As in the world of sports, new records are constantly set and existing ones broken in the fiercely competitive mobile phone market. A selection of the top records from the world of mobile phones, some of which will have a longer stay at the top, while others may get shattered with a new product launch.
Apple may boast of selling 4 million new iPhones three days of its release, but the iPhone 4S still has a long way to catch up with the 250 million sales figure of the humble Nokia 1100. Targeted towards developing countries and users with limited needs the phone is the world's best selling mobile handset ever.
While the top the line smartphones brag about their slim and trim figure, the slimmest and the lightest is a phone that positions itself as a second phone. Real Phone's LOGO Phone is a low-cost voice-operated mobile phone (it doesn't have a numeric keypad) designed specifically for brands to incorporate their corporate logos, images and messages. The phone weighs only 38g, is of the size of a credit card and only 5.9mm thick.
The recently launched Motorola RAZR may be a millimetre and a little more thicker than Real Phone's LOGO, but its 7.1mm profile makes it the slimmest device in the smartphone category. Powered by Android 2.3.5, Gingerbread the phone has a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera and an HD front camera. The resurrected RAZR's display measures 4.3-inches.
With a huge 5.3-inch screen, the Samsung Galaxy Note easily overtakes its nearest competitor in the large screen category - the Dell Streak 5. This Android phone with a WXGA (1280x800) HD Super AMOLED screen is powered by a 1.4GHz dual core processor.
According to Guinness World Records, the ultra-rugged Sonim XP3300 Force is the world's toughest phone. The phone survived a drop of over 82 feet on to a concrete floor without any operational damage to take the toughest phone in the world title from the JCB Toughphone. The display of this water and dust proof handset is protected by 1.5mm thick Corning Gorilla Glass. The phone also comes with a 2 megapixel camera with flash and GPS.
While megapixels are not the best (and only) parameter to judge the quality of a camera, it is the most recognised and therefore most discussed. There had been some talk about Sony Ericsson's 16-megapixel phone, but nothing much seems to have developed on that front. Hence, the title of the phone with the most powerful camera goes to the Altek A14 Leo that boasts of a 14 megapixel sensor with xenon flash and 3x optical zoom.
The Sonim XP3300 Force holds two of the 11 records on this list. The phone is not only the toughest one around but also boasts of the longest talktime. The XP3300 delivers 20 to 24 hours of talk time and 800 hours of standby time.
Quad-core is the next smartphone frontier. While reports are pouring in about Samsung supplying Apple with quad-core A6 chips, Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Meizu is out with the Meizu MX with a quad-core heart and Android OS.
According to Gartner, Google's Android operating system has 43.4 per cent of the worldwide smartphone market share (August 2011). Symbian is a distant second with 22.1 per cent.
The insanely popular game involving tempestuous birds seeking revenge from the pigs for stealing their eggs has been downloaded 350 million times. The previous holder of the record was Tetris, developed by Alexey Pajitnov in 1985, that hit the 100 million download mark in October 2010.
The mobile Web browser from the Norwegian software company Opera is the favourite with mobile Web users. Accroding to StatCounter, Opera was the most popular mobile Web browser with 22.45 per cent share in September 2011, Android came in a close second with 19.9 per cent. In February 2011 Opera mobile usage hit the 100 million user mark with 90.4 million people using Opera Mini and approximately 15 million users accessing the Internet via Opera Mobile each month.