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Top 5 smartphones available in the UK

by Andrew Scott

Thinking about getting a smartphone or just looking to upgrade?

Here at Nerd Insider we have been doing our homework, checking out all the new smartphones and their reviews out there to try and reach the final decision on the top 5 smartphones available in the UK today. It turned out to be a tough fight.

In reverse order here are our Top 5 Smartphones.

  1. HTC Desire S

First off I’d like to pass comment on the obsession with the letter ‘s’ in the product names of our top 5 smartphones, why? We don’t know, but we digress, back to the issue at hand.

The HTC Desire S is a real budget busting smartphone, this maybe the best priced smart phone on the market, and it is a sleek, well built, good looking phone too. Though the 5MP camera may not be the best on the market, it does a more than adequate job of recording your life. It has a good amount of power under the hood that makes browsing the web and running apps fairly effortless. As with its predecessors HTC have included seamless social networking integration and a great touchscreen that moves smoothly under the finger. Not forgetting its primary purpose, it has excellent call quality too.

At the end of the day this is a well-built phone with a descent camera at a price that perhaps makes it the best value for money out of all the smart phones on our list.

  1. Sony Ericsson Arc S

Soon to be without the Ericsson this smartphone by Sony Ericsson is our favourite for good looks. Its thin and the ‘s’ here certainly stands for sexy, taking up very little pocket space, it’s a joy to hold and play with, it will have your friends pawing at you like the un-dead for a chance to touch it.

Its screen is powered by a Bravia engine that is a wonder to behold as is the 8.1 megapixel camera. Its minor irritations are the lack of a dual core processor and the slightly inaccurate keyboard.

But again, for the price this is a great smartphone and once you see how beautiful she is you’ll forget about here slightly less powerful engine.

  1. HTC Sensation

The HTC Sensation is the only smartphone in our top 5 without an ‘s’ shoehorned into its product name, but it’s just as sexy as everyone else in this list.

This is HTC’s flagship device and it’s happily jostling around in a very tight top 3 spot, it is a dual core powered device that is lightning fast and of excellent build quality. The only trouble is its expensive and it’s soon to be over taken by the Sensation XL.

In the end it’s a powerful, well-built phone that you wouldn’t push off the bed side table in the morning.

  1. iPhone 4s

Controversial? Well only if you go to the Apple store on a Sunday to pray, for fanboys this will always be the only smartphone; number 1. in the Top 1 chart. For the rest of us in the real world, this is an excellent phone that well deserves its 2nd place perhaps even joint 1st, but it is not absolutely perfect.

First off is the price, this is the most expensive phone in our list, you are paying for the privilege of joining the Cult of Apple as much as for the hardware inside, that said the hardware inside is incredible and the Siri software has proved to be more than just a gimmick. The biggest problem we’ve found with the phone is the poor battery life and we’re not alone.

All in all, this is an excellent smartphone let down by the smallest of grievances.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S2

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is sexy times 2, obviously, and it is possibly the ultimate media mobile device, the next generation in web browsing thanks to Flash integration, a very good replacement for a pocket camcorder and, well, a great phone too.

The camera on the iPhone 4s may be a little better, but that’s all apple has on the Galaxy S2 in our opinion.

Be it internet browsing, navigation, media, social networking or gaming – the Samsung Galaxy S2 is our number 1 smartphone available in the UK today.

PS We haven’t seen Nokia’s new Lumia 800, if it knocks some one out of the top 5 we’ll let you know.

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