October 28, 2011

Top 5 Smartphones of 2011

Posted by Vimal Dwivedi at 5:32 PM


With technological innovations on the rise, Smartphones have become all the rage these days. These phones, which customers would always want to buy, offer every high-tech feature, along with a sleek design and easy user interface. With so many different companies producing diverse versions of the Smartphone, it becomes too difficult to choose one which could possibly be the finest. New models appear on the market nearly every day; all of which appear almost similar. I’m going to highlight the top 5 Smartphones of 2011 to help customers making a selection, best suits to their needs.

1. Samsung Galaxy S II

samsung-galaxy-s2As longtime fans of HTC handsets, it pains us slightly to put the Galaxy S II at number one on this list. However, there is no denying that this dual-core monster is superb and worthy of the top spot. The Galaxy S II has two cameras; one rear 8 megapixel camera for capturing stunning detailed photos and a 2 megapixel camera for video calling. It records in 1080p HD unlike the predecessor that only managed 720p HD. It also runs the latest Gingerbread 2.3 operating system and is sure to be ready for the next OS update later this year. Aside from the powerful dual-core cpu, one of the biggest selling points of this smartphone has to be the stunning 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display. You really need to see it in action to realize just how sharp, bright and clear Super AMOLED Plus is.

Key Features:

- 4.3in, 16m colour Super AMOLED Plus Display
- 8MP Camera (with HD 1080p  video)
-  Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM cortex-A9 processor
-  Slim Design (just 8.4mm thick)

2. HTC Sensation

htc-sensationThe flagship phone from HTC is currently one of the few Dual-core smartphones around, and that alone will be enough to tempt many people to splash out on one. And once you have one in your hand, it is hard to find anything wrong with it. The Sensation really is a superb smartphone, running the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), boasting a superb 8MP camera to the rear and a nice little secondary VGA camera to the front. The 1.2Ghz dual-core cpu is fast and efficient, and make multitasking a much better experience. HTC have switched from the AMOLED screens featured on most of their smartphones, to use a 960×540 Super LCD display. Whilst this display features a higher resolution than that of its main competitor, it just isn’t as good overall as the Super AMOLED Plus display of the Galaxy S II, nor the Retina display of the iPhone 4.

Key Features:

- 4.3in Super LCD Display
- 1.2Ghz Dual-core cpu
- HTC Watch (movies on demand)
-  8MP camera (plus front-facing VGA)
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread

3. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

sony-ericsson-xperia-arcThe Sony Ericsson Xperia 10 was, without a doubt, a bit of a let down. Terrible battery life, outdated software and the brick-like design all combined to make this smartphone decidedly average. Thankfully, it seems that the maker of some of our favourite feature phones of the last 10 years is back on track with the Xperia Arc. The Bravia powered Reality Display on the Arc is a joy, as is the superb 8MP camera featuring Exmor R technology. Not only is the Arc right up there with the best single-core smartphones around in terms of power and usability, it also looks fantastic in your hand!

Key Features:

- 4.2″ BRAVIA powered Reality Display
-  8.1MP Camera
- 1Ghz CPU
- 1GB ROM/512MB RAM Internal Memory

4. iPhone 4

appleiphone4Antenna issues aside, the iPhone 4 really is an excellent smartphone and a massive improvement on the 3GS. It is hard to deny that the iPhone 4 is beautifully designed, with its slim body and brushed metal edging, but what really makes this phone stand out is the stunning Retina display. Capable of displaying 326 pixels per inch, you really won’t find a clearer or smoother display anywhere right now. The iPhone 4 really does do a lot of things right and most of time it is a joy to use. What keeps it from featuring higher on this list is both the price (which is admittedly coming down now) and the reception issues still being experienced by some users.

Key Features:

- 3.5in Retina Display
- 5MP camera (plus VGA front camera)
- iTunes App Store
- Iconic Apple Styling

5. HTC Desire S

HTC-Desire-S-specsHaving refined and improved on the qualities which made the HTC Desire so hugely popular, the Desire S fully deserves its place in any list of the best smartphones of the year. It may not have the power or all the bells and whistles of the very latest smartphones but, for the price, this smartphone is hard to beat. If your budget won’t stretch to a dual-core phone like the Sensation, you could do a lot worse than the Desire S.

Key Features:

- 3.7 inch touchscreen
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1 Ghz processor
- 5.0 megapixel camera and secondary camera
- 1.1 GB ROM, 768 MB RAM internal memory

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