Most Popular Smartphones for January 2012

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Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones and other devices our readers are most interested in. This report is compiled based on the number of views each product page receives, so every time someone clicks on a product, they’re giving it a vote in these monthly rankings. This listing doesn’t necessarily indicate which models are the best selling, just which ones Brighthand readers are most interested in learning more about during the preceding four weeks.

The recently-release Galaxy Nexus leapt to the top of January Top 10 list, bringing the total to five models from Samsung. Not really surprising, as this company sold more smartphones than any other last year. 

1. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Previously #6) This Samsung model has a 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display. It runs Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has 16GB of internal storage. Verizon’s version has 4G LTE, NFC, plus it has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel one on the front. Read a Review

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

2. Samsung Galaxy S II – (Previously #2) The Galaxy S II is the follow-up to a very popular smartphone from 2010. It has a larger display than its predecessor, a faster processor, and better camera. This model runs Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with TouchWiz as its user interface. It includes an 8.0-megapixel camera, while a 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera can be used for video conferencing. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy S II

3. Apple iPhone 4 (Previously #3) – Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone has been surpassed by the iPhone 4S, but it’s still available at a cheaper price: $100 with contract. It has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash and 8GB of storage. The model can be purchased from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Read a Review

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Apple iPhone 4

4. Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 – (Previously #1) This isn’t a smartphone — it’s a handheld computer for those who want to watch movies, play games, access the Web, or read their emails on a small Android-based device that doesn’t require a monthly contract. It has a 5-inch display, 1GHz processor, and 3.2 MPx camera.  Read a Review

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

5. Apple iPhone 4S – (Previously #4) The fifth-generation iPhone wasn’t what many had expected, but it’s nevertheless selling very well. It’s a moderately-updated version of its predecessor, with a 1GHz dual-core processor and an 8 megapixel camera. The Retina screen and over-all design of the handset have not changed. The device is available from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Read a Review

Apple iPhone 4S

6. Motorola Droid RAZR – (Previously #5) The hallmark of the new Droid RAZR is its very slim design. In addition, it has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen, Android OS 2.3, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It can connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and sports an 8 megapixel camera. Read a Review

Motorola Droid RAZR

7. Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Returning) The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is Sprint’s version of the  Galaxy S II. As such, it has a 4.5-inch, WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera, 16GB of internal storage, and 4G. Its touchscreen is big enough that this might even be considered a tabphone — half tablet, half phone. Read a Review

Samsung Epic 4G Touch from Sprint

8. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket – (New) This smartphone from AT&T is the only version of the Galaxy S II that supports 4G LTE high-speed wireless networks. Aside from that it has the usual 4.5-inch WVGA screen, 1.5GHz processor, and 8 MP camera. It shouldn’t be confused with the other “Galaxy S II” model from this carrier, which is smaller and lacks 4G support. Read a Review

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

9. BlackBerry Torch 9850 – (Previously #9) The Torch 9850 was designed for fans of touchscreen-oriented smartphones — its 3.7-inch display is larger than the one on any previous BlackBerry, even the old Storm series. It has BlackBerry OS 7 running on a 1.2GHz processor, and a 5 megapixel camera. Read a Review

BlackBerry Torch 9850

10. HTC Titan –  (Previously #10) The HTC Titan lives up to its name, as it sports a 4.7-inch touchscreen. And with its 1.5 GHz processor, this is the flagship device for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system. Other features include 16GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel camera. It is available AT&T. Read a Preview

HTC Titan

Falling out of the top ten most popular devices are the:

For last month’s rankings, see Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds of December 2011.




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