Top 5 high-end smartphones in 2009

Top 5 high-end smartphones in 2009

By Ojas Sharma   |   Wednesday, 30 December 2009, 09:51 Hrs   |    10 Comments
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In the year 2009 alias the 'Smartphone era', we have witnessed every mobile firm ringing in new modifications to be the next iPhone killer. A quick assessment by siliconindia reveals iPhone is still the ruler, yet there are a few who stands to have great chances of filling the gap to be the best in the smartphone group. Here are the top five high-end smartphones which have laid the path for the future innovations.

1) Apple iPhone 3GS

iPhone is at the top of the best high-end smartphone for 2009 as we believe that it delivers a high quality smartphone experience. Externally, the new iPhone looks more or less the same as its predecessors but internally there have been some major changes.

Apple has increased the speed of the phone to 600MHz. In terms of storage, the RAM stands at 256MB, while the total storage capacity is extended to 32 GB. It also includes internal compass, improved optics for its camera (now 3 megapixels) and a better graphic chip called PowerVR SGX. The basic and most important difference in this new version is the operating system which is now 3.0 that helps it to offer additional features like cut, copy, and paste, stereo Bluetooth, MMS, tethering, video recording, landscape keyboard options for more applications.

iPhone 3GS is available with Vodafone and Airtel in India and the 32GB is priced around Rs. 36,000, differing from operator-to-operator.

2) Nokia N900

Nokia N900 is the best smartphone the handset giant has come up with, this year. Loaded with powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor and up to 1GB of total application memory, this phone can keep dozens of application windows open simultaneously. The phone has inbuilt storage of 32GB which can be extended to 48GB. The 5 megapixels Carl Zeiss camera allows to snap quality photos.

N900 runs on Linux based operating system (OS) Maemo, which provides more of a PC-like experience on a small device. The phone measures 4.4 inches by 2.4 inches and features a 3.5-inch widescreen display. It is also equipped with a Mozilla browser and Adobe Flash 9.4 support. In terms of internet speed the device provides 10/2 High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) for mobile broadband speed, along with wireless LAN connectivity.

The Phone is expected to be in India soon at an estimated price of Rs. 34,000

3) HTC HD2

HD2 is HDC's first Windows Mobile smartphone, which uses HTC Sense and has 4.3-inch display. The HD2 uses 'capacitive touch' display to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier. HTC HD2 is powered by Qualcomm's new 1Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor and gives users the ability to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange and manage multiple e-mail accounts. Users can automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.

The HTC HD2 is available at a market operating price of Rs. 36,990.

4) Blackberry Storm 2 - 9520

Blackberry Storm was launched last year and had its share of good and bad points. Storm 2 has managed to remove most of the bad points. The phone is slightly bigger than its predecessor at 112.5 x 62.2 x 13.95mm and weighs 160g. The operating system has been upgraded to 5.0, which brings in sharper icons, brighter colors, and blacker blacks. The Storm 2 has excellent messaging and e-mail capabilities. The phone's keyboard has SureType predictive-text entry, which facilitates speedy typing. Equipped with Wi-Fi Storm 2 allows high speed internet acess.

Storm 2 has 3.2 megapixel camera and is powered by 528MHz Qualcomm processor with 256MB of Flash memory. Blackberry has also integrated applications for social networking sites.

Blackberry has still not launched Storm 2 in India but it is expected to be here soon at a price around Rs. 30,000.

5) LG BL40 Chocolate edition

The LG Chocolate device boasts of a 4-inch wide HD LCD screen that offers 800 x 345 pixel resolution. This handset also sports a superior quality 5 megapixel camera with Schinder-Kreuznach lens and flash. LG BL40 Chocolate edition provides a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio. The phone also supports Wi-Fi connectivity and FM transmitter. Seemingly, making the BL40 more user-friendly is its intuitive and upgraded S-Class UI featuring finger-friendly 3D graphics. The LG handset supports 7.2 HSDPA offering faster email and internet functionalities. The LG BL40 is available in India for Rs. 30,000.

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Reader's comments(10)
1: Ohhh these are the best phones or say smartphones in india Now , but i think N900 sucks with its resistive cheap display along with its creepy RAM and the dead processor rest is fine , and as you know every aspect is covered up nothing remains . So finally is scks
paying ptc sites
Posted by:Anand - 27 Jul, 2010
2: i totally agree with the ranking these r the fabulous mobile phones as of now
Posted by:pranay - 20 Jan, 2010
3: Correction. The iPhone 3GS is NOT available in India.

What is available is the iPhone 3G at the price you mentioned.

Which sucks, considering you pay a ridiculous price for an outdated phone AND get locked to a carrier who doesn't offer 3G AND you don't get any good data plans AND there is virtually no Apple support for any service/repairs after paying so much.

For India the best option as of now is: HTC Hero and BSNL 3G sim card.
Posted by:Natarajan Shanker - 01 Jan, 2010
4: Any idea , when the Storm2 is getting released in India ?
Been waiting to get my hands on this one..
Posted by:Sridhar - 30 Dec, 2009
5: Am a proud owner of the 'BEST' smartphone iPhone..:)
Posted by:Shaan - 30 Dec, 2009
6: I agree with the ranking...these are definitely the best smartphones of 2009 and sadly the costliest as well.
Posted by:Sonia - 30 Dec, 2009
The HTC HD2 (Leo) is undeniably and undoubtedly the best in the Lot. The Ranking should have had the HD2 at #1

I also fail to understand why hasn't The Acer Neo Touch been considered in this comparison?

Ashwin Replied to: Sonia - 30 Dec, 2009
Sorry about the Link, Here's another link showing the comparison of the HTC HD2 with the Iphone. The HD2 wins hands down :).
Ashwin Replied to: Ashwin - 30 Dec, 2009
The HTC HD2 had problems, and should have been ranked lower.

The phone was very buggy. Lots of crashes. There is a well-reported SMS bug that causes some SMSes not to be sent. There's another well-reported bug that puts a pink mark in the centre of videos. Windows Mobile was not optimised for the Snapdragon. Also, the Snapdragon's 720p video processor was disabled because of Windows Mobile. Business apps did not run well, as most were designed for a stylus, and were incompatible with the large capacitive screen on the HD2.

You need more reasons why this phone should not be on the list? HTC's has another phone with similar specifications, called the HTC Bravo / HTC Passion (in US). I predict that because the Bravo runs the Android operating system, it will have fewer problems than the HD2 which runs Windows Mobile.
Harvinder Replied to: Ashwin - 02 Jan, 2010
Sorry about the Link, Here's another link showing the comparison of the HTC HD2 with the Iphone. The HD2 wins hands down :).
Ashwin Replied to: Ashwin - 30 Dec, 2009