Most Popular Smartphones of January 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.

January’s list includes a number of upcoming high-end Android OS models that were announced at CES.

1. BlackBerry Curve 8530 (Previously #1) – 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. 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

3. Samsung Intercept (Previously #4) – The Samsung Intercept is an inexpensive Android OS smartphone available from Sprint. It offers an entry-level feature set with 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

4. Samsung Captivate (Previously #2) – 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

5. Motorola Atrix 4G (New) – The Motorola Atrix 4G, which was revealed at this month’s CES, will have a qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen. It is going to run Android OS 2.2 on a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and have 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 Preview

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

7. BlackBerry Curve 3G (Previously #7) – 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. Apple iPhone 4 (Returning) – 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 

9. Samsung Fascinate (Previously #5) – 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

10. Motorola Defy (Previously #8) – 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

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 December 2010Also, check out how the current standings for this week’s most popular notebooks looks.




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