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Best phones of 2010

0. phoneArena posted on 08 Dec 2010, 02:21

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...

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posted on 09 Dec 2010, 07:29

22. WAVE (unregistered)

where the heck is samsung wave.
if not the best it is one of the most advance phones available and it also sold a million units for a new OS

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 08:24

23. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

Phonearena crew again being biased. They probably use iphones themselves. The iphone wasn't even recommended by Consumer Reports, so how on earth is it #1.

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 14:33 1

25. Mr.Snapdragon (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Nov 2010)

BULL_SHIZZZ! the HTC incredible is amazing!!!

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 15:51

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

i agree. and it should have been in the top 5. no, not #1, that spot should have gone to the HTC evo 4G, and so on from there. i guess the more i think about it, maybe windows 7 phones do have a spot, this is about innovation.. new changes from all the platforms, and so on. so that would also put blackberry on this list because of its OS6. so.. HTC EVO 4G, (fist 4G phone out), blackberry torch (first blackberry with OS6), iPhone 4 (because its the most popular phone and it got some upgrades to its OS) motorola droid 2 (first android phone running android 2.2, if i am not mistaking, if i am, then replace it with the first phone to be running 2.2) and then the G2, being the first GSM phone to be running on 4G. that should be the top 5, maybe not in that order, but those should be the 5 phones anyways.

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 20:48

26. Nobody (unregistered)

In viewing this article, lo, were my powers of clairvoyance proven, what with the iPhone being placed dutifully at #1.... -.-
But I'm not hear to play that song and dance, I'm just curious as to why this was done before 2010 was over? Well before the end of the year there are more phones to come out; for example, the Nexus S is launching soon in the States; which, one has to admit at least looks promising; to look at a year in retrospect, it would make sense, to my thinking, that the year would have to be over and gone for the "retro" part to be "spected."
Just sayin'!

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 22:02

27. Rell (unregistered)

Personally the Galaxies were ok and Windows phone 7 aren't that popular.. To be honnest I'm the G2 and mytouch were no where to be found. Those were extremly sought after. Also the G2 was the first to show 2.2 off. Also the Mytouch 4G is better than the G2. Also another thing most people don't want 4 inch screens. I have notice tons of people are dropping the Iphone for Blackberries and also for Droid 1's and 2's. To be honest I rarely ever see people walk around with Galaxies and Evos and Droid X's. All 3 of those phones have a high return rate. To be honest most people that buy andriod phones prefer keyboards.

posted on 10 Dec 2010, 03:35

28. Stef (unregistered)

Seriously ! IPHONE4 best phone of 2010. I guess this is a joke.
How a Phone with major issues can be the first ?
As soon as people benchmark APPLE, they become blind.

posted on 10 Dec 2010, 08:33

29. ALUCK (unregistered)

Nokia N8 is the best, why do review websites gives Nokia phones worst review ever and rate them so low. Just because they are finns? Well, Nokia is the best phone of all time.

posted on 11 Dec 2010, 01:36

30. MemyselfandI (unregistered)

Nokia N8 certainly was not a disappointment, great hardware, good enough software (which will be improved very soon), and overall excellent functionality with rapidly growin app store.
I also would but iPhone 4 first, N8 also on the list, and drop WindowsPhone from the list as it really is the big disappointment of the year.

I've used all these phones, but own iPhone 4 and Nokia N8

posted on 13 Dec 2010, 17:39

34. write4food (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

I wonder if the author of this article has an Iphone 4, or gets "gifts" from Mac. How the hell did the Iphone4 get number one? When comparing multi-tasking to Android, or even Palm's WebOS, Iphone 4 is a joke.

This just seems so bias. This guy didn't give any reasons why Iphone 4 is number one. Wait, the surpluss of apps, that are redundant and carbon copies, if you were to take that factor out, the massive app store would be reduced in numbers. What the high resolution screen? From what I've experienced super AMOLED looks a lot better. I would think not having an external memory sourse, and the need to by an accessory just to make sure the phone reception doesn't cut off would place it 4th or 5th. Unbeliveable! Thumbs down on this review!

posted on 13 Dec 2010, 17:48 2

35. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)

I know these are just opinions, but I am a little confused here. The list clearly says, "Best Phones of 2010". I don't particularly agree with the order of the phones here, but what's even more baffling is the #3 and #5 spots. These aren't actually "phones" technically, but a "series" of phones. For example, it's nice that the Galaxy S got a mention here but they are a series of different handsets. The Epic has a slide out keyboard and front facing camera, but lacks a flash; whereas the Fascinate is all touch screen and a 5MP camera w/flash. And all the Windows phones have the same OS but definitely different bodies. The list was supposed to be about different handsets. So which Galaxy S phone takes the #3 spot? (which is a sham in my opinion, since the iPhone should not be #1 and there is no mention of the Incredible) What about the N8? I think this list needs a "do-over".

posted on 13 Dec 2010, 18:19

36. maccmill (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)

sure, give the phone that drops calls when you hold it the "wrong way" and develops yellow splotches on the screen the #1 spot... such a flawed phone shouldn't have even made this list, but because theres a cute little half eaten apple on the back of it everyones panties get wet.

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 01:38 1

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

Correction brikz, the Epic has flash just like the Fascinate. It is the Captivate and the Vibrant which lack flash. Regardless, it is perfectly fine to group the Galaxy series together considering they all run the same cheezed-out 2.1 TouchWiz running on the exact same A8 1Ghz Hummingbird. Interestingly enough, the different carrier Galaxy demo phones at the Best Buy I work at even share the same exact battery ;)

Btw, I believePhoneArena is obligated to update this list when the Nexus S is released. I mean c'mon guys, it will be the first (and most likely the only) device to sport 2.3 Gingerbread for 2010. How about we adjust the list so that the iPhone 4 is number zero and the Nexus S is number one? Sounds appropriate since the original iPhone pioneered the idea of a smartphone at all ;)

Steve Jobs: "All right, then I'll be zero. Woz, you can be number one. I'll be zero. Okay?"

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 11:01

40. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)

You're right on the correction. The GSM Galaxy S phones lack a flash for the camera. But I still don't see the purpose of "grouping" a series of phones together. It said "Best phones of 2010".... as in, "individual" handsets. Some people aren't too happy with the "virtual keyboard only" option that the Fascinate has, as opposed to the physical keyboard option that the Epic gives you. Coupled with the fact that it has the front-facing camera and 4G connectivity, it makes for a better "device"...individual device. Just like the old WinMo handsets. The Omnia ( 1 and 2 ) were horrible devices, but HTC's Touch Pro 2 was one the best devices ever....and they were both WinMo.

I too don't think that the list should have been made until January. And I still don't see much mention from most people about the Incredible. Although the Nexus 1 started the whole "1Gigahertz +" processor phones, the Incredible took it to a whole new level. HTC's Sense UI is, well, Incredible. And the list should have been predicated on pure functionality, not popularity. With that said, I'm sorry, but as a former iPhone 4 user, the device should NOT have been number 1; it doesn't matter what impact the series had on the industry. And if the Nexus S gets released before the year is out, then it will bump Windows Phone 7 from the list. Another reason they should just judge individual phones instead of an entire series.

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 12:13

41. from_Colombia (unregistered)


posted on 14 Dec 2010, 13:58

42. Gregory (unregistered)

Totally agree, Nokia N8 is the best!!!

How can you place N8 so low when it has such a functionality as the best camera-phone ever, hdmi connectivity, usb-otg, etc.

posted on 15 Dec 2010, 00:45

44. Nokia User (unregistered)

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posted on 15 Dec 2010, 06:56

45. Jon1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)

Does anyone get the impression that Nokia PR people are posting here? I got an N8 because of its Come With Music service. It was really, really terrible. I was relieved when the keylock broke so that I could take it back and switch phones. I've been using the HTC Desire which is a really great phone. The only way for Nokia to survive is to abandon Symbian, embrace Android and concentrate on great phone build. Suggesting that N8 is the phone of the year is frankly ridiculous.

posted on 15 Dec 2010, 13:07

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

I don't know about Nokia PR posters here, as they have a lot on their plate to deal with already with all these new smartphones coming out. On the news recently, Nokia just let go 800 employees in addition to the 1800+ layoff not long ago. What kind of confidence in a consumer does that put on the company? A collective workforce of 2600 now gone, Nokia now has less to work with on the decaying OS known as Symbian.

I will probably spark argument among these Nokia fans that are apparently posting on Phone Arena, but I shall break down WHY the N8 has no place on the "Best Phones of 2010".

1. Hardware - The N8's processor is a ho-hum 680 Mhz. When comparing smartphones to the N8, the last gen iPhone 3GS has around the same clock speed of 600Mhz. Again, it is little bit better than a LAST-GEN phone. It has nothing on the 1Ghz Snapdragon nor the Hummingbird in the iPhone 4 or the Galaxies.

2. Battery - The N8 underperforms in battery life as well, inferior to the talk time and standby on the other current smartphones...

3. Display - Despite the same size 3.5 inch screen as the iPhone, it's 360x640 resolution is certainly not as sharp as the retina display, or even the 480x800 that is on the Nexus S.

Finally, the most important reason why Nokia has no business in having the N8 in the list of "best smartphones"... No real support. Android has a gigantic open community (e.g. XDA developers) and the iPhone has a multitude of Apple stores to help service any problems. What will you do if you have a problem on the N8?

Go ahead. Dispute me on this.

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 14:51

47. pesmoman (unregistered)

iphone no1 how can abrick that dosent have a signal when you hold it in your hand be first what a joke who does the reviews ray charles and stevie wonder evo and droid ye window 7 phones are another joke

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 05:24

48. TheMobilePhone (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)

I don't agree if you include iPhone4 on the list. iPhone's iOS is lack of features and it doesn't support great apps. Symbian is a lot better than iOS because it has more features. iPhone quality is not good. Only foolish people include iPhone4 on the list. I'm sure 100% that iPhone4 is not on top 20 phone now.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 23:41

49. derek (Posts: 14; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

god all this drama over phones, i remeber when if you had a phone without an antenna on the side, you were rich, and it probably set you back some money,

all this with internet and buisness and whose got a bigger screen, some people don't need that and just want a good phone for everyday use, but now if your phone isn't smart, its either out of style in a week, or its a piece of crap that falls apart right out the box, SERIOUSLY AMERICA WAKE UP

posted on 18 Dec 2010, 11:29

50. noneofyourbusiness (unregistered)

Windows 7 should not have even made this list. I'd rather have a Blackberry. iPhone 4 should not have been on this list as well. There are feature phones that are better and its so-called "multi-tasking" is a joke; now you can listen to music while checking your e-mail. Laddy-frickin'-da!!

posted on 19 Dec 2010, 11:23

52. Pauldmps (unregistered)

Where is Samsung Wave (s8500) on the list. It has to be one of the best handsets in terms of multimedia capabilities as well as price.

posted on 21 Dec 2010, 12:37

53. yoni (unregistered)

Dudes,im and iphone fan but where is the Epic 4G of Samsung?

posted on 21 Dec 2010, 21:54

54. edhill86 (unregistered)

what rubbish, the iPhone has hardly changed, it is still offering old stuff with poor battery, poor signal issues, poor camera quality, yeah it does have the easiest to use os so should get good marks for that, but that's its, the Samsung galaxy s should not beat the Motorola, as the galaxy s has cheap build quality and poor camera and flash combo, the htc hd7 should be in there, but not the rest of the windows phone as they are all just the same basic shell compared to the hd7, what about the blackberry 9800 torch? everyone i know with that phone loves its, i would mention the bb bold but that does lag behind in features

posted on 21 Dec 2010, 22:35

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

iphone, sucks it's a fad like john stamos! Should be number the one gimmick of all time.

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