Though making a meaningful smartphone comparison used to involve pitting Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) against Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) in a duopoly, the other players in the market have become increasingly important to understanding the landscape. Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phones have gained traction, BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) 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 (NASDAQ:FB) 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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