The overwhelming majority of smartphones use chips based on the ARM design but Intel who make the processors found in a similar majority of the world’s PCs also wants a piece of the huge mobile chip market for its own x86 processors. Enter the San Diego, an Android smartphone with a 1.6GHz Z2460 Atom processor that is available in the UK exclusively through Orange for £200.
Samsung’s Galaxy S2 was the best selling Android phone in 2011 by a very wide margin. That should come as no surprise because it’s really rather good but it has left Samsung having to come up with something special for the difficult third album as well as fend off the challenge from HTC’s One X which, like the new Galaxy S3 was also designed to be the Best Phone in the World.
The world and his dog may be in love with the touchscreen smartphone but as a breed they share some common failings - they don’t have physical keyboards and you’ll be lucky to get more than a day of hard use from a full charge of their batteries. The new Nokia Asha 302 addresses both those issues and with a PAYG price of under £80 offers good value for anyone who just wants a competent messenger and voice phone.
Nokia has put all its eggs in the Windows Phone 7 basket to the extent that if WP7 fails as an operating system so does Nokia as a phone maker. It must be a bit alarming then that the first Nokia WP7 handsets, the Lumia 800 and 710 have hardly set the world alight. The new 900 as the number suggests sits at the top of the Nokia range and if it doesn't entice buyers from their iPhones, Samsung Galaxy S3s and HTC One Xs Nokia is in deep, deep trouble.
2011 wasn't a good year for HTC. Sales and profits fell and its share of the mobile phone market was thoroughly plundered by Samsung. To restore the situation HTC has released the One Series of phones and is hoping that the flagship of the range, the One X will come to be seen as the Best Phone In The World and so revive its fortunes, market share and bank balance.
To date any smartphone on offer for around £100 on PAYG was likely to be a stunted piece of junk that offered a user experience a million miles away from the likes of the iPhone4S or Samsung Galaxy S2. That has now changed and in spectacular fashion with the launch of the new Huawei G300 as a £100 PAYG Android smartphone available exclusively from Vodafone.