Expert Spotlight for the Official Smartphone Rankings

The PhoneDog
Mascot from  Charleston, SC
| July 10, 2012

As the Apple iPhone 4S slips down the Official Smartphone Rankings on the People's Choice side of the charts, it is still the number one smartphone for some of our experts.  The device's ecosystem, camera, and hardware are some of the things that keep the iPhone 4S #1 for Cam Bunton, Alex Wagner, and Evan Selleck.  Check out their top 5 smartphones for the week along with a summary explaining their selections below.   

Cam Bunton - Managin Editor of Today's iPhone.  Follow him on twitter @TiP_Cam.


My opinion on the smartphone market hasn't changed. iPhone 4S, One X and SIII are all worthy champions on the hardware battle. Apple's iPhone - for me - is still king thanks to a superb ecosystem. The One X and SIII both have incredible features, but, are ever so slightly too big for comfortable one-handed use. 

iPhone 4 and One S are fantastic, lower priced devices. If you're looking to save a little cash and still want a great phone, look no further.






Alex Wagner - News Editor of  Follow him on twitter @PhoneDog_Alex.



My rankings for this week have remained pretty much the same. Apple's iPhone 4S has taken the top spot on my list thanks to its camera, which is still one of the best shooters available on a smartphone, as well as its good battery life and quality app selection.

Not far behind is the HTC One X, whose design I'm a big fan of. (Especially when it comes to the white model.) The One X earns points for having AT&T 4G LTE connectivity and a pretty good camera of its own, as well a very nice 720p display.

Next on my list is the U.S. flavor of Samsung's Galaxy S III, which features HSPA+ connectivity on T-Mobile and LTE support for AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. The Galaxy S III also has a 720p display and several other high-end specs, but I'm when it comes to picking an Android skin, I prefer HTC's Sense to Samsung's TouchWiz.

Sprint's HTC EVO 4G LTE is next on my list and, like its One X brother, it features a great display and design. It also features a red kickstand, which is something that should please owners of the original EVO 4G upgrading to the EVO 4G LTE. Unfortunately, Sprint's LTE network isn't live as of this writing, so owners will only be able to use Sprint's 3G network for now.

The HTC One S on T-Mobile rounds out my top five thanks to its attractive (and thin) body and its support for T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ network. The One S features a display that's slightly smaller than the other Android devices on my list (One S is 4.3 inches compared to 4.7 on the One X/EVO 4G LTE and 4.8 on the Galaxy S III), but that could be good news for folks that prefer a screen in the 4 to 4.3-inch range.




Evan Selleck - Contributing Editor of and  Follow him on twitter @PhoneDog_Evan.


The iPhone 4S by Apple provides the customer the perfect combination of hardware and software, while also having the best library for applications. The Galaxy S III by Samsung proves that Samsung has the right spot at the top of the Android hill, as the device is perfectly sized, has top-tier hardware, and features the best version of TouchWiz UI to date. The Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone device on the market, combining Nokia's high-end hardware with Microsoft's latest version of Windows Phone. The Galaxy Nexus LTE, tied with Verizon's 4G LTE network, is the best vanilla Android experience you can find. The DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola offers up the best battery life of any smartphone on the market.