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SMART AWARDS 2013 / COMMUNICATION

We Pick The Best Communication Products For 2010

By The SmartHouse Team | Wednesday | 02/12/2009

The world has forever changed with the introduction of mobile communication. The iPhone has been the biggest revolution in the way we use these tools, but there are other technologies knocking at the door ready to make their mark. VoIP phones change the way we use phones in the home, and GPS keeps us on the road without getting lost.


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Best Smartphone
Winner
Apple iPhone 3GS
www.apple.com/au | Starting at $879

Whether you are using the iPhone 3GS as a phone, an iPod, or a gaming device, there is no doubt that Apple has revolutionised the way we use our mobile. This device has once again set the benchmark for all other smartphones to follow.

Highly Recommended
Samsung HD Icon
www.samsung.com.au | $999 (16GB)

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Best Android Phone
Winner
HTC Magic
www.htc.com/au| $Varies
Being the first to embrace Google Android, HTC was able to create the best Android phone this year. We recommend Vodafone's version of the Magic, as it comes with over-the-air firmware update, Geotagging, Picasa, YouTube, as well as other Google services and applications. 

Highly Recommended
Samsung Galaxy Icon
www.samsung.com.au | $749


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Best Navigation System
Winner
Navman MY 500XT
www.navman.com | $599

Navman has clearly gone beyond navigation with the MY 500XT. Besides directing you from point A to B, this GPS device can also be turned into your speakerphone, phone book, or even a local tourist guide. It is an excellent option for road warriors or for the daily commute.

Highly Recommended
Garmin nüvi 1390T
www.garmin.com.au | $549

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Best VoIP Phone
Winner
Grandstream GXV3140 IP Multimedia Phone
www.grandstream.com

This phone saves you money as it allows you to make free voice and video calls over instant messaging programs. Unlike other IP handsets however, the GXV3140 provides access to real time information though a built-in browser and even streams Internet radio.

Highly Recommended
Siemens Gigaset C470 IP
aunz.siemens.com | $199


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Best Wireless Headset
Winner
Motorola Endeavor HX1
www.motorola.com.au | $219

When talking on a Bluetooth headset, the last thing you want is to try and compete with noise from the outside world. This headset offers noise cancellation and has a 'Stealth' mode that uses bone conduction relay so your voice is easily heard no matter how noisy the environment.

Highly Recommended
Plantronics Savi Go
www.plantronics.com.au | $349

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Best Cordless Phone
Winner
Uniden XDECT R 055+2
www.uniden.com.au | $399.95

Uniden has been providing users with great cordless phones for years but with this system they have outdone themselves. Unlike other cordless phones, every station is equipped with a repeater that significantly improves range and coverage so you can talk from anywhere in the home and beyond. 

Highly Recommended
Uniden ELITE 9035 + 2
www.uniden.com.au | $249.95

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