Over the last few weeks we’ve been looking at the best smartphones on the market at the moment with the aim of finding the best one out there, and we have covered the T-Mobile G1, Blackberry Storm, Blackberry Bold, Nokia E71, HTC Touch HD and the iPhone 3G.
So having gone through them all it’s time to decide on which phone is the ‘Top Smartphone’, and as we have already found out which is best for the more business orientated smartphone user it is time to see which is the best smartphone if you are looking to use it more at home than at work.
Top Smartphone Runner-Up
The runner up for the leisure category is the HTC Touch HD, which considering that it was also runner up for the best business smartphone may come as a surprise. That is, of course, if you haven’t actually used one because the combination of functionality, design, elegance and power mean this is a great all round phone.
The reason that this does so well from a leisure point of view is down to several things, one is the touchscreen which always makes a personal phone a lot nicer to use — especially so in this case given the high screen quality. This screen quality also allows for the best video (on a smartphone) out there, and the 5mp camera is also top notch. It is also a reasonable price for a smartphone which is worth bearing into consideration when you are buying it for yourself.
Top Smartphone Winner
No review of smartphones would be complete without the inclusion of the iPhone in the ‘honours’ list, and I must bow to tradition and name the Apple iPhone 3G as our top leisure smartphone. Its sheer elegance is a joy to use, and although this may not be necessary (and maybe even a hindrance) for the business user it is a whole different ball game with respects to a leisure phone.
It is a great audio and video player — combining the winning iPod formula with a crisp easy-to-use touchscreen to provide both in a wonderful manner. The touchscreen itself makes navigation a lot easier, and it is still (in my opinion) the phone that best utilises touchscreen capabilities whether it be navigation through the phone or the countless apps that provide a more fun way to use it.
It also has a great battery life — only beaten by the HTC Touch HD — and the price is also pretty reasonable for a smartphone – £45 cheaper than the runner up. This really does have it all for the leisure user: design, functionality and fun; and it just goes to show that sometimes the sequel can be better than the original!