4. BlackBerry Bold 9700
From businessmen to teenagers, everybody loves a well-crafted BlackBerry. And this model in particular, is simply fantastic.
The Blackberry Bold 9700 has everything you would need to forget about the iPhone: an optical trackpad; a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash; 480 x 360 pixel color Half VGA resolution display; an amazing battery (17 days of battery time in standby and 6 hours in talk time).
It is 109 mm in length, 60 mm in width and 14.1 mm thick.
The operating system that runs on the Bold 9700 is the Blackberry OS version 126.96.36.1995, and it is good to know that all the familiar pre-loaded Blackberry applications are available on this one, including the WordToGo, PowerToGo, WordMole, etc.
The BlackBerry Bold gets a 4/5 ranking and here are the reasons why: it has an amazing design, great usability, awesome additional features and the quality of calls is mind-blowing.
Price range: $299
3. HTC EVO 4G
HTC has the most smartphones on this list, and that certainly proves the fact that the Taiwanese company can make extraordinary phones with sleek, original design and great capabilities.
This model is the first 4G capable phone sold in the United States. It is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and runs the Android 2.1 operating system. It includes a TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen screen, an 8-megapixel camera in the rear, a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front and a HDMI port to connect to an HDTV.
Although it is said to deliver good 4G speeds, Sprint’s 4G network is limited at the time, making the $10 premium data add-on too tough to swallow for anyone outside of the coverage area. Another important thing to have in mind is that the HTC EVO drains battery rather quickly.
But it’s still one of today’s top Android devices, and with an ever-expanding WIMAX netowkr, it shows great promise.
The EVO 4G gets 3rd place with an average ranking of 4/5. Its perfect (not kidding, Google it) design makes you forget about all of the competition. Besides the look, its multimedia applications are top notch, making it better than the BlackBerry.
2. Google Nexus One
While some argue that Google should stick to search-engines, here is a smart-phone that tells us something entirely different.
The Nexus One is Google’s flagship smartphone that became available this January. It uses the Android open source mobile operating system.
It has a couple of great features, like the ability to transcribe voice to text, noise canceling and dual microphones. If you drive a lot, the Nexus would be perfect for you seeing as it has a fantastic GPS system.
What sets the Google Nexus apart from other smartphones is that it is sold unlocked, thus it’s not restricted to use on a single network provider.
The Nexus One has a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen and the raster resolution is 480×800 pixels.
The phone has a 5.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and digital zoom, Bluetooth 2.1, MP3, AAC+, WAV and MIDI playing capabilities.
Choosing which phone that would top the list was a hard decision. Although the Nexus One is an amazing Android smartphone with incredible design and features, we felt that the Samsung had all of these as well, plus greater Multimedia applications. But nevertheless, the Nexus One is a fantastic piece of technology.
The prices without a plan or contract are 529$.
1. Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
Samsung is probably the world’s leading cell phone manufacturers today with a huge base of people who would gladly buy their products. I have to admit that I’m one of those avid buyers. After a fantastic 2009 in which they successfully launched the teenage-oriented Corby, they’re ready again to take over the Android market with this beauty: Samsung i9000 Galaxy S.
Samsung announced its i9000 Galaxy S model in March 2010, and it is now confirmed to be an Android 2.2 smartphone. What’s so special about this model is its 1GHz processor along with 8-16 GB internal memory, a 4 inch 480×800 Super AMOLED widescreen, a touchscreen display, a 5 megapixel camera and also a VGA front-facing camera. Another useful thing about the Galaxy is its PowerVR graphics processor that yields 90 million triangles per second. All of this makes this Samsung the best darn Android-phone on the market.
Another great thing that would push buyers to seriously consider buying the Galaxy is its Bluetooth 3.0. It is also worth mentioning that, with its 9.9mm, it’s the thinnest Android phone available.
So, it all comes down to this, the newest Samsung smartphone – the i9000 Galaxy S. Its amazing processor, internal memory, applications, features, design, camera and, let’s not forget, Bluetooth 3.0 shoots this baby up right to no. 1 on the Top 10 iPhone Alternatives!
Price range: $99.99 – $199.99 from AT&T Wireless
A Smartphone offers the features you need to manage the various details of your life and business, whether that includes scheduling meetings, tracking your family’s schedule, reading email, or surfing the web. All of the above phones offer you those features. Sure, some do it better than others – I won’t argue with you there – but they are all great in what they do and they all bring something different to the table!
In the end, one thing is extremely important to have in mind: iPhone might be dominating the smartphone market, but there are a lot of alternatives. Great alternatives!