Forget iPhone 4S: Nine high-end Apple alternatives

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The iPhone 4S - not the rumored "iPhone 5" - was revealed this week. Apple fanatics are still predictably going ga-ga over the new iPhone, but not everyone's been bitten by the Apple bug. Here are nine comparable, high-end devices we like just as much - or more - than the iPhone 4S.

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Samsung Galaxy S II (Android 2.3.4, Gingerbread)

The Samsung Galaxy S II is a media-centric Android smartphone with an 8 megapixel digital camera and LED flash that can capture full 1080p HD video. But the device's real strength is its beautiful, SUPER AMOLED Plus display, which makes surfing the web, watching video, viewing pictures a true pleasure. It packs a powerful 1.2GHz processor.

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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 (BlackBerry 7 OS)

RIM's first and only "candy bar" style BlackBerry with both a touch-screen and "physical" full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is the best RIM has ever made. It runs RIM's latest mobile OS, BlackBerry 7, and packs 8GB of internal storage, expandable to 40GB with a 32GB microSD media card, along with a powerful 1.2GHz processor.

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HTC Titan (Windows Phone 7.5)

The first thing you'll notice about the HTC Titan is its gigantic, 4.7" inch display, the largest screen on any Windows Phone 7.5 device. The HTC Titan was also designed specifically to run WP7.5 - as opposed to older versions of the Windows Phone software - so it can take advantage of everything Microsoft's latest OS has to offer. And it has a high-quality, 8 megapixel digital camera with F2.2 lens, dual-LED flash and BSI sensor to help capture beautiful images regardless of your environment.

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Motorola PHOTON 4G (Android 2.3, Gingerbread)

Motorola's PHOTON 4G smartphone packs a large, 4.3" qHD (quarter High Definition display), a speedy dual-core 1GHZ processor and support for 4G WiMax networks. It's also a "world phone," meaning the PHOTON can connect to both CDMA and GSM networks across the globe. You can utilize Motorola's Webtop app easily by connecting the PHOTON to a larger display or TV using a mini HDMI cord. The Webtop app allows you access everything on the device on a grander scale, and even lets you surf the web via a built-in Firefox browser.

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BlackBerry Torch 9810 4G (BlackBerry 7 OS)

RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9810 may look just like the original Torch 9800 smartphone, but it packs a variety of new internal enhancements, including a faster processor (1.2GHZ), more RAM, more internal storage, and it runs RIM's new BlackBerry 7 mobile OS. The Torch has a touch screen and a "physical" full QWERTY keyboard, and the device's "slider" form factor sets it apart from other BlackBerrys. New HSPA+ network support also means faster data transfers.

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Motorola DROID BIONIC (Android 2.3.4 )

The latest device in Verizon's Android lineup, Motorola's DROID BIONIC, packs a powerful, 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3" qHD (quarter High Definition) display made of Corning's "Gorilla Glass" for durability, an 8MP digital camera with LED flash and support for 4G LTE networks. You can utilize Motorola's Webtop app easily by connecting the DROID BIONIC to a larger display or TV using a mini HDMI cord. The Webtop app allows you access everything on the device on a grander scale, and even lets you surf the web via a built-in Firefox browser.

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HTC Thunderbolt (Android 2.3.4)

HTC's runs Google's Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) mobile OS and has an 8MP digital camera with dual LED flash. The device has "surround sound" speakers for superior audio quality. And it supports mobile hotspot functionality, so it can share Verizon's speedy 4G network with as many as five separate devices.

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HTC Sensation 4G (Android 2.3, Gingerbread)

HTC's Sensation 4G smartphone is T-Mobile USA's best Android smartphone to date, due in no small part to its Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) software, extremely powerful 1.2GHz, dual-core processor and HSPA+ network support. It also has a 4.3" qHD (quarter High Definition) display and an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, capable of taking full 1080p HD video.

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Samsung Nexus Prime (Android 2.4, Ice Cream Sandwich)

No official details yet on the Samsung Nexus Prime smartphone, so this is speculation. It appears that the device promises to be a true "iPhone rival," and because it's expected to be unveiled this month, I wanted to include it here. The Nexus Prime should be the first Android 2.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphone, and it should support Near Field Communications (NFC). It could also pack a 4.5", 720p Super AMOLED HD display and 1.5GHz processor.

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