The hype machine is going full blast in the world of cellular phones in general and smartphones in particular. It's difficult to tell the wheat from the chaff, but a number of sites and publications are giving it their best shot.
In March, PCWorld.com ran a review of mobile devices. (The winners were the HTC Droid Incredible, the Google Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, the Apple 32GB iPhone 3GS and the Motorola Cliq.) The site built on that last week by naming the top five phones for the top four carriers. The HTC Droid Incredible won for Verizon customers, the Google Nexus One for T-Mobile, the Apple 32GB iPhone 3GS for AT&T and the Palm Pre for Sprint.
Last week, CNET News chimed in with its views on the top five phones and linked to extensive reviews of each. The five are the Apple iPhone 3GS, the HTC Droid Incredible, the Motorola Droid, the Palm Pre and the RIM BlackBerry Gold 9700.
Business Insider takes it a step further and identified the best Android phones for each carrier. For T-Mobile, the best bet is The Nexus One. Those who need a keyboard, however, are advised to choose the Motorola Cliq. Sprint customers should go with 4G HTC Evo, though the Samsung Moment is the "least bad" keypad phone for Sprint. The Nexus One is the best non-keypad phone for AT&T, while the Motorola Backflip is the best with a keypad. Verizon customers who want to go sans-keyboard should opt for the HTC Droid Incredible, while the original Droid makes the grade for those who want an easy way to type. Finally, the slideshow makes the point that all the top phones are from HTC and run on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor.
Without a doubt, however, the most systematic and deepest reviews are offered by TopTenReviews. The organization says the best "multimedia cell phones"-the story doesn't say "smartphones"-offer video, music and other audio, a camera, e-mail, Internet access and messaging. The site offers information on the availability of 27 features on each phone and links to spec sheets and reviews by experts and consumers. The top five phones are the Apple iPhone 3GS (32GB), the Motorola Droid, the Palm Pre, the Apple iPhone 3GS (16GB) and the BlackBerry Storm 2.
There are many other sites that offer reviews and other forms of advice. It is clear that other vital issues go beyond the phones themselves. There are drastic changes afoot in mobile device management, security and expense management. None of these categories matter much, however, if the phones themselves have flaws that will make employees reluctant to use them.