Mobile and Wireless: Smartphone Winners and Losers: 10 Handsets on the Market Now

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-05-23 Print this article Print
Winner: Apple iPhone 4S

Winner: Apple iPhone 4S

This is an obvious one, isn't it? Apple's iPhone 4S is the world's top smartphone in terms of sales, and some might say that with its high-quality iOS software, neat design and dual-core processor, it's the best in terms of quality.
In the mobile space, it's tough for some companies to get noticed. Companies like Apple, Research In Motion and Nokia tend to have their names plastered all over the place, while other firms, like Pantech and LG, hope to stand out from time to time. The only surefire way to be noticed nowadays is to offer up a high-quality smartphone that combines powerful features and a slick design. There are several smartphones on the market right now that deliver on that combination and see their sales soar because of it. However, there are just as many smartphones that, for one reason or another, just aren't delivering the same value proposition as their high-powered alternatives. In the process, they're left to hope that they can stay afloat. In the following slides, both sides of the coin, winners and losers, will be on display. For every high-quality, top-notch smartphone, another of lesser quality will be listed. And for those who might not agree, the best part is, all the following devices are shipping now, although smartphone shoppers should check availability for their favorite models. They should be able to at least try out the handsets themselves at local dealer stores to find out if the following assessments are spot on or fall short. Take a look at the five winning and five losing smartphones that are on store shelves now.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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