year 2010 is coming to an end and it has been a great year as far as
mobile phones are concerned. We saw the introduction of three new
mobile operating systems, namely, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7,
Samsung's bada and Nokia's Symbian ^3. Apple launched the fourth
generation model of the iconic iPhone (after its controversial leak
earlier this year) and Google launched three versions of Android, and
offered a sneak peak of the next version.
There have also been countless handsets released, running different
operating systems from all manufacturers. But not all these phones were
good and some were easily forgettable. But there were some that stuck
in our minds long after they left our hands and we couldn't help but
remember them while we put together this list.
This article is dedicated to all those awesome phones that were
launched this year and set a benchmark for the phones that will come
out next year.
Apple iPhone 4
This is the only phone in this list that we never got to fully review,
but we did get to use it just enough to know that the boys over in the
States weren't going crazy over it for no reason. For most of us at
Techtree, there is little doubt in our minds that the iPhone is the
best smartphone in the world and the iPhone 4 is the best iPhone that
has ever come out.
It is hard to come across a device that unites so many qualities so
beautifully as the iPhone 4 does. The phones has a drop-dead gorgeous
design, visually stunning display with the highest resolution of any
smartphone, a world-class operating system that remains unbeaten when
it comes to design, ease of use and the quantity and quality of
applications that are available for it.
The iPhone 4 was also blessed with a superb hardware that perfectly
compliments the software. Although the phone has been burdened with
controversies such as the early leak of the antennagate issue and the
non-availability of the white-colored version, the iPhone 4 managed to
survive all that and create some record-breaking sales that are still
going strong. Call us Apple fanboys if you will, but we are yet to see
a more complete smartphone than Apple's iPhone 4.
Samsung Galaxy S Series
Had Apple not gone ahead and launched the iPhone 4, stealing Samsung's
thunder, we would have been waxing poetic about the Galaxy S series.
But we will still go ahead and do it anyway because it deserves it.
Samsung's Galaxy S series have not only been the best phones that are
made by Samsung but also the best Android phones available on the
market right now.
They offer by far the widest range of features and match them with
performance. It has a slim design, eye-popping display quality and
excellent communication and multimedia performance. Marred slightly by
a plasticky design and lack of features on certain models such as an
LED flash, the Galaxy S series still manages to impress greatly and
reserve a spot for itself in our best of 2010 list.
(The Galaxy S series includes all the Galaxy S handsets, including the US carrier specific ones, as well as Google's Nexus S)
Some of you may be surprised to see the N8 in this list, but we
couldn't be surer about placing it here. We know the N8 got some pretty
bad reviews internationally but we couldn't figure out exactly what's
so bad about it. We know the Symbian ^3 OS is far from being as user
friendly as iOS or Android but the software aside we really couldn't
find too many reasons to complain about the phone.
In fact, the N8 absolutely delighted us in almost every other aspect.
Whether it is the opulent anodized aluminum body, the brilliant
multimedia performance or the terrific 12 megapixel camera, the N8 left
few stones unturned. Add to it useful little features such as USB
On-the-Go and HDMI output with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and
the N8 basically just walked in and put itself on this list.
This is another mobile phone that we felt should have received more
love from reviewers and people alike. The Samsung Wave is an
astonishingly capable handset and the best part about it was how it
could do so much while not being expensive. Samsung's first phone
running on its new bada operating system, the Wave did pretty well on
the software front for a new OS, but where it truly impressed, nay
shocked us, was with the hardware. We are yet to see a better display
in that price range than the Wave's fabulous 3.2-inch Super AMOLED
display. Then there is the super fast 1GHz processor, really good 5
megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording and 1080p video playback.
The phone looks great and has a solid metal body that makes the Galaxy
S look cheap in comparison. But where it really lacked was in the apps
department, and even after so many months since its launch there aren't
too many apps to choose from. What's even worse is that the Wave is no
longer on sale in India, and we feel it has something to do with the
Super AMOLED display shortage that Samsung was facing.
Now that the Wave 2 is going to be launched soon, with its feature list
and price being near identical to the Wave, we guess we won't really be
missing the original Wave that much