HTC Touch Pro
Another Windows Mobile–powered device with an overlaying interface, HTC's Touch Pro has one feature that definitely trumps the iPhone — a physical, slide-out keyboard. Despite the keyboard, the handset manages to retain a sleek and stylish design, and it offers a wealth of features. Borrowing inspiration from Apple, HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface is certainly packed full of eye-candy, and most of it is functional too.
LG was one of the first to jump aboard the touch-screen bandwagon, and its Viewty is certainly good example of what it's capable of. Despite being almost 12 months old, it's still available in retail channels and is sold on prepaid as well. It will shortly be replaced by the 8-megapixel Renoir (KC910), but it remains a viable option, especially if you're on a budget.
Yes, we know it's not available in Australia yet. But we had to include the G1 anyway. Manufactured by HTC, the G1 is the first mobile phone in the world to run Google's Android user-interface and it has a physical, slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Alternatively, if you can wait a little longer, these exciting handsets will soon be gracing our shores:
Exclusive to Vodafone in Australia, the BlackBerry Storm is RIM's first attempt at a touch-screen phone. Expected to rival the iPhone, the Storm features a "clickable" touch screen to simulate the pressing of actual buttons, differentiating itself from the rest of the touch-screen pack. The lack of Wi-Fi connectivity is a huge let-down, but the Storm is still expected to sell like hotcakes when it's released in Australia on December 5.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1
The XPERIA X1 is one of the longest phones we’ve ever had to wait for. Announced over nine months ago, it will finally be released in December. Initially it will be exclusive to Telstra. The exorbitant price tag may be a turn off, especially given the current economic climate, but the unique panel interface is sure to impress.