Your smartphone options may seem like a jumble.
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With the launch of the Apple iPhone 5, a legion of excellent Android handsets, and the rise of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system, choosing the right smartphone has never been more difficult.
On the bright side, all these options mean greater choice, which is a good thing — if you’re armed with the knowledge necessary to make smart shopping decisions. Sit tight as we break down what you need to know to choose the right mobile platform and model to fit your needs.
Now, CNET hasn’t fully reviewed every phone listed below (some aren’t yet available), but we have gotten our hands on every single one, and know quite a bit about each handset.
We’ll update the story periodically to reflect the arrival of new phones.
Which operating system is for you?
iOS, Android, and Windows Phone each have a lot to offer, and will appeal to people differently depending on what they want. If you aren’t a fiercely loyal fan, a phone design could lure you to a new OS, but many people prefer to start with the platform.
iOS’ strengths are its well-integrated ecosystem and fairly intuitive interface, but you’re pretty much locked in to iTunes for content.
Android is much more customizable, but each carrier has its own twist… [Read more]
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