People need cellphones. It’s a fact. Even regular people have to have a cellphone but your average techie or web addict needs something more and that something more is a smartphone. Yes you heard me no longer the devices of the power business owner but the tool to connect you to the web and everyone else.
I am trying to decide on a phone to purchase so I made a list of features that my phone must have:
- WiFi – face it you need this save money by not using the 3G network and it is simply nice to have.
- Bluetooth – it allows you to use your phone as a modem and you can connect to a host of add-ons like headsets, car stereos, ect.
- Camera – I like being able to just click away or record a short video clip without having to bring a camera.
- Keyboard – I don’t really care if it is a virtual keyboard or a tactile one what matters is the functionality the keys must be large enough to be usable or in the case of the virtual keyboard sensitive enough to use.
- Apps – I like to customize my phone as much as possible and that means installing software that I will use.
- GPS – this isn’t really a requirement but its nice to have.
- Expandable Memory - you need space and unless your buying a phone with 8GB or more internal memory you need this. Memory expandable up to 32GB is excellent it removes the need for a separate device to play video and music.
- Headphone Jack - a standard 3.5mm jack to be exact, not any kind of proprietary headphone input standard so you can easily swap out headphones.
- Long Battery life – I mean at least all day. No portable device should die within 3-4 hours anymore.
- 3G – high-speed network access is a beautiful thing.
- Media Playback – make it happen build in support for DivX and other video formats especially the ones that people typically use.
Ok so now we have what we want in a phone now what phones provide most of these features?
Iphone 3Gs the king of kings the phone that make Apple fanboys have a collective orgasm. Let me point out that I am not a non-biased source I dislike Apple products… a lot. Still the Iphone is a product of sheer awesomeness it does everything you need and does it well.
Original: June 29, 2007 (2007-06-29)
3G: July 11, 2008 (2008-07-11)
3GS: June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)
21.17 million (as of Q2 2009)[update]
iPhone OS 3.0.1 (build 7A400), released 31 July 2009
Original: 3.7 V 1400 mAh
3G: 3.7 V 1150 mAh
3GS: 3.7 V 1219 mAh
Internal rechargeable non-removable lithium-ion polymer battery
Original & 3G: Samsung 32-bit RISC ARM 1176JZ(F)-S v1.0
620 MHz underclocked to 412 MHz
PowerVR MBX Lite 3D GPU
3GS: ARM Cortex-A8
833 MHz underclocked to 600 MHz
PowerVR SGX GPU
Flash memory (Original: 4, 8, & 16 GB; 3G: 8 & 16 GB; 3GS: 16 & 32 GB)
Original & 3G: 128 MB DRAM
3GS: 256 MB
320 × 480 px, 3.5 in (89 mm), 2:3 aspect ratio, 262,144-color LCD
Two speakers, TRRS headphone jack, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response (internal, headset), microphone
Multi-touch display, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer
3GS also includes: digital compass
Original & 3G: 2.0 megapixels with geotagging
3GS: 3.0 megapixels with video (VGA at 30 fps), geotagging, and automatic focus, white balance, & exposure
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (3GS: 2.1), USB 2.0/Dock connector
Quad band GSM 850 900 1800 1900 GPRS/EDGE
3G also includes: A-GPS; Tri band UMTS/HSDPA 850, 1900, 2100
3GS also supports: 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
iTunes Store, App Store, MobileMe
4.5 in (115 mm) (h)
2.4 in (61 mm)
0.46 in (11.6 mm) (d)
3G & 3GS:
4.5 in (115.5 mm) (h)
2.4 in (62.1 mm)
0.48 in (12.3 mm) (d)
Original & 3GS: 135 g (4.8 oz)
3G: 133 g (4.7 oz)
HTC Hero also known as the T-mobile G2 Touch which is my personal favourite so far but I’m still waiting for it to be released in North America. Its younger cousins are the HTC Dream, and the HTC Magic which are available in North America.
320 x 480 px, 3.2 in (81 mm), TFT LCD,
5 megapixel AF back
Android 1.5 and HTC Sense
Multi-touch Touchscreen, trackball
Qualcomm MSM7201A, 528 MHz
ROM: 512 MB, RAM: 288 MB
microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR + A2DP
3.5mm audio jack
1350 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm
MP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, MIDI and Windows Media® Audio 9
Blackberry Bold 9000– Old faithful. This phone has been the definition of smartphone until recently but RIM has recently updated the bold and it is still the very thing you want in a smartphone.
480×320 px 2.8 inch TFT LCD
BlackBerry OS 4.6
624 MHz Marvell Tavor PXA930
128MB RAM, 1GB storage, microSD slot
Quad band GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Tri band HSDPA: 850/1900/2100
4.48×2.6×0.59 in (114x66x15 mm)
4.8 oz (136 g)
Palm Pre the OS on this phone is amazing. and the device performs very well and has begun to pull the sinking Palm company out of the sea.
3.1 in (79 mm) HVGA (320×480) 24-bit color capacitive touchscreen
3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, "extended depth of field", and geotagging
600 MHz (underclocked to 500 MHz) Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 (ARM Cortex A8 + PowerVR SGX)
256 MB RAM
EV-DO Rev. A
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with A2DP
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, 802.1X authentication
1150 mAh Lithium-ion
Closed: 100.53 mm (3.958 in) (h)
59.57 mm (2.345 in)
16.95 mm (0.667 in) (d)
135 g (4.8 oz)
Blackberry Storm not the greatest way for the Blackberry to enter the touch screen wars but it has been significantly improved since its original release very nice phone featuring a new style of touch screen that allows you to click the screen down. The lack of WiFi was a deal breaker for me though.
3.25" HVGA 360×480 Multi-touch capable of up to 65,536 colors
BlackBerry OS 4.7
Touchscreen with haptic feedback
528 MHz Qualcomm processor
128 MB RAM
1 GB onboard
CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A 850/1900 MHz
GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS/HSPA 2100 MHz
Bluetooth, Micro-USB with Mass Storage Mode support
112.5 mm x 62.2 mm x 13.95 mm
155 g / 5.5 oz
Samsung Instinct S30 nice phone. The original instinct seems very large but since its new version is also called the mini I have hope for it. It seems to stand up to the Iphone quite nicely and since the Iphone is the new standard what more can you ask for?
240 X 432 px, LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
32 MB (internal memory available to user for storage)
2 GB MicroSD (included)
Dock connector, Headphone jack, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Lithium-ion polymer battery with 2nd battery not included
11.61×5.51×1.24 cm (4.57"×2.17"×0.49" in)
Samsun Omnia 2 the evolution of the original Samsung Omnia and was released in August 2009 not.
August 23, 2009
3.7" 65k colors resistive touchscreen WVGA AMOLED (480 x 800),
5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, dual LED flash
Windows Mobile 6.1, Windows Mobile 6.5
ARM 1176 800MHz processor, dedicated graphics
vibration, .mp3, .wav
microSDHC 16 GB max (32 GB Max MicroSDHC available in 2009)
HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s / HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s, EDGE/GPRS Quad Band (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900), UMTS Tri Band (900 / 1900 / 2100MHz)
WLAN 802.11b/g, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0
Li-Ion 1500 mAh
118 x 60 x 11.9 mm
Samsung i900 Omnia
I’m sure I’ve left out many many phones but these are the ones which I have considered in my search for the phone to end all phones. For now I have rested on the HTC Hero but who knows what 2010 will bring.