My opinion, give an honest answer to yourself to two questions. What will be the predominate use for the smartphone? What do you need it for?
The other question is, What are the 3-5 must have features and/or qualities?
Then, pick your carrier first, based on where you live, work, and travel.
And then, pick out the devices that are best for the predominant intended use and best match up with your must have features and qualities. And then from among those, settle on the device that feels right to you.
Last edited by aiharkness; 05-17-2011 at 02:25 PM..