Other Smartphone Options
After the original iPhone launch, the idea of a "smart" phone really took off, with many competitors and replicators jumping in to get a slice of the market. For now, not many of them have achieved the same level of success, but you do technically have options out there, and some of them might be appealing. Here's how things compare to the newly announced iPhone prices:
HTC EVO 3D: Boasting glasses-free 3D technology, the HTC Evo 3D is, in some ways, more advanced than some models of the iPhone, but in terms of price you're really not going to save much. With a 2-year agreement (similar to what you have to sign up for with the iPhone), you'll pay $199.99 for this phone, which is $350 cheaper than its starting price of $550.
HTC Sensation: To be fair, choosing the EVO 3D was like going straight for the Ferrari of non-Apple smartphones. For something a little more modest, we can look towards the HTC Sensation. Not as advanced as the iPhone, and not supporting as many apps, you can get this touch-screen/3G enabled speedy device also for $199.99 with a two year plan.
Samsung Galaxy S II: Arguably the fastest smartphone on the market right now, the Galaxy S II is beyond 3G -- it's 4G, meaning you get lightning fast Internet surfing from anywhere the network is supported. In addition, it has an 8 megapixel camera and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, which makes it really fast for a phone. All in all, not a bad package, but what's the price? A hefty $230 with a two year data plan.