With the iPhone 4GS hitting the market very recently, there is much talk about the best new smartphones in 2011. There are those who swear by Apple’s sleek phone, already a classic and a worldwide bestseller. And then there’s everyone else, who knows there are lots of other brands vying to get a slice of the smartphone market pie. The devices featured below are stunning in design and chockfull of great features, just waiting to be discovered.
1. Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY is a full-featured Android smarthpone, that can morph into a PlayStation within instants. Just slide out the controls and start racing, fighting or saving the planet. It features a Facebook app, and plenty more, available on the Android AppStore.
2. Xperia Arc
Also a Sony Ericsson release, this Android touch phone features a whopping 4.2” Reality Display, powered by the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, ideal for pics and vids. The phone is just 8.7 millimeters slim, it’s very light and fits snugly into the palm of one’s hand.
3. Motorola Atrix
Hailed as the world’s most powerful smartphone, the Atrix was released in a joint effort by Motorola and AT&T. It features a webtop application which runs the full Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and supports the Flash Player. All this, thanks to its dual core processor, which can deliver up to two GHz of processing power.
4. LG Optimus 3D
The LG Optimus 3D is the world’s first phone packed with the Tri-Dual architecture, which basically means it’s Dual-Core, Dual-Channel and Dual-Memory equipped. The phone also allows the user to record full HD 3D videos in real time, no special glasses required.
5. LG Optimus 2X
LG’s Optimus 2X is actually the world’s first dual core smartphone. It features the Android 2.2 OS (Froyo), a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and can record Full HD videos, ready to be enjoyed with friends on the screens of Full HD-ready TVs.
6. Infuse 4Gs
Branded as ‘the nation’s thinnest 4G smartphone’, the Samsung Infuse grants you access to over 150,000 Android apps. The generous 4,5” touch screen is Super Amoled-powered, it has full access from the Samsung Media Hub and comes with a 2GB microSD card. What’s more, there’s an 8.0 MP rear-facing camera on the back, with a LED flash and auto focus, and an 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video calls.
7. HTC Arrive
The HTC Arrive lacks nothing. Access to the HTC Hub, with its many apps for note-taking, weather forecasts and more. A 3.6” touch screen. 25 GB of free online storage, thanks to the Windows Live SkyDrive inside. The Windows Phone 7 Start OS will grant you constant access to whatever info you might need, in next to no time.
8. HTC ThunderBolt
The HTC ThunderBolt is one powerful little smartphone. It features a unique kickstand, for the times you just want to kick back and watch quality entertainment on its hi-res 4.3” screen. The 8MP camera has a LED flash and in-camera effects, and it also features an awesome 720p HD camcorder. It’s wireless ready and stronger than ever, with its 1GHz Snapdragon Processor.
The HTC HD7S is a Windows Phone that was designed for entertainment. Its huge 4.3” touch screen proves it, as does the kickstand, and the Dolby Mobile or SRS WOW HD surround sound speakers. Plus, it allows access to Zune and to the Xbox LIVE platforms.
10. Galaxy S II
Samsung’s Galaxy S II probably is the iPhone’s most vocal and evident competitor. It features a 4.3” SUPER AMOLED Plus display for enhanced readability and a slimmer design, a dual core application processor – all this at just 8.49 millimeters slim!