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Which smartphone do I buy?

The iPhone now has worthy rivals based on the Windows, Android and BlackBerry platforms. We take stock.

tech reviews Updated: Feb 28, 2012 02:58 IST
Gagandeep Singh Sapra
Gagandeep Singh Sapra
Hindustan Times
Gagandeep Singh Sapra,iPhone,iOS operating system

There was a time when a phone was about making a call. Then came messages, followed by multimedia messages. Now there are smartphones, which, for the still uninitiated, are advanced phones that enable you to store independent software applications, just like a computer. More important, they help you download content or surf the Internet at high speeds and effectively do on the top of your palm what you could a decade ago do only on the desktop.

There is Apple's iconic iPhone running on the iOS operating system. Google-championed Android platform is enabling dozens of manufacturers to offer smartphones at cheaper rates. Nokia's Symbian platform is waning but the Finnish giant is now a key partner for Microsoft's Windows phones. And then there is the BlackBerry.

Which one does one buy? We guide you so you can choose which variant works best for you.

First Published: Feb 27, 2012 21:42 IST