How do you go about choosing the right mobile? The variety is overwhelming and the market is saturated with choice. Name brands such as Nokia, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson, and of course Blackberry, iPhone and Google Samsung Nexus, flood the marketplace. Then there are all the discussions of smart phone, android capabilities and app offerings. This just increases the anxiety on which option to choose, what each can offer, and why one would be better than the next.
Which are the must-have handsets for the end of 2011.
The choice is overwhelming. The solution personal. You need to decide what functionality is going to satisfy your hunger for technology, and how much you want your phone to be working for you.
The iPhone may have been the hankered over mobile but the Android is fast becoming the preferred instrument of choice and where does that leave the Blackberry?
Here are 5 little tastes of what you can find out there.
Vivid, Fast, Slim
The Samsung Galaxy S II with its ultra slim profile is strikingly styled. It has an excellent 4.3 inch Super AMOLED plus touch screen which delivers brilliant display colors and high contrast ratios which ultimately results in a sharper image. The 1.2GHz dual-core application processor provides high-speed multitasking, quick web page loading, fast image editing and high performance gaming. The 8 megapixel camera and the1080p full HD video functionality allow for stunningly high quality photo and video images. The phone includes a secondary front-facing camera for quick self-portraits and video calls. Plus impressive further image-enhancing capabilities such as autofocus, LED Flash, face and smile detection and touch concentrate make for stunningly high quality images. The Samsung Voice Solution – Say N Go allows the user to execute major functions on the phone. The phone includes Hubs for social media, music, books and games, while the customized Live Panel allows easy access for users to see personalized content. The Samsung Galaxy S II excels at all it sets out to achieve and is one of the sort after Android phones on the market at the moment.
Look out in November for the Ice Cream Sandwich Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
A mulitmedia superphone
HTC’s slogan “quietly brilliant” could not be more appropriate. Its latest offerings of the Sensation range — Wildfire S, Desire S and Incredible S have established it as one of the popular mobile phones on offer. Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor this little baby is a superphone with a powerful fast performance. Apps start up instantly, there is seamless switching between music, downloading email and surfing visually rich websites making this phone easy to use. The instant capture camera is what caught my eye, the moment you push the button is the moment the picture is captured, no trying to switch between functionality or find your camera on your phone. It is instantaneous. It also has multi-window browsing for easy web surfing, an active lockscreen, and immersive experiences where you can wipe away the raindrops when viewing the weather. For its solid premium look and feel it features a unibody aluminium construction with protection from grit and sand when facedown and the qHD widescreen display allows for excellent screen viewing. With its offering of Hollywood blockbusters, watching on your phone has become so much easier, after making your selection you can and start watching the show seconds into the download. The DLNA allows you to share videos and photos to your big screen TV wirelessly as well as connect to your Wi-Fi printer to easily print photos, documents and web pages. This is a phone to watch.
Nokia’s trendy new look and feel is exceptionally bold, with excellent touch screen responsiveness and nifty “swiping” features. This is the first MeeGo 1.2 (Harmattan) OS-based device by Nokia. The screen sports a 3.9 inch FWVGA curved AMOLED, scratch resistant glass and has a smooth, high quality plastic exterior. It has, like many other phones, included the swiping feature but with three main views. The familiar App View, the Open App View where you can jump from one app to another and the Events View for all your social networking sites. These Views make it easy to swipe from one app to another, quickly and effortlessly. The camera is a pleasure to use, with Carl Ziess optics it takes great shots and films in high definition. The wide-angled lens is also a bonus, just tap to focus and shoot. It comes with instant share online and just by touching another NFC-enabled phone you can share with those around you. Nokia has included fast, responsive, effortless browsing and with HTML 5 support you get the best of the web, with rich apps and fast video playback, while having multiple pages open and moving between them. The battery is non-removable and therefore has no expandable storage capability. While snazzy looking with easy functionality, there is nothing groundbreaking that I could pinpoint about the N9.
Act on Inspiration
The Blackberry Torch 9810 is classic Blackberry, it is a smooth, attractively efficient design on the original. With its all in one design, a fluid touch screen display, optical trackpad plus the slide-out QWERTY keyboard the Blackberry Torch 9810 makes for easy typing. The 1.2GHz processor allows for faster browsing, networking, socializing and gaming. The Liquid Graphics™ technology creates an even more vivid experience with fluid animations, instant response times and stunning graphics. Although it only has a 5 megapixel camera, this is made up with the added functionality of the 4x digital zoom, continuous autofocus, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging, a multiple picture-taking mode and zero shutter lag. The video camera is much of a muchness with other smartphones, but with the device supporting HTML5 video, it provides a super fast, seamless loading, scrolling and zooming experience. The Blackberry 9810 is a great multi-tasker with easy switching modes between email, messages and social media, with notifications still coming through. The next generation BBM™ features are now built into many of the apps allowing the user to share and chat to friends while still using the open app, so you can share more information instantly. One of the most exciting features on the 9810 is Blackberry’s support of Augmented Reality2 via the Wikitude World Browser this allows the surrounding real world information to become interactive. You can check to see which BBM™ friends are nearby, read reviews on restaurants you have just passed or get a story behind an interesting landmark. There are endless possibilities.
It’s the most amazing iPhone yet
The iPhone 4S has everything the iPhone 4 delivers to you, just more. The new Retina display is the highest-resolution screen ever, you get absorbed in the smooth pixel density, with crisp text, sharp graphics and stunning images. The camera has 3 more pixels than the last phone, but of significant mention are the addition of the lenses (up to five) and the custom lens with a wider aperture. Naturally, all these additions allow for larger, truer color and improved resolution images, even in poor light. The dual-core A5 chip makes the iPhone 4S the most powerful of the iPhones to date, it is quick and responsive when launching apps, browsing the web, social networking or playing games. Actually for gaming it pushes the graphics up to seven times faster than previous iPhones, leaving the games running smoother and feeling even more realistic. iOS is one of the most advanced, easy to use mobile operating systems and the iOS5 brings over 200 new features to this phone. These include Siri – the intelligent assistant, Siri will make your phone calls, send messages, schedule meetings, set reminders and a whole lot more with your voice commands. iCloud allows all your content to be on all your devices, it manages and stores your music, photos, apps, mail, contacts, calendars, documents and more. With iMessage you get unlimited free MMS and SMS with anyone else using iOS 5, Facetime calls allow you to speak to those that have the iPhone, iPad2, iPod touch or Mac over WiFi, while Airplay wirelessly streams what’s on your iPhone to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV, and the AirPrint will print your email, photos, web pages and documents from your iPhone. It is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to transmit and receive, so call quality is better. The biggest downfall of owning an iPhone is for all the wonderful inter device functionality, they all have to be Apple. Should you wait for the iPhone 5, you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out.
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Personally I have always preferred a Nokia device. I once deviated to the Samsung and after being sorely disappointed with the battery lifespan once again moved back to Nokia. I am excited about all the new options and although I have fallen in love with my MacBook Pro, iPod and iPad and would consider the iPhone, there is that little device called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that keeps catching my eye. What will your choice be?