With the recent launch of Apple’s iPhone 4, it’s time to do a once-over of the current smartphone market in New Zealand to see if there are any pretenders to the throne. Today on TVNZ Breakfast I took a look at a few of the models available from local carriers.
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NB: You can get all of these phones either from a carrier like Vodafone or Telecom, or you can get them (usually a bit cheaper) from someone like Parallel Imported. Don’t be too concerned about warranty: Parallel Imported are required by law to provide a 1 year warranty.
|Item:||Apple iPhone 4|
|Price:||From $1099 (or less with a plan)|
|Rating:||4 / 5|
|Info:||Despite the highly publicised flaws, the iPhone 4 is still the king of smartphones. The operating system is simple and fast, and there are hundreds of thousands of applications you can buy. The screen is quite incredible, and looks more like printed paper than any device before it. No matter how close you look, without a magnifying glass you won’t be able to spot a pixel. Add in HD Video recording and editing, and this phone doesn’t have any current competitors.
Having said that, there are devices nipping at the heels of the iPhone, and if Apple doesn’t provide a serious revision in their next operating system update, Android and Windows Phone 7 will be right there competing for the “best smartphone” title.
|Item:||Google Nexus One|
|Price:||$979 (or less with a plan)|
|Rating:||4 / 5|
|Info:||Probably the closest competitor for the iPhone’s title of “best smartphone” would be this Nexus One from Google. Running version 2.2 of Google’s Android operating system, the Nexus One is incredibly fast and much more “open” than the iPhone. This means you can run any compatible applications without special permission, review or oversight. This has obvious upsides and downsides – for example the previous version of the Facebook application for Android would drain your phone’s battery overnight.|
|Price:||$999, or less with a plan|
|Rating:||3 / 5|
|Info:||The Milestone is built like a brick, and weighs about the same too. I joke, but it is heavier than most other smartphones, perhaps due to the full slide-out keyboard. Running the same Android operating system as the Nexus One, the Milestone is a little bit slower, but will appeal to those that do a lot of texting or emails.The sad fact is, this phone has already been superseded on the overseas market, so I’d think twice before spending $1000 on it.|