Sure, a smartphone can make a phone call, but that's just a fraction of what it can do. You can keep your calendar, store and play your music, and watch TV shows and even feature-length movies. And, of course, smartphones let you update your Facebook status anywhere, keep on top of your Twitter feed, take photos, and shoot video.

There has been plenty of buzz about Apple's new iPhone 4S, and Consumer Reports testers say it turns out to be a great phone.

The 4S is faster than the iPhone 4, and the upgraded camera takes better pictures. The voice-activated personal assistant, Siri, also works well, and it even has a sense of humour. When you ask, "Siri, what is the meaning of life?" It replies, "I can't answer that now, but give me some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens."

But Consumer Reports says there are plenty of other smartphones out there that perform just as well, or even better, than the 4S.

Mike Gikas says, ""For example, several phones we tested weigh less than the 4S and have larger screens."

Like the Samsung Galaxy S II. A bigger screen is great for Web browsing and video.

Many of the Androids tested are also faster than the iPhone.

Consumer Reports says there is one aspect of the iPhone that's a real selling point -- compatibility.

If you own other Apple devices, like an iPad or a Mac computer, getting pictures, video, and music from one device to another is a breeze.

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