Top ten mobile phones for Christmas

Top ten mobile phones for Christmas

HTC Desire maintains top spot in this month's top ten mobile phones, although the iPhone moves up three places and the Nokia N8 shows its staying power.

1. HTC Desire HD

The HTC Desire sees a revamp in the form of better specs, a bigger touchscreen and a great price in the form of the Desire HD.

More megapixels, a sturdy aluminium frame and refinements to the Android-powered user interface has seen popularity for this smartphone sequel explode this winter.


Cheapest deal: 300 mins, unlimited texts, 500MB data, free handset + 2 months free line rental - 25 a month.

Best freebie: 9 months half price line rental worth 157.50 - 600 mins, unlimited texts, 750Mb data - 35 a month.

2. HTC Desire

The original Desire has seen a second wind at the close of the year, thanks to a selection of bargain mobile deals in the wake of the release of its high-def stablemate.

As HTC's big summer success, the Desire combines sleek looks, the latest in touchscreen tech and a truly intuitive 'Sense' user experience that puts robust e-mail and top-flight online connectivity in the palm of your hand.

Cheapest deal: 600 mins, 500 texts, 1GB data, 14 months 1/2 price line rental - 25 a month.

Best freebie: Xbox 360 (250Gb) worth 200 - 600 mins, unlimited texts, 750Mb data - 35 a month.

3. HTC Wildfire

The Wildfire had much of the mid-range market sewn up this year, showing off much of the same smartphone swagger as its counterparts, but in a cuter form and an even more affordable pricepoint.

This unofficial 'Desire mini' also boasts Google's Android platform under the bonnet, and with a 3.2-inch display, GPS and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, the Wildfire proves once and for all that great mobiles could indeed come in small packages.

Cheapest deal: 300 mins, unlimited texts, 9 months free line rental - 15 a month.

Best freebie: iPod Shuffle + 15 Cashback worth 54 - 300 mins, 300 texts, 1Gb data - 15 a month.

4. Samsung Galaxy S

Another Android handset in the line-up, as Samsung turns their hand to Google's operating system for their flagship device, the Galaxy S. Slender, with a vivid 4-inch Super AMOLED touch display and sporting Samsung's own immensely powerful processor, the Galaxy S is arguably one of the fastest smartphones on the block.

Cheapest deal: 100 mins, 500 texts, 500MB data, 6 months price line rental - 25 a month.

Best freebie: 110 automatic cashback - 900 mins, unlimited texts, 750Mb data - 32.50 a month.

5. Apple iPhone 4

An iconic device in every sense, the popularity of the iPhone is only on the rise with its fourth incarnation in as many years.

A leap ahead in terms of design, technology and showing off an amazing new high-resolution display, the iPhone 4 continues to redefine the smartphone market, even if it wasn't quite as revolutionary as we had all expected.

Cheapest deal: 600 mins, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 119 handset cost - 35 a month.

Best freebie: None.

6. BlackBerry Torch 9800

A real turning point for the humble BlackBerry, with the Torch 9800 rebooting their previous touchscreen efforts with an overhauled user interface and new slider design, but still managing to retain the popular physical keyboard.

With improved multimedia support and unrivalled e-mail functionality marking a great step in a new direction, the Torch 9800 really attempts to deliver the best of both worlds.

Cheapest deal: 300 mins, unlimited texts, 500MB data, 2 months free line rental - 30 a month.

Best freebie: 6 months half price line rental - 600 mins, unlimited texts, 500Mb data - 35 a month.

7. Nokia N8

A return to form for the Finnish phone maker, as the N8 has proven immensely popular for fans waiting for Nokia's latest smartphone effort.

With an impressive 12-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, striking aluminium body as well as marking the debut of their latest operating system, the Nokia N8 is a spectacular all-rounder.

Cheapest deal: 100 minutes, 500 texts, 500MB data - 25 a month.

Best freebie: 19" HD ready TV worth 185 - 300 mins, unlimited texts - 30 a month.

8. HTC HD7

The sole appearance of a Windows Phone 7 device in our top ten, the HTC HD7 is the most popular of the new breed of Microsoft-powered phones.

With a cinematic 4.3-inch touchscreen and an in-built HD camcorder the HD7 is built for multimedia, whilst the new and innovative Windows Phone platform makes the handset perfect for casual smartphone users and tech geeks alike.
Cheapest deal: 300 mins, unlimited internet, 500MB data, 3 months insurance, 35 handset - 30 a month.

Best freebie: 60 auto cashback - 300 mins, unlimited texts, 500Mb data - 35 a month.

9. Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini pro

Sony Ericsson's bid to take their fashion-forward brand mainstream, the Xperia X10 mini pro combines the smarts of Android, an appealing form factor and that all-important physical keyboard for committed texters.

Sharing the visually impressive user interface of the X10, the mini pro brings high-end smartphone features into a seriously cool, yet affordable, device.

Cheapest deal: 300 mins, 300 texts, 1GB data - 15 a month.

Best freebie: Nintendo Wii worth 180 - 600 mins, 500 texts, 1Gb data - 25 a month.

10. Samsung Wave

The Samsung Wave is a perfect example of a smartphone for everyone.

With a speedy CPU, multi-tasking for switching applications and an amazingly vivid Super AMOLED display to show off Samsung's custom TouchWiz interface, the Wave is a brilliant social networking solution in a single device.

Cheapest deal: 100 mins, 500 texts, 250MB data - 20 a month.

Best freebie: Sony PS3 Slim worth 379.99 - 600 mins, unlimited texts, 750Mb data - 35 a month.