So you're understandably bummed about Apple
That's OK -- you still have a plethora of Android phones to choose from, and surely one of them could fill that black, empty void in your chest that the iPhone was supposed to fill. Right?
Well, no -- probably not. Most of the top-of-the-line Android handsets are just as sold-out as the iPhone. Verizon
Hmm. Wait, didn't Verizon launch another Droid model on Thursday? The Droid X, made by Motorola
Perhaps your best bet would be one of many Samsung Galaxy S variants, then. It's due to land on -- count 'em -- six of America's largest networks in the near future. That includes both Verizon and AT&T
But ... well, only T-Mobile has actually launched its Galaxy S yet, and the others will drop in anywhere from "summer" to "early fall." And these phones, which look rather comparable to the Droid X or EVO 4G in most respects, will also feature those shortage-inducing OLED screens. Sure, Samsung is the leading OLED display manufacturer and will probably save lots of material for itself, but it's still a material in short supply.
In short, smartphones are going through some growing pains right now as demand outstrips supply any way you look at it. Most of the market makers are established Brobdingnagians, but this still looks like a great time to start investing in the smartphone concept.
Which phone are you drooling over today? Discuss in the comments box below.
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