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iPhone competitors

When it comes to touchscreen handsets, the iPhone isn't the only game in town anymore. Take a gander at the latest crop of touch-enabled phones now (or soon to be) in stores, and see which one's right for you.

Samsung InstinctA close cousin to the iPhone in terms of look and feel, the Instinct comes with a snazzy, easy-to-use interface, 3G data access, on-demand video, full-track music downloads, voice commands, and turn-by-turn GPS navigation.

Pros: Touch interface rivals the iPhone, and even beats it with vibrating "haptic" feedback when you tap the screen; speedy 3G data access for video and music, as well as tethering to a laptop; almost the same size and weight as the iPhone; expandable memory.

Cons: No Wi-Fi; Web browser looks clunky compared to the iPhone's; no Exchange support (save for Outlook Web Access); probably won't be able to match the iPhone's potential as a mobile software platform.Availability: Mid-June on SprintPrice:

Probably in the $200–250 range

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

The first Windows Mobile phone made by Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X1 boasts an "arc-slider" form factor, a full QWERTY keypad, and a unique "paneled" interface running atop the Windows Mobile OS.

Pros: One-touch panels look promising; "arc" form factor ideal for viewing the display while typing; three-inch, razor-sharp WVGA screen; "optical" joystick makes it easier to scroll through Web pages; full Office and Exchange support; on-board Wi-Fi.

Cons: Relatively heavy and bulky; Windows Mobile interface much trickier to use than the iPhone UI; sure to be pricey.

Availability: Later this year

Price: No details yet, but bound to be $400 or more

LG Vu

This thin, light, and stylish HSDPA-enabled handset boasts AT&T's new live TV service, which delivers about nine channels of streaming video. It also comes with a slick animated interface, mobile email, and AT&T's one-way video conferencing service.

Pros: Great-looking video quality using AT&T's live TV service; slips easily into a jeans pocket; access to full-track music downloads; memory expansion.

Cons: Interface doesn't take full advantage of the Vu's touchscreen abilities; no Wi-Fi; no Exchange support; expensive considering what you get.

Availability: Later this month on AT&T

Price: $299

LG Voyager

Think the old enV music phone, except with a 2.8-inch touchscreen display on the outside flip. Inside the clamshell you'll find a full QWERTY keypad, while couch potatoes can tune in to Verizon's live TV service.

Pros: Snazzy touch interface; physical QWERTY keypad for tapping out long messages; 3G data access for on-demand video clips, full-track music downloads, and speedy Web browsing; turn-by-turn GPS navigation; memory expansion.

Cons: Relatively big and bulky; Web browser's so-so HTML rendering pales compared to the iPhone's browser; no Exchange support; no Wi-Fi; pricey.

Availability: Now on Verizon Wireless

Price: $299

HTC Touch

Another Windows Mobile handset, except this one comes with HTC's TouchFlo interface—a spinning 3D cube that gives you one-touch access to your contacts, messaging, Web browsing, multimediaFind Article, and more.

Pros: Small and slim enough to fit in a jeans pocket; clever TouchFlo interface makes for easy access to oft-used phone features; full Office and Exchange support; 3G data access for on-demand video clips and full-track music downloads.

Cons: Good luck navigating the tricky Windows Mobile interface without a stylus; virtual QWERTY keypad makes for clunky typing; no Wi-Fi.

Availability: Now on Sprint

Price: $249

But maybe iPhone still the best...

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