2010 was a great year for the mobile industry. We saw tons of trends and technology emerge that have changed our perspective, as users, of where the community and the technology is heading. It’s now the end of the year and the expectation to see more is high. As 2011 draws nearer, I’d like to look back at the year gone by just to recap a few of the top mobile trends that made 2010 come alive.

A mobile phone is as akin to a netbook/notebook as it can get with Smartphone operating systems iOS, Android and Symbian ^3. Although each of these systems may have individual flaws, they do bring a lot to the table. Still, there was always room for more and Nokia filled in a part of that void with USB-on-the-go. This allows you to connect a thumb drive directly to your mobile handset and read data. So if you’ve got movies, music documents etc. on a pen drive and no laptop with which to view them, simply connect the drive to your Nokia Symbian ^3 Smartphone via the adapter provided and all your data can be easily accessed, viewed or shared via Bluetooth, email, posted to social networks etc.

What we've always needed

Retina Display
Apple has revolutionized the mobile screen with the iPhone 4’s ground-breaking Retina display. This display involves a seriously high pixel density that makes details stand out clearer than we’ve ever seen on displays this small. It’s actually been designed so that your eyes will be unable to make out individual pixels. The level of detail is higher, colors are more vibrant and images, webpages, text etc. are crisper. Zooming into what’s on the screen will not deteriorate the images. Like LG’s high end TVs, the Retina Display uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology to make the details sharper. Even the display’s glass is designed to be thoroughly durable – made from chemically strengthened material, it’s the same glass used on helicopters and high-speed trains. It’s scratch resistant of course and comes with an oil-resistant coating that helps keep the screen clean.

It doesn't get clearer than this

720p Video Recording
In this day and age of High-Definition cinema, if digital cameras can go HD, why should mobile handsets be left behind? Display resolutions have been more than capable of handling resolutions for video playback so it was about time the mobile phone camera was rendered capable of capturing HD video. There aren’t too many that are available just yet that can capture video in full HD i.e. 1080p resolution, but there are quite a few that are capable of 720p video capture. In case you’re unaware, a mobile camera doesn’t have to be 12MP, or even 8MP for that matter, to capture video at that resolution. The iPhone 4, Samsung S8500 Wave, Galaxy S, Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro and HTC Desire, to name a few, are all equipped with 5MP cameras that can record video at 720p.

Nokia N8 video test

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