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Samsung Galaxy S III

T-Mobile has its fair-share of excellent handsets. The 6-month-old Samsung Galaxy S III remains a top-notch smartphone, thanks to its vibrant 4.8-inch, 1280-by-720-resolution display, its above-average camera, and its attractively slim profile.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

If you're looking for a unique smartphone experience, check out the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Aside from sporting an eye-catching 5.5-inch, 1280-by-720-resolution HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note II comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus that lets you write on the phone's screen—handy if you need to jot down a name or number while on the go. It may not nestle comfortably in your hand (or pocket), but this feature-packed phone is definitely worth considering.

Honorable mention: If Android doesn't tickle your fancy, check out the HTC Windows Phone 8X. Though this attractive Windows Phone 8 smartphone lacks expandable storage, it offers a great user experience and its 8-megapixel camera takes great-looking photos.



With its elegant design, powerful quad-core processor, and ridiculously high-resolution display, the HTC Droid DNA is one of the best smartphones you can get on Big Red. It does have a few weak points—specifically, subpar battery life and a lack of expandable storage—but the Droid DNA is a strong choice for people who want a phone that has a lot of muscle under its hood.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD

If you truly value battery life in a smartphone, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD will seem like a dream come true: This model currently sits at the top of our charts on battery life, delivering enough power for 12+ hours of continuous use. The phone doesn't have an ultra-high-resolution display or a quad-core processor, but its outstanding battery means that you can go without charging it for days at a time.

Honorable mention: If you want to balance power and portability, the slim and sleek Apple iPhone 5 will fit your needs perfectly. The phone's battery can easily last for 8 hours on a single charge, and the iPhone 5's Retina display is still one of the best looking screens around.

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