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.

Enable USB Tethering On Samsung WP7 Handsets

One of the major drawbacks of the WP7 OS from Microsoft is that it does not support USB tethering. However, if you own a Samsung based WP7 device – Focus or Omnia 7 – then you can enable USB tethering. The folks over at have managed to enable USB tethering on the Samsung based WP7 devices by just entering a simple code. Users need to dial ##634# to enter diagnostic mode on their phone.


After that, users need to select Modem, Tethered Call’ option, approve a few prompts and they are done. The folks over at Mobility Digest have even written a step by step tutorial on how to enable USB tethering on your Samsung WP7 based handset. Sadly, the same method does not work on any other WP7 handset from any other manufacturer.

Hopefully, someone will find the way of enabling USB tethering on other WP7 based handsets. Until then, we can only wonder why Samsung and Microsoft did not enable tethering by default on the Omnia 7 and the Focus.

Samsung Focus To Go On Sale From November 8

samsung focus

The Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Focus, which was announced last month will finally go on sale from November 8th. This handset comes with an amazing 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor and 8 GB internal storage. Samsung Focus will be available exclusively on the airwaves of AT&T in the U.S.

Samsung Focus features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, Windows Phone 7 Operating System, 1 GHz processor, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, Bluetooth, 5 megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 3.5mm audio jack, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot and much more.

Samsung Focus will come with a price tag of $199.99 on a two years contract agreement. This handset will be available on AT&T stores from November 8th.

Mobile Mondays | Windows Phone 7 Launched, Nokia Announces C5-03 And More

Mobile Monday is back with a bang! Welcome to the first edition of the new Mobile Mondays. This week we saw the launch of Windows Phone 7 and nine Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones. Apart from that two amazing smartphones, Nokia N8 and BlackBerry Torch was launched in India. Angry Bird, the popular game for iPhone was released for Android and withing 24 hours, the game was downloaded 1 million times. Lets start the first edition of Mobile Mondays with some interesting news, views and related stuffs.

New Handsets:

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htc pro

This week HTC launched 5 new Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone – HTC 7 Surround, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC Mozart. The HTC Surround features a 3.8 inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and more. It also has an integrated stereo speakers, Dolby Mobile, SRS Surround Sound and audience noise suppression. HTC HD7 comes with a 4.3 inch TFT touchscreen display, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and so on.



Samsung announced 2 Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones and launched 3 Bada OS powered smartphone in Russia. Samsung unveiled Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Focus and Samsung Omnia 7. In Russia, Samsung launched Bada OS powered Samsung Wave 525, Samsung Wave 575 and Samsung Wave 533.



LG also launched 2 Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones – LG Optimus 7 and LG Quantum. Both the handset comes with a 5 megapixel cameras with autofocus and LED flash, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, A-GPS and much more. The LG Optimus 7 comes with a 3.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display while the LG Quantum features a 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.



This week Nokia announced a new budget touchscreen phone, the Nokia C5-03. It features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, Symbian S60v5 OS, 5 megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, music player, stereo FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, 40MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 2GB microSD card included 4.5 hours of talktime on 3G, 25 days of stand-by time and 1000 mAH battery. Nokia also launched N8, the much awaited smartphone in India. It comes with a price tag of Rs.26,259.

Handset Of The Week – BlackBerry Torch 9800:

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BlackBerry Torch is the first handset which runs on the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and the first handset to feature the combination of a full touch screen display with an iconic BlackBerry keyboard. It comes with a 3.2 inch touch screen display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 2X digital zoom, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, up to 30 hours music playback, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time and 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery.

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Microsoft Announces Nine New WP7 Based Handsets

Microsoft’s WP7 event just got over and the company has announced nine new WP7 based handsets for the holiday season. These nine handsets are slated to launch Microsoft’s assault on iOS and Android in more than 30 countries worldwide. These nine handsets will be available in selected European and Asian markets by October 21. WP7

“We have a beautiful line up in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience – one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.”

Of the nine phones announced today, HTC leads the pack with 4 handsets HTC 7 Surround, HD7, 7 Trophy, Mozart – while LG (Optimus 7 and Quantum) and Samsung (Omnia 7 and Focus)   jointly share the second sport with Dell coming filling in the last slot with its Venue Pro.

Users can get more information about all the nine WP7 handsets announced from Microsoft here