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Quite simply, touch screen technology is the innovation we now expect to see in some shape or form from every new smartphone that launches.
Swapping a button-bashing existence for a softer sensing interface we can press, swipe, pinch and zoom, means we can now do a little bit more than simply stare into that pint-sized screen of ours.
If the only QWERTY keyboard you want to see on a daily basis is the one nestled next to your office computer, here’s our pick of the best touchscreen smartphones available right now in the UK.
The Galaxy brand has restored our faith in Samsung’s ability to make great phones, and with Google’s Android OS and some impressive touchscreen technology, the S2 continues that trend.
Housed within a supremely slender form, the 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen is an ideal surrounding for viewing your 8-megapixel snaps.
Running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and packing a 1.2Ghz dual-core Exynos processor ensures there is plenty of zip for your web browsing and with eye-popping colours it’s perfect for watching a plethora of video formats on the go.
There’s plenty to laud over Apple’s latest smartphone creation, particularly the 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen and Retina Display which is a vast visual improvement on the 3GS.
Admirably serving all your multi-touch, pinch, zoom, cut and pasting needs, the 800:1 contrast ratio and 960x640p resolution makes the iPhone 4 a suitable partner for all your widescreen movie-watching and looking back at your freshly-snapped photos – and web browsing is still a dream on this pin-sharp display.
Despite the Xperia Play hogging the media limelight, the Arc has captured our imaginations from the latest range of Sony Ericsson handsets much in part to the gorgeous 4.2-inch touchscreen display.
With a curved-body design making it one of the most comfortable to grip in your hand, the new Reality Display which uses LED backlighting along with the Mobile Bravia Engine, should serve your video playback, browsing and deliver a slick response to touch.
Setting the benchmark for immensely bright displays, the Galaxy S houses a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that does not disappoint. Its 480×800 WVGA resolution is someway behind the iPhone 4 (640×960), but you can still expect vivid colours, true blacks and outstanding contrast ratio.
It’s no longer at the top of the pile when it comes to awesome picture quality, having been usurped by its Galaxy S2 brother, but this is still one of the best touchscreen phones to show off in the pub if you want to bedazzle your mates with awe-inspiring picture quality.
Sporting a massive 4.3-inch Super LCD touch screen display, the HD has plenty of room for slick manoeuvre around HTC’s overhauled Sense UI.
Incorporating the same 480X800 WVGA resolution as the original Desire does, however, mean it lacks the vividness and superior contrast ratios of Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays.
Most importantly though, your digits are rewarded with a fluid interface interaction and the kind of satisfying pinch-to-zoom experience we saw with its predecessor, making it a worthy addition to this best touchscreen list.