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Aaron Top 5

Last week, I listed my top Android smartphones, but let's be realistic: while it's an important piece of the mobile pie, Android isn't everything.  There's some cool tech launching in the coming months, and it's coming from all sides of the market.  Whether it comes from HP, Samsung, or Microsoft, there's guaranteed to be a shiny tech toy that launches this year and tickles your fancy.

Here's what I'm most excited about in the mobile sphere.  Whether you agree and think I'm awesome, or disagree and think I'm a fool for choosing what I did, hit me up in the comments section below.  I also hang out on Twitter, so shoot me a message there as well (@PhoneDog_Aaron).  Here we go!

 

1. HP Pre 3 (unknown)

HP's webOS is the bee's knees, as far as I'm concerned.  Innovative in many ways, it has taken a hit over the years due to lack of strong hardware.  It's not a huge deviation from the Palm Pre, Pre Plus, or Pre 2 design, but the Pre 3 offers hardware improvements that will (assuming it launches sometime this year) allow webOS to compete with the big boys on the market - Android and iOS. 

HP's Leo Apotheker is also on record claiming that the company is willing to license the OS to other manufacturers, so I'm hoping we'll see an HTC or Samsung superphone with webOS at some point in the future.  A little OS diversity never hurt anyone, right?

 

2. Samsung Galaxy S II (unknown)


Yes, it's on my "Top 5 Android smartphones" list, and it's also on this list.  How is that possible, you ask?  While the Galaxy S II can be purchased through speciality retailers, it's not available from a carrier in the United States, which severely impacts visibility.  Why buy an unlocked phone for $780 that you can't test drive in-store when you can buy a nice, high-end smartphone for $199.99 on-contract?

The Galaxy S II is a fantastic device, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and Android 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0 (which is much improved over past versions).  Rumors about it coming to one, two, three, or even all four of the carriers abount, so hopefully we'll see it hit sooner rather than later.  Choice is always a good thing - even more so when it's a super hot Android phone.

 

3. HP TouchPad (Wi-Fi)


Take everything I said about the Palm Pre 3, and apply it to a tablet.  HP's TouchPad should be a nice addition to the tablet market, and will open webOS up to an entirely new demographic.  The spec sheet is nothing to scoff at, either: a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, along with a 9.7-inch display and 1 GB of RAM should make any power-hungry user happy.

The tablet market is still in its infancy, and if HP plays its cards right, webOS to gain some traction in a market that's not as saturated as the wireless one.  Think 2009's launch of the Palm Pre, but in tablet form.  Let's do this, HP!

 

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (Wi-Fi)

It's like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but smaller and lighter.  And with Samsung's TouchWiz UX out of the box.  And if FCC filings are any indication, it could be coming to AT&T in the near future.  Carrier support plus Android 3.0 plus pocketability should make this dual-core tablet a hit.

 

5. A new smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango"

I haven't had any hands-on time with it just yet, but if it's as much of an improvement as my fellow reviewers say it is, Mango could be the jump-start that Microsoft needs to stay competitive in the crazy mobile OS race.  It's boasting 500+ new improvements including improved social network integration, support for linking email accounts into a unified inbox, and new multitasking options.

Between now and Mango's retail launch date, Microsoft needs to dedicate as much energy as possible toward educating retail employees on the fact that options exist outside of iOS and Android.  After spending years in the wireless industry in several of the channels that are impacted by this, I'd suggest a few things.  Seed employees with free devices based on sales contests.  Hire part-time people to train sales reps on the benefits of Windows Phone.  It's an investment on Microsoft's part, but in the long-term, it's a worthwhile one.

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Ben Conover
Ben Conover @Bryan K 1. You are soooooo lucky to have unlimited 3g 2. If you are gonna switch to Verizon, wait for your contract to end for a newer 4g phone.
Ben Conover
Ben Conover I'm at&t so I'll name my top 5 upcoming at&t phones (in no particular order): LG Thrill 4G - it's a 3D phone. If it's as good as the optimus 3D and evo 3d, I'll be good. Samsung Attain 4G (Galaxy S II) - no explaination needed And any of the other 14+ more 4g phones (including LTE in the fall <3 ) they promised to release this year. :)
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Shabbir Ahmed iphone5, ipad3, next gen ipod, htc senstation,
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Kodi Turner huawei glory, droid 3 , iphone 5 but im an android guy, and my favorite out right now is htc sensation
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Jaelon Parker-Humphries Huawei Glory- High End specs, Good Price, No Contract. Only one Problem it will be on the "Cricket" Network which is not available in many parts on the U.S.
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Mark Balcher Galaxy SII, Moto Photon, EVO 3D, HTC Sensation, Samsung Charge. I'm addicted to Super Amoled displays, now.
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Jaelon Parker-Humphries Motorola Triumph. Two Words - " NO CONTRACT!!! "
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Tim Houp Just saw the Nokia Sea Ray, the N9 is cool too. Looks like Nokia will get my business again, they make the best "phones" of anyone.
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Taavi Kala none, I just want the Galaxy S II.... or maybe the next generation Nexus actually..
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Bryan Kawashima If I'm on AT&T with unlimited 3G data iPhone 4 should I goto Verizon for the thunderbolt or charge and unlimited 4G data? But have 2 early terminations if I switch! Decisions!
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Brandon Castillo The game cube, colecovision, windows 95, the game boy COLOR! and maybe the iPhone 5 but I don't know
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Jake Nelson Pre3 hp touchpad and nokia searay!
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Christina Villagomez Not sure, am still inlove with my HTC evo
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Trever Pitts O I reAd it wrong I want the blackberry 9900
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Trever Pitts 1 blackberry 2 iPod touch 3 psp 4 xbox 5 idk
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Jerry Perales Pre 3, nokia searay, iphone 5, iphone 4s, htc eternity
Tommy Wood
Tommy Wood Right now its the Samsung Droid Charge or HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon cuz ATT is just.....DISSAPOINTING!
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Amanda Sutton Messer Nexus prime!
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Teron Facey I'm not an Apple fan boy but the iPhone 5 and the 4S is basically the same specs wise but the 5 is going to have that one thing the 4 or the 4S doesn't. Phone wise I'm happy right now.
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Chad Richter Bionic and pre 3
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Yousif Saleh iPhone 5 and please I wish the htc evo 3d goes with tmobile r AT&T
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J Daniel González Iphone 5!!!
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Michael Balk Moto rokr Moto razr Moto krazr Siemens clamshell Lg chocolate
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Nicholas Campbell As long as I can root it I'm happy. I have the EVO rockin sense 3.0 so I don't need anything now.
Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson "Motorola triumph"
Perro Rosello
Perro Rosello 1. Nokia Sea Ray 2. HTC 4.7 inch WP7 Mango beast (forgot the name...) 3. Samsung Hercules 4. Iphone 5 5. Pre3
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Cesario Brito Jr. The only thing I'm looking forward to is either the Nexus Prime or just wait till next year. EVO 2012, I'm looking at you.
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Greg Struzik Honestly, I'm really enjoying the HTC Trophy. Happy to see WP7 finally arrived on VZW.
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Sumeet Deshmukh Nokia n9 I phone 5 Motorola xoom 2 Htc sensation (upgraded) Samsung galaxy s 2 pro In my present, galaxy s 2 rockx!! I love samsung
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Jamil Oquendo Only really interested is windows phone 7 devices such as the Nokia Sea Ray, the HTC Eternity with the 4.7 inch screen, and maybe their next Samsung phone. Mostly looking forwards to a Nokia running WP7.
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Wil Kemp Droid Bionic & iPhone 5/4S
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Edmund Nigel Lg thrill looks way netter than the evo
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Edmund Nigel iPhone 5 , iPad 3 hopefully, the rest doesn't matter
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Cartez Cartizzle Sheppard Motorola photon 4g
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Verlon L. Carroll SAMSUNG WITHIN, TOSHIBA THRIVE TAB, MOTOROLA XOOM 2, MOTOROLA PHOTON 4G, ALSO CATCH MY REVIEWS ON THESE PRODUCES !
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Stephaughn Alston What's the next best thing on AT&T?
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Zach Cline Samsung blows.
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Chris Burns Samsung Hercules ftw
Matthew Klein
Matthew Klein ColecoVision, Windows 95, the cotton gin... oh, and the iPhone 3D.
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Tony Abiama Nexus 3/Prime or the EVO 3D
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Fernie Felix 4.7" mango phone, nexus prime, subsidized Sony arc, htc pyramid, & galaxy s2
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Jess Gonzalez iPhone 5
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David Michael Desch Blackberry Bold 9900
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Corey Perdew Whatever is the next WP7 phone on verizon
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Carl Manning PS Vita's about it. Hopefully an amazing Verizon phone sometime soon, something worth upgrading from a Droid X.
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Scott Schumacher I just want the iPhone 5 update for my iPhone 4 ;)
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Noah James Osborne Galaxy s2
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Robert Davis SAMSUNG HERCULES!!!
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Anonymous Droid bionic of it ever happens
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Jack Hutchinson I have mine...the galaxy s...it is awesome
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Laura Arellano HP touch pad and pre3
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Randy Nguyen Iphone 5/4S, Galaxy S 2, LG thrill, Nokia N9, Nokia searay...
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Johnson Jacob The Motorola Droid Bionic, Verizon Apple iPhone5, The next Apple Mac Pro, and whatever Roland or my other music gear companies come out with next.
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Paul Davis Samsung s3350 FTW!
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Tekpal Labung ?????? Any tablets will tickle me. =')
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Josue Cifuentes anything that can beat an iphone
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Jarrel Ennis Droid 3, Droid Bionic, Samsung Galaxy S2
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Errol Allen Most excited: 1. Nexus Prime(or w.e the name will be) 2. US' Galaxy S II The rest in no particular order: 3. iPhone 5 4. Nokia's WP7 device, Sea Ray 5. WebOS licensed device(such as HTC or Samsung)
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Sunny Patel Windows 7 phone or whatever one you want to give me :)
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Zach Cline iphone 4s or iphone 5.
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Marcia Jacobs I'm liking the 4G Samsung Charge
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Mark Charlton Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S2, and uhhhh Samsung Galaxy S2!
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Jeffrey Ly Samsung galaxy s2 and iPhone 5
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Melvin Chng Yi Cong Nexus Dual core!
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Tony Brown motorola triumph
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Ramon Quintero Sea ray!!!
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Kendrick Brown Samsung galaxy S 2
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Dylan Tan i cant wait for the google g1!
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Bill Moran IPhone 5 if its with Sprint
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Muneer KhanVict Nexus prime nn samsung galaxy s II plus
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Monty Dingo Singh mytouch slide 4g =D
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Elis Diaz 1. The Evo after Evo 3D 2. Quad core tablet 3. Hoping for a future xbox blu ray player
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Jan Michael Cruz BOLD 9900, Nokia N9, NexusPrime, PSVita
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Ricardo Lopez Iphone 6s, nexus 4D 4g, blackberry 9999999
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Kevin Mybigman Nokia N9 Nokia Searay Iphone 4s/ 5 ( Like seenoor peter, i don't want it, just want to see how it look lik) Nokia N950 LG 3D
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Mahendra Narine Blackberry bold 9900 ,iphone 5
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Anthony Roddy LG thrill
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Javier Zapata Iphone 5. If it doesn't amaze me and as everybody keeps saying it will, or if I don't find the new features that exciting or revolutionary, I'll be looking for the Blackberry Bold that's coming out. I own a bold at the moment and I'm very satisfied with this phone, I just need more ram to load full websites better. :)
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Frank Mendoza Blackberry 9900. And Samsung 10.1 tablet for at&t
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Kenneth L. Jackson DROID Bionic, Nexus Prime (3)
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Frank Mendoza Nexus prime. Samsung attain. Asus quad core tablet.
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Jozef Sakac One of the top 5 for me is out already, galaxy S 2
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Jessie Koetz- Birtcher Motorola Photon 4g!!!!
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