Who makes the best phones?

Which company makes the most reliable phones, with a good touchscreen? I suppose reliability would probably be subjective thing, but just looking for some opinions here

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 2, 2011 at 13:29

Oh, holy flamewar gods... What are you doing? LOL
That's one loaded question. I'll pass. But I keep the fire extinguisher close by ;)

ter_2k  Apr. 2, 2011 at 14:14

The answer is - it depends ;)

HTC have been making smartphones for years. But their low-end models don't match up to some of the unknown name chinese phones.

Apple are consistently well made (lets not mention antennas) and easy to use - at a price.

Good manufacturers sometimes make a poor phone, I'm currently using a motorola defy - it's quite good despite their mediocre track record.

luckycharmer  Apr. 2, 2011 at 16:15

Once you go Apple you never go back :p

mrew42  Apr. 2, 2011 at 20:43

@luckycharmer: LOL. I did.

thered  Apr. 3, 2011 at 12:28

got myself a galaxy s after an iphone, and I have to say im loving the galaxy s, i really like the widgets.
its not all about the phones, it also depends on the software the phone runs on.

dicksteel181  Apr. 3, 2011 at 12:51

I have a 3GS ATM but I've gotten bored of iOS and so I've just bought an xperia arc. I'm sure I'll get bored ofthat too eventually. I think they key is to just change phones often so you don't get bored. Personally I think apple make the best phones but they'll come a stage where you'll swap to something worse just because you get bored!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 20:38

@dicksteel181 I reckon your refreshing honesty is spot-on! I believe for exactly that reason Android's march will eventually peak and level out. And for exactly the flip-side of your argument a lot of people don't bother in the first place, and they just continue to use S60 or whatever they have used for years. They don't 'consume' phones, they use them. And they don't envision time with a new OS/UI as something enjoyable. It's a work utility.

A lot of us phonefans and many tech writers are forgetting that huge slice of the market. That is why no amount of distorted coverage and statistrickery can make S40, S60 and Symbian ^3 go away - those millions of people are not Nokia fanboys. They simply want their utility to work today as it did last year and the 5 years before that.
Imagine your favourite PS3/xBox game, right. A game you play for hours every day. Now imagine every 3rd time you load the game in order to continue the storyline the button layout on your controller would change? And in-game menu structures would receive random 'improvements'? Ain't that great?
Anyhoo... I won't say this or that company make the best. Apple certainly upped the ante in terms of quality materials (just compare the Nokia N97 plastik-monster with Nokia's Gorilla-glassed, metal-bodied N8 or E7! And yet, at the same time Nokes make the squeaky plasticky E5...).
Having said that, Apple build one phone at a time, and even then things go wrong (Antennagate #oops). Can we compare that to the non-stop flow of dozens of Samsungs, HTCs and Nokias?


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