Apple iPhone 4
A new wave of Android and Windows Phone 7 contenders has pushed the iPhone 4 to its limits, but it retains its King of Smart phones crown – for now. Its glass-and-steel build is still a cut above the competition, and neither of its rivals are dose to matching the variety of goodies on offer from the App Store. There are weaknesses – the gloriously hi-res screen is only 3.5in, and a minority of owners have reported reception issues – but with HD video recording and a three-axis gyroscope for Wii-busting motion gaming, it remains the handset to beat.
Killer Feature: The App Store, still out in front by a considerable distance
Verdict: Slimmer, sexier and smarter than the rest, the iPhone 4 stays ahead of the competition.
Samsung Galaxy S
Fronted by the best smartphone display we’ve seen (Including the iPhone’s Retina display) and iced with a fine 5MP camera, the Galaxy S is a strong contender for the title of Best Android Phone The delayed 2.2 Froyo update is also out now
HTC Desire HD
Android’s new golden boy just pips its Windows Phone 7 rival to second place, thanks to a superior BMP camera and larger pool of apps. We also like its speedy. Flash-equipped browser and aluminium case, though its sizeable chassis might not suit all.
Windows Phone 7 needed a hero phone and this is it. Springing from the same gene pool as the Desire HD it marries a 4.3in screen with 16GB storage. But it’s the slick OS and Xbox Live gaming that make it a real iPhone rival despite the dearth of apps.
Proving that smartphones aren’t just about apps and operating systems, the aluminium Legend is an instant design classic The 600MHz processor also makes Android 21 run slickly and speed will be further boosted by the imminent 2.2 update
The swish white version of the E72 has helped it retain its title as our favorite QWERTY phone. It has a potent mix of multimedia talents (5MP camera, GPS) plus all the joys of free Ovi Maps. A metal finish and 3.5mm headphone socket seal the deal.
LG Optimus One
Not all smartphones are pricey wallet-busters. This highly pocketable bargain packs both Android 2.2 and highly responsive 3.2in capacitive high screen along with a generous selection of GPS, HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity. A steal at the price.
If the HD7 won’t quite squeeze into your jeans pocket, check out this neat Windows phone 7 Orange exclusive. It’s built from a single block of aluminium, and features a 3.7in touchscreen plus an 8MP camera with an (albeit sluggish) xenon flash.
BlackBerry Torch 9800
The new Bold 9780 is the best all-round BlackBerry you can buy. It mixes a 3.2in touchscreen QWERTV keyboard and improved 0S6, but a low-resolution screen and lack of apps cost it a star.
The N8’s bulging lens leaves you in no doubt about its party trick – a 12MP camera with xenon flash it’s a shame, then that despite Symbian^3’s polish, the rest of the phone doesn’t quite match its class-leading photography skills. An acquired taste.