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iPhone 3GS vs HTC Google Nexus One vs Motorola Milestone vs Nokia N900

HTC Google Nexus One – The flagship Android phone packs some considerable firepower, boasting a large 3.7-inch touchscreen, super fast Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and the latest version of Android (2.1). Everything works very nicely indeed and pictures don’t do this phone justice. Our only major issue with the Google Nexus One is that you can’t save apps to an SD card which means you’ll have to make do with the rather paltry 512MB of onboard memory. Google is apparently working on allowing apps to be saved to memory cards so hopefully this won’t be a problem in the future.

iPhone 3GS – Even though the iPhone 3GS has been out for six months now, it’s still head and shoulders above the competition in many respects. The iPhone 3GS works beautifully and has access to the Apple app store which is unparalleled in terms of choice and quality. Even the Android Market, despite being handsomely stocked with well designed and ingenious apps, can’t come close. That said the iPhone 3GS loses out to all the other phones here in the multi-tasking department. You can’t have something as simple as Twitter and Facebook apps running at the same time. Another iPhone 3GS groan is its price tag. Despite Orange, Vodafone and Tesco Mobile now selling iPhones, as well as O2, the much-expected iPhone price war still hasn’t happened.

Motorola Milestone – Despite it’s unaerodynamic looks the Milestone is a very smooth operator, with very little lag between menus and apps. The large 3.7-inch touchscreen matches that of the Google Nexus One and makes for great web browsing – no more squinting. We quite like the Milestone’s chunky design even if does take up a fair bit of pocket space. Despite the Milestone packing a 5-megapixel dual-LED flash assisted camera it’s not that great for taking snaps. The Milestone’s keypad isn’t the best we’ve seen (it’s no BlackBerry). The keys are virtually flush with the body of the phone making it quite uncomfortable to type. That said compared to the claustrophobic layout of the Nokia N900’s keys it’s a breath of fresh air.

Nokia N900 – The N900 has been a surprise hit for Nokia. The N900 is an easily customisable touchscreen slider which runs the relatively new Maemo operating system, Nokia’s Linux-based OS. Web browsing on the N900 is fast and you can easily run multiple apps at once with no noticeable lag in performance. While it’s very customisable you’ll have to spend some time with the N900 in order to get the most out of it. It’s definety not for the casual mobile user, it’s more for people who want to be able to tweak and tinker with their phone’s settings. The N900’s downsides include its size. It’d be rude to call it a brick but it’s definitely not wafer thin either and its keypad isn’t great.