Initially we thought of including the Nokia E7 in this list but then we we remembered the Nokia N9 that was leaked a while back. It has everything that the E7 does except for a few things that it does differently, which we believe give it a big advantage over the E7. First of all the N9 runs on MeeGo. Now as improved as Symbian ^3 is, it still doesn't feel thoroughly modern the way iOS, Android or Windows Phone 7 does. But that's because it is an old operating system and although it has learned quite a few new tricks, there is no hiding its age. This is where MeeGo comes in. Being a brand new operating system, it one ups Symbian in a very crucial area, and from whatever we have seen from the images and videos it does look very promising in a way Symbian ^3 never did.
Now when you add this new operating system to the already brilliant hardware of the E7, along with a higher resolution display and a better camera, you have the makings of a very competent smartphone. Not that the E7 would be a bad phone, but we aren't really looking forward to it the same way we are for the N9.
Samsung Galaxy S 2
1.2GHz dual core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 4.3-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED 2 display, 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, 1080p video recording, 16GB storage memory. Those are rumored specifications of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 2 that is slated for launch early next year. After listing those specifications I don't think I need to say anymore. If those specs don't excite you, you probably have no interest in smartphones.
Dell Venue Pro
Dell is not the kind of company that usually makes products that you really look forward to, which why we were a bit surprised when we saw the Venue Pro. Out of the devices that were demoed at the launch of Windows Phone 7, the one that caught our attention was the Dell Venue Pro. Apart from the generally excellent specifications that all the Windows Phone 7 devices must have by default, the Venue Pro also has a great-looking exterior and the comfort of a full QWERTY keypad, which is gracefully concealed under a sliding mechanism. Of the crop of Windows Phone 7 devices out there, this is the one we are looking forward to most.