Fall’s Hottest Smartphones: A Buyer’s Guide

With Apple's latest iPhone widely expected next month, anyone shopping for a new phone right now has a lot to consider. USA TODAY's Nancy Blair and Edward C. Baig offer a roundup of fall's hottest handsets, in no particular order, keeping in mind that pricing and availability may change:

ANDROID

How to choose? Android fans have a shelf full of offerings to consider from every major Android maker. Google-owned Motorola just unveiled the Moto X, the first flagship phone under the Google umbrella. This month also brought the unveiling of LG's G2, which will be coming to U.S. carriers sometime later this summer or early fall. And for Android purists, the Google Play store now offers stock Android versions of the Samsung Galaxy line's popular S4 and the HTC One.

HTC ONE

HTC's thin and stylish HTC One reached U.S. consumers this spring on every major wireless carrier except for Verizon, where the release date has been pushed back several times.

With sleek unibody construction and premium feel, the HTC One offers an excellent screen display, some slick photo features and a unique BlinkFeed interface that pushes your content front and center. Rather than typical icons, you can get a stream of your photos, news and more.

This is a knockout phone. It has great-sounding speakers. And it can capture a few seconds of video and still images through a feature called "Zoe." But it's not without flaws. The Zoe software isn't very intuitive, and the phone's on-screen home button is in an odd place.

Pricing: $199.99 for a 32GB version ($299 for 64GB) at AT&T and Sprint with two-year service contracts. At T-Mobile: $99.99 down payment and $20 monthly payments over 24 months.

Key specs: HTC UltraPixel Camera, 1080p HD video capture and playback, Beats Audio, quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

MOTO X

The first phone produced from scratch...

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