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The best media smartphones

As operating systems become more sophisticated and networks get faster, smartphones are evolving from communication tools to all-purpose media hubs. No longer is it sufficient to just talk, text, send a few e-mails and surf the Web. Now we expect our phones to be cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, navigation devices, e-readers, gaming consoles, movie screens, and more.

But while most newer smartphones can do all these things, some do them a little better than others. Whether it’s playing music, taking great pictures, streaming movies, or hosting games, some smartphones seem particularly well suited to these state-of-the-art mobile entertainment tasks.

So, if you are looking for a smartphone that excels in one particular area, then some devices definitely stand out. Here are a few best-in-class smartphones for some of the more popular entertainment applications.


iPhone 4S

The iPhone went from having just an OK camera to having what might be the best smartphone camera on the market with the iPhone 4S. The 8 megapixels and advanced optics on the 4S deliver stunning images, even in low light situations. Face detection, grid lines for better composition, and a full suite of photo editing tools add to the impression that you are using a top-flight camera rather than a smartphone.

Price: Starting at $199.99 with a 2-year contract


The DROID BIONIC continues Motorola’s well-earned reputation for producing some of the best smartphone cameras and video recorders. The 8-megapixel camera includes an 8x zoom, automatic focus and LED flash. The editing tools include cropping, geo-tagging, color enhancement, resizing, and special effects.

Price: $149.99 with a 2-year Verizon contract (check for special offers)


HTC Rezound™

While most smartphones now offer a high-quality audio experience, HTC’s Rezound takes it one step further by incorporating the much-acclaimed Beats Audio™ technology. A Beats enhancement button will boost the volume, deepen the bass, and produce a much rounder and fuller sound than you could possibly expect from a smartphone. Every Rezound ships with a pair of iBeats™ headphones, which are worth around $100 just on their own.

Price: $199.99 with a 2-year Verizon contract

iPhone 4S

If you are talking smartphones and music, then you have to include the iPhone, if only for the convenience of instant access to iTunes. While other online storefronts have made huge strides in recent years, it’s still hard to beat the comprehensiveness and ease-of-use of Apple’s flagship music store. The latest iOS 5 software also allows iPhone users (iPhone 3GS and later) to take advantage of in-the-cloud syncing to listen to their music across all their Apple devices.

Price: Starting at $199.99 with a 2-year contract



If you are going to watch movies on your smartphone, it helps to have a great screen, a super-fast network, and a long battery life. The super thin DROID RAZR MAXX has all three! The RAZR MAXX boasts a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, which offers the kind of resolution and color you usually only see on HDTVs. With Verizon’s 4G LTE network, you can load up on movies in a fraction of the time it would take you on a 3G network. And the battery will let you watch those movies for up to 15 uninterrupted hours!

Price: $299.99 with a 2-year Verizon contract

Galaxy Nexus by Samsung

If you think bigger is better when it comes to watching movies, then the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the perfect choice. The huge 4.65-inch display features a stunning 1280x720 HD image, which is great for movies, video, games, and more. The Galaxy Nexus combines Google’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system with Verizon’s 4G LTE network to provide an incredible communications and entertainment experience.

Price: $299.99 with a 2-year Verizon contract


Sony Xperia™ PLAY

If smartphone gaming is your thing, then you should look no further than the Sony Xperia PLAY. Part smartphone, part portable gaming device, the Xperia PLAY has a slide-out game pad that will be instantly familiar to PlayStation® fans. The sensitive controls and the brilliant screen produce a hugely satisfying gaming experience. The Xperia PLAY comes preloaded with several games, including Madden NFL 11, The Sims™ 3, and Crash Bandicoot™. You can also access more Xperia PLAY games directly from the Verizon app store.

Price: $99.99 with a 2-year Verizon contract (check for special offers)

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This article first appeared in Family Buzz, a VerizonInsider blog on the exciting and ever-expanding world of mobile technology.

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