Top 10 Phones Of 2010

The year 2010 was all about phones with 1GHz processor, huge screens, AMOLED displays and loads of internal storage and RAM. Every known hardware manufacturer released a new handset after every 3-4 months. However, only a few of them were good enough to stand out from the crowd.

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There were some phones which gave Apple’s based a run for it’s money. Microsoft also entered the foray in late 2010 with their Windows Phone 7 platform which introduced some new phones. Even Nokia came up with a good phone using the platform. So which are the top 10 phones than made a mark in 2010? Here is a list of them in my opinion.

10 – LG Optimus One

Phones are not only about high-end hardware and Super-AMOLED screen/Retina Display. Not everyone in this world is rich enough to buy a high-end Android/WP7 handset or an iPhone. While most manufacturers do launch low-end to mid-range Android based handset, they sport either a very low amount of RAM, a weak processor, or an odd resolution (Samsung Galaxy 3). The LG Optimus One is a mid-range handset, but it packs quite a punch. The handset has a 3.2-inch HVGA display and packs 512MB of RAM. The handset is powered by a 600 MHz processor, ensuring that the phone chugs along nicely.

LG Optimus One

While most high-end handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S series, are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update, the Optimus One runs on Android 2.2 right out of the box. LG has even confirmed that the handset will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. No wonder, the Optimus One is the most popular handset to ever come out from LG’s stable.

9 – Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

The problem with all Windows Phone 7 based handsets is that they are all too similar, both in hardware and in interface. The only phone which stands out from the WP7 handset crowd is the Samsung Focus. The Samsung Focus uses the awesome 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen found on the Galaxy S line-up of handsets. The Focus is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has 512MB of RAM as well as ROM along with 8GB of internal storage. The back of the handset sports a 5MP snapper with AF (Auto-Focus) and an LED flash.

The Focus runs on WP7 and is carrier locked to AT&T. The only downside of the phone is the very low internal storage space (8GB). The Focus is the lone WP7 running handset in our Top 10 phones of 2010 and barely makes it to our list at number 9.

8 – Samsung Wave

The Samsung Wave retails for around $370 on Amazon, and that’s what makes it killer. At such a low price, the phone offers top-notch build quality and hardware. The Wave uses the same CPU that powers the Samsung Galaxy S series the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung. The phone also packs a brilliant Super-AMOLED display, albeit a small one, at only 3.3-inches.   The Wave was the first handset from Samsung to run its brand new OS Bada.

Samsung Wave

The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a decent 5MP camera with Flash. The Wave is still the best handset for users who hardly care about apps and games for their phone.

The stellar hardware and the killer price help the Samsung Wave to make it at number 8 on our Top 10 phones for 2010.

LG Optimus One To Get Android 2.3 Update

LG_Optimus_S1A couple of days ago, LG said that the LG Optimus One handset won’t be getting the Android 2.3 update because the minimum requirement to run Gingerbread is a 1GHz processor.

However, this piece of news was shot down by Android team’s Dan Morrill. He said that the hardware requirement for Android 2.3 is very similar to Android 2.2 a.k.a Froyo.

Now, LG has announced via a press release that the Optimus One handset from the Korean company will definitely get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

Here is what the company exactly said :

LG will upgrade all Optimus One smartphones currently using the Froyo OS to the next version of the Android OS, Gingerbread. Details of the upgrade schedule will be announced locally in due course. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding that was caused regarding this issue.

It is really nice to see LG providing software support for their low-end Android based handsets. Kudos to LG!

LG Optimus S Receives A Maintenance Update

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LG recently released a new firmware update for its budget smartphone, the LG Optimus S. This handset is the Sprint’s version of the popular LG Optimus One. The latest firmware update is numbered LS670ZV9 and it comes with Swype pre-installed along with normal bug fixes and enhancements. Check out the complete changelog below.

Changelog:

  • Remote Wipe Command
  • Enhanced password policies: length, alphanumeric, expiration, history, max failed attempts, inactivity lock, password recovery to the device.
  • Set Out of Office messages from the device
  • Accept/decline/tentatively accept meeting requests from the device
  • Corporate directory contacts search while composing email
  • Delete Exchange Calendar meeting requests and notify participants from the device
  • Modifying an Exchange Calendar meeting request (change date/time, add/remove participats) and notify participants about the meeting modifications
  • Add Swype keyboard functionality as an option when entering text

This firmware update is available Over-The-Air (OTA). You should backup all your data before updating the phone, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation.

LG Optimus S Launch Date Pushed To November 7

lg optimus s

Last month, Sprint and LG Electronics announced a mid-budget smartphone, the LG Optimus S. This handset is powered by Google’s Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System and it offers the ultimate personalized experience with Sprint ID. Earlier this handset was expected to be launched on October 31, but due to slight delay, this handset is set to launch on November 7.

We are committed to bringing our customers a variety of choices in devices that offer Sprint ID. LG Optimus S comes packed with Android 2.2, a 3.2MP camera and visual voicemail at an amazing price. This stylish and feature-rich smartphone is sure to be a hit for the holiday season,said, Fared Adib, product development, vice president, Sprint.

LG Optimus S comes features a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display, Android 2.2 OS, virtual QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, Android Market, Visual Voicemail, mobile hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G experience simultaneously and so on.

LG Optimus S allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. This device will be available for just $49.99 with a new two-year contract agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate. To activate the mobile’s hotspot feature, you will have to shell out an additional charge of $29.99 per month.

Sprint Unveils LG Optimus S With Android 2.2

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Sprint and LG Electronics recently announced a mid-budget smartphone, the LG Optimus S. It is the first Android powered device to offer the ultimate personalized experience with Sprint ID, a new user-friendly way of personalizing Android devices. This handset is powered by Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo Operating System. LG Optimus S will be available exclusively on the airwaves of Sprint.

LG partnered with Sprint to deliver a handset that would empower first-time smartphone users to discover the changing mobile phone marketplace. LG Optimus S brings users closer to social networks, applications and online resources that mean the most to them and creates a smartphone experience that is unique, easy to navigate and convenient for life on-the-go,said Ehtisham Rabbani, corporate vice president of Marketing and Innovation for LG Mobile Phones.

LG Optimus S comes with a sleek and slim design, 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display, virtual QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.2 operating system, 3.2 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, mobile hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G experience simultaneously, Android Market, Visual Voicemail and more.

LG Optimus S will be available from Sunday, Oct 31. It comes with a price tag of $49.99 with a new two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. You can even pay an optional charge of just $29.99 per month to turn on the LG Optimus S’s mobile hotspot feature, which allows you to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. You can get this handset at all Sprint retail stores or you can even purchase it online.