Top 10 Smartphones
LG's been cranking out these popstar phones for a while now. Low on specs, high on shine. Case in point - the Optimus GT540. I'll call it the GT 540 because there's nothing Optimus (Prime) about it. It's ok on the resolution (320 x 480) but low on onboard memory (114 MB). And for some heathen reason, doesn't have Stereo Bluetooth or predictive text. What am I supposed to do without the two? I can't call or text conveniently.
seemed interesting, but then it got out-specced by The Blackberry bold
It could have been the Curve 3G. Or not. Because the Bold out-specs the Curve 3G. Let's see:
the phone is a wee bit bigger and heavier, but don't you want a bit of heft (just an ounce more) than the the 3G. Poetically, that one ounce can be justified by a richer screen (480x320), a better camera with added zoom.
Is the iPhone 4 here for old times sake? The antennae issue (which, Apple assures is, " is even smaller than we originally thought.") brought it back into MensXP top-ten consciousness. While reports of it's various glitches and vulnerabilities (buggy proximity sensor, the frail rear camera with poor white balance, breakage on the glass that is “Chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer…30 times harder than plastic,”. It's still shattering the world over.
We keep it in the list for iOS, the Mac after sales service and Retina Display.
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung's here for daring to talk on the iPhone by launching the Galaxy S, and specifically the Samsung Galaxy S. Super AMOLED for the Retina Display, Android 2.1 for iOS, 1GHz for i GHZ, and Accelerometer sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
HTC Desire HD
The awesome display, fast performance, and flawless touchscreen/trackpad experience are something to behold.
On the other hand, there's the weak battery.
The only reason the N8 isn't on this list is because the N8 isn't here (yet).
However, the stainless steel and glass C7 (inspired by someone?), a powerful 8 MP camera with HD video, and 32 GB of expandable memory (8 GB onboard). What's really new for the C7 is Symbian ^3. The OS has gone social; tie your contact to their social profiles.
Your email accounts have their own widgets, and display everything on the home screen.
What's really cool is noise cancellation; a second microphone records ambient noises, and creates opposite frequencies to mute it out.As for email, you can setup one Microsoft Exchange account, and up to ten other email accounts such as Gmail or a personal address. These can have their own widgets, displaying a list of your most recent messages right there on the home screen.
HTC Desire HD
A satisfying 3.7 inch touch screen with AMOLED, and 7 home screens, and the necessary 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor to power it all.Froyo will fix the missing HD video recording and low internal storage. It'd have been awesome, but for the HDMI, quiet earpiece and the battery life (charge it everyday, if you want to use it like a smartphone ought to be)
5 MBP cam, fm radio, wifi, lots of RAM (576 MB)
The N900 ranks high on smartphone sweetness. 5 MP camera,32 GB of space. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. However, limited access to apps, no syncing with Exchanger Server 2003 and it's boring interface mean it needs to go back to the workshop.
3.5-inch for the iPhone 4. The Samsung Galaxy S is 4 inches.
The biggest HTC yet, the HTC HD 2 is 4.3 inches.
The big-ness of the HD2's physicality is present in the buttons - there's the good old fashioned red and green Start and kill-call buttons, but then there are also buttons for start, home and back. It comes preloaded with Windows Mobile® 6.5 Professional (which I frankly don't care much about, roll out Windows 7 already!), and the Froyo (Android 2.2) is out for HTC HD2.
The HD2 has also embraced a simpler way of displaying notification from email, SMS, phone logs, and Facebook right next to a person's photo.
There's the subtle too: the ringer volume level scales down when you pick up,
Forget the challenge of jumping from your calendar to your phone application while trying to find and memorize the number for your next conference call. On HTC HD2, conference call reminders conveniently appear with a big dial button ready for you to press, even the PIN is displayed, so you’ll never miss out on the latest strategy session.
Blackberry Pearl 9105
The Pearl 9105 is an introductory Blackberry. No QWERTY, if you've gotten spoiled on the QWERTY-for-less fleet of Chinese phones. it's the smallest Blackberry yet, but the same reliable access to the Blackberry feature suite. Doesn't have a radio.
Xperia X 10 Mini Pro
The X 10 Mini Pro is compact. However, that doesn't bode well for an expensive Android smartphone. Maybe the QWERTY ate up the space.
Sony Ericsson's added maybe 3 mm in thickness to the Mini Pro, and 30 grams more. If you want to buy it for cuteness, it's a yes - primarily because the specs aren't compromised.5MP camera, Wi-fi, GPS, 3.5G.
The screen is low-res, and that's not fair. the Android's old 1.6) - that's just wrong, especially if you compare it's price to the HTC Widfire's bigger screen, Android 2.1 and HTC's 'Sensual' UI.