When thinking about purchasing a new mobile phone, most people like to compare different models from all the manufacturers in order to gauge which ones are the best. Each company has a “flagship” phone or in other words, a device which represents the best it has to offer.

In this article we’ll present the flagship phones from some of the most popular companies in the industry and give a brief synopsis on each device.

Which one is the best out of all of them? For that answer, we’ll leave that up to you because everyone has different needs, tastes, and preferences. But what we can do is to showcase what’s out there so you can make the right choice.

Apple iPhone 5
The newest kid on the block from Apple is its iPhone 5. This new model, released in September 2012, has a 4-inch Retina HD display, which is larger than all previous iPhone models. It sports a faster A6 processor that accelerates graphics and performance up to twice that of the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone is the device that started a new wave of mobile phones that would change the industry. When Steve Jobs introduced the first model in June 2007, public reaction to the new device was virtually unanimous; it was awesome. Since then, the iPhone has gone through several iterations, and its popularity as a great phone continues.

The iPhone is noted for its connection to the huge media ecosystem called the iPhone App Store, where users can download apps that, to date, number over a quarter billion titles. The iTunes Store offers free and paid content for videos, music, and e-books.

The next model, the iPhone 5S, hasn’t been released yet at the time of this writing and little is known about it, but observers speculate that it will be another incremental refresh of the iPhone that will offer better performance and extra features.

BlackBerry Z10 and Q10
RIM changed its company name to BlackBerry in February 2013 in order to symbolize a new direction for the Canadian-based phone manufacturer and to also place emphasis on its new flagship phones; the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10.

The Z10 strays from the iconic physical keyboard configuration of BlackBerry phones since their initial introduction to the world in 2002. The Z10 has a touchscreen and no physical keyboard and operates on a proprietary operating system that is specific to BlackBerry devices—no Android or Apple iOS.

While reviews have given the Z10 a lukewarm reception, diehard Blackberry fans or those who want to step away from products made by Apple and Samsung rate it highly for its performance, ultra-sharp HD display, fast on-screen keyboard, and excellent Internet browser.

The downside to the phone isn’t with the phone itself but due to the lack of sufficient apps for the device, which number around 70,000. In comparison, Google Play and the iPhone App Store each have ten times this number.

The BlackBerry Q10 keeps the traditional physical keyboard style that the company is so well known for and is already available in the U.K, and other parts of the world. The availability of the Q10 in the U.S. has been delayed until sometime in spring or summer 2013, and eager BlackBerry fans can hardly wait for the new device to show up.

Motorola Droid RAZR
Motorola’s entry into the flagship phone arena is its Droid RAZR series. The phone comes in various configurations such as the RAZR MAXX, RAZR MAXX HD, and DROID RAZOR HD.

Each of these iterations improves or adds to the basic flagship model by increasing display resolution, battery performance or both.

The Droid RAZR series sets itself apart with stunning styling, high durability, and one of the thinnest profiles for a smartphone in the world.

The case is comprised of bulletproof Kevlar fiber, while the screen is made of Gorilla Glass. The Droid RAZR is water resistant and has water repellent “nano-particles” that protect the unit and electronics from moisture damage.

Some of the basic Droid RAZR smartphone specs feature Android 2.3.5 “Gingerbread” OS, and are upgradable to Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean,” Super AMOLED displays with 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3-inch screen, 8MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera, 16GB of storage, microSD card slot allowing up to 32GB of additional storage, 1GB of RAM, and a dual-core 1-GHz Cortex a-9 processor.

For a great looking smartphone with a great set of features, the Droid RAZR phones are worth checking out.

Stay tuned...
In the next article of “Flagship smartphones” we’ll cover more flagship models so we’ll see you then!

Frank Ling is the National Technology Examiner for Examiner.com. He is a writer, professional photographer, and video editor. One of his all-time favorite jobs was working at a large video game publisher as a QA trainer for testing game software.

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