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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.

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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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