Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds of January 2009

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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 during the preceding four weeks.

1. LG Incite (Previously #10) – The LG Incite has the distinction of being the first smartphone from LG released by a major U.S. wireless carrier. It runs the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, and includes a wQVGA touchscreen, 3G, and Wi-Fi. Read a Review

LG Incite

2. Apple iPod touch  (Previously #4) – In some respects the iPod touch can be thought of as being an iPhone without the phone. It features the same touch-based interface as Apple’s smartphone, includes the same on-screen QWERTY keyboard, and can run applications written for the iPhone. Read a Review

Apple iPod touch

3. RIM BlackBerry Storm 9530 (Previously #2) – The Storm is the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen. This is genuinely the centerpiece of the device, as it is also the first BlackBerry without a built-in keyboard. The 9530 is Verizon’s version of this device, which offers EV-DO and support for GSM networks, including HSDPA. Read a Preview

BlackBerry Storm 9530

4. Samsung Omnia i900 (Previously #1) – While this smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, Samsung has added its fingertip-friendly TouchWiz user interface. This smartphone has either either 8 GB or 16 GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera. It is a quad-band GSM phone with 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but Verizon has recently introduced a CDMA version with EV-DO. Read a Review

Samsung Omnia i900

5. HTC Touch Diamond (Previously #9) – This small and sleek Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone has HTC’s new finger-friendly interface, 3G, a VGA display, 4 GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi, and a 3-megapixel camera. Sprint offers this device, and there’s also a GSM version. Read a Review

HTC Touch Diamond

6. Nokia E71 (Previously #6) – The Nokia E71 is a Symbian S60 smartphone with a 320-by-240-pixel QVGA screen and QWERTY keyboard in a body that is only 10mm thick. It comes with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.2 megapixel digital camera with Carl Zeiss optics and auto focus, and a microSDHC memory card slot. Read a Review

Nokia E71

7. HTC Touch Pro (Returning) – The Touch Pro is a business-oriented Windows Mobile smartphone with virtually every feature in the book, from 3G and Wi-Fi to a sliding keyboard to Video-Out. It’s available from a wide variety of wireless carriers, and AT&T has a version called the the AT&T FuzeRead a Review

HTC Touch Pro

8. RIM BlackBerry Curve 8300 (Previously #3) – The BlackBerry Curve was created in 2007 for consumers and business people who wanted a BlackBerry with a full keyboard in a sleeker-looking package. The 8300 is the version of this device for GSM networks.  Read a Review

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8300

9. Apple iPhone 3G (Previously #7) – The iPhone is Apple’s very popular combination smartphone and iPod. Available exclusively from AT&T in the U.S., this device offers support for 3G, an HVGA screen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Read a Review

Apple iPhone

10. Palm Treo Pro (New) – Palm’s latest Windows Mobile smartphone has the classic Treo design with a 320-by-320-pixel display, Wi-Fi, GPS, and more. This model will soon be available from Sprint. Read a Review

Palm Treo Pro

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

To see last month’s ranking, see Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds of December 2008.




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