Top-Ranking Smartphones from Consumer Reports
By Emily Williams, RET Content Coordinator
Posted by: RET Staff
Picking up the August 2012 issue of Consumer Reports was like Christmas for me; it features rankings for some of the gadgets that matter most to real estate agents (and thus to me). The tech tools ranked included tablets, Smartphones, and cameras. We've been publishing a series of articles to summarize Consumer Reports' findings, helping agents who have not made these important purchases yet or who are looking to upgrade their device.
Consumer Reports organized Smartphones based on carrier. Considering you're tied down by your carrier's options, we'll do the same so you can scan directly to the section that's relevant to you. We've organized carriers alphabetically for your ease-of-use. It's interesting to note that Consumer Reports also ranked the carriers themselves in terms of reader satisfaction – Verizon was ranked the highest; AT&T scored the lowest.
- HTC One X: scored 76
- Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket: scored 76
- Samsung Galaxy Note: scored 75
- LG Nitro HD: scored 75
- Nokia Lumia 900: scored 71
- Samsung Rugby Smart: scored 70
Noteworthy features: The HTC One X ranked highest based on a variety of features including the HD display. The Samsung Galaxy Note is (quite interesting to us) suggested as an alternative to an e-reader or tablet, based on its large display and impressive features.