Most Popular Smartphones of December 2009

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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 interesting in learning more about during the preceding four weeks.

The big news this month: the Nokia E71 did not appear on this Top 10 list for the first time roughly a year and half.

1. HTC HD2 (Previously #1) – The HTC HD2 is a very high-end Windows phone with a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen and 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. It runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro, but includes a new version of HTC’s custom user interface layered on top. This device has 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card sot, and much more. Read a Preview


2. Nokia N900 (Previously #3) – The Nokia N900 runs a new version of Nokia’s open-source Linux-based operating system, Maemo 5. Like its predecessors, the earlier Internet Tablets, it is a slider with a large WVGA touchscreen and a landscape-oriented keyboard. However, unlike the earlier models, this is a smartphone with HSPA 3G. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s available unlocked from Nokia. Read a Preview

Nokia N900

3. Samsung Moment (Previously #2) – The Samsung Moment is a smartphone running Google’s Android OS now available from Sprint. It has a sliding keyboard, 3G, Wi-Fi, and a 5 MPx camera, but its real claim to fame is a beautiful AM-OLED display. Sprint is the exclusive provider, and it supports this carrier’s EV-DO mobile broadband network. Read a Review

Samsung Moment

4. Motorola Droid (Previously #4) – The Motorola Droid is the new flagship Android OS device, running the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. It is a slider, with a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard and a large, high-resolution capacitive touchscreen with haptic feedback. This device comes with a 16 GB memory card, GPS receiver, and 5 MPx camera. Verizon is the exclusive provider. Read a Review

Motorola Droid

5. HTC Touch Pro2 (Previously #6) – This high-end Windows phone is a business powerhouse, and sports a wide array of features, including a large WVGA touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard, GPS, mobile broadband, and Wi-Fi. It’s available now from Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. AT&T also has a version re-named the Tilt2. Read a Review

HTC Touch Pro2

6. RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 (Previously #7) – This is the second model in this series. It has the same general design as its predecessor, including a QWERTY keyboard, but with a new look. It is smaller than the original, and also has a slightly smaller screen, but at the same HVGA resolution. The 9700 has a faster 624 MHz processor and a higher-resolution 3.2 MPx camera. It’s offered by both AT&T and T-Mobile. Read a Review

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700

7. HTC Hero (Previously #5) – The Hero is an Android-based phone that’s available from Sprint and in Europe, but in different designs. Both versions have a tablet shape with a WVGA touchscreen, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, and a 5.0 MPx camera. Read a Review

HTC Hero

8. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (New) – The Xperia X10 will be chock full of high-end features, starting with its 4 inch, WVGA+ (480 x 854 pixel) capacitive touchscreen. In addition, it will run the Android OS on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and have an 8.1-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash. Read a Preview

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

9. Nokia E63 (Previously #8) – The E63 is an inexpensive, Symbian S60 device that uses a tablet shape, with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard and a 2.4-inch display. Despite its consumer focus it also sports features for business users. In the U.S. it’s sold unlocked, and can be used with AT&T or T-Mobile. Read a Review

Nokia E63

10. Samsung Omnia II (New) The replacement for the original Omnia sports a beautiful AM-OLED touchscreen with a WVGA resolution. This smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional and includes Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 user interface. It’s available in the U.S. from Verizon. Read a Review

Samsung Omnia II

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

To see last month’s ranking, see Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds of November 2009. Also, check out how the current standings for this week’s best laptops looks.




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