LG Optimus 7Q
LG, $960 lge.com.au
★★★ MICROSOFT requires each handset with Windows Phone 7 to have a touchscreen, but this smartphone adds a slide-out keyboard to that recipe. Like its keyboard-free rival, the LG Optimus 7Q uses a speedy 1GHz processor, stores 16GB of media, and comes with a 5-megapixel camera that can also record 720p HD video. The 3.5-inch touchscreen phone is thicker than its rivals, thanks to that keyboard, and WP7 does not always rotate into a landscape view when needed.