There are so many cell phones and smartphones coming into the market every minute that it gets rather difficult to rate each and every one of them. But then, there are also certain set standards to gauge their popularity each year. In this post, we bring you a list of the top ten smartphones, so far, for the year 2010.
Not surprisingly, the Android OS is soon becoming a favourite among the masses. Of course, the other OS’ like WinMo and the Palm OS are also equally popular. Check out the list of the top smartphones in 2010.
1. Apple iPhone 3GS
As of now, the Apple iPhone 3GS proudly occupies the first position among smartphones. Packing powerful multimedia features, it also runs fast and comes with a longer battery life than most other smartphones. Hence, this one seems to be preferred among some users.
However, this handheld has not made any remarkable improvement from the previous iPhone 3G and the 3G reception leaves a lot to be desired. Moreover, users still do not get to use Flash Lite and added USB storage and transfer.
2. HTC Droid Incredible
The very stylish HTC Droid Incredible from Verizon Wireless is truly just that – incredible! This smartphone comes with lighting fast speeds, all thanks to Verizon’s 3G network. The Android 2.1-powered smartphone also comes with the now popular HTC Sense UI, a fantastic 8MP camera and 8GB of internal storage. Additionally, the HTC Droid Incredible supports WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.
The flip side of this handheld, though, is that you cannot use data and voice simultaneously. The multimedia features could improve as well.
3. Motorola Droid
The Motorola Droid comes with a fabulous display and Android 2.0, along with faster browser, Google Maps, Navigation app and much better call quality as well. This is in fact said to be the fastest Google Android smartphone yet.
But the flip side here is that its QWERTY keyboard and multimedia features do not quite make the mark. Also, this smartphone does not support Bluetooth voice dialling.
4. BlackBerry Bold 9700
RIM (Reliance In Motion), though doing very well in the US, is not really making great strides with its sales worldwide. Anyway, the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 takes the fourth place in the smartphone industry today.
The sleek BlackBerry Bold 9700 comes with a brilliant display, an optical trackpad, 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and most importantly, 3G. This smartphone also includes a faster processor, thanks to its BlackBerry OS 5.0 upgrade feature. The browser of the Bold 9700, however, could be faster and the display, bigger.
5. Palm Pre Plus
The best thing about the Palm Pre Plus smartphone is that it offers double storage and RAM as compared to its predecessor, the Palm Pre. Including an improved QWERTY keyboard, the packaging comes with a bonus of an inductive back cover for Touchstone charging, which is a definite plus.
The negatives are that the device tends to heat up all too soon and there is yet no support for V Cast Music or Video, which has become the “in” thing among users today. Also, one would like more camera editing options. The other annoying feature is that the volume of the speakerphone seems to be too low for comfort. Nonetheless, Verizon has definitely done the sensible thing by introducing the Pre Plus.
6. HTC Nexus One
The ultra-slim HTC Nexus One smartphone comes with a nice 3.7” AMOLED touchscreen display, virtual QWERTY keyboard and trackball, which is not really necessary for a touch phone.
The Nexus One is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and includes 5MP camera and fast tri band 3G connectivity. Other options include GPRS, EDGE, WiFi and Bluetooth. This device comes unlocked, so you get to choose your carrier. Otherwise, nothing so great about this phone.
7. T-Mobile MyTouch 3G
This sturdy smartphone includes a 3.2” touchscreen display, easy-to-operate UI and 3.2MP camera and is 3G capable as well. But the low aspects are poor video quality, virtual keyboard and browser interface. This one does not support sync with Outlook either.
8. HTC Hero
The HTC Hero is a very popular Android device that comes with HTC Sense, 5MP camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, 3G and Outlook sync. The disadvantage with this device is that it is a bit slow and Flash does not work too well. One also feels the lack of a media sync software and file manager.
9. Nokia N97 Mini
The unlocked Nokia N97 Mini is smaller and also performs better than the N97. This smartphone offers a stunning 5MP camera, email support and several wireless options. But the UI and Web browser are not very easy to use and there is not much support for video codecs.
10. T-Mobile G1
Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and 3G support, this Google Android smartphone also offers seamless integration with Google apps, YouTube and the Amazon MP3 Store.
The T-Mobile G1, though, lacks ease of use, good speakerphone quality and Microsoft Exchange support.