With multimedia phones, you can leave your other electronic devices at home because your phone does pretty much everything. You can make calls, send instant messages and text messages, browse the internet, take pictures, listen to music, watch a movie on a high-resolution screen or film video with a high-megapixel lens. You can also keep track of your busy life with the calendar, jump right to the voicemail messages you want to hear with voice notes, send and receive emails, sync documents on your computer and jot down notes.
The best multimedia cell phones offer:
On this site, you'll find articles related to multimedia phones, comprehensive reviews and a side-by-side comparison to help you make an informed decision about which multimedia cell phone is right for you. Be sure to look at our top-ranked multimedia cell phones: the Apple iPhone 4, HTC Evo 3D and the Samsung Infuse 4G.
In the U.S., your cell phone options are often limited by what your provider supports. We looked at multimedia cell phones supported by popular U.S. cell phone services and some unlocked phones that may work with a variety of providers.
If you are happy with your provider, look for the best multimedia phone that your provider supports. If you are not pleased with your provider, look for a cell phone service that offers the terms and coverage you desire, and then choose the best multimedia cell phone that provider supports.
Below are the criteria we used to evaluate multimedia cell phones:
A smartphone should shine in this area. Many of these phones include touchscreen capabilities with virtual keyboards. The best include high-resolution screens so that you can watch movies and videos, and capture and view images that are vibrant and clear. A compatible size and a phone that is thin and lightweight is also an added bonus.
Multimedia cell phones should provide basic cell phone functions such as three-way calling, speakerphone, voice dialing and text messaging. The best cell phones are flexible and are compatible with a variety of networks, such as quad-band world phones and those that work with 3G and 4G networks.
A good multimedia phone is streamlined yet functional and includes a long-lasting battery and plenty of memory. The best cell phones support additional memory cards, standard headphones and wireless Bluetooth headsets.
A strong multimedia cell phone includes a good cell phone camera, a high-resolution display and is capable of recording and playing back a variety of audio and video file types. It is also nice if the cell phone includes extras like games and radio. We looked for phones that provide the ability to access the internet. The best include the ability to connect through a variety of methods such as the 4G and 3G networks or Wi-Fi. Although these phones are not necessarily work phones, they are more practical if they can also double as your work phone. The most productive phones offer organizing tools and support third-party applications such as Windows Mobile Office, calendars, task lists and memos.
If you're looking for a multimedia phone, you're going to want one that can give you quick internet speeds, a good camera, high screen resolution and enough memory to allow you to carry around all the movies, music and photos you want. The competition to be the best multimedia cell phone continues to increase with advances in technology.
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|Apple iPhone 4||HTC EVO 3D||Samsung Infuse 4G||Photon 4G||Xperia Arc||LG Revolution||Xperia PLAY||LG Quantum||BlackBerry Bold 9780||BlackBerry Torch 9800|
|Phone Style||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||Slider||Candy Bar||Slider|
|Screen Size (in inches)||3.5||4.3||4.5||4.3||4.2||4.3||4.0||3.5||2.4||3.18|
|Display Resolution||960 x 640||960 x 540||800 x 480||960 x 540||854 x 480||800 x 480||480 x 854||480 x 800||480 x 360||480 x 360|
|Width (in inches)||2.31||2.57||2.8||2.64||2.5||2.63||2.44||2.34||2.36||2.44|
|Height (in inches)||4.5||4.96||5.2||5||4.9||5.03||4.68||4.7||4.29||4.37|
|Depth (in inches)||0.37||0.44||0.35||0.48||0.3||0.52||0.63||0.6||0.56||0.57|
|Weight (in ounces)||4.8||6||4.6||5.6||4.1||6.06||6.17||6.21||4.3||5.68|
|3 Way Calling|
|Talk Time (in hours)||7||7.5||8.83||10||7||7.25||7.7||6||4||5.8|
|Standby Time (in hours)||300||355||400||257||400||72||405||350||528||432|
|Operating System||iOS 4||Android 2.3||Android 2.2||Android 2.3||Android 2.3||Android 2.2||Android 2.3||Windows Phone 7||BlackBerry OS 6||BlackBerry OS 6|