At last. A phone with a design to fully rival the iPhone. The body is made from a single piece of aluminium, aping the techniques used by Apple for their MacBook machines. Aside from being the best looking blower on show, the HTC Legend also has the latest Android 2.1 software, with the social networking-friendly HTC Sense on top and an AMOLED screen for keeping brightness high and battery levels topped up.
2 Samsung Wave S8500
The Samsung Wave S8500 is the first phone to use the Bada operating system, the in-house OS from Samsung. With a dedicated app store, it promises to be a real player when it finally launches in the summer. The hardware is sensational, with a 3.3-inch Super AMOLED screen for brightness, a 1Ghz processor, DivX support and HD Ready video recording.
3 HTC Desire
Billed as the HTC Bravo in countless rumours, the HTC Desire is essentially the same as the Google Nexus One. That means Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1Ghz processor, swish touchscreen and dimensions, but with HTC Sense layered over the basic Android operating system. There’s also a new optical trackpad replacing the much-criticised trackball found on the Nexus One.
4 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini
Its big brother, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 isn’t even out yet. But the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini is a great move, bringing to mind a time when phones weren’t all the size of breeze blocks. It uses the UX interface on top of Google Android, optimised for keeping contacts and media at the very front of the phone’s operating system.
5 Puma phone
This sports phone is the brainchild of Puma and Sagem, aiming to reignite the love for feature phones which has been stymied by the success of smartphones. It uses a solar panel on the back to juice it up while you’re out, as well as GPS to track your runs, bike rides and other outdoor shenanigans. It also doubles up as a pretty handy handset too, with Bluetooth and access to sports news via Puma World.
6 Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro
Sony Ericsson made a habit at MWC of rolling out successors to phones that have only recently been announced themselves. The Vivaz Pro follows the plain old Vivaz out into the wild and utilises a sleek slide-out QWERTY keyboard for getting messages tapped and typed in record time. Elsewhere it has the Android OS, a capable five megapixel camera and a touchscreen for when the keyboard’s slid away.
7 Samsung Beam/Halo
Projector phones aren’t new, but the Samsung Beam is set to be Europe’s first. The idea is simple. Record video or load up your favourite TV shows, and fire them out via the in-built projector on top of the device. Phone fanatics will be pleased to know it also has Google Android for handling smartphone tasks too.
8 Motorola Quench
This is the latest phone to use MotoBLUR, Motorola’s social networking Android skin last seen on the decidedly average Motorola DEXT This time though, it’s on top of the new Android 2.1 OS, first seen in the Google Nexus One. There’s a five megapixel camera and 3.1-inch touchscreen too, with Moto hoping the Quench can build on the Milestone’s success.
9 Toshiba K01
The Toshiba TG01 one of the most disappointing phones of 2009. However, the Toshiba K01 carries much more promise than its older bro, even if it only comes with Windows Mobile 6.5 rather than the new Windows Phones 7 Series OS. The capacitive 4-inch touchscreen will make it ideal for workaholics, as will the tactile and sharp QWERTY keyboard which slides out from underneath the main body.
10 Alcatel OT-980
To say the Alcatel OT-980 takes its inspiration from the Palm Pre would be an understatement. But that’s not to deny it’s a great phone. Being an Alcatel handset, you can guarantee it’ll be cheap, and the keypad is a real looker, ready to tap out texts at a rate of knots.