Makers of smartphones are expecting a blockbuster holiday season. According to International Data Corporation, a leading provider of market intelligence, smartphones are likely to grow 39.5%, year-over-year, during the holiday quarter. And overall smartphone shipments are expected to almost double over the next four years.

The proliferation of all these devices has been staggering of late. Which smartphone is the best one for consumers? How will the changing marketplace affect leading industry participants like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and Samsung? What will their shifting fortunes mean for investors in these companies?

In order to get a better handle on the dynamic smartphone landscape, we asked Evan Niu, one of our leading tech analysts, to take a closer look at some of the top smartphones on the market right now. In this slideshow, Evan provides takeaways for both consumers and investors, as we all try to determine the best smartphones over the holidays and beyond.

A smartphone comparison for the holidays from The Motley Fool.

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