CTIA 2010 Smartphone Showcase

A quick look at the big-name smartphones on display at this year's CTIA

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CTIA has traditionally served as a showcase for device manufacturers to show off their newest and best wares, and this year is no different. HTC has garnered most of the big headlines with the debut of its EVO 4G, which will be the first WiMAX-capable handset to go on sale in the United States. Rival manufacturers Samsung and Nokia also showed off new phones at this year's show, while Dell unveiled its first-ever handset available in the U.S. In this slideshow we'll break down the five biggest smartphones from CTIA this spring by their carriers, screen displays, operating systems and more.

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HTC EVO 4G

This is the most intriguing smartphone to launch at CTIA this year as it will be the first phone in the U.S. to run on Sprint's 4G WiMAX network, which just happens to be the fastest wireless data network currently available in the United States with average speeds in the 2M to 4Mbps range. The downside is that WiMAX coverage isn't yet nationwide, although Sprint WiMAX wholesaler Clearwire has vowed to roll out its services in all major U.S. markets by the end of 2010, covering 120 million points of presence.

Slideshow: Smartphone Smackdown: HTC EVO 4G vs. Google Nexus One

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Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung's latest Android-based phone features a large four-inch screen and 16GB of internal storage. What's intriguing about the device is that Samsung has not yet announced a carrier, and the company has given hints that it might be available on every major wireless carrier in the U.S. In other words, the Galaxy S could follow in the footsteps of the Google Nexus One as a carrier-agnostic wireless device.

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Nokia Nuron

The Nuron isn't the fanciest or most feature-rich phone to hit the market this year, but its price should be just right for bargain hunters who want a low-cost smartphone. At just $69.99, the Nuron gives users a touchscreen handset with 3G capabilities for significantly less money than the typical smartphone.

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Dell Aero

The Aero is basically a variation on the Dell Mini 3 already released in China. It is a touchscreen phone that features both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a 3.5-inch display screen and a 5 MP camera. The phone does not have an official release date and its price and interior specs are so far unknown.

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HTC HD2

HTC first launched its HD2 at this year's CES in January as the first Windows Mobile phone to run on the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The phone is notable for its large 4.3-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel WVGA display. With its Snapdragon processor, which runs at 1GHz, the phone has the highest processing power of any Windows Mobile device released so far.

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