The year has almost ended and we’ve seen a lot of really good gadgets pass by our hands. A lot of good phones especially and what we’ll do here is give a rundown on the top 5 phones of 2010 specifically leaning towards the smartphones.
Our top 5 phones are not just driven by price nor by worldwide popularity but what we’ll do here is base our countdown on how the phones adapted to the Philippine market and our frugal mentality, as well as from our experience of course.
So enough chatter, let’s see the top 5 phones for 2010.
5. BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300)
Two new phones arrived this year from BlackBerry and it came in late. The BlackBerry Curve 9300 is a slight upgrade of the very popular Curve 8520 which was a good choice for those who want to try their hands on a BlackBerry phone. With just a small price difference from the 8520, the Curve 9300 is now the de facto beginner’s BlackBerry. You would get a faster processor, 3G connectivity and most importantly, support for BlackBerry OS 6.
4. Nokia N8
Despite the influx of smartphones left and right, Filipinos still have a place in their heart for Nokia phones. The Nokia N8 is probably one of the best multimedia phones around in 2010. Its 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics takes gorgeous photos and HD videos. Despite some speed issues with its 680 MHz processor and Symbian^3 OS, it is still a popular choice among Filipinos.
3. Samsung Galaxy S (I900)
If you’ve read my review on the Samsung Galaxy S you would know how high I am with this Android phone. What’s not to love with its gorgeous Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor, very decent optics, Swype input method and Froyo OS? If you’re concerned with how a phone looks, the Galaxy S won’t catch much attention unless it’s turned on. Unfortunately, its design is not working for us as compared to our top 2. And how about its price barely dipping below the Php30k mark for the 16GB version? Still, having sold almost 10 million units worldwide in a span of 4 months is nothing to be scoffed at.
2. iPhone 4
When the iPhone 4 was revealed, it left a lot of people drooling. The slimmer and sleek design, the retina display, faster A4 processor and 5 megapixel camera was enough to make iPhone 3GS users to upgrade and non-iPhone consumers to get one. So why is it not number one in our list? I’m not going to delve much into the antenna issue but the main reason it’s not number one is due to the lack of Flash support. iPhone users may not miss it at all but once you’ve used an Android 2.2 phone to view websites that has flash videos, you’re going to wish the iPhone can do that too. And no, Skyfire just won’t cut it.
1. HTC Desire
What is a phone countdown without something from HTC eh? The not-so-new HTC Desire gets our number one spot despite the late arrival of the Desire Z and Desire HD. Both are gorgeous phones no doubt but the original Desire (especially the first batch that came with AMOLED screen) would appeal more to the average Filipino. The arrival of the new Desires just gave the original Desire a price cut which makes it more attractive.
Its size and heft is just right for us Filipinos and its 1 GHz processor can support future Android iterations and handle Flash on the web without any problems. The only thing we see lacking is the new HTC Sense which we are hoping HTC will address soon via a firmware update. Overall, the HTC Desire is one beautiful phone inside and out and gets to be our number 1.
We just have to mention the BlackBerry Torch 9800 which was introduced just last month. It is BlackBerry’s response to the growing popularity of touchscreen smartphones. It features a capacitive touch display while retaining the awesome BB keyboard in a slideout fashion and already comes with BlackBerry’s latest OS. It didn’t make our cut because its hefty price makes you want to consider other brands. Still, it’s a revolutionary phone from BlackBerry so it deserves a space here.
I would also love to include a Windows Phone 7 device here but because of its late arrival, there’s not much sample feedback and experience to give it a place in our list. Maybe next year, who knows maybe Windows Phone 7 will rule along with Android and iOS.
Popular phone award
Another bonus here, the most popular phone award goes to the Nokia C3. This very affordable yet not-so-cheap looking phone gets the most search queries here at PTB. Nokia made a good move bringing their E63 phone more accessible to the public in the form of the Nokia C3. I honestly didn’t think it will be a hit when it came out but I guess one should not underestimate the appeal of mobile social networking to the Filipino public which the C3 capitalized on.