The smartphone changed my life. This hyper-constructed, relentless little piece of plastic will forever manipulate my daily habits. Thanks to my Blackberry, I feel the constant need to have my e-mails and the web at my fingertips. Good or bad, I’m addicted and there’s no turning back.

In a few weeks, I will be unlocked from a two-year cell phone contract and will no longer be confined behind the bars of my Blackberry. Don’t get me wrong, my basic, and somewhat beat up Blackberry served me well, but I feel as if I only dipped my toes in the capabilities of smartphones. With the recent buzz around Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iPhone 4 now available on Verizon, I think I’m ready for some change.

When it comes to these new smartphones, I am clueless. So before I sign away my cell-phone life to another two-year contract or make any rash decisions, I did some research on the technical specifics on three different smartphones. The EVO from Sprint, the Droid X from Verizon and the iPhone 4 go head-to-head in the chart below. From price to capacity, the chart maps out the best smartphone. Depending on your specific needs and price commitments, a favorite will differ from person to person.

EVO 4G Droid X iPhone 4
Manufacturer HTC Motorola Apple
Price $199.99 with mail-in rebate and requires new line or eligible upgrade with a 2 yr. contract $199.99 with mail-in rebate and requires 2yr. contract $199.99 (16 GB)
$299.99 (32 GB)
Requires 2yr. Contract activation
Data Plan Sprint’s Everything Data Plans (unlimited text
web and calling to any mobile in America) starts at $69.99/month. For the EVO
a premium data add-on is required for an additional $10/month
Verizon’s Unlimited Data Plan for email and web is $29.99/month in addition to monthly talk and messaging plans AT&T’s Data Pro plan is 2 GB of data for $25/month on top of monthly talk and messaging plans — Verizon data plan and specifics yet to be publicly announced.
Talk Time 6 hours 8 hours 7 hours
Battery 1500 mAh 1540 mAHLi-Ion 1420 mAh
Dimensions/ Weight 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 inches; 6.0 ounces 5.02 x 2.57 x 0.39 inches; 5.47 ounces 4.5x 2.31x 0.37 inches; 4.8 ounces
Networks CDMA 800/1900 MHz EVDO Rev. A
WiMAX 2. 5 to 2.7GHz; 802.16e
CDMA 1X 800/1900
EVDO rev. A
AT&T: GSM/ EDGE (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz) Verizon: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800
1900 MHz)
Operating System Android 2.1 Android 2.1 iOS 4.2
Display 4.3-inch; WVGA resolution Capacitive Multi-touch Screen 4.3-inch; WVGA (480 x 854) Multi-touch screen 3.5-inch widescreen Multi-Touch display
Camera 8.0 megapixel with Auto Focus and 2x LED Flash
1.3 megapixel fixed focus front facing camera
8.0 megapixel
fast mechanical shutter (1/1000 sec)
LED flash
face recognition
panoramic mode
rotating and Geo Tagging
5.0 megapixel still camera
tap to focus video or stills
LED flash
Photo and video geotagging
Video Capabilites HD (720p) quality video HD (720p)
up to 24 fps capture; up to 30 fps playback
HD (720p)
up to 30 frames per second with audio
Internal Memory 1GB ROM/ 512MB RAM 512MB RAM 512MB RAM
Memory Card microSD™ 8GB included in device 8 GB Internal memory
16 GB microSD pre-installed
Not applicable
WLAN 802.11 b/g 802.11 n 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Value-add HDMI out
WiMax mobile Wi-Fi router
Friend Stream
HTC Sync
HTC Sense
Amazon MP3
Integrated Google
Myspace and Twitter
Push email support: Gmail
Unified Google Calendar and corporate calendar
Advanced speech recognition
Skpe mobile capable
and visual voice-mail capable
Integrated email
Retina Display
HD Video Recording and Editing
Voice control
Maps and compass
iTunes store
Find My Phone
Photos and Gamecenter

Although for me, decision time is still a few weeks away; I’m completely in awe of the new features and can’t wait to get my hands on another little piece of genius.

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