The best phones from every carrier

Whether you're on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon, terrific handsets abound. Here are the best bets to replace your old clunker.

By Ginny Mies, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, AT&T, Droid Razr

If you'd prefer to have Sprint's next great Android phone, look to the HTC Evo 4G LTE, which should be out by the time you read this. (Note: Like the HTC One X, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is in a patent dispute that may make it unavailable for the time being.)

The $199 Evo 4G LTE is essentially a Sprint-branded version of the HTC One X, but it also promises some unique features, such as HD Voice (see below). The Evo 4G LTE carries a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip, a 4.7-inch HD IPS display, and the Android 4.0 operating system, along with HTC's Sense 4.0 user interface and Beats Audio to make music sound better. In addition, like the One X, the Evo 4G LTE has HTC's ImageSense software for improving and sharing your phone's photos.

The Evo 4G LTE will be the first phone on a U.S. carrier to come with HD Voice, a technology that significantly decreases background noise. The handset's built-in kickstand, a design feature we've seen on other HTC Evo phones from Sprint, makes watching video on your phone easier. And as the name implies, the Evo 4G LTE will also be on Sprint's LTE network, once that gets up and running.

Sprint will launch its LTE network initially in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio starting midyear. The carrier hopes to expand to more cities by the end of the year.

Next: Phones for T-Mobile and Verizon.

T-Mobile

The top PHONE on T-Mobile is the HTC One S ($200 with a new two-year contract). It packs a high-end camera, the latest version of Android, and a powerful dual-core processor in a swank, superslim design. HTC phones are generally both easy on the eyes and well constructed, but the One S exceeds those expectations with a classic aluminum unibody design that incorporates contrasting slate and blue-gray panels. However, you can't remove the battery, and the phone has no MicroSD slot.

The 8-megapixel camera supports an F2.0 aperture and several shooting modes, including high dynamic range (HDR), macro, and panorama. My photos taken in automatic mode looked excellent, with good colors and crisp details. Most of the shooting modes worked quite well, too, especially the macro mode.

The HTC One S is also a superb gaming phone. This handset performed extremely well in PCWorld Labs benchmarks, including GLBenchmark, which measures a device's graphics performance.


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