Top 10 smartphones for 2011

By Nilay Patel |

These smartphones are must-haves this year.


iPhone 4S

There's not much to say about the iPhone 4S: Apple's latest handset is as slick and polished as ever. The 4S adds Siri voice commands and a very nice new 8-megapixel camera.

  • Price: $199
  • Pros: Great camera, Siri
  • Cons: Smaller screen
  • Ideal for: Everyone
  • Buy it

Full review of the iPhone 4S


Samsung Galaxy Nexus

It's not quite out yet, but Samsung's Galaxy Nexus will be the first to ship with Android 4.0, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It'll hit Verizon with 4G LTE speeds and a new 720p display.

  • Price: Has not been announced
  • Pros: Latest Android version, big display
  • Cons: Not announced yet
  • Ideal for: Technology geeks
  • Buy it

Full review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus


HTC Rezound

Another high-end Verizon flagship, the HTC Rezound offers a 720p display and Beats audio, as well as 4G LTE. It'll be out November 14th.

  • Price: $299.99
  • Pros: Beats audio, 720p display
  • Cons: Won't get Android 4.0 until next year
  • Ideal for: Music lovers
  • Buy it

Full review of the HTC Rezound


HTC Amaze 4G

The Amaze 4G is T-Mobile's new flagship phone, with a bright 4.3-inch screen and a faster connection to the network. It also has an 8-megapixel camera good enough to be your everyday shooter.

  • Price: $259.99
  • Pros: Great camera
  • Cons: Big, thick design
  • Ideal for: Mobile photo enthusiasts
  • Buy it

Full review of the HTC Amaze 4G


Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket

One of AT&T's first LTE devices, the Skyrocket only offers 4G speeds in limited markets right now, but that will grow over time. It's built on the bestselling Galaxy SII chassis.

  • Price: $199.99
  • Pros: Fast LTE speeds on AT&T
  • Cons: Limited service areas
  • Ideal for: People craving speed on AT&T

Full review of the Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket


HTC Evo 3D

The Evo 3D builds on the successful Evo brand. The latest model adds in a 3D screen and camera, but but it's a solid phone even if you never use them.

  • Price: $199.99
  • Pros: 3D is fun
  • Cons: 3D is not useful
  • Ideal for: Novelty seekers
  • Buy it

Full review of the HTC Evo 3D


BlackBerry Bold 9900

BlackBerrys haven't changed too much in recent years, but the 9900 is the latest and best. If you're still clinging to your keyboard, this is the one to get.

  • Price: $299.99
  • Pros: Great keyboard
  • Cons: BlackBerry OS is falling behind
  • Ideal for: BlackBerry fans
  • Buy it

Full review of the BlackBerry Bold 9900


HTC Titan

Sick of Android and iOS? The Titan runs Windows Phone, Microsoft's classy new mobile OS that lets you quickly jump in and out of tasks and messages. It's also enormous, with a 4.7-inch display.

  • Price: $199.99
  • Pros: Windows Phone is solid, big display
  • Cons: Average screen resolution, huge
  • Ideal for: Platform jumpers
  • Buy it

Full review of the HTC Titan


Motorola Droid RAZR

The Droid RAZR is the thinnest smartphone ... ever. It's also seriously high-end, with a fast processor and 4G LTE speeds on Verizon's network. Just watch out for the somewhat mediocre display.

  • Price: $299.99
  • Pros: So, so thin, Smart Sctions system is useful
  • Cons: Subpar display
  • Ideal for: Status seekers
  • Buy it

Full review of the Motorola Droid RAZR


Porsche Design P'9981

The ultimate BlackBerry, the Porsche Design P'9981 features a radically designed exterior and exclusive BlackBerry Messenger PIN numbers so everyone will know you spent $2,000 on your phone.

  • Price: $2,000
  • Pros: So expensive
  • Cons: So expensive
  • Ideal for: The 1 percent.

Full review of the Porsche Design P'9981

SOURCE: The Verge. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews and Michelle Williams - The Washington Post. Published Nov. 17, 2011 | Updated Nov. 22.