Smartphones With Best Features
CES 2011 has brought forth several next generation gadgets. Though the whole event was full of wondrous electronic consumer products,smartphones and tablets caught everyone’s attention. Almost all the big names in mobile phone production have revealed their latest concepts and products. In this article, I am going to tell you about some of the best smartphones that have been unveiled at CES 2011. I think that it’s time we should discard those oldies and prepare to get these upcoming products equipped with hottest technology.
At CES 2011, the hottest news was 4G and products related to it. It seemed as if everyone was competing against each other to produce smartphones that could connect to 4G tech. Almost every big wireless carrier is ready to offer this fastest (well, till this moment 4G is the fastest way to connect wirelessly to the whole world) tech. This is why, many nice smartphones with 4G technology were seen at the CES 2011.
Smartphones are becoming big enough to be compared to tablets (or to be confused with tablets)! This is a good example of such a mobile smartphone that has gone pretty near to the size of a regular tablet, with its 4.5 inches display screen. It is packed with the latest tech features like Super AMOLED Plus; which offers great visibility, vivid colours and beautiful picture even when one is outdoors, as well as a very thin screen. Also, there are 50% more sub pixels that promise wonderful results.
As the name suggests, this phone has 4G (with AT&T); means that you will be getting faster wireless connection speed than ever. The phone has an 8 MP primary camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera. This epic device is operated by Android 2.2 (certainly the latest version would have been a better choice) and is run by single core 1.2 GHz Hummingbird Processor. User interface is Samsung’s very own TouchWiz. As far as the looks are concerned, the Infuse 4G has got a slim profile with a big screen having 4 typical Android touch sensitive buttons.
Let us wait for the details to know about the release date and pricing.
2. HTC Evo Shift 4G:
Here we have the little brother of HTC Evo 4G. It has a 3.6 inches 262K colour TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen with multi touch support and 800 x 480 WVGA resolution. It runs on an 800 MHz Qualcomm processor supported by the Android OS 2.2 and HTC Sense user interface. You get a nice 5 MP camera with auto focus, which is pretty adequate for usual photography needs.
There is a twist here. Usually we do not see a slide out QWERTY keyboard coming with these big touch screens; unexpectedly we get one with the Shift 4G. It can also work as a mobile hotspot for up to 8 devices. HTC has chosen Sprint for Evo Shift 4G.
Yet another 4G smartphone from Motorola in correspondence with AT&T; the Motorola Atrix 4G! There are a lot of dazzling features in this phone that make it a must have for every tech-savvy. To begin with, it is a 1 GHz dual core smartphone with 1 GB of RAM; yes you read it right! Along with these high end specs, Atrix 4G has 16 GB of internal storage which is extendable to 32 GB. It runs Android OS version 2.2 Froyo and has a 4 inches qHD touchscreen display. Other features include a full HTML 5 web browser, thin profile and a powerful battery.
The most important feature is its Webtop, which makes your phone a small sized laptop and has a decent battery backup life (8 hours). Also, there is an optional multimedia HD dock for connecting your handheld to external displays and televisions.
Undoubtedly, this smartphone is going to be a revolutionary device in the history of handhelds. Great job Motorola!
This nice 4G touchscreen smartphone is going to be offered by Verizon. It boasts a big 4.3 inches qHD touchscreen which displays vivid and clear pictures. Android 2.2 is the operating system whereas it is run by a dual core processor. Both the cores run at 1 GHz, thus offering 2 GHz in total. RAM is 512 MB DDR2.
Other features include 8 MP primary camera, a VGA front facing camera, Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 5 device, Android OS 2.2, HD video playback and 4G tech from Verizon.
5. HTC Thunderbolt:
Here is another smartphone with Verizon’s 4G network with a 4.3 inches WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen. It has a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor with 768 MB RAM, Android OS 2.2 and HTC Sense User Interface. Other features include 8 MP camera with LED flash and auto focus, secondary front facing 1.3 MP camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and HD video recording plus viewing.
6. LG Optimus Black:
This is an ultra slim and sleek smartphone presented by LG at the CES 2011, with a 4 inches capacitive touchscreen NOVA display. This tech will be responsible for providing proper visibility while being both indoors and outdoors, as well as 50 % less power will be consumed while being in general indoor use. Very less information is available yet; it runs Android 2.2 with Optimus UI 2.0, has Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, 3G connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth and a secondary front facing 2 MP camera.
According to LG, Optimus Black will be available worldwide during the first half of current year.
7. Dell Venue Pro:
Unfortunately, nothing much has been revealed about this Android version of Dell Venue Pro Windows Mobile. The photos show a nicely built handset with three touch sensitive buttons below the large display. Unveiled info tells us that Dell Venue Pro has a 4.1 inches AMOLED touchscreen (pretty big for viewing photos, watching videos and reading documents), runs Android operating system version 2.2 Froyo, has a 1 GHz processing unit running the device and quite decent 8 MP camera. As far as the carrier is concerned, AT&T has been chosen by Dell.
8. HTC Inspire 4G:
HTC has a thing for big screens and beautiful looking smartphones. Inspire is one recent example. The HTC Inspire 4G has a pretty big 4.3 inches WVGA touchscreen with pinch to zoom tech. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo with the HTC Sense UI. The user interface is pretty intelligent as it groups all the tweets, phone calls, emails, text messages and status updates by person. Processing unit is Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz with 768 MB RAM.
It has an 8 MP camera with LED Flash that also doubles as HD (720p) camcorder. Looks are awesome, with uni-body metal alloy design and form. AT&T will be providing this nice handheld.
Don’t expect it to be a big screened monster! It is a simple looking (rather Blackberry looking) smartphone with not a big screen and not a high end camera. Even then, the specs and features are pretty decent. It has a 2.6 inches TFT touchscreen, 416 MHz processing unit and 256 MB RAM. You get a full QWERTY keyboard and an optical track pad. It comes with great connectivity options; Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and USB.
There is a single primary camera with 3.15 MP resolution. It is an Android based smartphone running the version 2.2 Froyo. Other features include FM radio, GPS with A-GPS support, media player and Facebook integration.
10. Acer Liquid Mini:
For all of you who love vibrant and bright colours, Acer Liquid Mini has been made for you, specifically! It comes in 5 colours; piano black, jet silver, lime green, light pink and royal blue. Though somewhat little in size, it looks decent! It has a 3.2 inches multi touch screen, and is run by 600 MHz Qualcomm processing unit with 512 MB RAM. There is a 5 MP camera that fulfils one’s photography needs adequately. Other features include DLNA connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth and FM Radio.
11. Motorola Cliq 2:
Motorola has finally come up with this successor of Motorola Cliq. It is definitely more attractive and much more feature packed than its predecessor, therefore much more adorable. You will like holding it in your hands as you don’t feel much plastic; Cliq 2 is quite sturdy and strong to feel.
Edges are round, which give a smooth feel. Back side has a nice line pattern which looks really good. On the face of it is a 3.7 inches FWVGA edge to edge high resolution TFT touch screen, which slides away to unveil the “Beautifully” designed full QWERTY keyboard. I feel that this keyboard is the most special feature of this great looking smartphone. It is inspired from the nature and is designed as a honeycomb; also there is no space between the keys rather the keyboard is one single piece.
It offers 4G connectivity (as Motorola says). It is managed by 1 GHz processor and runs Android OS 2.2 with Motoblur. It has a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash, auto focus and digital zoom. It also works as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 5 devices. T-Mobile will be the carrier, according to Motorola.
12. LG Revolution:
Now here is a nice, huge and beautiful display from LG, the LG Revolution. LG has not tried to choose any other operating system than Android, just like every other mobile manufacturing company showcasing their products at the CES 2011. It has a 4.3 inches touchscreen which sounds pretty nice with the 5 MP camera and HD video recording abilities of the phone. There is another 1.3 MP front facing camera which is ideal for video chats. Revolution can work as a mobile hotspot for up to 8 devices. It has a 1 GHz processor and Android 2.2 OS. It will be offered by Verizon (4G).
According to me, this is the most attractive looking and gorgeous smartphone among all the others presented at the CES 2011. It is huge yet thin; strange, isn’t it? It has a 4.2 inches TFT touchscreen with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine. As the name suggests, it have a slight curve at the back side, making it easy to fit in the palm. It is run by 1 GHz processor and Android OS 2.3 (Phew!!! At last we have the latest Android version on an upcoming phone). There is an 8.1 MP camera on the back side with LED flash and digital zoom that lets you capture awesome stills and HD videos that you can enjoy on a high definition big screen via the HDMI port. No carrier has been announced yet for Xperia Arc.
14. HTC Freestyle:
Let us talk about something else than Android! HTC has manufactured this relatively smaller smartphone that runs Brew MP from HTC. It has a 3.2 inches HVGA capacitive touchscreen, and metal alloy form. It is run by a 528 MHz Qualcomm processor with 256 MB RAM. There is a decent 3.2 MP camera, FM Radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Nothing special about the phone though, it is a nice and reasonable choice for anyone looking for a compact smartphone.
15. Huawei Ideos X5:
This is the last entry in my list of hot smartphones presented at CES 2011. It has a 3.8 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with G-sensor and multi touch support. It is run by an 800 MHz processor with the help of Android 2.2 Froyo. There is a 5 MP camera with Flash which is capable of HD video recording, as well as HD video playback. You can find a secondary microphone at the back side for the purposes of noise cancellation. This phone seems to have been manufactured for the business community, as there are many such features installed in it that can aid business professionals in their projects and everyday tasks. Examples are Documents To Go, Email, Push News service, Business trip, and Agenda Management etc.
Few Last Words:
This list shows certain trends in the mobile manufacturing industry that are to be followed this year. First of all, all these smartphones are Android based except for one. This most certainly implies that Android is outdoing all the other operating systems. It also implies that consumer community has shown great interest in Android products in the previous year.
Another trend is of big and huge displays; small screens are being kicked out of the market and bigger displays are replacing them all!
Touchscreen is another trend that has been religiously followed in CES 2011. People no more like arrows and trackballs for navigating; why to choose these plastic and metal made objects when our own flesh can navigate pretty well?!!!
Well this is all for now! Meet you tomorrow with another interesting article. Till then, take care and keep reading!