Today's 4G Phones

Which smartphones support this new high-speed technology?

4G wireless service is more widely available than ever before, as all four nationwide carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile -- all offer some form of the high-speed service. But not all cell phones and smartphones can take advantage of the speedier service that 4G networks can deliver. Here's a list of all of the 4G phones currently available or coming soon.

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Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to offer 4G service, and it continues to add to its lineup of super-speedy phones. Google's Nexus S 4G takes advantage of its Google roots by offering integrated Google Voice and the latest version of Android, 2.3. It also offers 3D maps and a 1-GHz processor.

The Veer 4G is the first smartphone released by HP since its acquisition of Palm. And the Veer 4G is reminiscent of the excellent Palm Pre, featuring the same compact, slider-style design, and (the now updated) webOS platform. It's available on AT&T's HSPA+ network, which delivers 4G speeds.

3D is not just for movie theaters and high-end TVs: it's now available on smartphones, too. The HTC EVO 3D offers a glasses- free 3D screen, which allows you to view 3D movies and content from sources like YouTube. The phone also is capable of capturing photos and videos in 3D. It runs on Sprint's high-speed 4G network.

The HTC EVO 4G was the first 4G phone available in the U.S., and it remains a well-regarded device. In addition, to support for Sprint's high-speed 4G WiMax network, the EVO 4G offers a roomy 4.3-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, HD video recording, and the Android OS.

HTC's EVO Shift has a lot in common with its older sibling, the HTC EVO 4G. Both phones run the Android OS. Both support Sprint's super-speedy 4G network. And both feature high-quality cameras with HD video recording capabilities. But the EVO Shift packs in something the original EVO left off: a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easy typing.

You don't have to spend big bucks to get a high-speed 4G smartphone. AT&T's HTC Inspire 4G is available for less than $100 on contract. Even at that low price, this phone still packs in plenty of high-end features. The Inspire 4G runs version 2.2 of the Android OS, boasts a 4.3-inch touchscreen and an 8-megapixel camera, and supports AT&T's Mobile HotSpot service. It runs on AT&T's HSPA+ 4G network.

T-Mobile continues to boost its smartphone lineup by adding slick, high-speed devices, and the HTC Sensation 4G is no exception. This phone, which runs on the carrier's HSPA+ network, features Android 2.3, a qHD 4.3-inch touchscreen, and an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flashes and 1080p video recording.

Verizon Wireless launched its 4G LTE network in late 2010 but didn't announce its first 4G phone until early 2011. The HTC Thunderbolt was worth the wait, though. Not only does it run on Verizon's highly-regarded high-speed network, but it also offers version 2.2 of the Android OS, a 4.3-inch touch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, a 720p camcorder, and a 1-GHz SnapDragon processor.

Looking for a high-speed smartphone that can double as a mobile entertainment center? The LG Revolution could be just what you need. This phone allows you to quickly download games and movies, or stream content using the built-in Netflix app -- all over Verizon's 4G LTE network. It also offers a 4.3-inch touch screen, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, version 2.2 of the Android OS, and a 1-GHz SnapDragon processor.

Is it a phone, or is it a computer? That's what AT&T's Motorola Atrix 4G may have you asking. This smartphone packs in plenty of computer-like features, including a high-power 1-GHz dual-core CPU and the desktop version of the Firefox browser. If that's not enough, you can even make the Atrix 4G look like a laptop with Motorola's Laptop Dock, an accessory that features an 11.6-inch screen and a full keyboard.

Android phones have plenty of advantages over Apple's iPhone. But one thing the iPhone has going for it is the entertainment eco-system offered by its iTunes integration. Purchasing content and sharing it between your phone and your computer is simple with Apple's software. Samsung is aiming to offer a similar experience with the Samsung Media Hub, available on the Droid Charge. It offers movies and TV shows for purchase and rental. And you can use the speed of Verizon's 4G LTE network to get content quickly.

The Samsung Epic 4G is one of my all-time favorite smartphones. And for good reason. Just consider its features: support for Sprint's high-speed 4G network, a roomy slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a top-notch camera. You also get a big, bright screen, and a phone that's easy to use.

The Samsung Exhibit 4G is yet another of T-Mobile's high-speed devices. This phone, which supports the carrier's HSPA+ network, features version 2.3 of the Android OS, a 1-GHz processor, and two cameras. But what's most interesting about this phone is its bargain price.

The Galaxy S II is super-slim and super-slick. This unlocked Android smartphone packs in just about all of the advanced features you could ever want, such as a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, dual-core processor, Android 2.3, an 8-megapixel camera, and full HD video recording. If that's not enough, this phone also can wirelessly link with your TV, laptop, or printer. 

Samsung continues to roll out new Galaxy S smartphones, adding new features to the new handsets. One o the latest is the Galaxy S 4G, labeled by T-Mobile as its "fastest smartphone." In addition, to support for T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network, the Galaxy S 4G offers a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, Android 2.2, a 1-GHz processor, and a 5-megapixel camera.

Not all 4G networks are equal, and not all 4G phones are the same -- even if they come from the same carrier. Take the Samsung Infuse, for example. It's AT&T's first smartphone to support HSDPA Category 14, which means that it can deliver speeds up to 21 megabits per second over AT&T's HSPA+ network. Additional features include a super-svelte design, version 2.2 of the Android OS, and an 8-megapixel camera.

The T-Mobile G1 -- the first-ever Android phone -- was a groundbreaker in many ways. But it lacked polish, something the T-Mobile G2 delivers in spades. This phone improves on its predecessor with a much sleeker design, even while retaining a full QWERTY keyboard for easy typing. It also offers support T-Mobile's HSPA+ network.

Entertainment addicts will appreciate the LG G2x. The G2x delivers gaming, mobile TV service, easy access to social networks, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and more.

A high-speed update to the T-Mobile myTouch, the myTouch 4G runs on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. But that's not all it offers: the myTouch 4G itself also packs in a 3.8-inch touch screen, the latest version of Android, and a slim and sleek design.

T-Mobile's Sidekick has long been an excellent messaging device, with its best-in-class keyboard and comfortable user interface. Now, the messaging phone has been reborn as a smartphone, running Android 2.2 and offers support for T-Mobile's high-speed HSPA+ network.


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