Choosing the Best Smartphone Guide: By Carrier, Type and Budget

We post many articles here at OSM about new and upcoming smartphones. However as far as consumers are concerned it can be a minefield trying to choose the best smartphone for the carrier of your choice, the type you’re after and suited to your budget. However we now have news of some smartphone recommendations sorted into categories, which will really help guide you through that choosing process.

Over on Engadget, Zachary Lutz has put together an extremely comprehensive buyer’s guide featuring 16 smartphones, 13 of them using the Android OS, which is so popular. Each carrier section includes the best smartphone option that money can buy you, a QWERTY option and also a budget option except for a single selection for the smaller U.S. carriers. For example looking at Verizon the top choice is the Samsung Droid Charge for the 4G LTE network with its Super AMOLED Plus display and a $299 price tag on the usual contract. For a QWERTY handset the Motorola Droid 2 Global is recommended “without reservation” while the budget choice sees the LG Vortex selected.

For AT&T, unsurprisingly the Apple iPhone 4 is the top choice, just pipping others such as the Motorola Atrix 4G or the Samsung Infuse 4G. For a QWERTY keyboard choice how about the LG Quantum and for a budget option there’s the Samsung Focus at only $49 on contract. Top selection for Sprint is the Google Nexus S 4G while top pick for T-Mobile goes to the G2x. Following on you’ll find options for US Cellular, Cricket, MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile and Cincinnati Bell.

The Buyer’s Choice concludes with two last recommendations for all carriers. One is suggested for those who have poor impulse control, and that’s given to the Samsung Galaxy S2, which is described as a “monumental leap forward for smartphones,” and is one we’ve praised to the hilt too. Finally we see an option for instant gratification and the Google Nexus S takes that, described as the “most well-rounded smartphone on the market today.” For all the other options check out the full article on the Engadget link above, which we think will really help consumers looking for a new smartphone.

You may also be interested in an article over on SiliconRepublic, which is a beginner’s guide to smartphones and helpfully tells you what you need to consider before making a purchase. What are your thoughts on the recommendations? Do you agree or disagree with any of the selections? Why not let us know by sending your comments