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Comparing Smartphones in 2013

By Doug Ehrman - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:30PM

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The very nature of a smartphone comparison has changed as the very landscape of these devices continues to evolve.

Though making a meaningful smartphone comparison used to involve pitting Apple (AAPL 0.17%) against Google (GOOGL -1.34%) in a duopoly, the other players in the market have become increasingly important to understanding the landscape. Microsoft's (MSFT -0.23%) Windows Phones have gained traction, BlackBerry (BB -2.00%) 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 (FB 1.18%) Home, which brings a brand-new market segment to the forefront. Where this development will lead remains to be seen. In the video below, Fool.com 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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