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Attack of the Androids

An iPhone app that'll let you write and edit Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, plus Android smartphones.

This story appears in the December 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

After a slow start, 's Android mobile phone operating system is gaining momentum in the U.S. market, powering a series of new handsets hitting retail in time for the holiday season. Here's the intelligence on this latest wave of and how they size up for business users.

Device: HTC Hero
Service provider:
Features: 3.2-inch touchscreen; /Bluetooth functionality; BlackBerry-like trackball; accelerometer; dedicated Search button. Messaging support spans IMAP4, POP3 and Exchange Server. First Android device to support Adobe Flash.
Business bonus: HTC's new Sense user interface, which offers more efficient access to contacts, and business-focused features such as e-mail and calendar.
Price: $179.99 with two-year contract

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