Outsmarting The iPhone

With all the hype surrounding the new iPhone 4S, you might think it's the only game in town. But Consumer Reports' tests of dozens of smart phones shows there are plenty that get the job done, and more.

Sure, a smart phone can make a phone call, but that's just a fraction of what it can do.

You can keep your calendar, store and play your music, watch TV shows-even feature-length movies.

And, of course, smart phones let you update your Facebook status anywhere...keep on top of your Twitter feed...take photos and shoot video.

Since it went on sale, there's been plenty of buzz about Apple's new iPhone 4S, and Consumer Reports testers say it turns out to be a great phone.

The voice-activated personal assistant, Siri, also works well-and it even has a sense of humor.

"What is the meaning of life?" Siri says, "I can't answer that now, but give me some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens."

But Consumer Reports says there are plenty of other smart phones out there that perform just as well, or even better, than the 4S.

Mike Gikas of Consumer Reports says, "For example, several phones we tested weigh less than the 4S and have larger screens."

Like the Samsung Galaxy S2. A bigger screen is great for Web browsing and video.

Another important consideration-speed.

Gikas says, "Many of the Android phones we tested run on 4G networks, and are faster the iPhones. That means content downloads more quickly and videos run smoother."

If you have Verizon, Consumer Reports top rates the Motorola Droid Bionic.

If you use Sprint, T-Mobile, or AT&T, the Samsung Galaxy S2 topped the ratings.

Consumer Reports says there is one aspect of the iPhone that's a real selling point-compatiblity.

If you won other Apple devices, like an iPad or a Mac computer, getting pictures, video, and music from one device to another is a breeze.

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