Everyone loves a countdown; so here, for your delight and delectation is twenty of the Mobile Phones smartphones in the world today.
HTC Desire C
HTC fans will recognise the fact that the Desire C is really a repackaged evolution of the popular HTC Wildfire S, but that’s not to say this handset will not be a success in its own right.
The Desire C has a handful of attractive selling points: The intuitive interface, sumptuous design and reasonable price tag all combine to make the Desire C a standout performer in the budget end of the market. It will be up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Y and LG Optimus L3.
Love them or loathe them, you can’t deny the impact the iPhone has had on our lives. The iPhone 4 model was a massive step forward for the Apple brand and laid down an impressive marker for which the other major selling mobile phone brands were to aim for.
The iPhone 4′s 960×640 Retina Display was the major talking point when it was launched back in 2010.
While the rest of the market may now have clamoured on board with Apple’s way of thinking in terms of form and aesthetic, the Retina Display still separates the iPhone from the rest of the riff-raff on the market.
Still definitely worth a punt if you’re thinking of selling your old phone and dipping your mitts into the high end smartphone market, even if the iPhone 5 looms ominously on the horizon.
Samsung Galaxy Note
Phone or tablet? This is the question that seems to hang over the Note like an unwelcome smell. Samsung want us to believe in a new genre of device – a hybrid that combines the best of both devices. If we’re being brutally simplistic about things let’s just come out and say that the Galaxy Note is a just a very big Mobile Phones – too big, for some image-conscience people.
Perhaps Samsung are on to something with the Tablet; given our new found thirst for mobile browsing and less of a reliance on making calls?
The Note’s screen measures in at 5.3-inches, plus if you delve deep into the bowels of the device you’ll find a stonking great 1.4GHz dual core processor.
The naysayers will find fault with Note: it’s too big; the stylus is old-fashioned; making a call makes it look like you’re holding a manhole cover to your face, and other such grumblings. But what Samsung has done here with the Note is taken a handset which everyone loved – the Galaxy S2 – and beefed it up for the mobile-web generation.
BlackBerry Curve 9360
Despite the RIM empire suffering a lingering painful death, the Curve range has battled on courageously and is seen as somewhat of a saviour by those in the upper echelons of the Canadian brand, with the immensely popular Curve 8520 still selling years after its initial launch.
The new Curve kicks on from the success of the 8520 and tries (and for the most part succeeds) in delivering the famed BlackBerry functionality in a bit of a sleeker, sexier package. This 9360 also has the next-generation of communication and data transfer technology on board in the form of NFC.
BlackBerry diehards will love it.
Sony Ericsson Arc S
Sony must be an exasperated bunch: Continually churning out top-quality Mobile Phones technology only for the attention-hungry likes of Apple and Samsung to go about greedily gobbling up all the headlines.
From the exquisite Reality Display with Bravia Engine to the powerful-yet-simple 8.1MP camera with Exmor R technology, this is one of those handsets that you want to show off to your mates.
HTC Sensation XE
Call it tech-porn if you must; but the battle between the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S2 produced a sexual frisson for many as two glistening tech athletes wrestled for supremacy.
Both have dual core credentials; both offer cutting-edge software and both models are packed to the gills with Android goodness.
But with the launch of the One X, the Sensation XE has been demoted to the role of foot soldier as a new knight gallops in to snatch the glory. If you’re after absolute top end HTC Sense experience then you probably won’t be looking at the Sensation XE any longer.
However, the camera is still quality, browsing and UI speeds are still speedy and the overall build quality means the Sensation XE is still worth a look.
BlackBerry Bold 9900
It’s already been mentioned how RIM has been struggling of late; so we won’t dwell on the fact further and, despite these difficulties, the company has managed to churn out the BlackBerry Bold9900 which is by far and away the smartphone industry’s top messaging device.
The Bold 9900 is a classic. Simple as. BlackBerry pulled out the stops design-wise: solid chassis, easy to use keys, a superbly hi-res screen and touch capabilities to boot. Furthermore, RIM bumped up the hardware where it really mattered to give owners of this BlackBerry a super-smooth and effortless user experience.
Still a wee bit on the pricey side, but a cracking effort all round from a company which seems to be continually struggling.
Sony Xperia U
If you’re willing to side-step the modern obsession with enormous screen-size then then Xperia U is one of the best smartphones currently available.
It has all the speed, power and features you require but comes at half the price. The trade-off is the lack of ludicrously large screen – which some may see as nothing but a good thing – and a little less storage space for all your content and media.
Still, check out the price! Beggars choosers and all that…
Huawei Ascend G300
Cheap as chips, the Ascend will really catch your eye if you’re in the market for a real bargain. Phones like the Ascend G300 belong in a countdown like this because at the end of the day it isn’t always about A4-sized touchscreens or flux capacitor processors, occasionally all people are after is a bit of good old-fashioned value; which is exactly what you get with the Huawei Ascend G300
An original skin atop Android 2.3 might not scream ‘buy me!’, and it’s a little underpowered if truth be told, but for the price Huawei are asking it more than plugs a gap in the budget Android market.
Motorola RAZR Maxx
Don’t be fooled, this RAZR rebrand is far removed from the retro flip-design of the early noughties which every man and his dog once owned. The Motorola RAZR is back with a vengeance with a swish new design and modern form factor.
A super-slim body, shelves and shelves of RAM, Kevlar casing and a top of the range processor are all present and correct and wowing the masses. It’s about time another brand put their hand up to take on Apple and Samsung.
Motorola can also now boast of industry-leading. Okay, so it isn’t in a particularly glamorous filed like processing speed or screen resolution but hey, battery life is important too! Yes, that’s right, the Motorola RAZR Maxx will run and run and run all day –it’s a beast when it comes to battery.
Throw in some dashing good looks and you’ve bagged yourself one of the best smartphones of recent years.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Sony Ericsson has had something of a smartphone renaissance of late; with the likes of the Xperia Arc and Xperia Mini all gaining swathes of admirers.
But there’s a further stand-out performer from the now exclusively ‘Sony’ brand, as the Xperia Ray collects the accolades from the tech fraternity.
It’s got the same internal goodies as the Arc; plus the same pixel density, this time in a much smaller screen, which means images appear sharper compared to some of the larger smartphone models doing the rounds.
The 8MP camera lets the side down a little; being as it is a touch weaker than some of its main competitors but the modest price tag of the Xperia Ray means the overall package gets a resounding thumbs up.
Nokia Lumia 900
Once the darlings of the mobile phone world; Nokia were selling phones at unprecedented levels in the late nineties and early noughties, until Apple came along and put an end to the party.
Nokia has since struggled to make the transition from ‘cheap and numerous’ – the Finns’ mantra on which they built their empire – to ‘prized and sophisticated’- the blueprint for a top-selling mobile smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 900, however, is a sign that Nokia may finally have cracked the problem. The handset brings together a big screen and an excellent OS.
A genuine pleasure to hold, this Lumia is iPhone-esque in both its tactile design and its stunning aesthetic.
Orange San Diego
Orange has a decent history when it comes to own-brand handsets, with the San Francisco offering up one of the best smartphone user experiences at a bargain-basement price.
We’ll brush over the follow up to the San Francisco – it wasn’t great – and press on with the fantastic San Diego. Orange’s partnership with Intel has paid off once more as the San Diego offers an impressive array of specs at its modest price point and gives handsets twice its price a good run for its money.
For those looking to sell an old mobile and downsize to a model big on functionality light on bells and whistles, the San Diego is a serious contender.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The search giant’s first foray into the smartphone world without their own branding, the Galaxy Samsung Nexus was what everyone expected the smartphone to be: stylish, functional, quick and stocked with power of Google. Ice Cream Sandwich is the sticky treat which powers the Galaxy Nexus – updating to Jelly Bean 4.1 shortly – the Nexus is as good as any other smartphone available to today’s crowds.
Sony Xperia S
With the Xperia S it’s a case of ‘take your pick’ over which function to wax lyrical about. Whether it is the new HD screen a stonking 12MP Camera or the rapid dual-core processor, this Xperia S pulls out all the stops in a bid to be crowned smartphone king.
If you’re looking for a swanky alternative to the obvious choices when buying a new smartphone, look no further than the exquisite Xperia S.
HTC One S
When searching out the best smartphone available in the market place; you’re going to be looking for the ‘complete package’; unfortunately, very few phones ever fit this bill. Every now and again a phone comes along which is a 5-star humdinger and one that could easily be described as having everything – The HTC One S would have to be in this bracket.
Samsung Galaxy S2
The handset that lit the touch paper on Samsung’s rocket-like ascent to the top of the smartphone charts. So the S2 may now be a bit pedestrian compared to its famed successor, but that is really testament to the S3’s technological prowess rather than the S2’s shortcomings. The S2 is still a cracking phone that is now being reduced down to a much more manageable price tag but, let’s face it, we’re all thing about the S3 now, aren’t we?.
The dual-core 1.2GHz processor, the Super AMOLED plus screen and the excellent sonic performance of the media player all combine to ensure the S2 can be inducted into the smartphone hall of fame and take its place alongside the iPhone.
Shortly after the 4S was released many people believed that riots would break out with an angry mob sure to storm the Apple headquarters – how dare they NOT call it the iPhone 5? And where were all the new features?
If any other manufacturer had released the iPhone 4S there probably would have been a national holiday announced, but instead Apple were seen to have sent a damp squib out into the world costing the best part of £500.
Despite being identical looks to the aforementioned iPhone 4, there’s just about enough going on behind the glossy black casing to warrant Apple’s ‘S’ branding and so it does sneak in to this countdown.
The 4S clings to its lofty position due mainly to its brilliant OS. Samsung’s Galaxy S2 edges the contest in many people’s eyes in terms of value for money, but as far as user experience goes, Apple remain top of the tree.
Siri voice recognition has just about done enough to prove it’s more than a gimmick –though it was touch and go for a while – and the dual-core processor has made day-to-day phone tasks slicker than ever.
HTC One X
The Taiwanese brand has built a reputation for producing beautiful hardware blended with a top-end user interface. The One X has been viewed by many as HTC’s attempt to revisit this winning formula after a couple of efforts which fell outside their very high standards.
The sumptuous polycarbonate shell is smooth to the touch and immediately puts you in mind of a premium product. The large 4.7-inch HD screen may not be OLED but its crisp enough and the quad-core processor, which is the beating heart of the handset, keeps things whizzing by at a ferocious pace.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Let’s not beat around the bush here: the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best smartphone on the market. It’s got everything you would want from your smartphone and more. The Galaxy S3 has raised the bar in terms of what we can expect our devices to do; in much the same way the iPhone redefined what was possible, back in 2007.Processor speed, media management and battery life are all perfect, the screen is exceptional; as is the camera, masses of storage and a hatful of useful features thrown in for good measure – this handset will be what we measure all other handsets by.