The first half of 2011 has been packed with some very impressive and arguably important mobile releases and with the iPhone 5 allegedly delayed until the autumn it has been possible for rival manufacturers to get more people interested in their handsets. Here are some of the latest mobile phones reviewed in brief.
LG Optimus 3D: Following on from the dual core LG Optimus 2X is the Optimus 3D, the first mobile phone to launch in Europe with an autostereoscopic display. This means that it can playback 3D videos, photos and menus without requiring that the user wears glasses. Its 4.3 inch screen and Nvidia Tegra 2 processor make it impressive by any standards, while with Android onboard it already has a world of apps available for new users to enjoy. Dual five megapixel cameras on the rear add 3D video and photo capture to the mix, making it a class leading mobile in terms of hardware.
HTC is arguably the first firm to realise the potential of dual core smartphones with the Sensation. Its 1.2GHz processor is put to good work, providing full HD 1080p video capture via its eight megapixel camera. The latest version of Android is combined with the Sense interface, allowing for advanced 3D homescreen switching animations and a lock screen which can be used to launch apps as soon as the phone is accessed. A rugged metallic body and large 4.3 inch display make the Sensation a fine follow up to the Desire HD and more than a match for its closest rivals.
Samsung Galaxy S2:
Like the Sensation the Galaxy S2 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core chip, but in terms of style the Samsung handset takes the lead. It is thinner than almost every other smartphone on the market, measuring just 8.49 mm deep, although even more impressive is the fact that so much hardware is wedged into its light body. A 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display gives it the best colour and contrast ratios on the planet and full HD video capture is also present and correct. Samsung`s own TouchWiz interface has really come into its own with the fourth iteration of the software and so with new widgets, apps and shortcuts the Galaxy S2 is considered by many to be the best mobile in the world today.
The ChaCha is a cheaper alternative to the three models listed above, focusing more on providing messaging and social networking features to youngsters rather than big screen, multitasking thrills to big spenders. It has comprehensive Facebook integration and even a dedicated button beneath its full physical QWERTY keypad to quickly give access to the social networking site of the moment. High speed web connectivity is also onboard this Android phone and while its display and camera cannot match the more expensive models on the market it is still a great tool for communication and something which will win over many consumers with its charm and style.