Samsung Galaxy S III

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Samsung Galaxy S III

This one is an obvious one. The Samsung Galaxy S III is the top Android-based smartphone on the market, offering a 4.8-inch screen, a quad-core processor and double the onboard memory available in the iPhone 5. It might be tough for some smartphone shoppers to choose the iPhone 5 over the Galaxy S III.

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Apple iPhone 4S

Although it’s an Apple product, the iPhone 4S should be considered a true competitor to the iPhone 5. The handset might come with a smaller screen and no 4G LTE, but it’s still optimized for iOS 6, it’s awfully fast when put to the test, and at $99, it’s nicely affordable.

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Apple iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 is admittedly getting a bit old. But that doesn’t matter when one considers that the device is now available for free with a two-year contract. The iPhone 4 is the perfect iPhone 5 competitor for those on a budget. It’s also a great way to get customers into the iPhone swing of things.

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Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx

The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx is plain old big, with a display that measures 4.3 inches and is both thicker and wider than the iPhone 5. For mobile-obsessed users, that’s a non-starter. However, for those who want a long battery life, Motorola’s option will actually top Apple’s. Keep that in mind when choosing between them.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is arguably one of the best Android-based devices on the market, thanks to its native support for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The device also comes with near-field communication support, and at $99, it’s more affordable than Apple’s option. All of that combines to make for one, nice package.

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The HTC One X was supposed to be the device that would put HTC back on the mobile map. And although it’s not as popular as expected, the device’s quad-core processor tops the iPhone 5’s. In addition, the One X comes with an 8-megapixel camera and near-field communication. In other words, it has some features Apple’s iPhone 5 doesn’t.

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Like the One X, HTC’s One S has a host of features that might make consumers think twice about the iPhone 5. For one thing, the device’s 4.3-inch screen is slightly larger than that from Apple. Plus, the handset comes with Beats Audio, which delivers outstanding sound for a mobile product. Is it a better smartphone than the iPhone 5? No. But it’s worth considering, depending on your needs.

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LG Nitro HD

LG has been getting serious about trying to take on Apple and Samsung in the mobile market. In keeping with that, the company has the LG Nitro HD, a device that boasts support for both LTE and Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+). Add that to a 4.5-inch display and an 8MP camera, and it’s clear why so many folks want to try it out.

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RIM BlackBerry Torch

RIM’s BlackBerry Torch is by no means the best handset in this roundup. It’s easy to argue that it won’t come anywhere near matching the iPhone 5. However, some users, especially enterprise customers, still need BlackBerry devices. If so, the Torch is probably one of the best available.

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HTC Evo 4G

The HTC Evo 4G is one of the few smartphones available right now from Sprint that can actually appeal to Sprint customers. Unfortunately, Sprint is much smaller than giant U.S. carriers Verizon and AT&T. This makes it harder for Sprint to get access to the latest mobile models on a timely basis. Perhaps that’s why the Evo 4G is still popular. The device lacks the power the iPhone 5 has, but they’re both sitting atop Sprint’s store shelves as the best products the carrier offers.

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