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Nokia's much-anticipated first touchscreen device with a full Qwerty keyboard is an odd mix of old and new. It's very similar to a 5800 but with added slide-out keyboard – no bad thing – and features a 3.5in resistive touchscreen with 16m colours. However, the Symbian S60 interface, despite a new widgets facelift, is starting to look a little tired and is certainly no match for the up-to-the-minute graphics from the likes of HTC, Apple and Google's Android. It's got loads of storage – 32GB on board, plus an extra 16GB with Micro SD card, but the three-line keyboard isn't the easiest to use, and the 5Mp camera, despite its fancy Carl Zeiss lens, is only so-so. Another solid smart phone workhorse from Nokia and certainly ideal if storage capacity is your main concern.
Reg Rating 75%
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Samsung i8910 Omnia HD
It's a big old chunk o' handset at 123 x 59 x 13mm and 148g but the large 3.7in, 16m-colour, OLED capacitive touch screen and twin speakers make watching movies or TV a joy. The Symbian S60 OS comes with a TouchWiz widget spin and is fun to use but the Omnia HD also features a terrific 8Mp camera with LED flash that can shoot video at an impressive 720p at 24fps. There's also 16GB of memory on-board, plus a hot-swap microSD slot and, unlike most Samsungs, it's got a 3.5mm headphone jack. And like the latest iPhone, it's also got a digital compass. The huge, super sharp, OLED screen makes this an excellent choice for hand-held cinema lovers.
Reg Rating 85%
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HTC Touch Pro 2
I didn't buy an iPhone for the sole reason I have an iPod Touch and didn't want to replace it. It's a lovely device but I bought the HTC Touch Pro 2 instead for Outlook and multiple input options.
Nothing will ever be as good as the iPhone.
Practically ALL the touchscreen phones can beat the iPhone in terms of specs. However none of them have the same mad cult of followers - hence difficult to beat.
I however think almost all touchscreen phones are better than the iPhone, especially in terms of price.
The only contender for me
I would have gone for an iphone 3GS but for the same reason as tomjol (too pricey for the minutes and texts and phone you get) I didn't.
I went for the HTC Magic. Certainly it's got failings but email and internet are great on this. I hardly use gmail or thunderbird on my PC anymore. And pretty much every app I've tried work great and the integration is really good, if not perfect. It shines for the same reason that the iPhone shines, if maybe a little less brightly : outstanding usability. My Nokia E71 did more out of the box but despite being a great phone, was a pain to use by comparison. Also the Magic benefits from the same promise of ongoing OS updates as the iPhone but without ever having to connect it to a PC.
Sadly it doesn't look as good as the iphone but much to my liking, doesn't attract much attention.