OK, so the iPhone is coming to Verizon. Awesome.

What you should know by now is that this will not be a 4G phone.

What you should also know is that there are already some amazing phones out there that aren’t made by Apple. Here are a few:

Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic is one of the most exciting new phones to come for Verizon. It features:

  • GHZ dual-core (yes, dual-core) Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 16GB memory expandable to 32GB
  • 8MP camera with dual-LED flash
  • Front VGA camera
  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • 960×540 resolution (iPhone 4’s “retina display” resolution is 960×640)
  • Verizon’s LTE 4G network

This is huge improvement over current generation cell phones, including the iPhone 4. Verizon’s LTE network boasts speeds of 10 MBPS and will presumably become faster over the coming years. If you are excited about iPhone’s Facetime, then you will be happy to know that you will be able to use Skype’s video chat over the network with the front facing VGA camera. Further, the quick LTE network will be very useful when using the phone as a Mifi wireless hotspot to provide internet to up to 5 other devices.

The dual-core processor allows the phone to load Flash content at snappy speeds and makes using the Android 2.2 Froyo a dream. The dual-core processor is also important for future iterations of Android after Google’s announcement that Android 3.0 Honeycomb will only be able to run on dual-core processor devices. Currently Honeycomb is limited to tablets, but this will probably change once more dual-core handsets hit the market.

The Bionic was announced at CES and is expected to hit the market Q2 2011. There was recently a leak through Amazon.com of all places where the phone was temporarily on the website priced at $149.99 with 2-year contract and listed as coming soon.

HTC Thunderbolt

For you portable media lovers out there this is going to be the phone for you. This phone boasts:

  • 1 GHZ Snapdragon CPU
  • 768MB Ram
  • 8GB memory plus 32GB SD card pre-installed
  • 8MP camera dual-LED flash
  • 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 4.3-inch super LCD display
  • Dolby surround sound speakers
  • Verizon’s LTE 4G network.

Like the Bionic the LTE network is going to offer a world of possibilities for this phone, however this is not where the interest ends. This phone is going to be the ultimate [non-tablet] portable media machine. The large screen coupled with kick stand and slide out surround sound speakers which will offer an unparalleled experience for viewing media on a cell phone platform. Again, unlike the iPhone, Flash content will be able to be viewed on this phone as well. With the newest iteration of the Snapdragon processor this phone will be running Android 2.2 Froyo speedily and will process media better than most.

This HTC beast is expected to be on sale soon at a rumored price of $250 with 2-year contract; possibly in the next couple of weeks.

Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 on Verizon is going to be worth the wait. It has been announced that Verizon will be getting Windows Phone 7 by the end of June. It can be expected that this will not simply be a port of existing Windows Phones that currently run on the AT&T network and will be an exciting new version of the Phones. This release will probably coincide with a major OS update that Microsoft is planning to release mid-year.

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Michael Rockland is a Blast Magazine blogger

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