Best new smartphones for Q3 2011
Smartphones are everywhere at the moment and they’re getting better by the day too, although some of the latest models to hit the stores are proving pretty irresistible. However, as the year rolls on there are some exciting new possibilities on the horizon too.
Apple iPhone 5
The Google Android operating system has been the one to watch in terms of which OS is taking over proceedings and, as expected, it now dominates the smartphone marketplace. Nevertheless, there’s no escaping the fact that when it gets a final release – it didn’t make it in June – the new Apple iPhone 5 will doubtless prove immensely popular when it emerges.
However, there’s also plenty of smartphone activity going on in the other handset manufacturing camps. Finnish phone maker Nokia, despite its troubled fortunes, is still hammering away trying to make headway into the smartphone market. The Nokia N9 is therefore a critical handset that will need to do good business for them. With its 3.9-inch AMOLED screen, 1GHz processor and a cracking 8-megapixel camera it may be in with a chance to win back smartphone afficianados, depending on when it finally appears and if the MeeGo OS meets with approval.
Nokia has been working with Microsoft of late too and that could produce some interesting developments, although before that happens its likely we’ll see another HTC phone appearing in the guise of the Eternity. This should feature Windows Phone 7 and will have a bumper sized screen at 4.7-inches along with a power packed 1.5GHz processor. All the toys look set to be included in this package, including an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 720p video.
HTC Evo 3D
If you don’t want to wait for any of those, then another good bet is the HTC Evo 3D, which as the name suggests, is a dual core processing 1.2GHz smartphone monster that boasts a display which shows off 3D without the need for glasses. There’s 3D video recording too, along with 4.3-inches of screen real estate that makes it a home entertainments centre for people on the move. Alongside that is the HTC Sensation that also has a huge screen, with a qHD display for optimum colour and clarity.
Sony Xperia Play
However, one of the other outsiders that deserves to be looked at is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. This is an Android device that has a 5-megapixel camera, 4-inch multitouch screen and motors along very nicely thanks to a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
More interestingly, the device also adapts in landscape mode into a perfect little games playing machine with a slide out keyboard that has a digital D-pad, touchpads and four PlayStation buttons so you can carry on gaming at your leisure, no matter what the location. The camera is also pretty good, although naturally the battery life takes a hit when you’re using these features a lot. Which, at the end of the day, is perhaps one of the biggest sticking points with most modern smartphones.
Now, if they can bring out a model before the end of the year that saves you having to recharge it very day then that is likely to become a hit, no matter what the feature set or technical specification looks like.
Author Bio : Joe Linford writes on behalf of Broadband Genie, the independent comparison website for broadband and mobile broadband deals and Mobile Phone Genie, the online portal for all things mobile phones.