Today Engadget posted its Spring 2012 Smartphone Buyer’s Guide. It is definitely worth a read, but I often get asked by friends what smartphone to buy, so it deserves its own post rather than just a retweet in my Twitter widget (on the right).
Samsung’s Galaxy S II line of smartphones was pretty dominant among the big four carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon), and took the top prize for all carriers on which it was available. Verizon is the only carrier that does not carry this device – speculated to be a concession in order to get initial exclusivity on the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung (my current device). For Verizon, Engadget chose the DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola as the phone of choice, saying that the extended battery life was enough to beat out the Galaxy Nexus. Personally, I like the higher resolution display on the Galaxy Nexus over the RAZR MAXX, and while I do find the battery life on the Galaxy Nexus to be disappointing and really not good enough to make it through a full day, I bought myself a second battery and it is no longer an issue.
The Apple iPhone 4S did not have the best showing here, but I think that is largely because it is lacking 4G LTE, a feature that all the best phones on the big four carriers have. I expect the next iPhone to have it and to launch next fall.