10/31/09

Top 10 Smartphones

Posted on 12:05 AM by RumorGadget

Updated October 31, 2009

Determining what the best smartphones on the market are is an extremely subjective endeavor. What separates one smartphone from the other? We've broken it down into five categories:
-Features includes organizers, camera quality, contacts, social networking capability, etc.
-UI includes the operating system and the overall navigation of the phone, as well as the general software.
-Browsing refers to how fast and usable the browser on the phone is.
-Applications refer to the amount and quality of applications in each phone's application store or downloadable 3rd party apps.
-Hardware refers to the general physical build of the phone including QWERTY keyboard, screen, trackball, etc.

1. iPhone 3GS - There is no doubt the iPhone has been the envy of all fellow smartphones since its release in 2007. The simple user interface, along with the absolutely ridiculous amount of applications, the ability to use it as an iPod, and its utility as a gaming platform make the iPhone 3GS the world's most desirable smartphone. The 3GS has finally introduced a landscape QWERTY virtual keyboard, video recording, and copy and pasting, which have silenced many of its critics.

Although the 3GS is on top for now, the lack of major UI changes since it's initial launch have given competitors, especially Palm and HTC, time to close the gap. Only time will tell if Apple decides to do a major revamping and give the next iPhone a "fresher" approach and more complex UI. For now, it still remains king.

Features: 9.5

UI: 9.0

Browsing: 9.5

Applications: 10.0

Hardware: 9.5

iPhone 3GS Average: 9.5


2. Palm Pre - This is the phone that attempted to save Sprint and Palm, but unfortunately it’s been completely overshadowed by the Droid and 3GS. Palm OS is still great, and the multitouch display

and navigation are very competitive with any other smartphone list. The Touchstone charger is also an amazing ad-on. It also has the added benefit of synching to iTunes. The bad? The keyboard kind of sucks, the Palm App Catalog is anemic.

Features: 9.5

UI: 10.0

Browsing: 9.0

Applications: 7.5

Hardware: 8.5

Palm Pre Average = 8.9


3. HTC Hero/Eris – This is basically the myTouch 3G with Sense UI on top of the default Android OS. Sense UI, even though slightly laggy at times, is absolutely stunning to look at and use.

Sense UI also introduces pinch browsing, and the organizer (including contacts and calendar) are terrific. With Eclair 2.0 coming soon to the Hero/Eris models, higher performance could make this relevant for quite a while longer.

Features: 9.5

UI: 9.5

Browsing: 8.5

Applications: 8.5

Hardware: 8.5

HTC Hero/Eris Average = 8.9


4. Motorola Droid – The Droid is Verizon’s flagship phone, and it all indications point to the device living up to it’s insane level of hype. The new Google Maps Navigator seems to be a killer app, and Android 2.0 is nicer looking and snappier than 1.6.

The hardware is also getting decent, though not great reviews, with a fantastic high resolution display, and very responsive capacitive screen.The keyboard has gotten very luke warm impressions, but the ultra slim profile still make up for it. It may not be the prettiest phone, but it gets the job done.

Features: 9.0

UI: 9.0

Browsing: 9.0

Applications: 8.5

Hardware: 8.5

Motorola Droid Average = 8.8


5. myTouch 3G – The myTouch 3G is the successor to the G1, and removes the physical QWERTY keyboard. Luckily the G1 has a notoriously awkward keyboard and form factor, and the myTouch 3G has a great virtual keyboard and much more modern look.

The device is fast, lean, has a great display and has the Android operating system. Although it’s a solid phone, it doesn’t ‘wow’ in any way, it’s just a very good Android phone.

Features: 8.5

UI: 8.0

Browsing: 8.5

Applications: 8.5

Hardware: 9.0

myTouch 3G Average = 8.5


6. HTC Touch Pro 2 – The Touch Pro 2 is the perfect business phone. It has a natural advantage over the Diamond and Imagio because of its solid physical QWERTY keyboard and screen tilt, making typing out emails a breeze.

It also has a decent processor and doesn’t lag as much as the original Touch Pro. There are also tons of third party applications available for Windows mobile phones, many of which are useful and enhance the performance of the phone.

Features: 8.5

UI: 8.0

Browsing: 8.5

Applications: 8.0

Hardware: 9.5

HTC touch Pro 2 Average = 8.5


7. Blackberry Storm 2 - The Storm 2 is a GIGANTIC upgrade from the original Storm. Literally everything functions better, from the screen clicking to the camera. This is what the original Storm should have been. It’s pretty snappy, still has a gorgeous display, and serves as a pretty decent media player.

With improved SurePress, and significantly better hardware, the Storm 2 is actually a great phone. The default BB browser is still not very good, and the lack of multitouch hurts, as does the stagnant and boring UI.

Features: 9.0

UI: 8.0

Browsing: 7.5

Applications: 7.5

Hardware: 9.5

Blackberry Storm 2 Average = 8.3


8. Blackberry Bold – The Bold is the more glamorous version of the Tour, featuring a bigger screen and much more reliable hardware. The keyboard is pretty much perfect, and when it was released, it was a worth competitor to the iPhone on AT&T.

Now, however, the BB operating system is significantly outdated and very dry, and the Blackberry App World is still far away from Google and Apple’s offerings.

Features: 8.0

UI: 7.5

Browsing: 7.5

Applications: 7.5

Hardware: 10.0

Blackberry Bold Average = 8.1


9. HTC Imagio – The Imagio is the successor to the subpar HTC Diamond that was offered on Verizon. Luckily the Imagio has an upgraded processor and is pretty snappy. Touch Flo 3D is also impressive, but it hard for it to completely remove Windows Mobile.

The phone still lags, and the Imagio’s optional $15 television service is overpriced, and a gimmick not many people would even consider using (or paying for). The Imagio is still a solid option for consumer who needs a Windows Mobile smartphone.

Features: 8.0

UI: 8.0

Browsing: 8.5

Applications: 8.0

Hardware: 8.0

HTC Imagio Average = 8.1


10. Blackberry Tour – The Tour was temporarily Verizon’s flagship phone for most of Summer 2009. The phone received great initial reviews, with many claiming it was the best Blackberry ever. Although the software is snappy, the hardware is nothing short of shoddy (although the hardware issues seemed to be solved with the newest batches of the Tour).

A huge number of Tour owners had had to replace one or even several Tours because of stuck and unresponsive trackballs and screen problems. The lack quality control was shocking, especially since everything else on the phone matches the BB Bold’s offering.

Features: 8.0

UI: 7.5

Browsing: 7.5

Applications: 7.5

Hardware: 7.0

Blackberry Tour Average: 7.5