Cell Phones of 2010

2010 has been quite a fruitful year as far as cell phones are concerned. We have seen loveliest and highly functional mobile phones appearing in the market; and surprisingly market trend has also drastically changed.

Consumers are no more running blindly after the brands. Instead, now users know that they have to concentrate on the operating system of their cell phones. Android has indeed killed much of the market share of Blackberry OS, iOS and Symbian. Manufacturers have also smelt the change and this is why market is being overloaded with Android powered cell phones made by HTC, Samsung and Motorola. Now, more cautious manufacturers like Nokia and Dell have also stepped in to the competition. Android’s charm has certainly left Blackberry and iPhone desires way behind. This is why my top 3 cell phones of 2010 are all Android powered.

Another reason for not listing iPhone 4 in this ranking is the “Bumper” issue. When I buy a phone for $600 and even then it needs a “funny bumper” to keep on working well; I find it infuriating. Sorry Apple; you need to fix the issue in a sensible manner.

Why do I like Android? Why do consumers and manufacturers all around the world are crazy about it? The open source nature of this OS mbest akes it extremely customizable and this is the beauty of having a nice smartphone.

Let us have a look at the best 3 mobile phones that have hit the markets in 2010. You will be surprised for not seeing Dell Streak in the list though it seems an awesome machine. The reason is that Streak is not considered a cell phone; instead it is a tablet.

3. Samsung Epic 4G:

This phone stands third in our top 3 list. Its great specs make it one of the nicest phones Samsung ever made. On the other hand, it is expensive enough to keep ordinary users away from the idea of buying it. Let us have a look at its specs and features.

Specs:

  • Released: September 2010
  • Dimensions: 124 mm x 65 mm x 14mm
  • Weight: 155 g
  • Display type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen 16M colors
  • Display size: 480 x 800 pixels; 4.0 inches
  • Display features: QWERTY keyboard, multi touch input method, accelerometer for UI sensor auto rotate, touch sensitive controls, proximity sensor for auto turn off, Swype text input
  • User Interface: TouchWiz 3.0
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Expandable memory
  • No EDGE and GPRS
  • 3G: up to 3.1 mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi, WiMAX
  • Bluetooth, USB
  • Camera: 5MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, face detection, smile detection, touch focus, geo tagging,
  • Video: 720p @ 30 fps
  • Secondary VGA video call camera
  • OS: Android v 2.1 Éclair
  • Processor: ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Other features: FM Radio with RDS, HTML browser, social networking integration, digital compass, MP3 and MP4 player, Image and video editor, organizer, document editor, Google search, Gmail, Google maps, picasa, YouTube, Google talk, Flash Lite, T9

Features:

Though this is the best Galaxy S phone yet; the design is certainly not eye catching. Compare to beauties like HTC Evo and Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G is “just any other phone.’ It is its features and performance that make it one of the best available cell phones. Rounded edges might be repelling, but super AMOLED 4.0 inches capacitive touchscreen makes up for it in a great manner. The WVGA resolution and 16M colors offer perfect images and videos. You can easily enjoy it in sunlight.

Under the display are four standard Android touch sensitive keys. Screen is quite responsive to touch. Slide the phone side ways and a beautiful and spacious keyboard appears. You can also use the virtual keyboard or Swype for typing purposes.

TouchWiz 3.0 has new widgets, live wallpapers, seven customizable home screens etc. the phone supports both 3G and 4G connectivity. This phone can also be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five other devices (it costs some more bucks). Syncing is easy.

The great 5MP camera shoots HD video and has LED flash. Media player also works very nicely, and the overall performance is great.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Great 4.0 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen
  • Nice 5.0 MP camera
  • HD video recording
  • 1GHz processor
  • Physical slide out QWERTY keyboard
  • Supports 4G; WiMAX
  • Can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices
  • Nice performance

Limitations:

  • Very pricey
  • Expensive data plan
  • Heavier than all other Galaxy S phones
  • Very usual design

2. Motorola Droid X:

This attractive phone by Motorola stands second on our rating list. You will certainly get mesmerized by the looks and awesome display. Let us have a look at its specs.

Specs:

  • Released: July 2010
  • Dimensions: 127.5 mm x 65.5 mm x 9.9 mm
  • Weight: 155 g
  • Display type: TFT Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Display size: 480 x 854 pixels; 4.3 inches
  • Display features: accelerometer sensor, proximity sensor, multi touch input method
  • User Interface: MotoBlur
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Memory: 6.5 GB internal; 16 GB included; Expandable up to 32 GB
  • No EDGE and GPRS
  • 3G: up to 3.1 mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi, DLNA
  • Bluetooth, USB
  • Camera: 8MP, 3266 x 2450 pixels, autofocus, dual LED flash, face detection, image stabilization, geo tagging,
  • Video: 720p @ 24 fps, D1 @ 30fps
  • OS: Android v 2.1 Éclair
  • Processor: TI OMAP 3630-1000, 1 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Other features: FM Radio with RDS, HTML browser, TV-out (720p video) via HDMI 1.4 port, digital compass, MP3 and MP4 player, photo viewer / editor, organizer, document viewer, Google search, Gmail, Google maps, YouTube, Google talk, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, T9, active noise cancellation

Features:

Now here we have one of the greatest Android phones made by Motorola. Design is very nice. The 4.3” touchscreen displays 16M colors and is vivid and bright. Backside has rubberized touch and there is a bump where there is the camera. It is a light weight phone with n slide out keyboard, but is difficult to fit in the pocket due to large size. You get standard virtual keyboard as well as Swype. You will find four standard-Android buttons on the front bottom. These are physical instead of touch sensitive.

UI used in the Droid X is MotoBlur; pretty much revised and enhanced. You can resize the widgets. The seven home screens are customizable. For multimedia functions, this is a great phone. Certainly, the huge screen plays vital role in it. Camera is perhaps the nicest feature of Droid X. You can capture HD video, with great voice as Droid X has 3 mic system in order to capture best audio from every direction. Overall performance is pretty okay.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Very nicely designed
  • Attractive looks
  • 4.3” touchscreen
  • 8 MP camera, great camera features
  • HD video recording
  • HDMI output
  • DLNA support
  • Can be used as a hotspot

Limitations:

  • No secondary camera

1. HTC Evo 4G:

This is the best phone of 2010 yet. HTC seems to have put all efforts in making this phone the greatest phone of the year. You get everything in this phone; great looks, huge screen, Android OS, Sense UI, 8 MP camera, HD video recording, 4G connectivity and so on. Following is a detailed account of its specs.

Specs:

  • Released: June 2010
  • Dimensions: 122 mm x 66 mm x 13 mm
  • Weight: 170 g
  • Display type: TFT Capacitive touchscreen, 65K colors
  • Display size: 480 x 800 pixels; 4.3 inches
  • Display features: accelerometer sensor, proximity sensor, multi touch input method
  • User Interface: HTC Sense
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Memory: 8 GB included; Expandable up to 32 GB
  • No EDGE and GPRS
  • 3G: up to 3.1 mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi, WiMAX
  • Bluetooth, USB
  • Camera: 8MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, dual LED flash, geo tagging,
  • Video: 720p
  • 1.3 MP secondary camera
  • OS: Android v 2.1 Éclair
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8650, 1 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 1GB ROM
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Other features: Stereo FM Radio with RDS, HTML browser, HDMI port, digital compass, MP3 and MP4 player, Google search, Gmail, Google maps, YouTube, Google talk, Picasa, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, dedicated search key

Features:

The phone is indeed big, but its awesome display makes you forget everything else. The huge 4.3” WVGA capacitive touchscreen is captivating. Light sensor is one great feature. You can make the phone rest on the kickstand that is located on the back side.

Best feature of Evo 4G is HTC Sense UI. It has been enhanced and you get some new and improved widgets. Leap Screen is pretty nice feature which lets you see a thumbnail view of all the home screens when you pinch the home screen. This makes it easy for the user to choose which home screen they want. The 8 MP camera shoots HD video and also there is front facing secondary video call camera.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Nice 4.3” display
  • 8 MP camera
  • HD video recording
  • Front facing camera
  • HDMI port
  • 4G connectivity
  • HTC Sense UI

Limitations:

  • Less battery time with 4G

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