Touchscreen phones are here to stay, and whether you like it or not, every mobile company is getting finger-friendly in the hope that they will receive iPhone-like adoration too. With so many touchscreen phones coming out though it's getting harder and harder to decide which one to buy, so we've rounded up four that we think are pretty special.
HTC Touch HD
The first touchscreen phone to catch our eye is the incoming HTC Touch HD that boasts some truly mouth watering features including a large 3.8 inch VGA screen, a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Add to all of that GPS, HSDPA (3.5G) and Wi-Fi and you've got a real beast of a phone that some people are predicting will be the real Windows Mobile 'iPhone-killer'.
The Touch HD runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and features the infamous TouchFLO 3D interface that supposedly makes things easier, although we're not particularly keen on it, as we think it's slow at times. Windows Mobile tends to be slow on its own sometimes, let alone with another user interface plopped on top. The HD is set to come out some time at the end of this year, pricing has yet to be announced.
Update: Check out our HTC Touch HD hands-on photos.
Samsung isn't famous for making Windows Mobile touchscreen phones, so we were quite surprised to see the Omniawhen it was first announced. Featuring a large, sensitive touchscreen, the Omnia runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with a few additional finger-friendly icons to make things easier, But unlike HTC's TouchFLO 3D, it doesn't slow things down too much.
It's one of the best touchscreen Windows Mobile phones we've used and comes packed with features including GPS, HSDPA (3.5G) and Wi-Fi. Unlike the HTC Touch HD though, there's no built-in 3.5mm headphone jack -- so you can't plug your normal headphones straight in. It's available to buy now SIM-free or on a monthly contract with several major networks.
Making sure that it doesn't lose out to its competitors, LG has come out with a true beast of a mobile. The LG KC910 packs a whopping 8-megapixel camera with xenon flash. Similar to the LG Viewty, it can shoot slow motion video at 120 frames per second and supports DivX playback. This almighty camera phone also comes with GPS, HSPDA and Wi-Fi for your browsing needs.
Like the the Samsung Omnia, there's no built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, so you're stuck having to use an adapter. LG has yet to announce which interface it will run, so it may not be that great to use. But either way, it's hefty features looks good an we're keen to test it out soon. The LG KC910 will be available to buy within the next few weeks.
Apple 3G iPhone
Apple has taken the iPhone to the next level and added some truly mouth-watering features. 3G is lightning fast compared to EDGE, and GPS means you'll never get lost again. You still can't send MMS and there's only a 2-megapixel camera, which may annoy you, but overall it's a wonderful experience. The truth of the matter is that the iPhone 3G is just as much about the software as it is about the hardware.
It's not a perfect phone, especially for some types of business -- if you need to edit Microsoft Documents on the go, steer clear. It's also not cheap and there's only a 2-megapixel camera. But it has one of the most responsive screens that we've ever used, and what the iPhone 3G does well, such as browse the Web and play music, it does very well. - Andrew Lim