From time to time, I look around the mobile landscape to have a look at the most compelling smartphones available.
When I say compelling, I mean that the smartphone has one or more useful features or performance unique to it that stand it out in one way or the other from others. I’m not particularly after the most expensive or latest smartphones.
1. Samsung Galaxy S III – Most Intelligent Smartphone
Let’s cut to the chase, the Galaxy S III from Samsung is an amazing device. No; it is not because of the quad-core processor. There are other smartphones with that.
The S III has a feature called Direct Call. When you have read an SMS and want to speak with the sender, you just put the phone to your ear and the contact is automatically dialled. Or when viewing a Contact, you can put the phone to your ear for the same effect.
That is a real feature that is useful to people in everyday situations. That’s a new level of intelligence above the rest. The other features are mostly still gimmicks that are unreliable. Smart Stay, for example, has been reported as generally unreliable, especially in the dark. S Voice too (like the iPhone’s Siri) is immature and mostly a gimmick that wears off. perhaps with time, those will become really useful features.
But for now, the Direct Call feature is good enough to stand out the Galaxy S III as the most intelligent phone out there today.
2. Nokia 808 PureView – Best Cameraphone
Beef Nokia all you like, but they’ve got cameraphone technology down to a fine art and are light years ahead of the competition. Everyone who has reviewed the 808 PureView have come off with one conclusion: no other cameraphone comes close.
The 808 PureView has no competitor in terms of still photography and video recording, and even holds its ground against DSLR cameras in good light. Plus, there is loss-less digital zoom in there, a revolutionary feat on its own.
3. Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX – Most Amazing Battery Life
Simple and short, if you are after the most incredible battery life on a smartphone, nothing else comes close to the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX. It has a 3300mAh battery that gives it hours more battery life than the nearest competitor. With an 8 megapixel auto-focus camera, Dual-core 1.2 GHz, 4.3-inch display, 16GB built-in memory and Android 4.0.4 Ice cream Sandwich, exactly what are you missing? Maybe the 808 PureView’s 41 megapixel camera and a quad-band processor. But, I’m betting that those are not deal-breakers. The RAZR MAXX’s specs are very up-to-date.
I am desperately looking for other phones to add to this list, but cannot find any others with anything compelling enough. Most phones today are just clones of many others already on the market. They are mostly jack-of-all-trades. As such, it is tough finding really compelling devices.
Do you know of any other smartphones that have features that are really useful and unique as to make them compelling for people? Do tell.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.