iPhone 5 and other new smartphones reviewed

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 2:30 p.m. MDT

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XPERIA Z, SONY CORP

The Xperia Z mostly catches up with offerings from Samsung and HTC, but one feature stands out: Its water-resistant shell means you can submerge the phone at least 3 feet deep for up to 30 minutes. Making water resistance a standard feature is something more phone makers should adopt as phones become companions to our active lives. Sony also enhances Google's Android system, without overly cluttering the phone. Enhancements include battery-saving features. The Xperia also brings a lot of features from Sony's stand-alone Cyber-shot cameras, while letting you highlight only the ones you actually need. Sony's new phone offering is impressive for a company better known for TVs, cameras and game machines.



— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer

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Lowell Steele
Farmington, UT

These are all cool phones, but the Blackberry Z10 really deserves a second look. I have never owned a Blackberry phone, but just happened to notice it was getting 5 stars by nearly everyone who reviewed it on the AT&T website. About two thirds of the reviewers had never used a Blackberry before, but after using the Z10 swore they'd never go back to Android or the iPhone. Much of the other third were former Blackberry users who'd wandered away and were lured back by the Z10. A few were Blackberry faithful who never left the fold. With almost no exceptions they were blown away by the groundbreaking features of Blackberry's BB10 operating system, and the Z10's amazing virtual keyboard.

After using the Z10 for a couple of months, I wholeheartedly agree: Blackberry has reinvented the smartphone! The keyboard learns my writing patterns so the more I use it the better it is at predicting what word I'll type next. It hovers 6-8 likely candidates over the next letter I would type for that word. If it's the word I want, I just flick it up into my sentence. Amazingly productive, and faster than my computer keyboard!

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