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Top 5 Mobile Phones for 2011

Note: This is a guest post written by Stuart Smale

HTC Desire S

Top 5 Mobile Phones for 2011 – As 2011 winds to a close, the mobile technology world is still spinning tightly with all the advancements, innovations and just plain cool stuff that hit the market during the year.

There are few areas within the technology field that have experienced more new products, designs and capabilities than the mobile phones arena. From flip phones to smartphones to semi-tablets, here are some of the top mobile phones that have hit the scene in 2011, presented in no particular order.

Top 5 Mobile Phones for 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy SII

This smartphone has to top even a non-chronological list. Released late in the sales year, the mobile phone has already broken sales records, and it appears with so many tweaks and technological twists that by the time Apple gets in gear and presents the iPhone 5 some time next year, half its “ground-breaking” technology will be old hat.

The 4.5-inch screen, both in size and resolution, is a step ahead of the 4-inch screen on any Apple iPhone, including the iPhone 5, and it definitely is deservedly the ruler of the multi-media mobile phones in existence today.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Samsung Galaxy S II SkyrocketAlmost not included in this “top of” list due to manufacturer and model line duplication, the Skyrocket still deserves recognition as one of the best gaming smartphones on the market, if for nothing else.

It has much to offer, to be sure, but its gaming slant makes this separate entry worthy of its slot. For the smaller-brother status, it almost rivals its GS II bigger brother.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

HTC Desire S

HTC Desire S

The excellent screen resolution on this mobile phone, along with a terrific camera, bring HTC onto this Top of 2011 list. The 3.7-inch screen size is about average for the year, but the resolution of 480 x 800 pixels match those of larger screens, and the smaller area improves image quality and sharpness.

HTC Desire S

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S

The music player on the iPhone 4S brings this mobile device onto our list. The battery life of up to seven hours of talk and up to 300 hours stand-by time is second to the respective 8 and 300 hours of the Motorola Droid X, but the additional features on the iPhone 4S just beats the Droid X as the best music phone for 2011, and the expanded memory of 32 GB beats it, too.

Quite frankly, however, the music feature is the only thing that brings the iPhone 4S onto the list.

iPhone 4S

Motorola Brute i686

motorola brute

Not to forget the flip phone or clamshell mobile phone category, the top flip phone for 2011 has to go to the Brute i686 by Motorola.

Bluetooth capability and easy keypad entry add to the flip phones convenience factors. It’s one of the toughest smartphones available, and while it’s neither as high-fashioned as a semi-tablet mobile device nor as feature-filled, but for basic communications with the web access addition, it’s limited duration waterproof status and the shock resistance brings this flip phone onto this top mobile phones of 2011 list.

What’s your top phone of choice for 2011?

Note: This guest post was written by Stuart Smale

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