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Tech expert Chad Sapieha shares his top picks for always staying connected

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Samsung Galaxy S II: for the chic geek This Android handset is wafer-thin, feather-light and sports a gigantic 4.3-inch screen. Its 1.2 GHz dual-core processor makes mincemeat out of apps, and an 8-megapixel camera captures great photos and HD video. Starting at $169 with a three-year contract through Bell; samsung.ca

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iPhone 4: for the app hound The fifth generation of Apple’s phone is around the corner, but the iPhone 4 makes a strong argument for the impatient. It’s speedy, sports a stunning Retina display and offers unbeatable access to apps. Starting at $159 with a three-year plan through carriers; apple.ca

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HTC Surround: for the maestro This Windows Phone 7 handset should score with music-lovers thanks to its slide-out Dolby surround speaker. A kickstand keeps the tiny amp upright. Gamers will enjoy a small but growing library of Xbox Live exclusives. Starting at $0 with a three-year contract through Telus; htc.com/ca

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INQ Cloud Touch: for the social butterfly Geared for people who live on social networks, the Android-based Cloud Touch could be called the Facebook phone. A Facebook newsfeed plays across its home screen, giving users one-touch access to notifications. Starting at $29 with a three-year contract through Telus; inqmobile.com

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RIM Torch 9850/60: for the cool communicator The soon-to-launch 3.7-inch Torch has the largest display ever seen on a BlackBerry phone. It also runs the Blackberry 7 operating system, which promises to deliver the company’s fluid communications features in a touch-screen format. Pricing yet to be announced; rim.com

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