Top rated smartphones: August 2011

PC World's top rated smartphones are a rank of the top 10 phones based on review scores by the PC World Australia editorial team.

Looking for a new smartphone? Why not start with our top rated selections? These smartphones are a rank of the top 10 products based on review scores by the PC World Australia editorial team.

The smartphone market is dominated by Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platform, and this is reflected in our August top rated list. Along with the iPhone 4, our top 10 list for this month includes no less than eight Android phones, headed by the excellent Samsung Galaxy S II, which scored a whopping 4.75/5 stars.

HTC is the most popular smartphone vendor in August, with its flagship Sensation joining the Incredible S, the Facebook inspired ChaCha, and the popular Desire HD, still a top seller at Vodafone.

We test all smartphones accurately and to the highest standards, so that our readers are as informed as possible. Our review process is designed to ensure that smartphones are assessed equally. The basic criteria used by our reviewers includes value, features, performance and design. We rate each product using a five-star scale, with one star being poor, and five stars being highly recommended.

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Apple iPhone 4

Despite antenna issues, Apple's iPhone 4 is definitely the best iPhone yet. Its superb design, outstanding display and excellent camera make it an ideal upgrade for owners of older Apple handsets and enticing for non-iPhone owners. Many competing smartphones can do more, but none of them do it in a manner that's as slick or polished as the iPhone 4.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 3rd Aug., 2010
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • Apple
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • Pros:
  • Superb design and construction
  • Outstanding display
  • Snappy performance and strong app ecosystem
  • Cons:
  • Antenna issues when held in a certain way
  • Glass back susceptible to cracking if dropped
  • Lacks flexibility and scope for customisation

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