Most Popular Smartphones for May 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 Samsung Galaxy S III was much in the news last month, so it’s not surprising that this model made it to the top of May’s list. Half the models on the list are from Samsung, but Nokia makes a strong showing, too.

1. Samsung Galaxy S III – (New) This is Samsung’s flagship smartphone for the rest of 2012, as it offers just about everything one could want in a cutting-edge Android handset — including a number of notcable improvments over its predecessor. It sports a 4.8-inch display, the latest version of Google’s Android OS, 4G, and plenty more. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy S III

2. HTC One X – (Previously #6) The One X has a range of high-end features, including a very large display, 4G, high-res camera, much more. It was the first handset released by HTC with Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

There are actually two versions of this smartphone. The U.S. one supports AT&T’s 4G LTE network but has a dual-core processor. The international (European) version has a quad-core processor but no LTE.  Read a Review



3. Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G – (Previously #4) This is a mid-range model running Google Android and available exclusively from T-Mobile. It’s a modest device in many ways, but it does boast a speedy 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and support for T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ service. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G

4. Nokia Lumia 900 (Previously #1) – The Lumia 900 is the flagship of Nokia’s new Windows Phone line of smartphones. It packs a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, as well as a range of other cutting-edge features, including LTE. It will have just a single-core processor, however. In the U.S., it is available exclusivly from AT&T.  Read a Review


Nokia Lumia 900

5. Nokia Lumia 800 – (New) This has some advantages over its bigger and more expensive sister model, the Lumia 900. Most notably, its 3.7-inch display makes it more portable. It ships with Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) running on a 1.4GHz processor.  The Lumia 800 sports an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Read a Review


Nokia Lumia 800

6. Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 (New) The Galaxy Player 3.6 is an Android-based handheld computer created for those who want all the features of a smartphone except the phone. This is smallest, and least expensive, model in a series of Galaxy Player models. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6

7. Samsung Galaxy Note – (Previously #2) Thanks to its 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note skirts the line between smartphone and tablet. It also has a stylus. This device runs Android OS 2.3, but an upgrade to OS 4.0 is in development The Note includes a rear-facing 8MP camera plus a 2MP front-facing camera that enables video conferencing when on the go. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier that offers it. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy Note

8. Apple iPhone 4S – (Previously #3) 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

9. BlackBerry Bold 9930 – (Previously #10) The most powerful of RIM’s latest models is the Bold 9930, which runs BlackBerry OS 7 on a 1.2GHz processor. This is the first in Bold series with a 2.8-inch touchscreen as well as a keyboard. It is offered by both Verizon and Sprint. Read a Review


BlackBerry Bold 9930

5. Samsung Galaxy S II – (Returning) The second model in the Galaxy S series is close to being replaced, but is hardly obsolete. This model runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and an OS upgrade is in the works. It is available from AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Read a Review


Samsung Galaxy S II

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

For last month’s rankings, see Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds of April 2012.




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