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Tuesday, 28 December 2010 12:42

The best and worst phones of 2010

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2010 in review: Few surprises really
Looking back at the past year, it is already clear that 2010 will be remembered as the year of the Android, but aside from Google's new OS, there were also a few other interesting developments in the mobile market.

Apple introduced the iPhone 4, a rather brilliant handset which was plagued by a few issues, mainly the rather embarrassing antennagate. Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7, but it came a bit too late and it just failed to keep up with the competitions. Nokia continued to develop phones for an OS which nobody wants and paid a high price for its decision to stubbornly stick to Symbian.

Anyway, without being too philosophical, this is Fudzilla's pick for the best and worst phones of the season, starting with the best handsets out there.

Number One

You wouldn't know it by reading Fudzilla, but we like Apple. The iPhone 4 was the most eagerly awaited phone of the year and it managed deliver quite a few interesting features, including the best screen on the market. It also looks nice, especially if you don't use a bumper, and build quality is second to none. In addition, Apple still offers the biggest choice of apps, including some great games. Apple's sales figures speak for themselves, so the iPhone 4 clearly deserves the top spot.

Number Two

Samsung's Galaxy S was definitely the surprise of the year. The sleek handset packs a pretty good Super AMOLED screen in a thin an stylish package, but at the same time it also resembles the iPhone 3GS a bit too much for our liking. Samsung is expected to ship the 10 millionth unit any day now and the phone has clearly been a massive success. Its biggest downside is the lack of Android 2.3 support and it's rather baffling to see Samsung lose face over the issue. Samsung sold 10 million of them, so it's really time to give the people the upgrade they deserve.

Number Three

HTC's Desire HD is yet another impressive Android phone. With a massive 4.3-inch screen and an 8MP camera, it's well spec'd for the fight, but then again it is pricey and somewhat bulkier than the competition. Build quality is excellent though and the massive screen is great for browsing. It is currently one of the best, if not the best Android phone on the market, but it's not without flaws.

Now we can move on to the worst phones of the year. You can probably see where this is going.

Number One

Microsoft's Kin was nothing short of a stillborn. Some reports place the number of sold phones at under 10,000 and it was phased out within weeks of the launch. It was an embarrassment for Microsoft and also Nvidia, which had high hopes for the platform and its Tegra processor. It's really not worth writing about.

Number Two

This might sound a bit strange since we already said it was the best phone, but Apple's iPhone 4 deserved a place on this list as well. It faced a couple of issues shortly after the launch and Apple's response to antennagate was laughable. Putting a piece of ghastly rubber around one of the best looking phones on the market is nothing short of ridiculous. The limited choice of carriers is also a major issue. However, like most Apple gear, the iPhone 4 is just overpriced and that's the main reason why it's on the list.

Number Three


Any Nokia will do.

(We don't mean to imply that all Nokia phones are utter rubbish, it's just that the Finnish giant has failed to keep up with the competition. We expected a lot more and so did Nokia shareholders. sub.ed.)
Last modified on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 14:33
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+18 #1 eddman 2010-12-28 13:17
It should read "The best and worst smartphones of 2010", and no, any Nokia won't do.
 
 
+17 #2 Gix10000 2010-12-28 13:19
i disagree with the notion that all nokias are crap.
i have a nokia n8, and the build quality is the best iv ever had in any phone, and certainly rivals the iphone as its not entirely made of, very breakable, glass.
The software still needs some work, but then symbian ^3 is a young OS, and still beats what android was like in its early days.
and at least i can use proxy servers.
and the software is miles ahead of what symbian 5th was like, which wasnt as bad in itself as people make out.
 
 
+10 #3 Nerdfighter 2010-12-28 13:23
Nokia has the best build-quality and hardware. But I definitely agree that they need to get rid of Symbian, right now, or they will never be successful on the smartphone market. If not Android (which IMO Nokia's quality + Android = Best. Phone. Ever.) then at least Windows Phone 7.
 
 
+9 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-12-28 14:02
Better yet... invest in some developers for Symbian. There's nothing like free add-on apps.
 
 
+1 #5 Naterm 2010-12-28 14:19
Number 1 - iPhone 4. After all these years the iPhone and iOS are still the best phone/operating system of the market. It's too bad they're tied to AT&T's crappy network.

Number 2 - Nexus One. The best implementation of Android is the one that doesn't add unnecessary UI 'enhancements'. Google's phones are the best way to run Android, it's too bad other manufacturers can't follow suit.

Number 3 - HTC Evo 4G. It's technically not 4G, but it's definitely better than 3G. Also, 4.3" display.

Honorable mention - Droid X. 4.3" display, generous 8GB of internal storage plus stock 16GB microSD, 1GHz OMAP3. This on the best 3G network in the United States.

Worst phone? The Blackberry Torch was definitely the most disappointing.
 
 
+13 #6 nele 2010-12-28 14:25
Quoting Gix10000:
i disagree with the notion that all nokias are crap.
i have a nokia n8, and the build quality is the best iv ever had in any phone, and certainly rivals the iphone as its not entirely made of, very breakable, glass.
The software still needs some work, but then symbian ^3 is a young OS, and still beats what android was like in its early days.
and at least i can use proxy servers.
and the software is miles ahead of what symbian 5th was like, which wasnt as bad in itself as people make out.


Nokia used to have great build quality, but things have changed in the past couple of years, especially in mid range phones. High end stuff is still pretty solid.

Nokia used to have the best smartphone OS two-three years ago, but now it's falling behind big time.

Here is why I stopped using it - the last one i bought was pants. Build quality was poor, the batter cover rattled until i stuck a piece of paper in it. The black finish on metallic bezel started coming off after just a couple of months. Less than half a year later I returned it to the shop after they had tried to fix it three times - power issue... A few months earlier my brother got another nokia, E-series I think. A year later it just died.

Back in the day you could beat someone to death with a Nokia and then call the police...
 
 
0 #7 eddman 2010-12-28 14:30
Quoting Nerdfighter:
I definitely agree that they need to get rid of Symbian.

Actually, they have, sort of. From Reuters:
"Nokia's next smartphone, the N8, will be the last N-series phone running Symbian software." http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE65N14720100624

Also, have a look at the rumored N9. http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_n9-3398.php
 
 
-8 #8 MrScary 2010-12-28 14:47
Quoting Gix10000:
i disagree with the notion that all nokias are crap.
i have a nokia n8, and the build quality is the best iv ever had in any phone, and certainly rivals the iphone as its not entirely made of, very breakable, glass.
The software still needs some work, but then symbian ^3 is a young OS, and still beats what android was like in its early days.
and at least i can use proxy servers.
and the software is miles ahead of what symbian 5th was like, which wasnt as bad in itself as people make out.

N8 was good looking but the os is the same shit as allways, i have the 5800 and is the same, same faults, same borinf stuff, is completelly over.

It´s a pity: awesome design for a overpriced old os phone.
 
 
+6 #9 naw1 2010-12-28 17:34
it shows the height of arrogance of this particular editor to just cast aside the combined effort of all the people in nokia and relegate them to the "you suck" team.

or this is just a good troll article. ;)
 
 
+10 #10 spede 2010-12-28 19:21
What is this Nokia hate here? You rather buy Korean or Chinese phones than Finnish? Nokia is still and well much into the future number one low- and middle end class phone supplier and is the biggest phone maker. Just because Nokia currently doesn't do well in ultra-high end class it doesn't mean that Nokia couldn't kick ass in all other categories. If Nokia sucks so bad why is it still most popular brand? So f*ck you Fudzilla.
 

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