Most Popular PDAs and Smartphones of November 2006

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Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the most popular handhelds and smartphones. 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.

Fall is the time for new devices, and this month’s list is dominated by handhelds and smartphones that weren’t available until recently.

1. HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger (Previously #1) – This Pocket PC uses a tablet shape with a built-in QWERTY keyboard, a form-factor that’s become very popular for cellular-wireless devices. It also includes Wi-Fi, a miniSD slot, and the latest version of Windows Mobile. HP iPAQ hw6900 Reviews | HP iPAQ hw6900 User Opinions HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger
2. Cingular 8525 (New) – The 8525 is a Pocket PC phone that has a landscape orientation, with a QWERTY keyboard located on a slider so it can be hidden behind the QVGA touchscreen. It offers UMTS/HSDPA high-speed cellular-wireless networking., as well as Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. Cingular 8525 Reviews | Cingular 8525 User Opinions Cingular 8525
3. Palm Treo 680  (Previously #5) – This smartphone runs the Palm OS, and has the same general shape as past Treo devices, but is slightly slimmer and has no antenna. Nevertheless, Palm promises that the reception is better than past Treo models. Palm Treo 680 Reviews | Palm Treo 680 User Opinions Palm Treo 680
4. Palm TX  (Previously #7) – Palm’s TX is appealing for its integrated Wi-Fi and easy to digest price point. Most people find this Palm OS handheld to be easy to use, and it offers a large and crisp display. Palm TX Reviews | Palm TX User Opinions Palm TX
5. Nokia E62 (Previously #2) – This smartphone brings many of the features offered by the Motorola Q to the GSM audience. However, unlike the Q, the E62 uses the Symbian OS with the S60 user interface, and it therefore is more phone-centric. Nokia E62 Reviews | Nokia E62 User Opinions Nokia E62
6. HP iPAQ rx5915 Travel Companion (New) – The iPAQ rx5915 isn’t being dubbed as a PDA, but rather a Travel Companion as it has a built-in SiRFstar III GSC3F GPS chip and comes bundled with mapping software. Nevertheless, it’s a regular Pocket PC with 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth.
iPAQ rx1915 Reviews | iPAQ rx1915 User Opinions
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7. Samsung BlackJack (New) – The Samsung BlackJack is a slim Windows Mobile Smartphone with a built-in keyboard. It is currently available from Cingular Wireless and can access this carrier’s 3G cellular-wireless network. Samsung BlackJack Reviews | Samsung BlackJack User Opinions Samsung BlackJack
8. RIM BlackBerry Pearl (Previously #3) – Even though this is a smartphone, not one of RIM’s larger cellular-wireless handhelds, it still breaks new ground for this company, as it is its first BlackBerry of any kind with support for playing music and displaying video.RIM BlackBerry Pearl ReviewsRIM BlackBerry Pearl User Opinions BlackBerry Pearl
9. Palm Treo 650 (Previously #10) – Now several years old, this Palm OS smartphone is now widely available around the world, in both GSM and CDMA versions. Palm Treo 650 Reviews | Palm Treo 650 User Opinions Palm Treo 650
10. Sony VAIO UX Micro PC (Previously #9) – The 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


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




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