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Wait! Don't Rush Out for Droid Bionic or Mango Just Yet

It's an exciting time for high-end smartphones. HTC previewed a couple of hot Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" smartphones coming soon, and the Droid Bionic is available from Verizon starting Thursday. Devices like the HTC Titan and the Droid Bionic are impressive, but do yourself a favor and wait a month or two before getting a new smartphone.

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind having a Droid Bionic. The thing is blazing fast--both in performance with its dual-core processor, and in bandwidth with its 4G/LTE capabilities. It has an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot video in 1080p HD. What's not to like?

The you have the upcoming HTC Titan and HTC Radar running Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango". The Titan looks pretty awesome with its massive 4.7-inch display. Windows Phone 7 with the NoDo build has had a somewhat tepid reception, but there is a lot to like about Mango and anticipation of smartphones built on the updated Windows Phone 7 platform is high.

You might regret that Droid Bionic when the iPhone 5 with iOS 5 and iCloud hit the street.
But, as awesome as these smartphones seem, you can't ignore the fact that the iPhone 5 and the Google Nexus Prime are both imminent. Yes, I understand that the launch of these devices is a matter of speculation at this point--and yes, I know that there will always be a new hot, greater, better, faster smartphone on the horizon. But this is different.

I am not talking about just a couple other run-of-the-mill smartphones with minor tweaks or slightly different hardware specs. I am talking about a major upgrade to iOS with iOS 5 and the introduction of iCloud when the iPhone 5 launches, and I am talking about Android "Ice Cream Sandwich"--the newest major upgrade to the Android OS and the Nexus Prime smartphone engineered to take advantage of it.

Google also has a major update to Android coming soon, along with the rumored Nexus Prime.
That Droid Bionic or HTC Titan may be awesome out of the box. But, within a matter of weeks you could find that your top-of-the-line smartphone has already been leap-frogged and rendered obsolete.

You owe it to yourself to exercise a little self-discipline and just wait a few more weeks, or two months tops. It would be a shame to enter into a two-year long marriage with a new smartphone now, and end up with buyer's remorse when you find out that the iPhone 5 or the Nexus Prime is your real tech "soul mate".

In the end, perhaps you will still choose the Droid Bionic or the HTC Titan, or some other smartphone. I just think it is foolish to rush out and grab the first shiny thing you see when you know for a fact that major game changers are due any week now.

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