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.