Top 10 Cell Phones of 2010
Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:02 PM
10. Samsung Omnia 7
The screen is beautiful, offering deep contrast ratios, vivid colours and a great movie watching experience.
The build quality and lack of customisation might put people off the Omnia 7 in favour of others in the range, but if movie watching is your favourite thing on a mobile and you're desperate for a Microsoft Windows Phone 7 handset, then check out this 4-inch screened marvel.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:04 PM
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:07 PM
This is hardware at the sharp end of nearly every category, which is sure to bring a smile to the tech-lovers' heart. It's a phone that polarises opinion though - some people prefer a snazzier user interface, which the Nokia N8 fails to deliver. Others love the power of Symbian^3 and can see past the slight lag in the ageing UI - and for them this phone is without compare.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:09 PM
Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:12 PM
The Samsung Galaxy S is everything that's good about the Wave, but with Android power to back it up. The Super AMOLED screen is awe inspiring, and the 1GHz Hummingbird processor means the phone never misses a beat.
It's one of the contenders for the top spot if the forthcoming Android 2.2 update gives it a big boost, but currently a slight lag in the UI and erratic GPS and Wi-Fi are the only slight foibles that keep it from top spot.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:14 PM
Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:17 PM
The iPhone 4 is certainly the most impressive iPhone ever, and a big step up from the iPhone 3GS. The flat body is only 9.3 millimetres thick, 24 per cent thinner than the iPhone 3GS at its thickest. It feels great in the hand, and at the keynote Steve Jobs remarked, "Its closest kin is a beautiful old Leica camera."
By far the most in-your-face improvement is iPhone 4's 960x640 screen. It's got 326 pixels per inch, and we're talking tiny pixels, only 78 micrometers wide.
The Retina display, especially, is hands-down the clearest, most enjoyable screen we've seen on a handheld, and the sheer amount of technology packed into the device is surprising.
The iPhone 4 would definitely top our list, were it not for the fairly major flaw which sees 3G reception disappear when you hold the phone with your left hand. It's an embarrassing problem which mars an otherwise brilliant handset.
We think people are making a little bit too much of a fuss about the reception issue – a little shift of the hand sorts things out – but on a premium phone it shouldn't be there at all. It's still a great phone, but we're disappointed as this could have been an all time classic without it.
It's also a little expensive, and while the reception problem has been minimised by free bumpers, for the price this phone should be absolutely flawless and sadly isn't.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:24 PM
The HTC Desire is essentially the same phone as the Google Nexus One, only with HTC's Sense UI overlay and a reworked chassis. Read: it's like a Nexus One only better.
The Desire is a little on the large side thanks to its 3.7-inch OLED screen, but HTC has had a look at the few foibles the Nexus One had and sorted them out. Later models have a Super LCD screen which isn't quite as vibrant as the OLED, but is still top notch for media viewing.
Messaging on the HTC Desire is a dream – despite not having a physical keyboard, the eerily responsive typing correction on this device is so sharp we could practically shut our eyes and mash our hands into the keyboard and still type a perfect message.
And it's testament to the perfect design that it's held the Desire HD off the top spot; the 3.7-inch screen and smooth frame offer a far nicer feel in the hand, and it even offers slightly better battery life too.
If the HTC Desire was to get the upgraded Sense UI, complete with extra HTC widgets and downloadable content, it would be virtually unstoppable, especially as the price will hopefully begin to drop in the near future.