Apple iPhone 4S

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Apple iPhone 4S

Apple's iPhone is in the crosshairs of Samsung and its Galaxy S III. So, what better device to consider as an alternative to the new handset than Apple's latest and greatest smartphone? The iPhone 4S starts at $199, and comes with 16GB of storage, the Retina display, and iOS 5—arguably the best mobile software on the market. It's the device all competitors wish they'd created.

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Apple iPhone 4

Although the iPhone 4 looks rather dated, compared with the Samsung Galaxy S III, its $99 price tag is a major draw for customers. In addition, it comes with iOS 5 and Apple's Retina display, which matters to many consumers who want a high-quality product at an affordable price.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Samsung is competing against itself with the Galaxy S III. Right now, the company is offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is widely viewed as the flagship Android device on the market. The Galaxy S III comes with better features than the Galaxy Nexus, but those who don't want to wait will find a lot to like in Samsung's current-generation handset.

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Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II is now officially obsolete, but that doesn't mean it still doesn't hold some value to customers. The device boasts Android 2.3 (or Gingerbread) and an 8MP camera. And although it only comes with a dual-core processor, its inclusion of 4G connectivity makes the $229.99 device a fine alternative to its successor.

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Motorola Droid 4

Motorola hasn't been able to attract too many customers as of late, due mainly to the success Apple and Samsung are having. However, the company's Droid 4 handset is a top-notch offering, delivering a slide-out keyboard, 4G (Long-Term Evolution) LTE support and a 4-inch quarter-high-definition (qHD) display. It costs $199.99 with a two-year contract.

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LG Spectrum

The LG Spectrum is easily one of the most capable smartphones in this roundup, boasting a nice, 4.5-inch display and support for Verizon's 4G LTE network. At $199.99 with a two-year agreement, its price is the same as other prominent, high-end devices on the market, and its 1.5GHz dual-core processor delivers sound performance. All in all, the Spectrum is a winner.

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Although HTC has watched its market share in the mobile space decline over the last year, the company and many analysts believe that will change now that the HTC One X is on store shelves. The $200 device comes with 4G LTE support, Beats Audio and a 4.7-inch HD display that's sure to impress at least some mobile customers. It's available on AT&T's network.

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Nokia Lumia 900

The Nokia Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone 7-based smartphone on the market. The handset comes in a host of colors for customers to choose from, and offers the useful and appealing Windows Phone 7 Mango. Even better, it comes in at just $100 with a two-year agreement, making it a winner.

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BlackBerry Torch

The BlackBerry Torch is designed to be Research In Motion's "bridge" device between the physical keyboard world that it lives in and the iPhone world that relies on touch-screens. Whether the device is actually a winner for consumers, with its slide-out keyboard and RIM's outdated operating system, is up for debate. But for enterprise users, the free handset is a fine alternative to the Galaxy S III.

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BlackBerry Bold 9930

Finally, it's hard not to include a traditional BlackBerry handset in this roundup. The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is the ideal option for enterprise users who don't want to get caught up in a touch-screen-only world. However, the handset costs $229.99 with a two-year contract. So it might prove to be a bit too expensive for some customers.

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