Smartphones entered the market a little more than a decade ago, and have changed dramatically over the years. The current batch of smartphones on the market operate off of the fastest data networks to date and are rapidly changing the way people communicate and connect every day. Nearly every smartphone on the market offers the expected services for a mobile data device, but understanding the operating systems, the phone manufacturers and the network providers they work with will allow you to find the right device for your needs.
The iPhone 4
Apple's iPhone holds a special place for the devoted Apple product consumer. The iPhone runs on the iOS interface and reflects the OS operating system used in Apple's computers. It is powered in large part by downloadable applications. The latest iPhones now operate off the 4G and 3G networks of both AT&T (GSM) and Verizon (CDMA). Both networks offer different versions of iPhone with varying network-compatible features.
The Android Phones
Unlike Apple's iPhone, Google's Android phones operate on an open-source system powered by the Google App store and are manufactured by various companies, such as HTC, Motorola and Samsung. Droid phones are known for fast computing capabilities and have a broader compatibility with various network service providers. The open-source capabilities of the operating system allows more people to create user-friendly applications and elevate the user-experience throughout the market.
The BlackBerry, created by Reasearch In Motion, was one of the first major players in the smartphone marketplace. It still holds a high place in the business sector of smartphone users. BlackBerry operates with a variety of cell phone networks and they are available in multiple models; ranging in size, touchscreen options and keyboard diversity. RIM has been losing ground to the iPhone and to the Droid, and upgraded its operating systems with the Torch 9800 model.
The myTouch 4G offers a smartphone option for T-Mobile users. It runs off of the Goggle Android operating system. This phone is one of the few from T-Mobile to offer both a tethering option to attach to your computer for Internet connections and a Wi-Fi hot-spot option. Both services cost extra, but enable your phone to become the Internet service provider for your computer when you're on the go. MyTouch has a fast operating speed and a 800x480 LCD screen for navigating the Web or the user-interface of the phone.
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