In today's society, there aren't many things that people are more attached to than their cell phones. A person's cell phone is his or her gateway into everything that goes on in his or her life. With the recent advances in technology, it now seems as if your cell phone can do everything that your computer can do. It then comes as no surprise that your cell phone could cost as much as it does. If you're in the market for a phone that will do nearly everything, then you should expect to pay a lot of money.

iPhone 5
The iPhone may be the most popular cell phone to ever exist. When it comes to brand recognition, it is in a league of its own. When someone says that he or she has an Android or Windows phone, you will have to ask him or her for more clarification. When someone says that he or she has an iPhone, you know exactly what he or she is talking about. Apple just recently released the iPhone 5, and it's the newest addition to the iPhone family. The iPhone 5 has several improvements, and Apple is hailing it as "the best iPhone ever." Apple has also set a high price to justify these claims. Off contract, the smallest version of the iPhone 5 (16 GB of memory) will cost you a staggering $649.99. If you would like to have more space, then the 32 GB and 64 GB models will cost you $749.99 and $849.99, respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S3
We all know about the ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung. You may have noticed Samsung's new commercial for the S3 which subtly mocks the iPhone without actually mentioning the Apple product by name. The Galaxy S3 is the latest flagship phone from Samsung. The phone's main marketing push stems from the fact that it does everything the iPhone does for cheaper. However, the Galaxy S3 is not that much cheaper than the iPhone. The retail price for the 16 GB and 32 GB offerings of the Galaxy S3 are $589.99 and $649.99, respectively.

Droid Razr Maxx HD by Motorola
The Droid Razr Maxx is Motorola's latest attempt to capitalize on the Android market. The phone is thin and has the longest-lasting battery life of any of the 4G LTE capable phones on the market. A long-lasting battery is very desirable to consumers. When you are on the phone so often, you need it to last. That kind of advantage does not come cheap, and with a $649.99 price tag, the Droid Razr Maxx stacks up price-wise to big-name competitors in the smartphone market.

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Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note brought with it one of the major innovations in the smartphone market. It is a combination of a tablet and smartphone. The aim of the Galaxy Note was to combine all the features of the tablet with the portability of a smartphone. The Note retails for $599.99.

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The Bottom Line
If you desire to own a smartphone, it will often be in your best interest to wait until you're eligible for an upgrade. Upgrades allow you to get a phone for a substantially lower price than you would have if you were paying for the phone outright. You can also consider getting a lower-grade phone. Previous model iPhones and lower-grade Android phones are available for lower prices than the current flagship phones.

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