Here is the lowdown of some of the best and popular Mobile phones on the market today.
Looking to upgrade or just wondering what is top of the list in the very competitive and ever growing mobile tech market.
It seems to me that more and more mobile phones are getting outdated pretty quickly and i guess we will be seeing alot of companys finding it too hard to competite with the likes of Apple, Sumsang, Blackberry, Nokia just to name a few.
Anyway lets get down to business and kick the list off.
20. HTC Desire C
The Desire C might only be an evolution of the popular HTC Wildfire S, but there’s every reason to think it will be a popular handset in its own right.
The intuitive interface, attractive design and competitive price tag means the Desire C certainly has the opportunity to do well at the low end of the market – especially against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Y and LG Optimus L3.
The likes of the Ascend G300 have more to offer and there’s no reason to think this phone will stay at the sharp end of the budget market either – but I am at least happy to recommend it as a cheap option.
Not a behemoth by any stretch of the imagination, the Desire C is definitely worth considering if you want a smartphone experience without shelling out the cash.
19. iPhone 4
The iPhone 4 was the most impressive iPhone ever when launched, and a big step up from the iPhone 3GS.The iPhone 4’s 960×640 Retina Display was a revelation when it was launched in 2010. It’s got 326 pixels per inch, and we’re talking tiny pixels, only 78 micrometers wide.
The Retina Display, especially, is hands-down one of the clearest, most enjoyable screens I’ve seen on a handheld, and the sheer amount of technology packed into the device might no longer be surprising, but it’s still worth a gander.
While the iPhone 4S is clearly the superior device in terms of technology, the lower price of the iPhone 4, plus the fact it looks almost identical to the new version, means this is still a fantastic phone.
Sure, you don’t get the likes of Siri’s voice recognition on there, but iOS 5 is still a fantastic upgrade to the handset, so if you don’t want to splash the cash but want to stay in Hotel Apple, this is a great phone to check out.
18. Samsung Galaxy Note
Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? Samsung wants us to believe it’s a whole new category of device – but let’s be honest, it’s essentially just a really big phone. Or a really small tablet – depending on how you like your gadgets.
Given the penchant for so many to browse rather than make calls on their pocket device, something with a huge 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with high-power internals (1.4GHz dual core processor, no less) is always going to impress.
There are very few things to complain about with the Galaxy Note. Samsung has taken what is already a brilliant handset (the Galaxy S2) and built on it to make an even better one.
I can’t see Samsung successfully creating a new product category with the Galaxy Note though – I just don’t imagine that many businesspeople who hate paper and love media enough to consider carrying this around, even if it doesn’t replace a smartphone.
If you’re a fan of smartphone brawn or can’t handle the larger screen sizes of today’s tablets, then this device is likely to please on many levels – and I haven’t even mentioned the opinion-polarising S-Pen stylus either.
17. BlackBerry Curve 9360
The Curve range has been something of a saviour for RIM in the last few years, with the immensely popular Curve 8520 still selling years after its launch.
The new Curve takes things to another level though, with the new handset offering a superbly sleek chassis, a well-designed keyboard and next-generation functionality thanks to the inclusion of NFC to connect up to other BlackBerry devices, as well as letting you pay for goods on the go.
It’s not got the fastest processor nor the biggest battery on the market, but that doesn’t stop it being a cost-effective and useful device, especially when it comes to messaging.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is a premium handset, and I wholeheartedly recommend you consider this if you’re looking for a half-decent messaging device. It’s not as cheap as the other Curves out there, but a definite contender for those not looking to splash £40-odd a month on a contract
16. Sony Ericsson Arc S
When you talk about a Phoenix Phone, it will forever be the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and despite only being a few months old, it’s already been upgraded to the Xperia Arc S, which makes things even better.
From the beautiful Reality Display with Bravia Engine to the powerful-yet-simple 8.1MP camera with Exmor R technology, this is one of the phones that people actually want to hold and play with when you show it off – plus it now boasts a 3D panorama mode, although you have to hook it up to a compatible big screen TV to view.
The Sony Ericsson overlay has cool features like an ‘exploded widgets’ view, and the integration of YouTube searching for videos of songs currently playing is super cool too – plus the Xperia Arc S is now rocking deeper Facebook integration and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich update.
OK, it’s not dual-core powered, but Sony Ericsson has looked to fix that with a boost to a 1.4GHz processor, and until we start seeing some applications that really start to challenge these smartphones, I am happy to recommend a phone that is slick under the finger, slim in the pocket, satisfying in the hand and kinder than many on the wallet to boot.
The hardware is extremely impressive, both in terms of looks and performance. Forget the fashionable dual-core phones – when done right, a single-core processor can still do it all.
As it is, try to overlook the Xperia Arc S’ minor flaws thanks to its stunning good looks, superb screen and very decent photo performance.You can’t help but love it once you’ve held its magically thin body and gazed adoringly into its dazzling Reality Display – but it’s best checking out the new HD display on the Xperia S before deciding if this is the phone for you.
15. HTC Sensation XE
Both dual core powerhouses, both with cutting-edge software of the time and both the brands behind them have been enjoying success with Android in recent times.
But with the launch of the One X, HTC has a new favourite to show off to all the world, meaning if you’re after a top-end Sense experience, you won’t be looking at the HTC Sensation XE any more.
But that doesn’t mean it’s going to slide right out of the top 20 ranking – as it’s got a cheaper price tag and an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich to keep things ticking over nicely.
The camera is quality, browsing and UI speeds are still speedy and the overall build quality is sure to entice a number of users to still pick up the Sensation XE and play with it in their local phone outlet – especially with Beats Audio branding too.
The HTC Desire was the phone that showed the world what HTC could do, and the Sensation is a big step change once more. The dual-core power really shows, and the HTC Watch service is one to, well, watch as bringing movie downloads to a phone on the go could be the next big thing.
A Beats-style upgrade brought red flashes and helped make up for the disappointment of the HTC Sensation XL – and cements its place as one of the best in the world, despite noted battery issues.
14. Blackberry Bold 9900
RIM’s been in the doldrums a little of late, but that hasn’t stopped it doing what it does best: bringing out the industry’s top messaging devices.
The Bold 9900 is the best BlackBerry ever created, with a solid chassis, easy to use keys, a superbly hi-res screen and touch capabilities too.
BB OS 7 might not be much of an upgrade, but it still just works on a phone with a QWERTY keyboard / smaller screen combo.
The internet is faster (although not market leading), the camera has been improved and NFC capabilities push the Bold 9900 into next generation territory.
However, the price is still too high, which is why I’ve been forced to give it such a shove down the rankings here.
If you’re a BlackBerry fan, this is the phone for you without doubt. Well, that is if you can afford the still oddly high price tag – it’s only this that’s stopping me ranking the Bold 9900 higher in the definitive guide.
13. Sony Xperia U
If you’re not caught up in today’s obsession with enormous display sizes, the Sony Xperia U is a great choice of smartphone.
It has all the speed, power and features of the larger Android models that cost two or three times as much – your only compromise here is seeing it all through a smaller display.
The only noticeable weaknesses here are the phone’s video performance, which is terrible despite the 720p claim, and the lack of onboard storage space.
But this phone everything else just as well as the high-end Android flagship handsets. And the battery will last longer, too.
The Sony Xperia U will do everything you want, albeit not at the full speed you may want. However, the price is right and the form is good – plus the little blinking notification light in the transparent sector is pleasing.
12. Huawei Ascend G300
When you initially pull the Huawei Ascend G300 out of its box, or out of your pocket, you’ll be more than impressed at the quality given you only handed over 100 notes for the privilege.
A quirky skin atop Android 2.3 might not sound like much, and it’s a little underpowered if truth be told, but for the price it serves the purpose of making the handset stand out a little in the Android cacophony.
The budget market is a difficult one to crack, and the G300 has managed to put in enough tech, including a 4-inch WVGA screen, 1GHz processor and slim design to compete with the Blackberry Curve 8520, the Samsung Galaxy Y and the HTC One V, all of which are more expensive.
Plus, with promised late summer update to Ice Cream Sandwich, the G300 even manages to keep up with future devices.
Not every phone needs to cost thousands of pounds to use, and for those that want the latest version of Android, a big screen for movies and the ability to buy another handset without breaking the bank, the Huawei Ascend G300 is a winner.
11. Motorola Razr Maxx
Don’t be thinking you’ve got caught in a time vortex – the Motorola Razr of old is back, but in a totally new form factor.
A super thin body, oodles of RAM, Kevlar casing and a top end processor are all things you want to see in a phone of this ilk, and it’s good to see Moto attempting to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple.
And now the Maxx comes in with an improved battery which is industry leading… while we’re not smitten with the design, the chance to have a phone that won’t die the second you play too much Temple Run is worth recommending.
Motorola needed a phone like the Razr Maxx in its arsenal, and now it has one to be proud of. It’s got all the dual-core power of the Atrix, plus a superior screen; more importantly, it’s jumped from a squat chassis to a sumptuous slimline affair that glides into the pocket.
The Motorola Razr Maxx enters the market at the same times as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, which both overshadow Motorola’s effort – perhaps a spec boost could have been included alongside that bigger battery.
The Motorola Razr Maxx does beat these next-generation handsets when it comes to battery life – its possibly only saving grace when faced with the stiff competition.
If you’re not too bothered about styling, slicker interfaces and extra features and just want a phone that will see you through a few days, then the Motorola Razr Maxx is probably the one for you – and stay tuned for our re-review for when the Ice Cream Sandwich update lands on the phone to see if it can get boosted up the rankings.
10. Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Sony Ericsson has had something of a smartphone reboot in 2011, with the likes of Xperia Arc and Xperia Mini proving big hits.
But there’s another winner from the soon-to-be-just-Sony brand, with the Xperia Ray winning more than a few admiring glances.
It’s got the innards of the Arc, plus the same pixel count – in a much smaller screen. That means the display is pin sharp, and while a little small compared to the competition, it’s a very pocketable affair indeed.
The 8MP camera isn’t as strong photographically as its rivals, but it still delivers quality snaps for a cheaper price tag.
Well-packaged and packing in a host of top-end Sony tech, the Xperia Ray is a smaller smartphone that squeezes a large amount of power into a pocketable package.
It’s dropped due to starting to creak slightly on the spec front, but the price and imminent Ice Cream Sandwich update should keep it current and worth looking at for a few more months.
9. Nokia Lumia 900
Android could learn a thing from the nearly bloatware-free Windows Phone – the Nokia Lumia 900 brings a big screen and an excellent OS together.
It’s a shame the camera hardware doesn’t live up to its software – there’s so much more that can be done here, and we’re awaiting Pureview Nokia Windows Phones with interest.
Before you dismiss Windows Phone 7.5 as incomplete, look at where iOS and Android were just a few years ago compared to now.
The phone isn’t perfect, and rocks a single core processor – plus it could be outdated by the end of the year. But it’s colourful, quick and has a burgeoning app market… you could do worse than giving it a try,
The Nokia Lumia 900 certainly isn’t an iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S2 beater – but it’s the best Windows Phone device out there. If you’re a fan of a simple interface with some quality add-ons, then you should definitely look at Nokia’s new flagship.
8. Orange San Diego
Orange has pedigree in own-brand handsets, with the San Francisco offering up an excellent mobile experience, although the San Francisco 2 did seem a little off the mark compared to its predecessor.
Thankfully Orange has managed to get back on the horse with its partnership with Intel, as the San Diego offers an impressive array of specs at its price point and challenges handsets that are £100 more expensive.
The San Diego is a serious contender for anyone looking for a decent mid-range smartphone who doesn’t want to break the bank for some flagship features – although you won’t get the full range of Android apps.
With a £200 price tag the San Diego is also very reasonably priced, providing a well rounded smartphone experience with treats such as an 8MP camera and NFC technology.
7. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The first ‘Google phone’ to come without the search giant’s branding, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is meant to be the device that preaches the power Ice Cream Sandwich to the awe-struck Android masses – and now it will be updated to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) when it launches soon.
There’s something great about having a ‘pure Google’ phone and the show-off factor is strong here since few will be able to get their hands on this. It’s got a fantastic screen, a superb new OS and extra elements like Android Beam for sharing photos, contacts or (in the future) connecting to peripherals.
And as a smartphone or even mini computer, it’s a great size with a nice weight that doesn’t feel too cumbersome to carry or use.
The screen, when lit up, looks fantastic. Its 4.65-inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280, giving a ppi of 316. It really is super sharp. I would have expected nothing less with Samsung’s mobile displays among the best out there but it’s cracking for internet and video.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is mostly buoyed by the presence of Ice Cream Sandwich, but the high quality screen, slim chassis and fast processing speeds make it a top device in my eyes. It’s not worthy of the top spot as it lacks some of the power of the similar Samsung Galaxy S3 – but it’s a darn sight cheaper these days.
6. Sony Xperia S
The Xperia S almost has too many positive points to list, with a new HD screen, 12MP camera and dual core processor all combining to make one of the finest smartphones of 2012.
The Sony Xperia S has both an amazing screen and a dual core processor that never slows down – plus that 12MP camera is really one of the best out there.
Sony has also very kindly bundled lots of software with the Xperia S out of the box, which saves you having to dash to Google Play as soon as you turn on to grab vital apps.
Battery life is the only slight wobble (if you don’t mind a plastic casing) but it will generally last a day under normal conditions, and that’s a solid enough benchmark for is.
There are still some niggles with the Xperia S but I think it says a lot that when deciding on the pros and cons for the device.
This handset may not be the cheapest (although still costing less than the likes of the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2 when it launched) but I am really impressed with what Sony has done for its first solo foray.
5. HTC One S
The HTC One S would have had five stars had it not been for the 16GB memory cap and non-HD screen.
I would have even settled for 32GB in the absence of an expansion card slot. If you’re a music lover, you’re much better off waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Or check out the HTC One X if you’re after a little bit more bang for your buck… although you’ll need to spend more bucks to actually get the HD screen and quad-core processor in your pocket.
But let’s not get caught up with negativity here: if you’re not bothered about a massive memory (which most people aren’t), you probably can’t do much better now. The HTC One S is a beautiful handset blessed with beautiful capabilities and is already available at very palatable price points
HTC could have launched the One S and not bothered with the One X in many ways – it’s a beautiful handset blessed with a nice skin and the latest version of Android in the shape of Ice Cream Sandwich.
It’s more of an evolution of the HTC Sensation range: slimmed down, nicer finish and far more feature rich – and you will struggle to put it down once you’ve popped it in your hand.
4. Samsung Galaxy S2
The king is dead – well, the S2 is down three places to number four in the top list. That’s not to take anything away from a cracking phone that is getting to a really low price these days, but it’s nothing compared to its successor.
Make no mistake – this is still a great phone, thanks to the Ice Cream Sandwich update, and the design has moved from cool to iconic pretty quickly.
What I love about the Samsung Galaxy S II is the sheer amount of stuff that’s packed in under the chassis – but more important is the way Samsung has used all that tech to create a phone that just works near-flawlessly.
The dual-core 1.2GHz processor, the Super AMOLED plus screen and the excellent sonic performance of the media player all combine to make a real doozy of a mobile phone.
Recording in 1080p is a nice touch (given that it actually works most of the time) and the camera is more than enough to take great shots in a short space of time – although I suggest you check out the phones lower in this list for more powerful snappers.
In short, be it internet browsing, navigation, media, or social networking- the Samsung Galaxy S2 is still more than good enough for all those functions in one phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 has sold over 20 million units worldwide – and it’s showing no sign of slowing down in the popularity stakes, so it stays in the top five for now.
It’s a cracking media mobile, still next generation in web browsing thanks to slick Flash integration, a very good replacement for a pocket camcorder and, goshdarnit, it makes calls pretty well too.
The Samsung Galaxy S II not only set a new bar for smartphones in 2011; it smashed the bar, recreated it in its own image and even managed to see off the competition of an Apple smartphone that doesn’t drop signal all over the place – but now it’s been usurped by a more powerful device.
3. iPhone 4S
When Apple announced this phone, it’s testament to the power of the rumour mill that people were angry it wasn’t called the iPhone 5.
But a phone by any other name would smell as sweet, and despite being identical in looks to the iPhone 4, there’s enough here to warrant the 4S’ high place in the rankings – although it was a close call between this and the Galaxy S2 for the spot.
I went for the 4S due to the popularity of the OS – while the S2 is a better phone for the money in my eyes, if you’re a fan of simplicity and a wealth of apps then the 4S can’t really be beaten, despite the older specs (and the fact there are more advanced Android phones out there).
Siri voice recognition has shown itself to be slightly more than a novelty, the dual-core processor has made phone operation even slicker and the massively increased graphical processing power still does it for me.
I was hoping for a larger display and things like a lack of Bluetooth transfer, no Flash integration with the internet browser and an uninspiring contacts app still grate – but they’re no match for the sheer ease of use and general operation of Apple’s best smartphone to date.
OK, so it doesn’t feel different in the pocket, and the updates don’t seem to be that ground-breaking – but that doesn’t matter for Apple, and the amazing camera, slick iOS 5 (soon to be iOS 6) platform and superb display are still the things other phones should benchmark themselves against.
It’s one of the most expensive phones on the market, so have a think whether you really want the latest features, as the iPhone 4 and 3GS are cheaper alternatives… but make no mistake, this is another cracking smartphone from Apple, and while many will be undoubtedly upset it’s not number one, if you’re an Apple fan: this is your number one phone.
2. HTC One X
The HTC One X is an odd handset – not in the design (lovely) or the features (top-end) – but that it’s seen as a ‘renaissance’ phone for the firm, despite its success in such a short time.
The likes of the HTC Sensation and Salsa were seen as overly complicated, so HTC has taken things back to what it knows: making beautiful hardware fused with a top end skin.
The polycarbonate shell is smooth and premium-feeling in the hand, and the large 4.7-inch HD screen might not be OLED but it’s certainly crisp and clear – and I haven’t even mentioned the quad core processor beating at the heart of the One X.
There’s only one downside – well, two if you’re a fan of expandable storage, as this 32GB-imbued monster doesn’t have a microSD slot – and that’s the battery. It’s OK, but many will find it doesn’t last the full day in many usage scenarios, and that’s a problem. However, thanks to being just that little bit improved again by recent updates, I deem this handset finally worthy to go above the Galaxy S2.
It’s important not to judge the HTC One X on the battery life issue – make no mistake, this is a phone that is worthy of any pocket.
The design and software integration is enough to inspire lust in any phone buyer and the range of included apps is superb – you won’t regret owning a One X, especially if you’re not a power user.
1. Samsung Galaxy S3
Make no mistake: the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best smartphone on the market. It’s got every kind of feature we could ask for and more, and raises the bar once again in terms of what consumers should be expecting in terms of battery life, processor speed and media management.
Would I recommend you buy one? Yes, without hesitation. If you’re torn between this and an HTC One X, it’s a very difficult one to call – the camera on the One X is slightly better and the overall feel might appeal. But in terms of pure usability and power, I really like what Samsung has put on the table.
Are you surprised that the Galaxy S3 is at the top of the rankings? You shouldn’t be. Smart Stay, Super AMOLED HD screen, up to 128GB storage, Music Hub, removable battery, blisteringly quick camera.
If you’ve been waiting feverishly for the new Samsung Galaxy S3, you will not be disappointed. It’s fast, it’s sleek and it packs the latest technology that will get your pulse racing.
Samsung faced an almost impossible task in trying to create a worthy sequel to the Galaxy S2, but the Galaxy S3 should definitely be one of, if not the phone you should consider on your next trip to your local handset emporium.