HTC 7 Mozart
So far our favourite HTC Windows Phone 7 phone is the HTC 7 Mozart. It’s got a large 3.7-inch touchscreen, the same screen size as the HTC Desire (HTC’s hit Android phone of the year) and thanks to the high-end Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD audio technology it promises an amazing music playing experience. There’s a powerful 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, 8GB of internal memory and it boasts a distincitve two-tone metal design. There really isn’t a lot to dislike about the HTC 7 Mozart.
The HTC 7 Mozart isn’t the only smartphone walking tall with a heavy metal jacket; Nokia’s much-delayed N8 comes in a tough unibody aluminium casing. Its touchscreen measures 3.5-inches and its camera is a 12-megapixel shooter which features a xenon flash, which we’d take over any LED flash. The Nokia N8’s 16GB of onboard memory is also double that of what you get on the 7 Mozart and it can be expanded thanks to the microSD card slot. Of course it remains to be seen how Symbian^3, which the Nokia N8 runs on, compares to Windows Phone 7
The HTC 7 Mozart and the Nokia N8 can record HD video at 720p. So can the iPhone 4, and it’s been able to do so ever since launch. The iPhone 4 currently comes in two flavours, 16GB and 32GB. This gives you much more built in storage space than either phone, without resorting to installing SD cards. Then there’s the iTunes App Store which houses more apps and games than any other phone eocsystem currently out there. Windows Phone 7 has just been officially announced so there’s not going to be a huge amount of apps available right away and there’s hardly anywhere near as many apps available from Nokia’s Ovi Store.
Samsung Galaxy S
Like the Nokia N8, the Samsung Galaxy S sports a vibrant 4-inch touchscreen and comes with 16GB of on board memory which can be expanded with microSD cards. Like the iPhone 4, it’s super-slim and easily pocketable. The 5-megapixel camera isn’t bad but the lack of flash will limit where and when you can take pics. So compared to all the other phone’s cameras here (which feature flashes) the Galaxy S kind of loses out. The Samsung Galaxy S is also due a long-awaited update to Android 2.2 soon, which should give it a new lease of life. Features like being able to turn the phone into a Wi-Fi hot spot and move Android Market apps to the SD card will be a welcome addition, as will the general improvements in speed and performance that Android 2.2 will bring.
BlackBerry Torch 9800
Unlike all of the other phones here the BlackBerry Torch has a slide out Qwerty keypad tucked underneath its touchscreen. This gives you the option of switching to physical keys instead of using a virtual keypad and vice versa. The Torch is also the first BlackBerry handset to feature the new BlackBerry 6 OS, which offers a more visual and icon-based interface that’s got more in common with other touchscreen-based smartphones than it has previous non-touchscreen BlackBerries. Memory-wise there’s just 4GB of internal storage on the Torch but this can be bulked out with microSD cards, up to an extra 32GB. The 5-megapixel camera comes with an LED flash, face detection and geo-tagging capabilities built in.