2011 has been a superb year for smartphones with the introduction of some superb features and technologies. Over the past 12 months we have seen dual core processors introduced and new editions of both the iPhone and Android operating systems. We look at some of the very best devices to have been released in this period including the superb iPhone 4S
The Samsung Galaxy S2 has been the most popular device over the last year thanks to a combination of high specification and excellent marketing. At the time of launch the model was the slimmest phone available which appealed to the public and the fact that it offers a dual core processor and an updated version of the Google Android operating system means that it is almost impossible to ignore this great device. A large 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display offers benefits in a number of areas and makes watching movies an immersive experience and web browsing an enjoyable affair. Despite the 480 x 800 resolution display being lower than what is offered on other devices such as the iPhone 4S it is still regarded as the best display available thanks to its superb colour reproduction and wide viewing angles.
In the second half of the year we were treated to some excellent new devices from HTC and the model that stood out was the excellent Sensation XE. Rather than focusing on the screen quality HTC took a different approach and aimed to make this the best model for audio performance and they did not fail. Beats Audio technology is incorporated to enhance music playback and it does have an excellent effect with the model producing a depth of sound that you would not normally associate with a mobile handset. A pair of headphones worth £80 are also supplied with the device. Other areas of the phone are equally as impressive and include a 1.5Ghz processor and a 1080P video capture. Only time will tell whether this model proves as popular as the Samsung but in terms of specification there is little to choose between the two models.
Our favourite model of the year has to be the great iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4 was a popular model and the developers at Apple improved several aspects of the phone to enhance the user experience and leave us with a device that really is hard to beat. One of the features on this model that eclipses what rival brands can offer is the new Siri voice command service. This is the best example of voice recognition technology we have encountered an enables you to perform almost any task on the phone without physically touching the handset. The new iOS5 operating system used by the model incorporates 200 improvements over the previous version with the biggest change coming in the form of a new Notifications Centre that keeps you up to date with everything happening in the world around you. The high quality Retina display is once again present and digital still photography has been boosted to 8 mega pixel resolution.
Some excellent models have been released in 2011 and the three we have discussed are certainly the best. Although there is little to choose between the three in terms of specification the iPhone 4S stands out thanks to some excellent features and the modern glass design that it uses.