Top 10 Smartphones of 2011 [Unlocked]

This year was revolutionary for smartphones. While the tablet wars were hot along side we got many equally powerful smartphones, this year was completely focused on dual core power and better camera sensors. Among the many phones came up this year, here are the few best unlocked smartphones of 2011

1. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The newly introduced Nexus surmounts all the Android operating system along with a scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich. It unveils the most unexpected features of libertine performance and of course a well suited price tag.


CPU: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
Screen Size: 4.65 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
Display: Super AMOLED HD
Storage: 16/32GB
Camera: 5 MP Rear, 1.3 MP Front
Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

2. Samsung Galaxy S II


Samsung is heading the race of smartphones, among which Samsung Galaxy S II is turning to be the second best smartphone from Samsung. With its remarkably slim soma, entrailing feather-light touch, dual core super fast processor and scope 1080p video recording has made it elevate the heights.


CPU: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
Screen Size: 4.3 inches (480 x 800 pixels)
Display: Super AMOLED Plus
Storage: 16GB/32GB storage & microSD (upto 32GB)
Camera: 8 MP Rear, 2MP Front
Operating System: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

3. Motorola Droid Razr


The leading Ace for its remarkably thin and elegant conception, swiftness of dual core processor and the sturdy design have made it one of the most preferred and affordable phone of the year.


CPU: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
Screen Size: 4.3 inches (540 x 960 pixels)
Display: Super AMOLED
Storage: 16GB & microSD (upto 32GB)
Camera: 8 MP Rear, 2 MP Front
Operating System: Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)

4. iPhone 4S

Apple iPhone 4SCreating another landmark for smartphones, iPhone 4S is out with nail biting extraordinary camera and also its graphic performance. The Siri is like a personal voice assistant and is unique in its kind since no phone uptill now bears such efficient feature and processor performance is the highest which is beyond other benchmarks.


CPU: Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
RAM: 512 MB
Screen Size: 3.5 inches (640 x 960 pixels)
Display: LED-backlit IPS TFT
Storage: 16/32/64 GB
Camera: 8 MP Rear, VGA Front
Operating System: iOS 5

5. HTC Sensation XE

HTC Sensation XE

The success of HTC Sensation made HTC to introduce a special HTC Sensation XE with musical addition of Beats Audio, the musical experience by Monster. This has made HTC Sensation XE along with HTC Sensation XL to meet great demand in the market.


CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion
RAM: 768 MB
Screen Size: 4.3 inches(540 x 960 pixels)
Display: S-LCD
Storage: 4 GB & microSD (upto 32GB)
Camera: 8 MP Rear, VGA Front
Operating System: Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)

6. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

The Android hardware has swept miles is exemplified by Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S. It is featured with latest Android 2.3.4, big & bright sharp screen, thin and light and ofcourse Sony Ericsson’s user interface.


CPU: 1.4 GHz Scorpion
RAM: 512 MB
Screen Size: 4.2 inches (480 x 854 pixels)
Display: LED-backlit LCD
Storage: 1 GB (320 MB user-available)
Camera: 8 MP Rear, no Front camera
Operating System: Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)

7. HTC Titan

HTC Titan

Among the Windows Phone lineup, HTC Titan is heading in a better featured in screen size, built-in memory, and camera units. HTC Titan features as big as 4.7inch screen with decent looking Super LCD and lying besides other best HTC devices.


CPU: 1.5 GHz Scorpion
RAM: 512 MB
Screen Size: 4.7 inches (480 x 800 pixels)
Display: S-LCD
Storage: 16GB
Camera: 8 MP Rear, 1.3 MP Front
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)

8. Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy Note

Looks of tablet and functions like phone its the hybrid of both which innards clear screen,quality camera,super-fine contact management and Samsung’s unique high quality apps are noteworthy.


CPU: Dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9
Screen Size: 5.3 inches (800 x 1280 pixels)
Display: Super AMOLED
Storage: 16GB/32GB
Camera: 8 MP Rear, 2 MP Front
Operating System: Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)

9. Blackberry Bold 9900

Blackberry is spreading in areas other than corporate sectors, the reason lies in peculiarity of one touch email. Bold 9000 offers a new wave for technology with unique booting package of new Blackberry OS 7, HD video cam, high-spec touchscreen that fulfill the unexpected.


CPU: 1.2 GHz QC 8655
RAM: 768 MB
Screen Size: 2.8 inches (640 x 480 pixels)
Display: TFT
Storage: 8GB storage & microSD (upto 32GB)
Camera: 5 MP Rear, no Front camera
Operating System: BlackBerry OS 7.0

10. Nokia Lumia 800

Finally Nokia is out with Windows Phone 7 the leading and most discussed operating system, the simple and attractive user-interface is eye-catching with a lovely build available in vivid color range.


CPU: 1.4 GHz Scorpion
RAM: 512 MB
Screen Size: 3.7 inches (480 x 800 pixels)
Display: AMOLED
Storage: 16 GB
Camera: 8 MP Rear, no Front camera
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)



    1. Its not like that as Nokia manufacture good devices but only thing which isn’t impressive in their devices is operating system and the cost.

  1. hi Varad..i just wanna ask u what is the best phone here? ipohone 4s or galaxy nexus? im really lookin 4 factory-unlocked phone that work with simple mobile? please help me and what’s best place to buy them from?

    1. Both the phones are equally good. At the moment Galaxy Nexus is not launched in India. But it will be launched till this month end, I’m expecting the price to be between Rs. 34,000 to Rs. 38,000.

      iPhone 4S (over Aircel/Airtel) is highly priced, since you want factory unlocked there are couple of good deals for the 16GB factory unlocked version of iPhone 4S.

      Both come in the same price range. Now Galaxy Nexus hardware is somewhat better than iPhone 4S but the benchmarks are not that good. iPhone 4S has got better results of the graphic and CPU benchmarks, again over Android, iOS has got couple of good quality apps. Plus extraordinary camera and Siri.

      So if you are considering between these two I’ll suggest you to go with iPhone 4S only if you are getting a cheap deal (Rs. 35,000 is best price for 16GB)

      Note that jailbreak for iPhone 4S is not ready yet, it will take time. So for few more months you will have to buy games from the App Store.

      Now the decision is yours! 🙂

      1. Thanks so much Varad…this was really helpful…i think i will go with iphone 4s (unlocked version) …and by the way…im contacting you from the USA…the iphone 4s is about $650 ….again thanks for help

  2. Are these mobile devices arranged in a chronological order ? Or is the rating based on the overall phone review? If its the latter, then Nokia Lumia 800 doesn’t deserve the last rung.

    1. The order is based upon the user review. As compared to other phones in this list Nokia does get the last position but being Top 10 list, all the phones are equally powerful.

      1. I cannot stop LOLing when Motorola Droid Razr or even a HTC Sensation XE is considered superior to the Nokia Lumia 800, which was named as the mobile of the year apart from numerous other laurels. In fact, I would give the Lumia a +1 over the HTC Titan, though both being Windows Phones. Strange !

        1. Yes, Sensation XE as well as Droid Razr are far better than Lumia in every aspects. Any specific reason for your love with Lumia?

          1. Many ‘specific’ reasons, the primary being a new fresh OS with large lively tiles rather than dull miniscule icons, less fear of malware creeping in (You must be aware of the #droidage!). Ewwwww !!

            1. Over iOS UI, I love the Metro UI of WP7.5 but user interface is not the only thing that will make a phone better than other.

              Droid Razr and Sensation XE has better hardware along with apps capable of optimising the hardware with lot of customising options too.

              On the other hand WP7.5 is still developing, so if you are looking for value for money surely Android will win over WP7.5.

        2. Just lets not get into much details Asrartheone…Compare specifications listed there and you would yourself realize that Driod is faaar better than Lumia…And to get into details just say one word..Apps!

          1. Gaurav, specifications on paper and specifications on device mean a lot of difference. I have used both Droid and the Lumia, hence I can say.

            1. Even I’ve used both of them and found Droid better than Lumia as for WP7 there is no app which can fully optimise the CPU performance over Android.

              1. Windows Phone is a relatively new platform so ofcourse it’d take time for apps to come up. And with the present pace, very soon it may leave the players back and for large. IBNLive, TOI, BookMyShow are some great just-developed Desi Windows Phone Apps out there. Well the Android market ‘may’ have such a huuuuuuuge number of Apps but quantity cannot be the only measuring factor. Quality also chips in. Of the record, many iPhone users have praised the look, feel and usability of a similar iOS app on WP7.

                There’s no denying the fact that ‘Mango’ is sweeter than ‘Apple’ !

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