After its launch in 2007, Apple’s iPhone caught the imagination, and serious competition began. This quiz, from early 2012, looks at the smartphone landscape up to that point. how many of these devices can you even remember?
The Samsung Galaxy S II is casting a shadow over the iPhone 4S thanks to the quality of its screen. What kind of technology does it use?
- Super AMOLED
- Super AMOLED Plus
Microsoft formed a "special relationship" with a certain phone manufacturer at the start of 2007. Who is this manufacturer?
In 2008, which company made the first smartphone running Android?
- Sony Ericsson
TRUE or FALSE? The BlackBerry Torch 9860 has a physical keyboard.
The Motorola Flipout has a slide-out keyboard. What is its other distinctive feature?
- It is square-shaped
- It runs both Android and Windows Phone
- It has an "infrared view" camera
Sony Ericsson has designed Live with Walkman to be one of the best-sounding phones ever. What is the name of its clever amplifier that prevents loss of quality when you turn up the volume?
- Walkman Fire
What is the name of the user interface on HTC smartphones?
- HTC Sense
- HTC TouchWiz
- HTC UI
TRUE or FALSE? The Wave smartphones from Samsung operate using the exotic Bada OS.
What leading Italian fashion brand has designed phones for the Korean manufacturer LG?
- Dolce & Gabbana
What market segment is Acer tarheting with its Android-powered Liquid and Windows Phone 7 -running Allegro?
Motorola invented the Lapdock - a device that transforms your smartphone into a laptop. What smartphone did they design it for?
- Motorola Atrix
- Motorola Defy
- Motorola Xoom 2
TRUE or FALSE? In 2010, it was HTC that created the Nexus One for Google.
The Samsung Galaxy Note has the largest touch screen in the world. For a smartphone, that is. How big is it?
What was the first smartphone sold by Sony after the demise of the Sony Ericsson brand at the start of 2012?
- Xperia Arc
- Xperia Ray
- Xperia S
Which Nokia smartphone released in 2011 is the first to use the Linux-based MeeGo OS?
- Nokia C5
- Nokia N9
- Nokia 700
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