Five Best... all-round smartphones

Despite all the kerfuffle of people claiming they just want a phone that makes phone calls, we beg to differ, we really do want a phone that does it all - internet, email, sat nav, and all kitted out in some fancy-schmancy chassis while you're at it. Yep, it's the age of everything, and these phones have it all.

 

HTC Touch Pro

The Pro is one of the few devices that boasts both a touch-screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. HTC's own TouchFlo user interface greatly enhances clunky old Windows Mobile 6.1, and email, texing and document-editing couldn't be better. It is a bit chunky, but it'll do until its slicker tilt-screen successor, the Touch Pro2, launches later this year.

 

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Nokia may have been pushing their first touch-screen device as a music phone, but with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a 3.2-inch VGA screen, the 5800 XpressMusic makes a killer internet phone too. It renders most sites well, even memory-intensive ones like YouTube. 

 

BlackBerry Bold

Our favourite BlackBerry is also the first with HSDPA support, and like its brethren, email on this is just perfect, from the full QWERTY keyboard to service integration. A-GPS, Wi-Fi, a full HTML browser and IM capabilities make this a winner.

 

Apple iPhone 3G

Yes, touch-screen keyboards aren't ideal for email-intensive use, but the iPhone uses it own predictive text method based on neighbouring letters, so you'll be emailing like a demon in no time. Not many handsets can approach its incredibly intuitive user interface and multi-touch screen (though hopefully the Palm Pre will - we're sick of these ‘iPhone-killers' that fail to actually do it), and powerful features like A-GPS and HSDPA support keep it on our top five. 

 

Nokia E71

This cult favourite may be nominally part of Nokia's business-oriented line, but with a dream email system, full QWERTY keyboard, HSDPA and HTML browser all housed in a slim, sleek chassis, this is a star phone for just about anyone. A handset whose functions, including the more complicated business features, are dead easy to use.

Written by Mobile Choice
Mobile Choice

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