Can These Contenders Knock
Out the iPhone?

The iPhone’s 3-year reign atop the smartphone heap may well end in 2010. With a small army of devices amassing to knock the iPhone from its pedestal, Apple will have to work very hard to maintain the championship belt. Here, we give you a quick rundown of the top contenders already available, soon to be available, and a few other beacons of promise on the horizon.
In This Corner the Reigning Champ; Apple iPhone 3GS
Just to recap, the ubiquitous iPhone didn’t get to be so with just smoke and mirrors. Always extremely polished, iPhone OS X is perhaps the most intuitive anyone has ever used, and the browser just blazes through the Internet. With an app market numbering over 180,000, the phone is also extremely adaptable, conquering everything from stunning 3D games to workhorse utilities. The biggest complaints about the iPhone are call-quality, no thanks to the AT&T network, and a few minor quibbles here and there. But, Apple and AT&T are quickly correcting those mistakes with network improvements and the highly anticipated iPhone 4G.
The Rumored Successor to iPhone 3GS; iPhone 4G
Although the recent leak of an iPhone 4G is technically only hearsay at this point, all signs point to a release of a new iPhone based on these specs in June. We expect the "rumored" iPhone 4G to not just be an improvement, but an evolution of, the current handset. The most notable change, perhaps, will be a sleek, new shape - the first since its inception. The "alleged" 4G "might" feature a second camera, presumably for video chat, and an enlarged, flash-assisted back camera. The phone may also run on a new, faster processor allowing for many software and integration improvements even multitasking. Details are scant, but all signs point toward another mind-blowing device and feature-set hitting the market as early as June. It seems, the iPhone has been, and may continue to be, the device to beat.
Blackberry Bold 9700 Means Business
The Blackberry Bold 9700 is the quintessential business smartphone, built for reliability, connectivity, and utility. The iPhone does not offer the same depth and ease of integration in business-use cases. The Bold connects seamlessly with business networks like MS Exchange and IBM Lotus. It allows up to 10 POP3 and SMTP email accounts, Wi-Fi calling, and even native editing of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint docs. Which phone is better is really an apples-to-oranges comparison. The iPhone is a great all-around device, but if your needs live more in the business realm, the Bold 9700 rules.
Coming Soon: The Blackberry Bold 9650, Bolder and Better
The newest Bold, the soon-to-be-available 9650, is a variation on the current 9700 with some tweaks. Although quite similar, it doubles the memory, adds WiFi, an optical trackpad and features OpenGL support for 3D graphics. With touchsrceen-friendly BlackBerry 6 OS due out any day, this could be a Bold worth waiting for. On the downside, we read the battery life may be reduced somewhat from the impressive 21 days standby for the 9700, and gone are M3 or T3 technology for the hearing-impaired. Still, the Bold, in either variant, is a smart choice if you plan to use the phone as a cornerstone for your mobile office.
HTC DROID Incredible; the Name Says It
Dare we say that the HTC DROID Incredible is BETTER than the iPhone? Yes, we dare. We’re sure the "rumored" iPhone 4G will set the record straight when it arrives, but, for now, the DROID Incredible has the edge over the 3GS. The two phones share many similar features, but the iPhone can only match the DROID Incredible’s feature-set after the purchase of apps. Let’s face it, the iPhone 3GS is dated in both looks and feature-set. The iPhone’s OS X is still the most intuitive we’ve used, but the DROID Incredible brings a more varied feature set out-of-the-box, better call quality, true multitasking, and a supercharged 1 GHz processor. That rumpled backside also features a dual flash 8-megapixel camera, and houses a longer-lasting battery. All told, the DROID Incredible is a more customizable, feature-rich, speed demon of a Smartphone - And we think it's a winner.
HTC EVO 4G Could be a Very Strong Contender
Here come the 4G phones, led by HTC and Sprint. The EVO 4G is due out in June and already has smartphone owners drooling. It has a big 800 x 480 pixel 4.3 inch screen, two cameras front and back. It offers the ability to be a hotspot for your other WiFi devices. It connects to an HDTV through HDMI to display the 720p HD video you can shoot with it. The EVO 4G runs on a fast 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and will run Android 2.1 out of the gate. It even comes with a built-in kickstand, hey, the iPad doesn't have one of those.
More Contenders On the Way to Take a Turn in the Ring
Most of the major manufacturers have plans to release new phones later in the year. The Samsung Wave S8500 will use Samsung’s own “Bada” OS. It features a 3.3-inch AMOLED 800 x 480 resolution capacitive touchsrceen display and will be the first phone with Bluetooth 3.0. The Motorola Shadow, successor to the DROID or, as some are calling it, the "Nexus Two," has an even bigger 4.3-inch 850x480 pixel TFT display (sorry, no AMOLED). With displays this big, are we seeing smartphones edging into iPad territory? The Shadow has a slider QWERTY keyboard and will run the brand-new Android 2.2 OS. It comes with an 8MP camera and an HDMI port. The Nokia N8 also has a slider keyboard and will run on Nokia's open-source platform, Symbian 3. Both the Shadow and N8 will act as mobile media centers playing HD video onscreen or straight to your TV. The N8 sports a whopping 12-megapixel camera.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Looks Promising
Perhaps, one of the most interesting products coming later this year is Windows Phone 7. When Windows Phone 7 devices land, we will be treated to an entirely new kind of interface, active home screens that display real-time information, integration with XBOX Live, and many more innovative new features.
May the Best Smartphone Win
Whether or not we see our first true iPhone killer, 2010 will be a busy year for mobile phone dealers and consumers alike. While the smartphone manufactures duke it out with Apple to be king of the smartphone hill, it looks like smartphone owners are going to be the biggest winners.
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iPhone will never be outdone !!

This needs updated... 4G iPhone is unmatched and by the time the others catch up 5 will be here. Face it Apple sets the standard and everyone else rides in the smoke trails... Mac Rules

Time to update this comparison...

...as iPhone 4 pulls away from the pack!

Why no mention of the HTC

Why no mention of the HTC HD2? While it lacks a couple features of the Evo (hdmi out and one camera, otherwise identical), it has Windows Mobile 6.5 and will run Windows Phone 7. Windows Mobile is the most customizable smartphone OS available and has been doing everything the other platforms tout as new for years.


No love for the N1?

And tell me again WHY there is not mention of the Nexus One in this?? It surpasses the iPhone in every category.