Swapping a button-bashing existence for a softer sensing interface we can press, swipe, pinch and zoom, means we can now do a little bit more than simply stare into that pint-sized screen of ours.
If the only QWERTY keyboard you want to see on a daily basis is the one nestled next to your office computer, here’s our pick of the best touchscreen smartphones available right now in the UK.
1. Samsung Galaxy S2
The Galaxy brand has restored our faith in Samsung’s ability to make great phones, and with Google’s Android OS and some impressive touchscreen technology, the S2 continues that trend.
Housed within a supremely slender form, the 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen is an ideal surrounding for viewing your 8-megapixel snaps.
Running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and packing a 1.2Ghz dual-core Exynos processor ensures there is plenty of zip for your web browsing and with eye-popping colours it’s perfect for watching a plethora of video formats on the go.
2. Apple iPhone 4
There’s plenty to laud over Apple’s latest smartphone creation, particularly the 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen and Retina Display which is a vast visual improvement on the 3GS.
Admirably serving all your multi-touch, pinch, zoom, cut and pasting needs, the 800:1 contrast ratio and 960x640p resolution makes the iPhone 4 a suitable partner for all your widescreen movie-watching and looking back at your freshly-snapped photos – and web browsing is still a dream on this pin-sharp display.
3. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Despite the Xperia Play hogging the media limelight, the Arc has captured our imaginations from the latest range of Sony Ericsson handsets much in part to the gorgeous 4.2-inch touchscreen display.
With a curved-body design making it one of the most comfortable to grip in your hand, the new Reality Display which uses LED backlighting along with the Mobile Bravia Engine, should serve your video playback, browsing and deliver a slick response to touch.
4. Samsung Galaxy S
Setting the benchmark for immensely bright displays, the Galaxy S houses a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that does not disappoint. Its 480×800 WVGA resolution is someway behind the iPhone 4 (640×960), but you can still expect vivid colours, true blacks and outstanding contrast ratio.
It’s no longer at the top of the pile when it comes to awesome picture quality, having been usurped by its Galaxy S2 brother, but this is still one of the best touchscreen phones to show off in the pub if you want to bedazzle your mates with awe-inspiring picture quality.
5. LG Optimus 3D
While Nintendo brought glasses-free 3D to gaming, LG was the first to bring the display technology to smartphones in the shape of the Optimus 3D.
Sporting a hulking 4.3-inch Super LCD display, the Android 2.2-powered handset delivers a surprisingly bright and vivid picture for your web browsing and movie watching, while parallax technology helps gives games and video the 3D effect without the need for the pesky glasses – although the battery life suffers when chugging through 3D content.
A dual-core processor gives the Optimus 3D suitable grunt in the power department, while dual 5-megapixel cameras mean you can shoot 3D 720p video, take 3D stills and convert 2D movies into 3D to complete the eye-popping experience.
Google Nexus S, Omnia 7 and more
6. Google Nexus S
Having resurrected the Nexus brand, new suitor Samsung has packed Android 2.3 behind a curved 4-inch 800×480 WVGA Super AMOLED display.
With 235ppi, the screen is exceptionally bright and sharp and as we’ve come to expect from AMOLED displays provides excellent contrast ratio for your pictures.
A wide range of video format support should make for prime viewing delivering deep blacks, while Samsung claims that it has 75% less glare than other screens, so should make it perfect for the sunny-ish days we’re given in good ol’ Blighty.
7. BlackBerry Bold 9900
Staying true to the design which made the 9000 so popular, the Bold 9900 adds the new BlackBerry OS 7 giving the handset a serious multimedia makeover.
The big selling point for the Bold 9900 is it packs a 2.8-inch screen with VGA resolution which delivers crystal clear clarity and matches the iPhone 4 for sharpness, making it ideal for web browsing and media viewing (albeit not great for movie marathons).
OS 7 also sees the addition of a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, the ability to record 720 HD and a distinctly new look interface, all which is housed in a premium chassis that makes this one of the best BlackBerry phones on the market.
8. HTC Desire S
Inspired by the HTC Legend in the looks department, the new aluminium design is complimented by a 3.7-inch Super LCD display. It may not deliver eye popping colours like the S2 but it still offers bright viewing for 720HD video playback and web browsing.
A new Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor is in tow to deliver speedier browsing an improved overall performance, and with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC Sense 2.1 overlaying the whole experience it’s an impressive all round Desire S package.
9. Samsung Omnia 7
In the battle of the Windows Phone 7 handsets, the Omnia 7 has one feature that set itself apart from the rest, a gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen.
The 800×480 resolution has colours looking bold and vivid, delivering deep contrast ratios, and showing off the Windows Phone 7 UI’s slick, angular design.
A tactile feel under the fingertips makes it easy to swipe around screens and get familiar with the new OS – if only getting video on there didn’t feel like you were trying to paint the Sistine Chapel from the floor. Blindfolded.
10. LG Optimus Black
Stealing the esteemed honour of world’s slimmest smartphone from the Apple iPhone 4, there’s much more to the Optimus Black than its slender form factor.
Measuring in at just 9.2mm thickness, the Android 2.2 handset hosts a 4-inch 800×400 resolution NOVA display, giving it one of the clearest LCD screens on the market and making it ideal for video and internet browsing.
Smartshare means you can share content to a PC or a TV wirelessly, while there’s a 5-megapixel camera with single LED flash in tow.
Thanks to the NOVA display you’ll also get a longer battery life to boot, which is something all phone users can appreciate – and its performance in bright sunlight makes it an unheralded big hitter in the ‘best touchscreen on a smartphone’ category.
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