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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 4:30 am

New phones are continually coming out. Which should you buy? Here’s a summary of The Associated Press’ recent phone reviews, including Samsung’s Galaxy Mega phone, which recently made its debut in the U.S.

GALAXY MEGA, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO.

The Mega shouldn’t even be called a phone, if it weren’t for the fact that it makes phone calls. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Mega is more like a small Android tablet computer. It shares the tablet’s advantages in showing more detail in photos and video. Text is larger and easier to read, too. You can read small print on websites without zooming in, and you make fewer mistakes when trying to click on buttons and links. That doesn’t make the Mega practical, though, for many people. It’s huge and difficult to grip tightly.

GALAXY S4, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO.

The S4 is an excellent device from a hardware standpoint. Its 5-inch screen is larger than its predecessor, yet it’s a tad lighter and smaller. The display is sharp, at 441 pixels per inch. Samsung packed the Android device with a slew of custom features, including new camera tools and the ability to perform tasks by waving a finger over a sensor. Many of the features, however, make the phone more complicated to use.

HTC ONE, HTC CORP.

The One is a phone that can match Apple’s standards of feel and finish. Plastic and metal are joined together so well you can’t tell by feel where one ends and the other starts. The 4.7-inch screen is also quite a sight, its 468 pixels per inch among the best. Two front-facing speakers give you real stereo sound when turned sideways to watch a movie. HTC’s camera has a lower resolution than most.

Promises of better low-light shots from its larger sensors only partly delivered. Like other Android phone makers, HTC adds confusion by customizing the interface.

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