Smartphones have become the most popular type of cell phone not only in the United States but around the world.  These devices allow us to email, browse the Internet, play games, set our DVRs, and of course text and make calls from one thin and lightweight device.

The task of finding the right smartphone for you can be a little daunting though.  There are so many great option on the market and for those of you who aren't all that familiar with these devices it can be a head-spinning experience for sure.

Well, I'm here to help.  Below you will find a quick guide to today's hottest smartphones.  Hopefully it will help make your buying decision a little easier.  Enjoy!

  • iPhone 5

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    Overview: The iPhone 5 is the latest smartphone from Apple.  It's the thinnest and lightest iPhone to date.  It is also has the most processing power of any of its previous iterations.

    Operating System: iOS 6

    Display: The iPhone 5 has a 4-inch Retina display that boasts brilliant colors and sharp resolution.

    Wireless Technology: The iPhone 5 is the first iPhone with 4G LTE wireless capabilities.  4G LTE is the fastest wireless network currently available for cellphones.  The iPhone 5 also employs speedy 5GHz wi-fi capabilities as well

    Processing Power: The iPhone 5 boasts a powerful A6 chip that provides blazing processing power without draining the phone's battery.

    Pros: Integration between software and hardware is nearly flawless, easy to use, battery life, apps.

    Cons: Doesn't have as many "wow" features that most other smartphones have, can't install 3rd party apps.

    Best For: People who already have Apple products and integration with those products is excellent, business users, first time smartphone users.

    Bottom Line: If you are a fan of Apple or want a simple and easy smartphone, go with the iPhone 5.

  • Galaxy S III

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    Overview: The Galaxy S III from Samsung is quickly becoming one of the most popular smartphones on the planet.  This phone has it all, speed, power, and a lot of really innovative features that you won't find on any other smartphone.

    Operating System: Android Jellybean

    Display: The Galaxy S III has a large 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display.  While not quite as vibrant as the iPhone's Retina display, this mega screen will impress and then some.

    Wireless Technology: Just like the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S III connects to a wireless carrier's 4G LTE service and to your home wi-fi on the blazing 5GHz band.

    Processing Power: A speedy Cortex-A9 Quad Core processor powers the Galaxy S III.

    Pros: Large screen, apps, innovative features (such as S-Beam, Motion, NFC, etc.)

    Cons: The phone is quite big, Android operating systems can be slightly daunting for new smartphones users.

    Best For: People who are used to smart phone technology, students, business.

    Bottom Line: If you want a phone just packed with features and a flexible operating system, you'll want to pick up the Galaxy S III.

  • htc 8X

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    Overview: The 8X is the latest Windows Phone 8 smartphone from htc.  This revolutionary phone boasts a stellar camera, a unibody design and great sound.

    Operating System: Windows Phone 8

    Display: The 8X has a 4.3 inch HD screen with Gorilla Glass.

    Wireless Technology: 4G LTE

    Processing Power: The 8X uses the popular 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 chip which you'll find in many of last year's best smartphones.

    Pros: Great camera, awesome battery life, sleek and smooth design.

    Cons: Not a lot of apps, can't expand phone's memory.

    Best For: Anyone who loves windows and is looking for a simple yet elegant smartphone experience.

    Bottom Line: If you are looking for a Windows Phone this is the way to go.