Best smartphone today

I wrote a list a few months ago about the best smartphone solutions. Time to update the No1 position of the HTC Hermes — with another HTC phone.

The HTC Kaiser (pics) is the best overall deal right now in the market. It supports quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G (world’s first), 3 MP camera, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP, enough CPU and RAM. This phone is da bomb, and I prefer it over Nokia’s upcoming E90 Communicator because overall, I can do more with a touchscreen-enabled Windows smartphone and their 20,000 apps than I can do with a Symbian S60 phone which only has 300 native apps available (that are not even optimized to use the internal 800×320 screen).

If I was to nitpick the Kaiser a bit, I would mention the lack of TV-out support, DVB support, FM Radio, IrDA, VGA resolution in a 3.0″ screen instead of QVGA in 2.8″, standard 3.5mm audio jack (HTC is unfortunately committed in using the same mini-USB port as audio-out and charge/data-exchange) and the fact that they consciously removed the new VoIP SIP stack found on Windows Mobile 6.


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Eugenia wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 3:10 AM PST:

I own the N95, I wrote a review for it at osnews. I use it for VoIP, but it has major problems still.

JC wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 2:50 AM PST:

I gotta admit, the Windows Mobile devices that have been hitting the market recently are swaying me more and more to the WM platform/marketplace, and I never saw that coming.

I’ve been a Symbian user since before it was Symbian. I’ve had SIBO/EPOC devices, I’ve had S60 devices, and to me it was always the best platform around. But I’m afraid Nokia has just utterly lost the plot on making a good smartphone these days. If you want proof, look at the N95. It has less usable RAM than the lowly 6620 that was carried by AT&T/Cingular a few years back. Sad for a flagship product.

Contrast that to the WM devices coming out, and while the WM interface may not be the best in the world, the manufacturers are doing some innovative things with the platform. The HTC StarTrek was a great form factor, the Kaiser has Quad-Band 3G, the Blackjack is beautiful. I just get the sense that MSFT is so desperate to make inroads in the mobile space that they’re willing to let licensees do whatever they think is necessary to sell phones. And, who would have thought it, it’s working.

Strange times we live in.

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