Written on 1/02/2010 12:23:00 AM by poison_ivy
So year 2009 has ended and now it's time to sum up what the mobile phone world has given us during that year. Please know that this is solely my opinion but if you have your own top 10 list, please feel free to share in the comments section below.
10. Sony Ericsson W995
I actually couldn't make my top 10 list complete and only added the Sony Ericsson W995 as an after thought because I don't have a Sony Ericsson phone on my list. Some of you might say what about the Satio (Idou)? Well, the Satio has recently been pulled from the UK because of some software issues though I think it's back on sale again. Nevertheless, I couldn't put it as one of the best because of that. The Sony Ericsson W995 is probably on of Sony Ericsson's best selling phones in 2009. It has an 8 megapixel camera and a good music player. Sure the design isn't astounding but for 2009, this was probably Sony's best.
9. Apple iPhone 3GS
Apple fans would probably kill me for putting the 3GS in second to the last place instead of it being first or second but one of my criteria for being the best mobile phone of the year is that the phone should offer something innovative. The iPhone 3GS only offers a faster processor and improved camera, something which other mobile phone manufacturers already have. Sure, their UI is still the best but again, there's nothing new here.
8. Blackberry Bold 9700
I personally haven't had a go with the Blackberry Bold 9700 but word has it that it's currently the best mobile phone in Blackberry's arsenal. The Blackberry Bold features the classic Blackberry keyboard design and the faster phone and reliable messaging features would make this phone the best for some smartphone users.
7. Samsung M8910 Pixon12
Samsung seems to be the leader in mobile phone innovation last year. The Korean mobile phone manufacturer was certainly the first to release the first 12 megapixel mobile phone (outside Japan and Korea) and the Samsung Pixon12 certainly delivers. This mobile phone currently has the largest camera resolution around so if you're into cameraphones, be sure to choose this.
6. Palm Pre
Ah, the mobile phone that was supposed to raise Palm Pre from the ashes. The Palm Pre certainly delivers UI wise but the lack of applications available seems to turn off some users. It's one of the iPhone killers on my list and it's definitely worth a go so if you're on O2 and need an upgrade, the Palm Pre should be on your list of mobile phones to choose from.
5. Samsung i8910 HD
Like I said, Samsung is the leader in innovation when it comes to mobile phones last year. The Samsung i8910 HD is currently the only mobile phone capable of 720p (HD) recording and has an 8 megapixel camera which is one of the best 8 megapixel shooters around. The screen is very responsive but alas, the Symbian S60 interface simply limits this device.
4. Nokia N900
The Nokia N97 failed to make a splash in the mobile phone world because it was plagued with problems plus the S60 interface doesn't really play nice with touchscreens. So Nokia decided to put Maemo OS on their mobile phone and thus the N900 came to be. The Nokia N900 seems to be the best smartphone in Nokia's portfolio with a fast UI and a good browser which supports flash. A lot of people certainly prefers it over the N97 and I'm actually pretty excited about the potential of this mobile phone too.
3. Motorola Milestone
If Palm has the Pre, then Motorola has the Milestone which will hopefully revive this American company. The Motorola Milestone aka the Droid has been making a splash in the US and hopefully, it would make a stir in the UK markets this 2010. The Motorola Milestone features Android 2.0 OS which is really fast and is currently the thinnest mobile phone with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. You can check out my Motorola Milestone review and hopefully, some carrier would subsidize this mobile phone.
2. HTC Hero
I was going to place the Milestone on second place but aside from the thin form factor and Android 2.0, I feel like HTC Hero should get the second place because of HTC Sense. If Samsung was the king of hardware innovation, HTC is the king of mobile phone UI innovation in 2009. HTC has managed to turn the otherwise dull Android 1.5 interface into an eye candy and has made the HTC Hero a worthy iPhone competitor. Specs is also not that bad and once Android 2.0 comes in with Google Navigation, then watch out world, the HTC Hero will certainly make it to number 1.
1. HTC HD2
Although I'm an avid windows mobile user, I didn't put the HTC HD2 on number one because of WinMo, I put it there because of what HTC had done with WinMo...which is, they covered it up. Basically, they put the Sense UI on the WinMo interface plus thanks to Windows Mobile 6.5, we are now seeing a Windows Mobile phone with multitouch support. Plus throw in a 1GHz snapdragon processor and a massive 4.3 inches screen and the HTC HD2 is the most powerful mobile phone in the market today..until Google Nexus One is release of course.