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Comparing Smartphones in 2013

Thursday - 4/11/2013, 4:30am  ET

Though making a meaningful smartphone comparison used to involve pitting Apple against Google in a duopoly, the other players in the market have become increasingly important to understanding the landscape. Microsoft's Windows Phones have gained traction, BlackBerry refuses to go away, and Samsung has carved out its own niche unlike any other. Any meaningful smartphone comparison now includes multiple devices across multiple operating systems, not to mention a look at the markets in which they compete.

Confusing the matter further is the recent release of Facebook Home, which brings a brand-new market segment to the forefront. Where this development will lead remains to be seen. In the video below, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the most important elements of a smartphone comparison and which names to watch heading into the summer.

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