People who are planning to recycle their mobile phone may be keen to upgrade to some of the devices that have been named as the top smartphones of the year.
According to Relaxnews, the HTC Desire has been one of the most notable phones of 2010, the Independent reports.
This, it said, is because it is a "powerful" handset that builds upon the innovations featured in the HTC Bravo.
Relaxnews noted that the Desire has a range of functions for consumers, including a GPS facility, Bluetooth, a digital compass and a 3.7-inch display.
The Google Android operating system was also singled out for praise, along with the Desire's five-megapixel camera with flash.
Relaxnews went on to commend the iPhone 4, which it described as the biggest step forward in the mobile phone world since Apple released its very first iPhone.
The device was commended for offering a much longer battery life than its predecessor, as well as features including threaded mail, access to a large number of apps, application folders and an HD video recording facility.
"From displays that are so crisp you can't see the pixels to handsets with cameras that are better than your dedicated point-and-shoot camera, smartphones have improved in leaps and bounds in 2010," Relaxnews commented.
Other highly rated products included the Nokia N8, which uses the Symbian operating system, the BlackBerry Torch, the Motorola Droid X and the Samsung Galaxy S.
The latter device was described by Relaxnews as the company's "attack" on the high-end smartphone market.
This comes after research by IDC revealed that mobile phone users in Australia consider the Apple iPhone their favourite smartphone.
Figures revealed that during the third quarter of 2010, smartphone shipments in the country grew by 67 per cent year-on-year.
Apple holds the majority of the market share with 36.5 per cent, ahead of Nokia, which accounted for 30.5 per cent of the smartphone field.