Price: TBD Availability: First half 2009 The outlook: The Palm Pre is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. The Pre impressed the world at CES 2009 with its fresh user interface, outstanding multitasking capabilities, and Web OS, and we think it's the first legitimate iPhone competitor. Let's just hope Palm and Sprint don't wait too long to release the smartphone and anger the masses.
Price: TBD Availability: TBD The outlook: The HTC Touch Diamond2 is a nice evolution of its predecessor, boasting a sleeker design and larger screen. The smartphone also promises to deliver 50 percent better battery life, new technology for an improved browsing experience, and an enhanced user interface.
Price: $491 Availability: Q2 2009 The outlook: The Nokia N series has always been popular with the multimedia mavens, and the N86's addition of an 8-megapixel camera certainly takes the smartphone to the next level. However, the expensive price tag might be a deterrent for some.
Price: TBD Availability: First half 2009 The outlook: The most attractive thing about the Nokia E75 is its design. The E75 manages to remain compact while squeezing in a full QWERTY keyboard. It's fully stocked with features as well, including GPS, robust e-mail support, and a 3.2 megapixel camera.
Price: $339 Availability: Summer 2009 The outlook: The Nokia E55 claims to be the world's thinnest smartphone and is for those looking for a voice-centric device. However, just because it's small doesn't mean it skimps on the features, as it includes Wi-Fi, HSDPA support, and multimedia capabilites.
Price: TBD Availability: First half 2009 The outlook: The advantage of the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 has over other GPS-enabled smartphones is that it includes Garmin's navigation software and has the company's years of GPS expertise behind it. However, we've been waiting for the Nuvifone for a long time (it debuted in January 2008) and we're wondering if it will ever come out.
Price: TBD Availability: First half 2009 The outlook: The Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M20 is the second in the Nuvifone family of smartphones. Unlike the G60, the M20 is a Windows Mobile device and with its combination of smartphone features, compact form factor, and GPS capabilities, it certainly looks to be an attractive package. However, it'll face challenges without the backing of a U.S. carrier.
Price: TBD Availability: TBD The outlook: At GSMA 2009, LG announced that it has committed to Windows Mobile as the primary operating system for its smartphones and promised to increase the number of device releases in 2009. The LG-GM730 is the first in that promise and includes LG's new S-Class 3D user interface. Details are still a little sketchy about U.S. availability, but hopefully we'll find out more soon.
Price: TBD Availability: Third quarter of 2009 The outlook: The Idou is still a concept phone--the name will change--but it promises an sleek design with a vibrant eye-catching touch screen. What's more, it's packed with multimedia features.
Price: TBD Availability: Second quarter of 2009 The outlook: The W508 has a music player with TrackID and Sony's Mega Bass, a 3.2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, shake and gesture control, an FM radio, YouTube integration, external music controls and an audio recorder.
Price: TBD Availability: Third quarter of 2009 The outlook: The Beat Disc is a midrange music phone with stereo Bluetooth, a 3-megapixel camera, an FM radio, stereo speakers, and a Bang & Olufsen amplifier.
Price: TBD Availability: Third quarter of 2009 The outlook: The Beat DJ has a stylish design with with a 2.6-inch touch screen. It supports Samsung's TouchWiz interface, and it has a 3.5mm headset jack and a Bang & Olufsen amplifier.
Price: TBD Availability: Third quarter of 2009 The outlook: The Ultra Touch sports a slider design in blue or red. Features include a music player, an FM radio, assisted-GPS, stereo Bluetooth, and an 8-megapixel camera
Price: TBD Availability: First quarter of 2009 The outlook: Though the Surf uses Windows Mobile 6.1, it offers a series of customizable menu pages that sit on top of the OS. Not only are the pages convenient, but they're easy on the eyes, too. You can cycle through them by swiping your finger across the bottom of the screen.
Price: TBD Availability: Second quarter of 2009 The outlook: The 5630 Xpress Music has a 3.5mm headset jack and stereo Bluetooth. Another cool feature is the "Say and Play" function, which lets people control the music playlist by saying the song or artist aloud.
Price: TBD Availability: TBD The outlook: This looks to be a midtier messaging phone from a CDMA carrier, most likely Verizon Wireless. It has EV-DO, stereo Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, 1GB flash memory and 1 GB of RAM, text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a speakerphone, voice commands, and e-mail capabilities.