The top smartphones in the market are arguably the iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note, and Nexus 4. To a lesser degree, the Razr Maxx line is obviously marketed for its exceptional battery life. But I'm really curious what draws people to the alternatives such as any Nokia, Sony, HTC, LG branded phones and other Samsung phones? Specifically, I'm concerned w/ people who browse tech forums, develop or understand software, and power users. I'm not here to argue iOS v Android. To each his own. For Sony, HTC, and LG their products have hardly taken off. The knock on them has been that they are updated way too fast and older models are left in the dust. Sony is coming out with their Xperia Z line. But we know the Sony trend, and they have never really delivered w/ any Xperia product. So why, besides for the spec sheet, are people so interested? Similarly, HTC and LG are teasing their flagship products, and they are drawing a lot of buzz. Knowing that products like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note are the standard, Nexus 4 is the pure Google experience, and the Razr Maxx gets insane battery life, what about the alternatives drives tech consumers to the alternatives? Also, Samsung has its line of Galaxy spawns. I see all too often, "I root/write/develop software blah blah iPhone sucks, my Galaxy S (Blaze, Exhibit, Captivate) is a much better phone, more customization, etc." It makes me cringe sometimes when people come on to the forums and start arguing that their Galaxy S (insert spawn name here) is the cutting edge phone of the market. Anyway, end rant, I love choice, I think its great that no company has a monopoly on the smartphone market.