5 of the best smartphones you're not going to buy

Take a peek at some of the best smartphones that you'll probably overlook in favour of a flashier iPhone 4S or Galaxy S II. Shame on you

There's little room left for smartphones in a world dominated by Apple iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy range. Here are some of the best phones you're probably going to pass over in favour of the big names – and some reasons why you should.

Panasonic Eluga

Panny's first foray into the UK smartphone arena looks set to be more of a tentative dip to test the waters as opposed to a full blown assault. The Eluga's 1GHz dual-core processor looks more than a little soft in comparison to the quad-core innards of the HTC One X (reviewed here), and it's set to be overshadowed by its upcoming bigger brother, the Snapdragon S4-powered Panasonic Eluga Power.

Why you should get it

If you're not in the market for a pocketable powerhouse then the Eluga's unique curvy waterproof design might tempt your wallet, despite its 1,150mAh battery and flash-less camera.

Read our Panasonic Eluga hands on review

Fujitsu quad-core smartphone

Fujitsu's upcoming quad-core smartphone lacks both a final name and completed design, which explains why it scores rather low on the desirability scale. As a newcomer to the non-Japanese market, its name might also scare you off – through no fault of its own.

Why you should get it

Fujitsu's quad-core offering is fully waterproof, and packs in plenty of fancy Japanese internals. They include a noise cancelling mic which adjusts for echoey environments and an optimised call speakerphone tailored to your age group's ideal hearing frequency. Fancy, eh?

Read our Fujitsu quad-core smartphone review

Nokia Pureview 808

The Nokia Pureview 808's ridiculous 41MP camera sensor is impossible to ignore – though so is the exclusion of Windows Phone 7. Yep, believe it or not, the Nokia Pureview 808 is still inexcusably rocking Symbian Belle, making this (in our eyes at least) a camera first, phone second.

Why you should get it

If you don't want the hassle of carrying around a compact, aren't too fussed about DSLR quality snaps and couldn't care less about apps, then this is the niche phone for you.

Read our Nokia Pureview 808 hands on review

Huawei Ascend D quad

The Huawei Ascend D quad isn't by any means a terrible phone. It passed the Stuff hands on treatment without any fuss, but gadgeteers looking to harness the power of four cores probably won't be able to take their eyes off the HTC One X (reviewed here), which just makes the Ascend D quad look a bit plasticky in comparison.

Why you should get it

It might not have the same build quality as the HTC One X, but the Huawei Ascend D quad is still packing plenty of grunt in the silicon department – and it'll likely be available at a more wallet-tempting price.

Read our Huawei Ascend D quad hands on review

Asus PadFone

You've got to hand it to Asus – it's the master of gadgets that turn into other gadgets. While its Transformer Prime should be top of any respectable gadgeteer's wish list, the PadFone/Tablet dock concept isn't as fluid, or as sleek, and falls into the 'does this really need to exist?' category.

Why you should get it

You're a pioneer, a risk taker. Your house is littered with HD-DVDs and Apple Newtons. You're a hardcore tech-head who respects innovation and will stop at nothing to sample all the wacky offerings that the gadget world has to offer.

Read our Asus PadFone hands on review

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