While most smartphones have a fairly proscribed feature set -– voice calls, web browsing, apps, multimedia, email – some models offer seek a point of different by providing out-of-the ordinary functions, including 3D screens and game pads.
HTC Sensation XL
Price: No out right price; Available on Vodafone
While some manufacturers strive to achieve the “compact” ideal, HTC does the opposite with the XL, a phone that, with a 4.7 inch screen, is one of the largest currently available. Perfect for multimedia, it comes with a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Price: No outright price; Available on Telstra and Optus
Occupying the middle ground between smartphone and a PlayStation Portable, the Xperia Play gives a 4 inch handset a slide-out gamepad reminiscent of those used on Sony’s own gaming platforms.
Price: $299; Available on Telstra
A touchscreen handset that can survive the elements? Motorola’s Defy+ features a 3.7 inch scratch-resistant touchscreen and rubber seals around all the ports, making it water- and dust-resistant. It’s a little bit faster than last year’s Defy, and now features Android 2.3.
Manufactured from the same material used in hockey pucks and running the new Meego operating system, Nokia’s N9 is a unique handset and, to our eyes, one of the best-looking smartphones on the block.
HTC Evo 3D
Price: No outright price; Available on Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone
Between the two 3D phones released this year, this is easily our favourite. It combines a solid, textured feel, Android 2.3 OS, and for creative types, filters and effects that can be applied to 3D images. It’s coolest party trick, however, is the autostereoscopic screen – no need for 3D glasses!