Senior editor February 28, 2011 (updated on: August 18, 2011)
You’ve probably seen ad campaigns from the major U.S. carriers boasting about their 4G networks, but what exactly does 4G mean? My colleague Kent German provides an in-depth explanation of 4G in his On Call column, but in short, it’s next-generation wireless technology that promises data speeds at least two times faster than today’s current 3G cellular networks. For you as a consumer that means you should experience faster Web browsing, quicker downloads, and other benefits on your smartphone.
Of course, you’ll need a compatible device to use on a carrier’s 4G network, and fortunately the list of 4G phones is growing. Sprint led the charge by launching the first 4G smartphone in the United States, the HTC Evo 4G, in May 2010. Since then, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have released at least half a dozen new 4G phones.
Here we’ve gathered some of the latest 4G smartphones we’ve reviewed lately, so check them out to see if one is right for you.
See also: CNET’s 4G resource guide