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Sprint Phones Take Home Honors in Seven About.com 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards Categories

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The awards are accolades continue to roll-in for Sprint’s robust device portfolio. About.com just announced the winners of their Fourth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards and Sprint has taken honors in seven of the eight categories for cell phones.

  • Best Smartphone: HTC EVO 4G
  • Best Android Phone: HTC EVO 4G
  • Best Camera Phone: HTC EVO 4G
  • Best Texting Phone: Samsung Epic 4G
  • Best BlackBerry: BlackBerry Style
  • Best Budget Cell Phone: LG Rumor Touch
  • Budget-Friendly Smartphone: LG Optimus S

The About.com Readers' Choice Awards honor the best products, features and services across more than a dozen categories, ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting and more, as selected by its readers.

Three Time Honoree – HTC EVO 4G

Offered exclusively by Sprint, HTC EVO™ 4G, America’s first 3G/4G phone, picked up the top prize in three About.com 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards categories. Packed with industry-leading capabilities and features, including a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch touchscreen display, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with HD-capable video capture and 1.3 megapixel forward-facing camera, HTC EVO 4G more than doubled its closest competitor and scored nearly half of all the votes in the best smartphone category.

HTC EVO 4G dominated as best Android phone with a whopping 63 percent of the vote. Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G placed second to HTC EVO 4G in Best Android Phone, but bested three other Android competitors.

HTC EVO 4G was also recognized with 48 percent of the vote and more than double the nearest competitor as the best camera phone. With dual cameras - an 8.0MP auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3MP camera - HTC EVO 4G unleashes the ability to create, stream and watch video that far surpasses expectations of what is possible on a phone today.

For more information about this slick, speedy smartphone, read About.com’s full review of HTC EVO 4G.

Top Texters – Samsung Epic 4G & LG Rumor Touch

The second 4G phone launched by Sprint in 2010, Samsung Epic 4G, also earned the Readers’ Choice Award for best texting phone with 53 percent of the phone. It doubled its nearest competitor, another Sprint phone, LG Rumor Touch, in voting. The two combined took nearly 80 percent of the categories total vote.

Samsung Epic 4G is part of a new breed of Samsung smartphones offering their very best in screen, speed and content quality for a premium user experience, and offers a fully integrated multimedia, messaging and social networking experience. It also features an exceptionally thin smartphone design with a slide out, full QWERTY keyboard and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display.

Check out About.com’s review of Samsung Epic 4G.

Best BlackBerry – BlackBerry Style

Launched in the fall of 2010, the BlackBerry® Style™ 9670 smartphone introduced the more than 100 million U.S. consumers who use a flip phone to an elegant flip smartphone that features a full QWERTY BlackBerry® keyboard. Available exclusively from Sprint in the United States, it also features the new BlackBerry® 6 operating system and a wide range of advanced communications and multimedia capabilities.

For more information, read About.com’s review of BlackBerry Style.

Best Bargain – LG Rumor Touch

Everybody loves a bargain, but when it comes to wireless phones, it’s all about value. LG Rumor Touch™ from Sprint was recognized for best budget cell phone. Taking 61 percent of the vote, LG Rumor Touch combined with an Everything Data plan, which includes unlimited Web, texting and calling on the Nationwide Sprint Network to every mobile in America with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM offers an incredible value. It is an update to the popular LG Rumor feature phone originally introduced by Sprint. LG Rumor Touch retains the sliding QWERTY keyboard, but added a 3-inch WQVGA-resolution touch screen and a 2 megapixel camera.

Best Budget Smartphone – LG Optimus S

LG Optimus received the 2011 Readers’ Choice Award for best budget smarpthone1. Currently, it is available from Sprint for $19.99 at www.sprint.com with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Powered by Android™ 2.2, it was first devices to offer the ultimate personalized experience with Sprint ID, a new user-friendly way of personalizing Android devices that delivers an engaging Android experience for first-time smartphone users.

Sprint ID allows LG Optimus S users to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, all at once. Packs are designed to meet customers’ interests, whether they are sports fans, fitness fanatics, auto enthusiasts or more. The packs could be brand-specific; allow users to easily switch between English or Spanish; or be specifically tailored to the customers’ businesses or lines of work. The marketplace of Sprint ID experiences is growing and customers can have one or up to five on their devices, powered by the Now Network.

To view Sprint’s awardees and all award winners, please visit http://awards.about.com.

In January and February 2011, About.com asked readers to nominate their favorite cell phones in eight categories: Best Smartphone, Best Cell Phone, Best Budget Smartphone, Best Budget Cell Phone, Best Android Phone, Best BlackBerry Phone, Best Texting Phone, and Best Camera Phone.  Once the nominations were tallied, the finalists were announced, and voting began. From February 11 through March 8, readers were allowed to vote for the winners via online polls on About.com.

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1 In voting, LG Optimus S from Sprint was paired with LG Optimus T from T-Mobile to represent LG Optimus.

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