Top 5 Cell Phones @ the Dawn of 2007

Posted: January 25, 2007 in Mobile
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Cell phone is more than a phone to the user. Just a glance at mob with cam and their ranking

Rank 1: Nokia N90 :

The second in the Nokia N-series, the N90 has a Carl Zeiss optics 2-megapixel lens with auto focus (in simple language, this means you can take good print quality pictures with your phone), video capturing and flash. It is a dual display phone with a 262K colour main screen and 65K colour external screen. It has a 5-way navigation joystick, comes with a 64MB Multimedia Card and supports RS-MMC (this means your battery will last a bit longer). There’s also a 31MB of internal memory to get you started.

A 3G phone, it has Bluetooth, EDGE (which ensures those streaming videos run smoothly) and supports playback of media files in MP3/ AAC/ MPEG4 formats.

Drawbacks: The phone is too large to hold once opened. There is a slight lag in performance as it has a Symbian-based operating system. It still lacks an FM tuner and is heavy on the pocket.

The Nokia N90 is a good multimedia phone but is priced higher than competitors with similar features. However, with M-Blogging (mobile blogging) catching up, the N90 has a good way to go.

Rank 2: Sony Ericsson W810i:

The ‘Walkman’ tag already suggests what the phone is meant for. The phone offers 262K TFT display (which means your brightness and colour display are much better), is a quad-band product (can be used anywhere across the world) with EDGE and stereo speakers. Audiophiles will enjoy its excellent sound.

The phone’s 2-megapixel camera boasts auto focus and digital zoom; it even lets you capture videos. The VideoDJ allows you to enhance videos, jazz them up and share them with friends. Drawbacks: No shutter for the camera. Also, it does not offer too much value as an upgrade from the W800i, which cost a few thousand rupees less.

The quad-band, the excellent sound quality and camera make it a good buy.

Rank 3: O2 Atom

A Windows Mobile phone powered by an Intel PXA272 416 Mhz chip. This is a tri-band phone with EDGE, WLAN (translated from jargon, this means it is wi-fi enabled phone and you can use it at coffee shops like Barista and airports that offer access to the Net), FM radio, Infrared, Bluetooth and a high-resolution 2-megapixel camera. The display is huge, with 2.7-inch TFT touch screen and 262K colours. A stylus is provided.

It supports MP3, WMA, WAV and AMR audio formats. The camera quality is great and videos look good. Sound quality from the stereo speakers and bundled earphones is excellent.

Drawbacks: Slightly sluggish in performance, coupled with a body and screen prone to finger smudges. The lack of a keypad makes it a little uncomfortable to use.

Based on Windows Mobile OS 5.0, this is a complete PDA phone that can replace your laptop. The 2-megapixel camera and huge screen make it more appropriate for capturing moments, but it is priced way too high.
Rank 4: Nokia N70

The first model of the N-series phones by Nokia. There is no major difference from the Nokia 6680, except better design and a 2-megapixels camera. The phone has a dual camera — one in front and the other at the back. The front camera is a 0.3-megapixel one, and the main camera is a 2-megapixel protected with a slider. You can also make video phone calls on this phone. It features an FM tuner and can play and record audio and video media files.

This is a 3G phone with EDGE and Bluetooth connectivity. Based on the Series 60 Symbian operating system, it comes loaded with pretty useful office applications. It’s the ideal PDA-cum-cell phone.

Drawbacks: The miniscule keys make sending SMSs a pain. Moreover, the slider mechanism is not that great and feels tacky.

The N70 lacks any considerable upgrade from the Nokia 6680. So, if you are using a 6680, it doesn�t make sense to upgrade to this. Moreover, the price is steep.

Rank 5: Samsung D820

A pioneer in consumer electronics, Samsung has many good GSM mobile phones to its credit. The much acclaimed D600 is now followed by the D820 — a slider phone with 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and EDGE. The bright 262K TFT screen displays vibrant colours even when you are using this phone in bright light. The phone comes with 73MB of shared memory and a provision for expanding the same in the form of a Transflash card. It can play music and video and the camera can capture images at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels and has a 180-degree rotating lens.

Just like the D600, the D820 also has a television-out jack that allows you to display the content of the phone on a television screen after you use the necessary A/V cable.

Drawbacks: Though Samsung is the master of slider phones, the D820 lacks necessary features like FM tuner. Also, for the price they are charging, it should have been a 3G phone (which offers much better data transfer speed when you are sending or receiving information).

The Samsung D820 is a fusion of immaculate style and function. With the 1.3-megapixel camera, coupled with 4x zoom, this quad-band phone is a good buy for businessmen and youth alike.

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