T-Mobile myTouch 4G (Android): A front-facing camera for 3G/4G video chat, 5-megapixel rear camera with HD recording capabilities, long battery life – these are just some of the specs for T-Mobile’s myTouch 4G Android phone. The myTouch also comes with Swype, a Genius button to help you access just about any service on your phone via your voice and can function as a 4G mobile hotspot.

Top Specs:

  • 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording capabilities
  • Long battery life
  • Mobile hotspot-capable
  • 1GHz processor
  • Front-facing camera
  • Swype and Genius button

T-Mobile G2 (Android): The G2 is T-Mobile’s follow-up to its original flagship G1 device. The phone is similar to many of the other Android smartphones we’ve discussed already: 1GHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Swype, 4G speeds, 5-megapixel HD camera. However, what separates this phone from all other Android phones is the version of Android it’s running.

There’s no “Sense” or “TouchWiz” UI to be found here. T-Mobile’s G2 is running (almost) pure stock Android. This is Google’s OS the way it was meant to be experienced.

Top Specs:

  • Almost pristine stock Android 2.2
  • 5-megapixel HD camera
  • 4G capable
  • Swype
  • 1GHz processor

There are a lot of choices out there, most of them Google-flavored. Android is currently the dominant platform in terms of market share. However, there are still great phones to be had in the Windows Phone 7 and iOS camps. You need to compare specs, your needs and what you really look for in a phone. Are you a shutterbug? Opt for the better camera. Are you an avid consumer of all forms of media? You might want a better screen or HDMI output. Constantly collecting friends? Make sure your phone keeps you up to date on your contacts’ goings-on.

You now have 10 solid choices for your next smartphone, so take what I’ve taught you young grasshopper and choose wisely. Remember, this thing will be in your pocket for the next 24 months.

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