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Best phones of 2010

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Best phones of 2010
Technology as a whole is moving fast, but the mobile phone industry is moving twice that pace. This made it even more compelling for us to look through all the phones launched this year as it comes to an end and bring you only the best. We found it extremely hard to pinpoint just several out of the handful of phones and interestingly, it seems that most phones launched in the first half of the year will be left out. The reason for this is not them being bad performers, it is just that what we see in the recent months is a leap over what we saw just a few months earlier. Some brands will go unnoticed and some will get more of the limelight as the market adjusts to the smartphone revolution of recent years and the upcoming 4G speeds. Ultimately, what we saw this year is bigger (4”+ screens are increasingly popular), faster (most processors are clocked at 1GHz) and better (with an ever-increasing app support - 300,000 for iOS and 100,000 for Android). But enough with the introduction, here are what we believe to be the top 5 phones of 2010:

Best phones of 2010
1. Apple iPhone 4

It is in everyone's wish list and even the death grip issue wasn't so deadly so as to hamper its sales. What's more, Apple seems to start listening more to its customers and now iOS has highly-valued features like multitasking and a more open App Store policy. Should we mention the gorgeous high-resolution display and humongous catalog of apps? The only possible drawback we could think of was the 3.5-inch screen (it's actually not a real drawback, but imagine all those beautiful games running on a 4” display!)


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2. HTC EVO 4G

Gets the second place for being the first phone with 4G support – it is a peak in the future and in a way opens the door to 2011. With the gorgeous 4.3-inch screen and the latest sweet treats from Android, it is only the battery that could hold you down. And the iPhone.


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3. Samsung Galaxy S

The Galaxy S finished third, but it has become available with almost every carrier, which says more than enough about how serious Samsung is about it. Is it good enough? No doubt, it is not only a great all-around player with an excellent AMOLED screen and battery life, but it also relies on a lightning-fast chipset.




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4. Motorola DROID X

Okay, just a warning before we start - the third place was as close as a photo finish. The Motorola DROID X was just a notch behind. But nevertheless it is a great device with good battery life to support the visuals on the 4.3-inch supersized screen. A great all-around performer as well.





5. Windows Phone 7 handsets

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Windows Phone 7 caught the last train. It is the new kid on the block and it still has a lot to learn. Despite the fact that the platform still lags behind a bit in terms of functionality (a big update might fix that soon), it delivered enough to leave us hopeful and that is the reason why it stands fifth. Most of the handsets running the new OS show a solid performance and it is hard to pick a single best phone. You can look at the Samsung Focus if Super AMOLED is your thing or pick the HTC HD7 for the extra-large 4.3-inch screen, or maybe the LG Optimus 7 with its solid build. Finally, you have the options of the HTC Surround with its great sound quality and the all-around player in the face of Samsung Omnia 7. But really, there is no ultimate winner here to grab our hearts instantly. You can also look at other handsets running the OS and be confident that most of them perform on par with the ones we mentioned.





Disappointment of the year:

Best phones of 2010
The Miami Heat? Okay, we were talking about phones and the biggest disappointment here is... the Microsoft KIN. The young and hip feature phones did not sell young and hip and it was just few weeks after the launch that they were officially declared dead. Who was to blame? Microsoft would probably say Verizon and Verizon would probably put the blame on Microsoft. Finally, the saga ended with the two KINs back on sale at Verizon, this time with no data plan obligations.

Second to that comes a brand and not just any brand but Nokia, the world's biggest phone maker, as the Finns failed to update their veteran Symbian OS to match the market leaders Android and iOS. It is not the hardware that put them here – phones like the Nokia N8 and the C7 are on par with what other phone makers offer – but rather the software. We will hope to see them make a comeback in 2011 as the company put a lot of effort in research and restructuring and a brand new OS is on the way. But don't call it a year just yet for the mobile industry.

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posted on 08 Dec 2010, 04:48 6

1. smpdx (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


If you compare feature to feature the iPhone should be closer to the bottom of this list of 5 phones. I am pretty sure the tech world agrees with this. I mean, its a great phone with great customer service to back it, but almost all the other phones on this list, when comparing exactly what the phones are capable of, are better than the iPhone.
However, if you are basing it purely on what consumers, as a percentage, find to be the top phone, then yes... the iPhone would most likely make the top.

Anyone on here seriously think the iPhone 4 is the BEST phone on the market, as far as technology goes??? I dont give a crap about the carrier. I am talking only the phone and what it is capable of...

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 01:07 1

20. ps316 (Posts: 19; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)


Exactly my point and if you see user's review it has got rating of 7/10.
Not sure why alsmost every phone review is site is biased not sure if they are being paid huge amount by apple.

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 02:01 1

38. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I don't think the iphone 4 is the best, but I definitely don't think that the Droid X or the Evo are the best either. I can see how you can put up a head to head fight with the iPhone 4 and the Evo 4G, but I don't see how the iPhone 4 will loose if you compare it to the Galaxy S line or Droid X. If it wasn't the best, it would still be one of the top. Saying that it would be closer to the bottom is a stretch.

And its easy to get a rating of 7/10 when you have random Android users who never owned the phone posting reviews.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 22:36

56. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


agreed... most people who make iphone reviews never even own an iphone... and how wud its specs be bad? It doesnt need to have the 712 ram becuase ios and the hardware fit perfectly... and samsung needs to show me they can update their phones before i ever buy another one... switching to iphone as soon as possible-sad i left...

posted on 19 Dec 2010, 09:12

51. rusbeel (unregistered)


iphone should be at 9th place .... nokia n8 and samsung galaxy s rox...

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 22:37

57. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay the n8 fails... there is absolutely no way it is good at all it all sucks...

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 06:41 2

2. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


well all of them are great in other angles. each one of them has drawbacks too, like iPhone has no mass storage device mode and too dependent on iTunes. i cant even rank each phone based on its hardware because all of them has 1ghz processor... all of them have great displays and most of all... they are all expensive hahah!

well, if i were asked the best phones... i wont rank them because really all of them are the bestest of the best as of now. they just differ on OS and screen sizes. you cant say the larger screen is the best.

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 08:24

3. glosator (unregistered)


Nokia N8 is the best phone of the year 2010 in terms of hardware and OS symbian_3(is not perfect but is very good) I need all day to mention all things wihch N8 have it's worth to pay 500 Euro.

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 08:45

4. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)


How could it get to the top spot when it losses on the basics: being a good phone. The phone is unreliable in areas of low signal strength. Bumper case for the stupid antenna design? come on... It would have been more acceptable if it was on No. 2.

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 02:07

39. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Yeah, because most phones are soo super reliable in areas of low signal strength. But sarcasm aside, I agree that the antenna issue alone is enough to bring it down to 2 or even 3.

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 08:49

5. shawman (unregistered)


I have nokia n8 and I am really pleased with it. Fantastic Hardware, Great phone and good smartphone. Plus its an open platform and will see tons of free software. I am waiting for Symbian^4 related firmware next year which will make it even better.

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 09:19

6. Jii (unregistered)


Maybe you haven't seen latest shells loaded ontop Symbian.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rzt9JuLPvY&t=2m10s
Wow. Now this looks c o o l. Goes to other new Symbians as well.
Can be loaded at Ovi for $30.

And here is another one. Freeware!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45u4GVD2q50

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 09:22

7. Jii (unregistered)


shawman: Nokia has changed from big total updates to continuous incremental development of OS. New features arrive as they are completed.

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 09:50

8. Khairul Azizi Khalid (unregistered)


i still nokia has done their best..and symbian^3 has bring a lot of improvements over their phones..i still think Nokia N8 is the best though..

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 10:03

9. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Too bad the symbian foundation is closing shop and nokia is going to meego. Don't be too disappointed guys.

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 11:30

11. Two spearheads (unregistered)


Nokia is not closing shop for Symbian. They are just developing prime OS Meego (with several other functions outside phones) AND Symbian for those not so avantgarde and accordingly less expensive products.

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 11:00 1

10. C'mon (unregistered)


I dont think it is actually a techical achievement just to put big screen to a phone. As an engineer I think I could do it. If this is the only requirement you need to be on top of the list, so be it. However, as daniel noted it depends on individual preferences which features each user finds most attractive and for me the 4"+ screen for example is excessive.

First of all, the topic is totally wrong the right topic should be " Best marketed phones of the year". There are plenty of blogs and so called "professionals" trying to tell everybody what to think and it is not just only blogs but also more respected sources that do the same stuff.

These marketing people tries to change public opinion so that their preferred manufacturers strenghts are overhyped and their compromises are overlooked. Anyhow, I think this media is underestimating public very heavily. People are not stupid and actually most of them are fed up of being told what to think.

Many people think that S^3 is much better than IOS or Android (eg. better battery, multitasking, more features).

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 13:31 1

12. KyubiNexus (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Nov 2010)


i know the marketing for the N1 wasnt approached with too much common sense, which led to its premature demise, but i think it has potential to take the number 1 spot over iphone 4. simply because this device set the standard for most devices to improve upon. i mean its a developer phone, and its awesome. ive loaded tons of roms on my rooted N1 and it was compatible with a large majority of the roms. and the developer support is what makes the N1 so popular and successful, even behind the scenes. I'm very disappointed that N1 didnt even make the top 5 list...SMH

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 16:13

13. szokoloko (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Term the best phone is pure marketing. Most popular suits best. Windows 7 phones are on top now because it's new, unique and hell yes it's new windows edition with new pretty interface! Do not match the phones suit the one which fits You best and enjoy it. The technology now a days is very high-tech so every phone high-end would be great for all of us.

Best wishes to everyone and I hope that all of You will get a new great cellphone for christmas :)

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 20:28 1

14. verizoncustomer27 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Oct 2010)


Where is the HTC Droid Incredible?! This was one of the most anticipated phones of the year and had the numbers to prove it was well worth the wait. If you look at the specs it's still one of the most high-end phones you can buy on the market right now, then again this is Phone Arena so we all knew the iPhone would top the list...*cough iPhone Arena cough*

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 20:47

15. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)


it should have taken a spot in place of those pieces of $&!@ windows 7 phones. but the others in question do take the numbers from the incredible. Iphone should not have been #1, the HTC incredible should have been i think personally, being the first 4G phone around. (and NO i do not even have sprint service, let alone an evo 4G) below that should have been the droid x, then the galaxy S series of phones, then a tie for the #4 spot between the incredible and iPhone 4

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 21:34

16. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)


I don't think that this list is as objective as its heading sounds. Should be more like ' The most popular phones of 2010'. I'm yet to understand how the iPhone is on this list as its phone functions are like any other phones'. What are the criteria for this selection???? Popularity or actual functionality??? I need answers, PhoneArena....

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 22:35 2

17. Makapiapia (Posts: 26; Member since: 06 Dec 2010)


My touch 4g, should take the place of the iphone 4!

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 00:33

19. Galen20K (Posts: 541; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Exactly! what the heck, I cannot believe the ugly as sin and clunky Moto droid X came in this list.

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 00:32 3

18. NamKhoi (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


I try to remain as impartial as possible, and from looking at this list here, they are certainly not arranged by the "best". The iPhone is arguable as #1 because of the iOS app store having a larger selection, as well as (IMHO) having better developer support, and therefore better quality in apps in comparison to the endless free crap on Android. Besides the apps, reliability & ease of use of iOS, HDR, and the retina display are among the things the iPhone has going for it as #1.

I can understand why the iPhone is at the top, but i don't believe the Evo deserves the #2 spot just because it was the FIRST 4G phone. In comparison to the Epic 4G, its battery life is flawed and the screen quality is plain ugly next to any Galaxy AMOLED, not just the Epic. Having that 8MP camera is superfluous on paper specs, because a real life side by side camera shot next to an iPhone 4 or Galaxy's 5MP will not look as good. Soo.... Is it number 2 because of how much money in marketing is thrown at it by Sprint and HTC? Because the only thing the Evo has going for it is the masculine-approved 4.3 inch display and being one of few phones on Froyo. That number 2 spot was surely stolen from the Galaxies, considering the scope at which Samsung pushed out such high end phones across multiple carriers.

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 14:19

24. Jimmy_B (unregistered)


I couldn't have said it better myself.

Currently a Blackberry user(which I'm very pleased with), its hard for most of these Symbian, Android, Windows, Blackberry, etc users to look at this from an unbiased view.

Everybody thinks their phone is the best in the world. smh.

posted on 12 Dec 2010, 15:16

31. Santhosh (unregistered)


Please dont take it personal! Dont be excited about some one saying about apple paying more to phonearena or similar blogs/review writers to promote iphone 4!

At times, it is better to accept the problems which APPLE has! I am also an Iphone 4 owner! I know how bad i was screwed this time!!

FYI, USER RATINGS ARE TRUE THAN THE EXPERT RATINGS (COMMON SENSE: APPLE OR ANY COMPANY CAN ONLY PAY THE REVIEW WRITERS/EXPERTS AND NOT THE PUBIC ") )

SO CHECK OUT THE USER RATINGS DUDE... AND SEE WHO PAID WHO TO PROMOTE THEIR BRAND IN NO.1 OR NO.2 SPOT!! :D LOL :)))

FIND SOME FRESH AIR AND GO WALK A WALK :)))

posted on 12 Dec 2010, 15:23

32. Santhosh (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)


@NamKhoi:

Please dont take it personal! Dont be excited on hearing some one saying about apple paying more to phonearena or similar blogs/review writers to promote iphone 4!

At times, it is better to accept the problems which APPLE has! I am also an Iphone 4 owner! I know how bad i was screwed this time!! I cannot accept iphone 4 to be in the top spot either!

FYI, USER RATINGS ARE "TRUE" and "REAL" THAN THE EXPERT RATINGS (COMMON SENSE: APPLE OR ANY COMPANY CAN ONLY PAY THE REVIEW WRITERS/EXPERTS AND NOT THE PUBIC )

SO CHECK OUT THE USER RATINGS DUDE... AND SEE WHO PAID WHO TO PROMOTE THEIR BRAND IN NO.1 OR NO.2 SPOT!! :D LOL :)))

FIND SOME FRESH AIR AND GO WALK A WALK :)))

posted on 12 Dec 2010, 15:28

33. Santhosh (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)


@NamKhoi:

Please dont take it personal! Dont be excited on hearing some one saying about apple paying more to phonearena or similar blogs/review writers to promote iphone 4!

At times, it is better to accept the problems which APPLE has! I am also an Iphone 4 owner! I know how bad i was screwed this time!! I cannot accept iphone 4 to be in the top spot either!

FYI, USER RATINGS ARE "TRUE" and "REAL" THAN THE EXPERT RATINGS (COMMON SENSE: APPLE OR ANY COMPANY CAN ONLY PAY THE REVIEW WRITERS/EXPERTS AND NOT THE PUBIC )

SO CHECK OUT THE USER RATINGS DUDE... AND SEE WHO PAID WHO TO PROMOTE THEIR BRAND IN NO.1 OR NO.2 SPOT!! :D LOL :)))

FIND SOME FRESH AIR AND GO FOR A WALK :)))

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 07:26 1

21. WAVE (unregistered)


Where the hell is samsung wave.
I agree its not the best but deserves to be in the top 5.

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