Announcing The 3rd Annual Smartphone Round Robin!

By Dieter Bohn on 9 Dec 2009 09:50 am EST

We are ridiculously excited to announce that today we're launching the 3rd annual Smartphone Round Robin! If you've never heard of the Round Robin, buckle up: Each year the sites of the Smartphone Experts Network spend some time out of our comfort zone, examining the platforms of our sister sites and learning how other smartphone users live. This year, the event will span six weeks, eight sites, over a dozen phones, over five hours of video, hundreds of photos, several hours of podcasts, dozens of discussion threads, and of course dozens of comparison reviews. Seriously.

What's in it for you? Plenty, we hope. To start with, each site will be giving away one smartphone (or your choice!) representing its platform. We have a Twitter contest for accessory prizes every week too. You can find contest details here.

More than that, though, every year we hear from grateful readers who have said the Round Robin helped them decide on their next smartphone, made them happier about the one they have, or even compelled some to switch outright. Researching and learning six platforms and all the phones on each is a massive undertaking - so we're doing it for you and you can just follow along.

If you want to know more about how to play along with this crazy event, hit up, where we explain the contest, the schedule, the participants, and even have an archive of the last two events.

The event begins in earnest on Monday, but today we're releasing the first of several podcasts, all of which are hosted by our friends at The Cell Phone Junkie.  We'll toss direct links to download and subscribe after the break, plus let you know who's playing along this year.

How to listen:

Participating sites

Smartphone Round Robin


Android Central, Casey Chan (@caseychan)

CrackBerry, Kevin Michaluk (@crackberrykevin)

Nokia Experts, Matthew Miller (@palmsolo)

The iPhone Blog, Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie), Dieter Bohn (@backlon)

WMExperts, Phil Nickinson (@philnickinson)

The Cell Phone Junkie, Mickey Papillon (@TCPJ_Mickey)

Topics: News & Rumors



I must say, I'm VERY interested to find out what Kevin thinks about the Moto Droid...


I do too! I can't wait! I could listen to it but the damn school disabled our computer sound drivers.

the one and only M

I'm very excited for this years round robin.


Same here! I've been waiting for this for a while!

tony bag o donuts

what others think of the Pre......I really want to like that device....


This is gonna be fantastik.


Is Podlinez free? If I call it will AT&T charge me?


Thats a good question I would assume it takes up minutes on your plan check your usage and call podlinez then after about 2 minutes on the line check to see if you usage has gone up.


After a little research I believe your right no charges besides the minutes it uses.


This should be an interesting year of smartphones


I always love the round robin time of year. I have yet to stray from BBRY and probably won't anytime soon seeing as I just got the 9700.


...I was just thinking about the last one the other day and I'm looking forward to hearing Kevin's take on the new Android phones, as I've been temtped to try them. Oh the guilt I've felt about the possibility of cheating on my BB! haha.


looking forward to watch the videos and reading the reviews, as well as listening to the podcasts. i'm very excited!!!!


i have service with nextel but the phone i bought has to be unlocked i can use the phoneand the 2-way but texting can anyone help thanks



Please go to this link for help with your question:

This forum is dedicated to your model and will provide you with the specific help and assistance you require.


This is a new contest to me. With so many different smartphones out there I'm very anxious to hear what each of the experts have to say.


Just when I thought I had things figured, new info comes out. This is sweet though cos I'm a firm believer in re-education especially regarding smartphones.


This is my first experience since becoming a Blackberry owner and I'm very excited to see what's to come with this great contest!!