Coolest Mobile Phones of 2010

2010 is going to be the year that the smartphone comes to dominate the market and every manufacturer is joining in with its own hardware and software that claims to be smarter than the average mobile. The consumer will have to make their own decisions, although with so many cool phones out there, it could be more difficult than you might think.

HTC Legend
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HTC has become a key player in the modern smartphone market and the Legend benefits from the Android 2.1 operating system and a large 3.2 inch touchscreen display. The screen uses AMOLED technology, which has the capabilities to display rich colours and bright images without eating into the battery life. Wi-Fi connectivity couples with 3G for lightening fast internet access and a 5 megapixel camera with a flash and autofocus completes the Legend`s vital statistics. The Sense interface which HTC lays over the top of Android is a big selling point, as it makes customisation and social networking easily accessible.

Google Nexus One
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This is the first mobile phone to bear Google`s name, though it has been in the smartphone platform business for a couple of years since Android launched. The Nexus One has an expansive 3.7 inch screen with AMOLED technology and it also has a capacitive interface which can register multiple touches simultaneously for fluid, intuitive use.

LG Cookie Plus
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LG has been making entry-level touchscreen mobiles for a while and the original Cookie sold over 10 million units worldwide. The Cookie family is expanding in 2010 and the Cookie Fresh is the natural successor to replace is precursor. It has a 3 inch screen and integrated social networking apps including Facebook. It also has LG`s own LiveSquare service, which is an appealing way to organise your most frequently viewed contacts in a unified space.

Motorola Milestone
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The Milestone has been a runaway hit since its launch, selling more than a million units in less than three months. It remains one of the hottest smart phones of 2010 and an update to Android 2.1 will make it a more business-like alternative to the Nexus One. With a full QWERTY keypad and sleek shell, it is both serious and sexy.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini
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Sony Ericsson`s dinky smartphone may only have a 2.55 inch screen, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in functionality. A 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G and a 600MHz processor make this a phone to beat. Sony Ericsson is also launching an X10 Mini Pro, which will add a full QWERTY keypad without making it too thick and clunky. These are the kind of features that even the Apple iPhone cannot match.

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