsopomises toghess, with “splsh-esistt” cse mde om Kevl be.This Doid is lso billed s oe o the stphoes tht c dowlod HD video omNetix d tht comes ed to wok withMotoCst, Motool’s ow pesol “clod”sevice. Tht pomises to eble o toshe phoe cotet s well s scdocmets d cleds with o PCs.Ad like the Motool Doid Bioic dAtix, the Doid Rz hs optiol lptopttchmet ($300).
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