Most Popular PDAs and Smartphones of October 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.

Although not at the top, Palm, Inc. has four models on this list, far more than any other company. The growth of interest in smartphones is clearly still underway, as they make up seven of the ten models on this list.


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. Nokia E62 (New) – 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
3. RIM BlackBerry Pearl (Previously #7) – 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
4. Cingular 3125 (HTC Star Trek) (Previously #3) – The shape and size of this Windows Mobile Smartphone immediately invites comparison to Motorola’s wildly popular RAZR phone. But the 3125 offers far more functionality than the RAZR could ever dream of.  Cingular 3125 Reviews | Cingular 3125 User Opinions Cingular 3125
5. Palm Treo 680  (New) – 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
6. Palm Treo 700wx (Previously #2) – Treo 700wx is a Windows Mobile smartphone. It is an updated version of the Treo 700w, a device that Verizon Wireless has been offering since early this year. The biggest improvement in the newer version is an increase in the amount of RAM. Aside from this, though, the latest Treo greatly resembles its predecessor.Palm Treo 700wx Reviews | Palm Treo 700wx User Opinions Palm Treo 700w
7. Palm TX  (Previously #5) – 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
8. Sony mylo (New) – Although most people would not consider this to be a "true" handheld, nevertheless it allows users to exchange instant messages, browse the Internet, listen to music, send emails, and view photos. It is able to connect to open Wi-Fi networks and wirelessly stream songs to other mylos. Sony mylo Reviews | Sony mylo User Opinions Sony mylo
9. Sony VAIO UX Micro PC (Previously #4) – 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
10. Palm Treo 650 (Returning) – 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

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




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