Roundup: 5 Smart Phones for Summer

5 Smart Phones: the Instinct, the Impression, the enV Touch, the Pre, and the N97

Last month, we looked at two phones that offer an alternative to the typical Blackberry or other business-oriented productivity handsets. This month, we look at and test a different breed: the all-in-one mobile device. These are mobile phones that were designed to go above and beyond what a typical smart phone can do.

The iPhone is a great example of this product category, but we’ve seen so much of it, that, to be frank, we’re wary of overkill. With AT&T’s vice grip on Apple’s device, changing services or upgrading may be out of the question for large swaths of consumers. However, for this article, the iPhone 3GS was the standard against which we tested the other phones.

We tested five recently released phones to see if they could match or better the iPhone in features and performance. Here are the five devices we looked at:

  


Samsung Instinct S30
Samsung Impression
LG enV Touch
Palm Pre
Nokia N97
Dimensions (in.)
4.57x2.17x.484.48x2.28x.614.52x2.16x.663.9x2.3x.674.61x2.18x.63
Weight (oz.)
3.885.28
4.9
4.76
5.3
Display Size (In.)
3.13.233.13.5
Screen Resolution (PX)
240x432240x400800x480320x480640x360
Operating System
ProprietaryProprietaryProprietaryPalm WebOS
Symbian S60
Touch Screen
Resistive, Single TouchResistive, Single TouchResistive, Single TouchCapacitive, Multi-touchResistive, Single Touch
Camera
2 MP
3 MP
3.2 MP w/flash & autofocus3 MP w/flash5 MP w/flash & autofocus
Internal Memory

189 MB
8 GB (7 available)32 GB
Upgradeable Memory
16 GB16 GB16 GBNone
16 GB
Data Transfer Speed
EVDO 03G
3G EVDO Rev A3G EVDO Rev AUp to 3.5G
WiFi
NoneNoneNone802.11b/g802.11b/g
Usage Time
Up to 4.6 hoursUp to 3 hoursUp to 260 minutesUp to 9.5 hours GSM
Standby Time

Up to 250 hoursUp to 17 hours
Up to 17.9 days GSM
Price
$99.99 w/2 year service contract$149.99 w/2 year service contract and mail in rebate$99.99 w/2 year service contract$199.99 w/2 year service contract and mail in rebate$699 retail
Service Provider
Sprint
AT&T
Verizon
Sprint
Unlocked

      

Each phone has unique features, so we tested them both individually and against each other (when appropriate) in a multitude of lab and real world tests. We looked at speed, functionality, design and service.