We are only four months into 2010 but some of the best mobile phones ever to hit the market have been released already.
Although handsets such as the Apple iPhone 3G S Black 16GB will be in fashion for a very long time, certain models to have hit the market already this year are proving very popular. And with a multitude of pay monthly contract deals available, there are more tariffs and technology options to choose from than ever before.
Let’s take a look at some of the best new phones and how they’ve been reviewed.
Stuff magazine gave top marks for the HTC Desire…
Stuff magazine not only said the HTC Desire was a “premium smartphone” but also studied it in comparison to the hotly tipped Google Nexus One, describing it as a “compelling alternative”. Both use Android 2.1 and could divide consumers, as they are remarkably similar aesthetically, the publication said.
However, while the Nexus One employs touch-sensitive buttons at the base of the screen, the HTC Desire incorporates physical ones – therefore providing a more reliable control experience for the user.
Other big plus points include advanced email capabilities and a “great” AMOLED screen, Stuff added.
“Overall, the Desire is a highly, er, desirable object and makes Android shine. If you prefer the extra home screens and widgets HTC Sense user interface offers, it’s a shoo-in over the Nexus One..”
According to T3 magazine..
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro is a smartphone to watch out for, combining all the best parts of its predecessor in a perfectly scaled-down and stylish device. Equipped with a five-megapixel camera and an Android operating system, it’s potentially perfect for heavy users.
T3 also hearts the “revamped” Blackberry Bold 9700, which comes complete with a nifty digital trackpad and “email services that are second to none”.
Trusted Reviews loves the Samsung Genio Slide…
The Samsung Genio Slide was reviewed by the gadget website and awarded an overall score of eight out of ten. It ranked even higher in the value category, totting up nine out of ten points.
So why all the fuss? Well, its slide-out qwerty keyboard is apparently fantastic and it’s therefore great for big texters and web users. The 2.8 touch screen is “bright”, with a reasonably uncluttered TouchWiz interface.
What’s more, it comes with a BBC iPlayer widget, so you can stream videos and watch them later – perfect if you can’t bear to miss the latest goings on in Albert Square.
Tech Radar pointed out the pros of the Portal…
The Samsung Galxy Portal has a long list of pros, thanks to the manufacturer learning from its mistakes, according to Tech Radar who gave the handset a three-and-a-half out of five.
Good battery life, a solid build quality, bright screen and “surprisingly good camera” were all listed as plus points by the website, despite an average button layout.
A rubberised back cover helps to minimise damage, while the 3.2-inch screen is impressive Tech Radar added, going on to say it is “bright enough and big enough, and if you haven’t yet used a modern smartphone you’ll be staggered by the HVGA resolution.”
The online publication, however, gave its highest mark this year so far to the HTC Legend , which was given a lofty four-and-a-half out of five.
Describing the body as “sumptuous” and the user interface as “excellent”, a huge range of other highlights were picked out.
The “top notch” AMOLED screen yields better colour and contrast than an LCD, while the FriendStream function – enabling the user to log onto various social networking sites and see all their updates simultaneously - is also a hit.
“If you want to play with widgets and be able to customise your experience as much as possible, then Android – and more importantly the HTC Legend should be your first port of call,” Tech Radar concluded.
For those on a budget, CNET recommended the Samsung Diva…
Although most of the best smartphones are available for nothing on a pay monthly contract, those who want to stick to a cheap tariff might find some of the higher-end gadgets a bit prohibitive in terms of price.
However, the Samsung Diva, which was evaluated by CNET, could be ideal for people who want something chic and cheap. It’s aimed at females apparently – don’t let this put you off though, as it is said to be lightweight and with a “decent” capacitive touch screen.
The “pearly case” makes it a great accessory of sorts too, if you’re bothered abut matching your outfit to your phone!
Last but not least?
The LG GW620 is worth a look if you want an Android-powered smartphone with a physical qwerty keyboard says ZDNet who rated the slide model as worthy of 7.3 marks out of ten.
Although it is small enough to use one handed, it incorporates Wi-Fi, HSPA, Bluetooth, GPS and some of the best multimedia offerings from a phone on the market.
And, intriguingly, it’s reportedly a suitable device for people with tiny hands.
“There’s an accelerometer that flips the screen between portrait and landscape mode as you turn it in your hand,” ZDNet added. “The screen is small enough that even people with small hands should be able to reach right across it for one-handed use.”
So, there you have it. Whether you want to stream your favourite social networking sites all together, take great pictures, surf the net, watch the latest episode of EastEnders or use your tiny hands to work a phone one-handed, there is a huge range of choice currently available on the mobile market.
Just be sure to compare prices and tariffs and figure out which deal is going to be most suitable for you – visit the MobileShop.com pay monthly page to see the full rangeof currently fantastic deals.