4G Phones

4G phones are starting to roll out from Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. Each carrier promises faster downloads, but with mixed results. Currently, all of the 4G networks are limited in coverage, mainly concentrated in the east and west coasts. Compare 4G phones, including the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Galaxy 4G, below.
HTC First

HTC First

Reviewed August 2013

The Facebook Home phone is made for Facebook fanatics

Pros: Close to stock Android with Facebook Home disabled, chat Heads app allows texting within other apps, exceptional data speeds

Cons: Mid-range camera, lacks removable battery and microSD card slot

AT&T
99 cents
 
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Reviewed August 2013

Rugged GS4 Active more fun, less techy than its predecessor

Pros: Durable and water-resistant, attractive, colorful design, underwater camera mode

Cons: Lower-quality camera than original, less saturated screen than GS4

AT&T
Est. $200 with contract
 
HTC One

HTC One

Reviewed July 2013

Power-packed, aesthetically pleasing HTC One wows experts

Pros: Sleek, striking design, top-of-the-line hardware, good low-light camera performance

Cons: Normal lighting camera performance only average, blinkFeed home screen unremovable

AT&TSprintT-MobileVerizon Wireless
Est. $200 and up with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Reviewed June 2013

All-encompassing Galaxy S4 impressive and overwhelming

Pros: Large, vibrant display with wide viewing angles, wide variety of camera settings and filters, good reception and 4G connectivity, includes apps for virtually every need

Cons: Plastic chassis feels cheap, long list of settings and features can overwhelm

AT&TCricket WirelessSprintT-MobileU.S. CellularVerizon Wireless
*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
HTC Droid DNA

HTC Droid DNA

Reviewed April 2013

A speedy processor and stunning high-res display make the HTC Droid a winner

Pros: Large, high-resolution display, easy, one-handed use, rapid quad-core processor

Cons: Screen colors slightly muted, no expandable memory

Verizon Wireless
*Est. $200 with contract
 
BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

Reviewed April 2013

BlackBerry 10 is here: was it worth the wait?

Pros: Great camera, exceptional predictive keyboard, snappy performance

Cons: Convoluted user interface, no home button, mediocre battery performance

AT&TT-MobileVerizon Wireless
*Est. $200 with contract
 
LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Reviewed April 2013

LG's best phone to date hints at more to come

Pros: Ergonomic, lightweight design, crisp, vivid display, solid construction, powerful quad-core processor

Cons: Limited 4G LTE network coverage on Sprint, lower image resolution on AT&T

AT&TSprint
*Est. $50 and up with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Reviewed February 2013

A sleek profile, large display and powerful processor make the Galaxy Note II a tempting titan

Pros: Responsive , large display, excellent battery life, above-average call quality, lightning-fast quad-core processor

Cons: One-handed use difficult, display can appear slightly washed out

AT&TSprintT-MobileU.S. CellularVerizon Wireless
*Est. $300 and up with contract
 
HTC One X

HTC One X

Reviewed November 2012

"One" of the most powerful Android smartphones

Pros: Large, high-resolution screen, durable, sleek design, excellent call quality, high-end camera performance, speedy processor

Cons: HTC Sense interface doesn't appeal to everyone, size may be too large for some

AT&T
*Est. $100 with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Reviewed November 2012

With the latest tech and a gorgeous display, the GS3 climbs to the top of the Android heap

Pros: Slim profile, large, vibrant screen, excellent call quality, long battery life, impressive camera, latest Android features

Cons: Plastic design instead of metal, s Voice (voice commands) performs poorly

AT&TSprintT-MobileVerizon Wireless
*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
HTC One S

HTC One S

Reviewed November 2012

The stylish, powerful and feature-packed HTC One S fights for flagship status

Pros: Slim, sleek design, excellent camera, good call quality, speedy processor

Cons: No expandable memory, no removable battery, beats Audio feature unimpressive

T-Mobile
Free with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G

Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G

Reviewed October 2012

Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G offers decent mid-range Android features, but suffers from limited MetroPCS network

Pros: Decent photo quality, external microSD support, google Music media player, standard 3.5 mm jack

Cons: Internet connection drops from 4G to 2.5G outside MetroPCS LTE coverage, mixed call quality, bloatware, low-res display

MetroPCS
from $188.88 with new contract
 
LG Lucid

LG Lucid

Reviewed October 2012

LG Lucid keeps price low and performance high

Pros: Bright, colorful display, comfortable, compact design, fast processor, quick 4G LTE speeds, good camera

Cons: Poor call quality, video quality issues, outdated Android software

Verizon Wireless
*Est. $20 with contract
 
Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Reviewed October 2012

Taller, thinner, lighter iPhone 5 speeds up with a faster processor and true 4G

Pros: Thinner, lighter design, durable aluminum backing, larger, more vibrant display, improved camera software, 4G LTE capabilities, speedy operating system upgrade

Cons: New charger requires $30 adaptor for old accessories, data plans can be costly, depending on carrier

AT&TSprintVerizon Wireless
*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
HTC Evo 4G LTE

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Reviewed October 2012

Packed with all the power and performance of a flagship smartphone, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is ready for Sprint's LTE network

Pros: High-quality design, excellent camera, good call quality and battery life, powerful processor, intuitive HTC Sense interface

Cons: 4G LTE coverage limited

Sprint
*Est. $200 with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Reviewed March 2012

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is light-years ahead of other Android stars

Pros: Beautiful and speedy Android operating system, large, bright screen, fast and responsive

Cons: Mediocre camera performance, spotty 4G signal strength, short battery life

Verizon Wireless
Price too low to display
 
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx

Reviewed March 2012

Droid Razr Maxx offers a worthwhile boost in battery life

Pros: Long battery life, bright, vibrant display, sturdy construction, fast 4G speeds

Cons: Text can appear jagged on screen, may be too large for some users

Verizon Wireless
Price too low to display
 
Motorola Droid Razr

Motorola Droid Razr

Reviewed March 2012

Droid Razr is extra thin, but so is its battery life

Pros: Extremely thin, durable, scratch-resistant design, lots of screen space, fast 4G speeds, good call quality

Cons: Poor battery life, lower screen quality than competitors

Verizon Wireless
Price too low to display
 
T-Mobile G2x

T-Mobile G2x

Reviewed February 2012

Speedy T-Mobile G2x catches the flagship title

Pros: Speedy dual-core processor, android operating system, vibrant, responsive screen, excellent multimedia features, high-resolution video recording

Cons: Not the highest-quality screen available, doesn't have fastest version of 4G

T-Mobile
*Est. $150 with contract
 
Samsung Infuse 4G

Samsung Infuse 4G

Reviewed February 2012

Massive yet thin, the Infuse 4G looks good, but lacks real 4G speed

Pros: Large, colorful screen, thin and light despite large size, good camera, good call quality, long battery life

Cons: Slow 4G data speeds, outdated processor

AT&T
*Est. $50 with contract
 
Samsung Droid Charge

Samsung Droid Charge

Reviewed November 2011

Verizon's large and in-charge 4G smartphone

Pros: Fast 4G web browsing and media streaming, call quality, vibrant, high-contrast display, high-quality photo and video output

Cons: Short battery life, older hardware compared to recent smartphones

Verizon Wireless
Free with new contract
 
Samsung Craft

Samsung Craft

Reviewed October 2011

First 4G MetroPCS phone is a mixed bag

Pros: Bright and crisp AMOLED screen, hD video playback capability, good photo quality, standard size headphone jack, roomy keyboard, wi-Fi connectivity

Cons: Sluggish processor, slow 4G connection, limited 4G and 3G coverage, glossy body attracts fingerprints, poor battery life

MetroPCS
$300, no contract
 
HTC Inspire 4G

HTC Inspire 4G

Reviewed July 2011

Sleek, affordable HTC Inspire 4G lags on 4G data speeds

Pros: Price, large screen, easy-to-use menus, excellent call quality, impressive camera

Cons: Large and slightly heavy, data speeds slow for 4G, battery cover difficult to remove

AT&T
*Est. $100 with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy Indulge

Samsung Galaxy Indulge

Reviewed July 2011

Speedy 4G phone quickly runs out of juice

Pros: 4G LTE connection, fast processor, roomy QWERTY keyboard

Cons: Short battery life, dim display, camera shutter lag

MetroPCS
*Est. $200, no contract
 
HTC Evo Shift 4G

HTC Evo Shift 4G

Reviewed May 2011

The Evo Shift is a compact alternative to massive powerhouse smartphones

Pros: Spacious, well-lit keyboard, compact and sturdy build, less expensive than other 4G smartphones, speedy web browsing

Cons: Slow processor, no HDMI output, lacks front-facing camera

Sprint
*Est. $100 with contract
 
Motorola Atrix 4G

Motorola Atrix 4G

Reviewed May 2011

The versatile Motorola Atrix 4G is fast, but not 4G fast

Pros: Responsive interface, large, colorful display, can double as a netbook

Cons: Slow 4G speeds, lags when used with accessory dock

AT&T
*Est. $30 with contract
 
T-Mobile myTouch 4G

T-Mobile myTouch 4G

Reviewed May 2011

T-Mobile's top Android phone brings the speed

Pros: Speedy web browser, wi-Fi calling, hotspot capabilities

Cons: No HDMI output, problems with video calling

T-Mobile
Discontinued
 
Samsung Galaxy S 4G

Samsung Galaxy S 4G

Reviewed April 2011

Samsung Galaxy S 4G takes speed to the next level

Pros: Speedy, 4G web browsing speeds, front-facing camera for video chat, bright, colorful touch screen

Cons: No camera flash

T-Mobile
*Est. $100 with contract
 
T-Mobile G2

T-Mobile G2

Reviewed March 2011

T-Mobile's G2 is a worthy Android heir

Pros: Roomy QWERTY keyboard, fast, easy-to-navigate menus, clear call quality

Cons: Slider hinge doesn't lock in place, poor speakerphone quality

T-Mobile
Discontinued
 
Samsung Epic 4G

Samsung Epic 4G

Reviewed February 2011

Speedy Sprint Android phone boasts excellent physical keyboard

Pros: Gorgeous touch screen, fast 4G network speeds, spacious physical keyboard

Cons: Mediocre camera quality, expensive monthly data plan

Sprint
*Est. $100 with contract
 
HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G

Reviewed August 2010

4G Android smartphone hits a few speed bumps

Pros: Huge 4.3-inch display, first 4G network device, fast downloads and media streaming, doubles as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot

Cons: Bulky, limited 4G coverage, extra monthly fees, convoluted video chat app, paltry battery life

Sprint
*Est. $100 with contract
 
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