Wireless and Mobile News staff completed the analysis of all the top best hottest coolest smartphones of the year lists and the results are very interesting. We will be publishing the results by carrier, maker and OS this week along with the top best smartphones of the year.
Samsung was the top maker for Sprint with 50% of the winners, while Apple, Motorola and HTC had 16.666% each. Android was the top OS with 83.333% of the winners.
The Samsung Galaxy S II model (Samsung Epic 4G Touch) topped the list on Sprint like it did on T-Mobile. Other trends were reviewers liked the "pure Google" experience on the Nexus S, super-fast dual-core processors, and huge Super AMOLED touchscreens. Big screens, however, can be heavy, hard to hold, and not fit in small pockets.
If you are debating which model is best for you, we suggest you take a look at the phones and try them out to see which one meets your needs. By reading the "Review of Reviews" you can get an overview and consensus of what reviewers think about the various models.
With the scores from the highest to lowest, here are the winners. Average ranking, summaries and links to reviews are followed by the best lowest price as of publication.
Wireless and Mobile News' Top Best Coolest Sprint Smartphones Review of Reviews
- Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Samsung Galaxy S II), 4.325/5 - Reviewers all found some similar excellent features such as a Super AMOLED 4.52" touchscreen, excellent battery life, good-to-great camera, faster dual-core processor and good WiMAX data speeds. The Samsung Epic 4G Touch sells for $199 from Sprint with a rebate. Online retailer Amazon Wireless is selling it for $79.99 for new and renewing customers which may change depending on the current sale.
- Samsung Epic 4G, 4.3/5 - Reviewers of the Samsung Epic 4G raved about the gorgeous Super AMOLED touchscreen, large comfy 5-row keyboard, magnificent media features, fast processor and super fast WiMAX data connections. Sprint sells it for $199.99. Amazon Wireless is selling it for one-cent for new customers and $49.99 for renewing customers. This Android powerhouse also appeared on the 2010 top smartphone list.
- iPhone 4S, 4.26/5 - The Sprint network finally has an iPhone and is the only carrier to offer it to new customers with unlimited data.
- HTC EVO 3D, 4.2/5 - The EVO 3D's dual-core performance, Sense UI and impressive 4G speeds make it a winner. Most reviewers liked the 3D features while one thought it was a novelty for early adopters. The HTC EVO 3D costs $199 at Sprint with a contract. Amazon Wireless has it discounted to $49.99 for new and renewing customers.
- Motorola Photon 4G, 4.18/5 - Wireless and Mobile News' Review of Reviews rated it 4.25 out of 5. Reviewers of the Motorola Photon 4G raved about its power, great audio/video playing, excellent call quality, global voice/data roaming, touchscreen, media dock, HDMI mirroring to HDTV and fast data speeds. The Motorola Photon 4G sells for $199 with a contract from Sprint. Amazon Wireless sells it for as low as $49.99.
- Samsung Nexus S, 4/5 - A good buy, it has pure Android and Super AMOLED touchscreen. WMNS RoR' reviewers liked the pure Google experience, brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen, snappy performance, improvements to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and improved keyboard. The update to Android 4.0 was recently pulled. Amazon Wireless is selling it for one-cent for new contracts and $49.99 for renewing customers.
Read all the "best of 2011" results from Wireless and Mobile News. We included CNET's Best Top Ten Smartphones of 2011, PC World, PCMag and Digital Trends. Consumer Reports' top best-rated choices for Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are also covered.