5 Fastest Smartphones

A speed race has popped up over the last few years as the smartphone’s popularity has increased. The best smartphones are the ones that don’t just have fast processors and other components. They’re the ones that combine those impressive specs with a fast data connection.

Cell carriers have always marketed based on their 3G coverage and speeds, and now they’re rolling out 4G networks across the nation. Verizon’s 4G LTE network is typically regarded as the fastest, and both AT&T and Sprint are rolling out LTE as well. For now, though, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all feature 4G networks based on HSPA+ or WiMax. Whatever the underlying technology is, the connections are fast, so fast that they’re beginning to surpass speeds of the former broadband leaders, cable and DSL. These five phones are all devices that use 4G to tear through downloads, web browsing or whatever else you throw at them.

Motorola Droid RAZR (Verizon): The Droid RAZR is launching on Verizon in November of 2011. It combines a large screen with a Kevlar casing and dual-core processor. Add in the fact that it runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and this is one of the fastest phones available.

Google Galaxy Nexus (Verizon): The Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and comes packed with a dual-core processor and button-free design. Like the RAZR, it runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network and is set to be a speed demon.

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (AT&T): Recently announced by AT&T, the Galaxy S II LTE edition is a simple revamp of the already popular Galaxy S II. It takes the great hardware that made the Galaxy S II a must-have, and throws in 4G speeds.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Sprint): This is Sprint’s edition of the Galaxy S II. It sports a larger 4.6-inch screen and runs on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. It’s easily one of the fastest two phones on Sprint, in terms of both data speed and hardware.

HTC EVO 3D: As the name implies, the EVO 3D is a 3D entry into HTC’s popular EVO series. The device is a phone that appeals to both 3D lovers and people who want to have a blazing fast data connection.

The high speeds of these phones aren’t just for bragging rights, either. Having a phone with high speeds means you can do more. Video chatting is smoother and has less lag when it’s done over a 4G device. Video streaming is more vivid and has less buffering and stutters. All of these phones are even capable of 4G tethering, where you share your phone’s high-speed connection with your computer. It all comes down to being entertained more and waiting less.

The 4G speeds aren’t limited to phones, either. You can get 4G speeds from wireless internet providers such as Clear Internet, and enjoy 4G speeds on your laptop. These are cream of the crop as far as fast smartphones go. They’ll do everything you want them to, and they’ll do it fast.