It was the year of the superphone. Screens got bigger. Processors broke the 1-GHz barrier. And for the first time, handsets could record high-def video and double as mobile hotspots. BlackBerry took a back seat to Android, which also put the heat on Apple. And while Palm laid low, Microsoft made a splash with a whole new OS—though it still has a ways to go.
After reviewing 46 smart phones (and counting) this year, these five are our favorites.
A big screen meets big-time performance in this Android superphone, which sports a 1-GHz processor, dual cameras, and HDMI output. Plus, the Evo boasts blazing 4G speeds in 62 markets; we’re talking 3 to 6 Mbps. You can even share this connection with up to eight Wi-Fi devices using the phone’s mobile hotspot app. Although a bit on the bulky side, there’s no denying this handset has serious power.