4G is the latest in telecommunications technology. The 4G system allows for incredibly fast mobile ultra-broadband internet access via smartphones, USB modems and other devices. The advent of 4G connections now means that smartphones will be capable of increased mobile web access, internet telephony, high definition video streaming and conferencing, 3D television and cloud storage.
While previous 3G connections were useful for sending emails, social networking and other simple web-based tasks, 4G brings the power of a super-fast broadband connection to mobile handsets for the first time. It’s now possible to experience the internet in all its glory, wherever you are.
One of the advantages of having a 4G connection is that it negates the need for a home broadband package. Since 4G is a truly wireless technology, it means that you can always access the internet. There are no installation or setup costs, and you can be connected in a matter of minutes.
Most (if not all) new smartphones are 4G compatible, and it’s possible to tether some devices to your laptop or desktop PC so that your smartphone can act as a modem while you surf the web on your computer. In a market saturated by smartphones, it can be a daunting task trying to figure out which one is the best for you – which is why we’ve decided to give you a handy rundown of five of the best:
Samsung Galaxy S3
In just under a year, the Galaxy S3 has become an indispensable part of life for its users. The Android device is ergonomically designed and features an 8 megapixel camera, large 4.5 inch screen plus an innovative user interface. The battery life isn’t great, but you can’t have it all.
HTC EVO 4G LTE
Another Android device, the EVO 4G LTE offers incredibly fast data speeds. The phone features a kickstand which enables users to stand the phone up like a conventional monitor, and the large screen makes it ideal for watching movies or streaming videos. As with other HTC devices, there are plenty of handy pre-installed apps which make getting things up and running as smooth as possible.
HTC One X
The HTC One X is an affordable 4G smartphone which doesn’t skimp on features. From an aesthetic perspective, the phone looks incredible and feels good to the touch too. The screen resolution is an impressive 1280×720, and the 8 megapixel camera with AutoFocus takes stunning photos.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Despite being one of the first 4G phone on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus still packs a punch some 18 months after its initial launch. The touch screen is great, with an incredibly accurate ‘swiping’ motion. The screen is large enough to enjoy watching television and movies, and the design is sleek and slim.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD
Motorola entered the 4G world in November 2012 with a durable, well-performing smartphone. It’s not cheap, but it does offer incredible battery life, pleasing aesthetics and a gorgeous screen display. The audio quality on the built-in speakers is impressive, and it features 16GB of storage space.