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Published: 6 Dec 2012      

Put your hand up if you have a mobile phone. I didn’t mean literally, you can put your hand down now. Don’t worry, the team at Topping Forty did the same thing! We have all got used to having a phone in our pocket over the years and they have changed a lot since the very first ‘brick’ back in the 1980’s. The team at Topping Forty decided to take a look and see what the mobile market has to offer and this is what we found, yes no more ‘bricks’ thank goodness!


iphone_5.jpgiPhone 5

Price: From £704

Manufacturer: Apple

The iPhone 5 is just the same as the old iPhone 4. That's the  verdict when looking at a picture of new iPhone 5. It has the same metal banded slab just it has been stretched and slimmed. The one annoying difference is the new dock port that obsoletes any other hardware expecting the classic version, we were all warned two years ago this would happen and there are devices to combat this. The new 640 x 1136-pixel display is still IPS, only even richer in colour and still looks more natural than the OLED alternatives.  Operating the iPhone 5 with its longer screen, is easy even with small hands.


samsung_galaxy.jpgSamsung Galaxy S3

Price: From £26.00 p.c.m

Manufacturer: Samsung

The Galaxy S III is set to give the iPhone a run for its money. The design of the S3 is similar to but different at the same time to its predecessor. The phone is much more rounded with smooth clean lines and rounded corners and edges. The S3 is very thin and light and is comfortable to hold, mainly because Samsung has reduced the bezel size keeping the size down as much as possible.

As expected the S3 is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad processor, it has a 32nm chip based on the ARM Cortex A9 quad-core architecture and has a clock speed of 1.4GHz.  The Samsung has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen which has an HD resolution of 720 x 1280.

The AMOLED technology means colours a bright. Wireless charging is a feature which is not only great, but very practical too.


motorola_razori.jpgMotorola Razr i

Price: From £26.00 p.c.m

Manufacturer: Motorola

This phone has an Atom processor and an 'edge-to-edge' display. It is thin at 8.9mm, It is also light at 126g. The main design feature is the 'edge-to-edge' display, although the phone is small it has a 4.3in screen. However, the screen isn't exactly 'edge-to-edge' all the way around. This is to be expected at the top where the camera and speaker are located. It has a qHD resolution of 540 x 960 giving it a not to bad pixel density of 256ppi.

Connectivity is ok on the Razr i, although there's no HDMI port.  Apart from the standard Google apps such as YouTube and Maps, there are not many extras.  Motorola, as per norm, include Quick office and Smart Actions which can make the Razr i do some things automatically.


huwe_asend.jpgHuawei Ascend G 300

Price: £100 (Vodafone PAYG)

Manufacturer: Huawei


Currently running Android 4.0, the G 300 is available on the Vodafone network for £100 PAYG, or £15.50 a month. 

The Ascend's two-tone silver and white plastic case looks cheap but, crucially, it feels sturdy. At 130g and 63x10.5x122.5mm, the Huawei G 300 also feels comfortable in the hand. There's a volume rocker on the left side, a power button and headphone jack on top, and a micro USB charging slot at the bottom. Three touch-sensitive buttons below the screen accommodate Android's standard Menu, Home and Back functions.

The Huawei Ascend has a 4in capacitive touch screen with a 480x800-pixel resolution and a pixel density of 233ppi. The G 300's display is adequate for browsing web pages and reading text. The 'budget' HTC One V offers the same resolution, but a slightly smaller 3.7in screen, which means it has a tighter pixel density of 252ppi. Connectivity stretches to wireless 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1, while the Ascend operates on both 2G and 3G networks. The circular lock screen is also interesting, you slide it to the right to unlock the phone, then to the bottom to go directly to the camera, left for messages and up for the call log.


htc_one_black.jpgHTC One S

Price: From  £115

Manufacturer: HTC

The HTC One S has a smaller screen than the HTC One X at 4.3in. But, the body of the phone is only a few millimetres smaller. This is a very thin and light phone at just 8.3mm and 120g. The One S has an aluminium chassis and a small plastic removable cover at the top that hides the Micro-SIM slot.  Being a low budget smart phone, the HTC One S is not equipped with a quad-core processor. Instead it’s fitted with a 1.5GHz dual-core chip with 1GB of RAM.  The HTC One S has 16GB of internal flash storage which could be limiting depending on how much you need to store locally. HTC has partnered up with Dropbox to offer its customers 25GB of cloud storage to expand on that fixed limit.

Software is an area that HTC has excelled in. The phone uses Google's Android 4.0 operating system combined with HTC's Sense 4.0 user interface. There are plenty of widgets to choose from for customising the seven home screens, an Ok lock screen which provides information such as quick access to four user-defined apps. There are a few apps pre-installed such as Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox.