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Picking the right smartphone

iPhone 5

Pro: Apple's App Store and elegant design

Con: Requires a new Apple cord (comes with phone; an extra cord costs $20)

Best for: Apple fans, those who like to keep it simple

Retail price: Starts at $199

Comment: Nearly unbeatable when it comes to quality; screen is crisp and bright. Many available apps.

(Google) Nexus 4

Pro: Fast and trendy

Con: No LTE support

Best for: T-Mobile's top customers

Retail price: $199.99 and up

Comment: Generous 4.7-inch screen. Very easy to customize. Charges wirelessly on a charging pad. Easy typing.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Pro: Beautiful screen

Con: Can be a bit too big

Best for: Video nuts

Retail price: $199.99 and up

Comment: 4.8-inch screen is fantastic for video. Speedy, powerful. Not ideal for people with smaller hands; battery life not great. Has program similar to Apple's Siri.

Nokia 920

Pro: Great camera

Con: Only on AT&T

Best for: The business-minded

Retail price: $99.99 and up

Comment: Runs Windows Phone 8, which means many fewer available apps. Solid-feeling and a bit heavy, with 4.5-inch screen. Offers wireless charging; takes great snapshots. A good choice for people who manage Office files across their devices.

Compiled by Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post

Picking the right smartphone 12/30/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 30, 2012 4:41pm]
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