Most Popular PDAs and Smartphones of August 2006

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Welcome to the monthly listing of the most popular handhelds and smartphones on Brighthand. 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.

These ranking don’t necessarily indicate which models are the best selling, just which ones Brighthand readers are most interesting in learning more about.

The most interesting development this month was the arrival of several new Series 60 smartphones from Nokia on the list, pushing off some old favorites, like the Treo 650.

1. HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger (Previously #1) – This model greatly resembles one already being offered by HP, the hw6500, but offers some features not included in the hw6500, like Wi-Fi and the latest version of Windows Mobile. It does, however, lose a memory card slot, so it supports only miniSD cards. HP iPAQ hw6900 Reviews | HP iPAQ hw6900 User Opinions

HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger

2. Sony VAIO UX Micro PC (Previously #3) – The new Sony VAIO UX Micro PC is a full Windows XP computer not much bigger than a typical handheld. It’s fairly expensive, but it packs a great many features into a small package, like a keyboard and numerous wireless networking options. Sony VAIO UX Micro PC Reviews | Sony VAIO UX Micro PC User Opinions

Sony VAIO UX Micro PC

3. Motorola Q (Previously #2) – Its maker claims that the Motorola Q is “the world’s thinnest, lightest QWERTY phone”. It has a tablet design, with a 320-by-240-pixel screen above a backlit keyboard. In a slightly unusual move, this screen is in landscape mode by default. Motorola Q Reviews | Motorola Q User Opinions

Motorola Q

4. Palm TX  (Previously #4) – Palm’s TX is appealing for its integrated Wi-Fi and easy to digest price point. The TX is easy to use and offers a large and crisp display. Palm TX Reviews | Palm TX User Opinions

Palm TX
5. Palm Treo 700p (Previously #7) – The latest smartphone from Palm, Inc. has a great deal in common with the Treo 650. Both have the same general shape and both run the Palm OS. However, the 700p has a better camera and more memory. Currently it’s available from Sprint and Verizon.  Palm Treo 700p Reviews | Palm Treo 700p User Opinions

6. Nokia N93 (New) – As it sports a 3.2 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom, this Series 60 smartphone is heavily focused on multimedia. This is tri-band GSM smartphone with both EDGE and UMTS/WCDMA. In addition, it includes Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. Nokia N93 ReviewsNokia N93 User Opinions

Nokia N93

7. Dell Axim X51v  (Previously #6) – Dell’s latest — and greatest — Pocket PC not only offers the newest version of Windows Mobile, it also has a VGA screen, a fast processor, lots of storage, two types of wireless networking, and much, much more. Dell Axim X51v Reviews | Dell Axim X51v User Opinions  

Dell Axim X51v

8. Nokia E61 (New) – In shape, the Nokia E61 resembles a Treo or BlackBerry, and its designers worked hard to make it as thin as possible. Targeted at corporate users, includes an email client with an attachment viewer for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Nokia E61 Reviews | Nokia E61 User Opinions Nokia E61
9. Nokia E50 (New) – Although it does not have a built-in keyboard, the E50 still offers good email functionality, including viewers for Microsoft Office files. Nokia E50 Reviews | Nokia E50 User Opinions Nokia E50

10. T-Mobile Sidekick 3 (Previously #5) – With its strong focus on consumer friendliness, the Sidekick line has developed a devoted following. The latest model offers some new features, like Bluetooth for wireless headset use and a miniSD card slot.  T-Mobile Sidekick 3 Reviews | T-Mobile Sidekick 3 User Opinions

T-Mobile Sidekick 3

Falling out of the top 10 most popular PDAs and smartphones from the previous month are the:

For rankings from last month, see Most Popular PDAs and Smartphones of July.

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