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By Harry Marks on April 4, 2011

Verizon

Droid Pro (Android): You’re seeing this correctly – the top three phones on Verizon that aren’t the iPhone are all Android phones.

For those of you who want the familiarity of a BlackBerry combined with an OS that doesn’t feel six years old, take a gander at the Droid Pro. The Droid Pro’s most distinct feature is its scallop-keyed QWERTY keyboard that’s so close to the keyboard on a BlackBerry, you’d think Motorola snuck into RIM’s R&D department and stole the plans.

Other features include a 5-megapixel rear camera, 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, and the ability to function all over the world. Yes, just like a BlackBerry, the Droid Pro is global, making it an ideal work companion whether you’re in L.A. on vacation or in China for business.

Top Specs

  • Solid hardware QWERTY keyboard
  • Global functionality
  • Android 2.2
  • 5-megapixel camera with face detection and autofocus

Droid Incredible (Android): Looking for something a bit more…social? The HTC Droid Incredible is a Froyo-based Android smartphone that’s all about keeping you in touch with your loved ones. HTC’s “Sense” overlay integrates your Flickr, Facebook and Twitter data into what’s called the “Friend Stream” so you always know what’s going on with your friends, followers and fotos – sorry, photos. And speaking of photos, the Incredible comes with a stellar 8-megapixel still camera and LED flash. If you’re a social butterfly, expect this phone to live up to its namesake.

Top Specs

    • 1GHz Snapdragon Processor
    • Live-updating “Friend Stream” social feed
    • 8-megapixel camera with LED flash

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Samsung Fascinate (Android): Samsung’s Galaxy S line goes by different aliases depending on which carrier you’re on – in the case of Verizon, it’s the Fascinate.

The Samsung Fascinate runs Android 2.2 (“Froyo”), but should be upgraded later this year to 2.3, aka “Gingerbread”. The phone, much like its cousin, the Focus, features a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen – though, this one is reinforced with rugged and durable Gorilla Glass. The Fascinate also comes with a 1GHz ARM A8 CPU, 16GB micro-SD card pre-installed and everyone’s favorite keyboard, Swype. With Swype, you don’t have to lift your fingers to type a word, you simply draw a path to the letters you want and the device figures out which word you’re typing. Magical.

Top Specs:

  • 4-inch crisp, clear Super AMOLED screen
  • 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
  • Rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with flash
  • micro-SD card slot upgradable to up to 32GB
  • Swype keyboard