I don’t know about you, but I’m an AT&T user. Partly because I owned the original iPhone, and partly because Ma Belle has the best local service in my area. While other companies built up their line of Android phones to compete with the iPhone, AT&T waited until their exclusive contract with Apple ended to pile on all the major manufacturers to develop serious handsets for them that are competitive with the Cupertino device. How does AT&T fare? Pretty damn well, with some of the best phones available to date.

And Amazon Wireless has an amazing deal on all AT&T phones that don’t start with the letter “i”: they’re a penny each! Offer ends November 28th at midnight, so don’t wait!

Samsung Galaxy S II

Last yea’rs Galaxy S phones were exceptional, and by far the best competition to the iPhone. This year Samsung’s done it again with the Galaxy S II, a 4.3″ phone with a brilliant Super AMOLED+ display, a great 8MP camera, a brilliantly thin design all in a sleek 3.5G package. The Galaxy S II is truly a sight to behold. There is no better pocket companion from AT&T than this device, with the possible exception of it’s slightly larger brother, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, which boasts access to AT&T’s LTE network available mostly in the east coast.

Apple iPhone 4S

The iPhone is still the most complete package you can find out of any smartphone. The 4S may not be a gigantic improvement over last year’s model, but the upgraded camera, antenna, processor and the Siri personal secretary are just a few reasons why Apple is the largest company in the world today. And on AT&T versus other carriers, the 4S has access to 3.5G download speeds, which is much faster than typical 3G speeds (albeit nowhere near LTE). If you’re going to get an iPhone 4S, AT&T’s the only company that offers those data transfer rates and the ability to use data and be on a call at the same time.

LG Thrill

The Thrill is the second 3D-ready smartphone in the US, and the first to feature a Nintendo 3DS-like depth slider. Compared to the Evo 3D, the Thrill has some very neat 3D options, such as instantly turning 3D pictures and video into 2D, and automatically adjusting the depth when both shooting and viewing pictures. Plus it’s the only 3D-ready phone on AT&T, so if going into the 3rd dimension is your thing, the Thrill is your phone.



James Pikover

 
Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.