Most Popular Smartphones of December 2010

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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.

December’s list showed there were a lot of holiday shoppers looking for low-cost smartphones.

1. BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Previously #2) – 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. Samsung Captivate (Previously #1) – 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

3. BlackBerry Bold 9650 (Previously #3) – 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

4. Samsug Intercept (Returning) – The Samsung Intercept is an inexpensive Android OS smartphone available from Sprint. It offers an entry-level feature set with a a 3-inch display and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. This device also has 3G, Wi-Fi, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a microSD memory card slot. Read a Review

Purchase the Samsung Intercept

5. Samsung Fascinate (Returning) – The Samsung Fascinate offers a 4-inch WVGA AM-OLED touchscreen, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, and much more. This model includes 2 GB of internal storage and is bundled with a 16 GB microSD memory card. The Fascinate sports a 5.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus and an LED flash. This supports HD (720p) video recording and playback. Read a Review

Purchase the Samsung Fascinate

6. Motorola Droid Pro (New) – The Motorola Droid Pro is an attempt by Motorola to lure away current BlackBerry users, as it has a design reminiscent of RIM’s line of business-oriented devices but offers the flexibility and third-party software selection of Google’s Android OS. It’s one of Verizon’s worldphones, so it works on this carrier’s CDMA network in the U.S. as well as GSM networks when roaming in other countries. Read a Review

Purchase the Motorola Droid Pro

7. BlackBerry Curve 3G (Returning) – The BlackBerry Curve 3G is the latest iteration on this long-running line of consumer-oriented smartphones. This inexpensive device 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

8. Motorola Defy (Previously #5) – The Motorola Defy is a mid-range model from T-Mobile running Google’s Android OS. This smartphone has been designed to survive in day-to-day life, as it is water and scratch resistant as well as dust proof. It has a 3.7-inch, 854 X 480 touchscreen, 3G, Wi-Fi, and a 5 megapixel camera. Read a Review

Purchase the Motorola Defy

Motorola Defy

9. Samsung Focus (Previously #10) – The Samsung Focus is one of AT&T’s first round of smartphones running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7. It has 4-inch WVGA Super AM-OLED touchscreen and a tablet shape. The device offers a high-end feature set, including 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 1 GHz processor. Read a Review

Purchase the Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

10. LG Optimus T (New) – The LG Optimus T is an entry-level smartphone from T-Mobile. It has a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, 2 GB of storage, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. This device runs Google Android OS 2.2 on a 600 MHz processor. Read a Review

Purchase the LG Optimus T

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

For last month’s ranking, see Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds of November 2010.

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