Most Popular Smartphones for March 2011

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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.

This month’s list is a mix of old and new models, with all the top mobile operating systems represented.

1. BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Previously #4) – This is the latest in this popular line of smartphones. This model offers a redesigned look, Wi-Fi, and other consumer-oriented features. It has a QVGA display above a QWERTY keyboard, and this device puts an emphasis on multimedia; in addition to the necessary audio and video players, on top is a set of hardware keys dedicated to controlling music and video playback, Read a Review

Purchase the Blackberry Curve 8530

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530

2. HTC ThunderBolt (Previously #1) – The HTC ThunderBolt is part of Verizon’s lineup of 4G devices as it will be one of the world’s first LTE smartphones. It is a high-end model with a tablet shape and a 4.3-inch, WVGA screen. The ThunderBolt sports a 1.3 megapixel, front-facing camera and Skype video-conferencing software, as well as an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. Read a Preview


3. Samsung Galaxy S 4G (New) – The Galaxy S 4G features a 4-inch, super AMOLED touchscreen in a bar shape. It runs Google Android OS 2.2 on a 1 GHz, Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, and this model comes with a 16 GB microSD card. It also has a front-facing camera for video conferencing, plus a 5-megapixel, rear-facing one. This smartphone from Samsung offers exceptionally fast download speeds, achieving up to 21 Mbps with its connection to T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network. Read a Review

Purchase the Samsung Galaxy S 4G

Samsung Galaxy S 4G

4. Samsung Galaxy S II (Previously #6) – The Galaxy S II is the follow-up to the 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 GHz dual-core processor with TouchWiz 4.0 as its user interface. It includes an 8.0-megapixel camera, while a 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera will be used for video conferencing. Read a Review

Samsung Galaxy S II

5. HTC Inspire 4G (Previously #2) – The HTC Inspire 4G is an Android phone offered by AT&T. It has an impressive list of features, with a large 4.3-inch super LCD touchscreen display, a 1 GHz processor, 4 GB of memory and a microSD card slot, an 8 megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, and a personal hotspot feature. Read a Review

HTC Inspire 4G

6. Motorola Atrix 4G (Previously #3) – The Motorola Atrix 4G, has a qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen and runs Android OS 2.2 on a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It has 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a microSD/HC memory card slot. It can also be placed into either a laptop or desktop dock, at which point it will switch to a version of Linux that offers a full desktop version of the Firefox web browser. Read a Review

7. Apple iPhone 4 (Previously #8) – Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone is a significant upgrade from the iPhone 3GS, offering a much better screen, faster processor, and video conferencing. It has a slimmer design and runs iOS 4.0, the latest version of Apple’s operating system. The iPhone 4 has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash and either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. Read a Review

Purchase the Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4

8. BlackBerry Bold 9650 (Previously #5) – The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a high-end smartphone, and the successor to the BlackBerry Tour. It has a tablet shape with a 2.4-inch 480 x 360 display above a small but complete keyboard. This device is offered by Sprint and Verizon, and is one of these carriers’ few models that can be used in the U.S. and abroad. Read a Review

Purchase the BlackBerry Bold 9650

BlackBerry Bold 9650

9. Samsung Captivate (Previously #9) – Previous AT&T smartphones running Google’s mobile operating system have been entry-level devices, but the Samsung Captivate is this carrier’s first with cutting-edge features like a 4-inch, WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED display and 16 GB of internal storage. It also has a 1 GHz processor, 5.0 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, and much more. Read a Review

Purchase the Samsung Captivate

Samsung Captivate

10. BlackBerry Curve 3G (Returning) – The BlackBerry Curve 3G is an inexpensive member of this long-running line of consumer-oriented smartphones. It uses the typical BlackBerry design, and sports 3G wireless networking, Wi-Fi, and GPS. There are versions offered by Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and AT&T will release one soon. Read a Review

Purchase the BlackBerry Curve 3G

BlackBerry Curve 3G

Falling out of the top ten most popular devices from the previous month are the:

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




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