- Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
- Blackberry 9520 Storm 2
- HTC Desire
- HTC Legend
- HTC Wildfire
- LG BL40 New Chocolate
- LG GD880 Mini
- LG GT540 Optimus
- LG GW620
- Motorola Milestone
- Nokia 5230
- Samsung GT-I5800 Galaxy Apollo
- Samsung GT-I9000 Galaxy S
- Samsung GT-S5620 Monte
- Samsung GT-S8500 Wave
- Sony Ericsson U5i Vivaz
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro
How we test
Our testers assess each phone’s keypad, touchscreen and keyboard, as well as general handling and menu controls.
Ease of use
A user panel determines how easy it is to answer a call, store a number into memory and dial a number stored in memory.
Web browser performance
is scored on how easy it is to start the browser, navigate to sites, enter addresses and use favourites and bookmarks. A practical test on content downloads is also carried out and extra points are awarded for Wi-Fi connectivity.
is tested by writing and receiving an SMS and checking the suitability of the display for texting.
Our testers look at the size of the display as well as quality of the image with regard to sharpness and colour clarity.
For both incoming and outgoing calls, our testers carry out a number of acoustic measurements, such as frequency response. A user panel also rates the sound quality of calls.
Our testers assess the phone’s digital camera capabilities to produce an image in different lighting situations. The resulting photos are printed and rated for resolution, colour reproduction and noise. They also look at how easy the phone is to use in picture-taking mode.
Our testers measure the ability of the phone to perform as a music player. They test the phones with the supplied headphones as well as a set of reference headphones. They also assess how easy it is to navigate playlists, music transfers, volume control and available memory.
Our testers simulate falls from a table or out of a shirt pocket up to 25 times, as well as storing the phones in hot, damp conditions and carrying out a rain test.
This is mainly based on the time-in-use result, but testers also consider the charging time and battery status warning.
They measure the phones’ receiving sensitivity and sending power on both the GSM and 3G bands (particularly important in areas with poor network coverage).