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Kit of the Year Following last year’s iPhone launch, there was a rush to release handsets based around touchscreens rather than buttons. That led to a profusion of offerings this year — but which ones tapped the right spot?

HTC Touch HD

So it’s not truly HD, but the HTC handset nonetheless has a better and bigger — 3.8in and 480×800 — smartphone screen than you’ll find elsewhere. The display’s big, bright and clear — perfect for movies and for reviewing shots taken on the Touch HD’s five-megapixel camera. HTC’s TouchFlo HD user interface gives Windows Mobile the face it needs, making this handset a worthy alternative to the iPhone.

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Reg Rating 90%
Price Contract: from free. Handset only: £535. Find the best online price

LG Renoir KC910

It’s its eight-megapixel camera that’s the Renoir’s star feature, but the Renoir is more than a mere cameraphone — its fancy widget-based touchscreen UI packs in a raft of solid multimedia features and smartphone functionality. It’s not iPhone slick, but it has so much more to offer than the Apple handset does.

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Reg Rating 85%
Price Contract: free — £250. Handset only: £370

Apple iPhone 3G

Nothing divides opinion like the iPhone — Register Hardware readers love it or hate it. None are neutral, and that’s a testament to its impact on the phone market. Apple’s handset is one of the very best media phones out there and if it has its flaws — incomplete Bluetooth functionality, no MMS support, the network ties — its super-smooth UI and excellent web browser have won over many a sceptic.

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Reg Rating 80%
Price Contract only: from free to £159. PAYG: from £342

Best of the Rest

T-Mobile G1
75% Full review

Samsung Omnia
75% Full review

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
65% Full review

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