Top 5 iPhone rivals - the videos
The iPhone is the must have mobile phone of the year (or next year, if you live anywhere but North America), but we felt it was only fair to take a look at some of the other models that could be challenging for your affections.
Here are videos of the Shiny team playing with five other mobiles. Not that we expect any true iPhone fan to even consider them:
1. LG Prada
Probably the closest in look and feel to the iPhone (to the point that LG got the hump), the LG Prada phone features a large colour touch screen with drag and drop functionality, a 2 megapixel camera with flash, and specially-designed Prada ringtones - not that they're much to get excited about.
Though it's not an iPhone, at least it will offer those wanting an iPhone the chance to see if a touch screen is for them. The LG certainly left Susie wanting a proper keyboard, though the iPhone's gesturing system should make up for some of the more cumbersome operations required on the LG (scroll bar?).
See Katherine in Milan reviewing the LG Prada:
Susie gives a close-up look at the Prada interface and accessories:
2. Samsung F700
Samsung's F700 mobile phone may be pretending to be an iPhone, with its 2.78 inch colour touch screen, and it can even boast features that the first iPhone won't have: a 5 megapixel camera with flash and HSDPA connectivity, and a keyboard, but there are some things that the iPhone wins on.
The iPhone has a Multitouch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and the iPod effect. Future generations of the iPhone could easily catch up on camera specs, 3G, and music formats.
See Ashley look at the glass-encased F700 at 3GSM:
3. Samsung F500
The Samsung F500 UltraVideo phone has a 2.4inch screen designed for watching video in landscape mode. It's dual-sided, and flips between video and phone screen. It can also play DivX files, and is expandable using MicroSD cards.
The screen's nice, and because the phone flips, you can prop it up on a desk. Still, if people criticise large-screened phones for being easy to scratch or damage, just think about having to care for a dual-screen phone.
Watch Ashley hands-on with the F500 at 3GSM:
4. Nokia N95
The Nokia N95 'multimedia device' features a dual slider keypad for accessing phone and music functions. It has a 2.6 inch colour screen, 5 megapixel camera, stereo speakers, storage card expansion, and GPS.
Once again, it's a nice phone that does multimedia well, but it can't begin to compete with the iPhone except for its superior camera.
Here, Katie demonstrates the N95 at 3GSM:
5. Samsung F300
The Samsung F300 UltraMobile is a double-sided phone, features MicroSD expansion up to 2GB, a 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and radio.
It's not an exciting phone to look at, and the camera is no better than the iPhone's. It has a radio, but not much else to put it above an iPhone (except price, but then most phones are cheaper than an iPhone).
The screen's much smaller and the phone has no 'wow factor'.
Ashley has a quick look at 3GSM:
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