Best smartphones: The ultimate buyer's guide

The iPhone 4, Android, WinMo, Nokia and Blackberry explained

Buying a new smartphone? Don't sign anything until you've read our essential rundown

Smartphones are unquestionably today’s most important form of consumer tech. Since the iPhone, they’re no longer just for business; they’re scaled down computers that keep you in touch, keep you entertained and keep you informed. You probably spend more time with your smartphone than you do with your family, so having the right relationship with yours is key. Our guide will help you find your ideal smartphone life partner.

Here we investigate the five main types, helping you decide the social, functional and longevity benefits of each major platform. The iPhone 4 has just landed, but is that the only option?

Click a link below to learn all about your five options:

Nokia
The Finnish giant that once dominated the mobile
landscape is well into the smartphone race. Find
out if it's the platform for you...

- Click to see the Finns' finest mobile offerings explained

WinMo
If you need access to spreadsheets and documents on
the fly, then a WinMo phone is probably for you. Find out if
it's the platform for you...

- Click to see the buisness user's best friend

iPhone
The benchmark for what we now think of as a
'smartphone' keeps on shifting expectations. Find
out if it's the platform for you...

- Click to read all about Apple's game-changer

Android
Google's fightback against the iPhone has come a long
way, now pushing the boundaries in its own right. Find
out if it's the platform for you...

- Click to learn the benefits of the Google revolution

Blackberry
Emailing on the move? Tweeting on the train? Blackberry
has changed track from being business only to a jack-of-all.
Find out if it's the platform for you...

- Click to find out how RIM's handsets make email mobile