T-Mobile MyTouch 4G
The HTC-made T-Mobile MyTouch 4G takes the prize for the hottest phone on the T-Mobile network, and it's not hard to see why. This phone boasts a vibrant 3.8-inch WVGA display, a front-facing video camera, HSPA+ data speeds (caution: HSPA+ coverage isn't available everywhere), and HD video recording. Running on Android 2.2, the MyTouch 4G also has a unique "Genius" button for new smartphone users; the button activates a simple voice-command menu to help novices navigate the Android platform.
Google Nexus One
Though not the "superphone" that Google intended, the Google Nexus One by HTC is still quite impressive. The speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor makes this Android phone a top performer. It also has a stunning 3.7-inch AMOLED display that showcases its connected features, especially Android OS 2.1's five home screens for widget and shortcut personalization, as well as the improved photo gallery.
The multimedia-heavy Samsung Vibrant stands out for its preloaded applications (Amazon Kindle, Layar, MobiTV, The Sims 3, and Slacker), as well as the Samsung Media Hub app for music and video. Using Samsung's new Super AMOLED technology, the 4-inch display is one of the thinnest touchscreens on the market, and it produces rich colors (albeit with some glare) in direct sunlight. Although the Vibrant's 5-megapixel camera lacks a flash and the TouchWiz 3.0 interface can be sluggish, this smartphone is still a terrific performer.
The HTC HD7 is the first phone to run the brand-new Windows Phone 7 operating system, which is light, fast, and user-friendly. Sporting a 4.3-inch display, this phone also packs 16GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture--which would be great if the HD7 had a front-facing video camera. It also lacks support for HSPA+, T-Mobile's 4G-network equivalent. But preloaded apps such as Netflix, Slacker Radio, and Xbox Live make this phone a stellar entertainment device.
HTC G2 With Google
Running Android 2.2 (Froyo), the HTC G2 features a smart design with a pop-out physical QWERTY keyboard as well as on-screen typing options on its 3.7-inch touchscreen display. This no-frills smartphone supports T-Mobile's faster HSPA+ 3.5G network, which promises good connection speeds; the handset's 800MHz Snapdragon processor, meanwhile, offers snappy general performance. The G2 also comes preloaded with a gaggle of Google apps, namely Google Earth, Google Goggles, Google Maps with Places and Navigation, and Google Voice.