Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds of March 2008

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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.

The Verizon XV6800 and iPAQ 210 hold the top of the list for the third month in a row, but two upcoming high-end devices made strong showings.

1. Verizon XV6800 (Previously #1) – The XV6800 is Verizon’s latest high-end Windows Mobile 6 phone, and the replacement for the XV6700. It has a tablet shape, but with a landscape-oriented keyboard that can be hidden behind its QVGA touchscreen. It offers 3G (EV-DO Rev. 0), Wi-Fi b/g, and Bluetooth 2.0. Verizon XV6800 Reviews | Verizon XV6800 User Opinions

Verizon XV6800

2. HP iPAQ 210 Enterprise Handheld (Previously #2) – The new iPAQ 210 is in the tradition of high-end models like the iPAQ hx4700 or Dell Axim X51v. It  offers a 4-inch, VGA 4-inch touchscreen; a 624 MHz processor; and a 2200 mAh battery. It also includes both SD and CompactFlash card slots. In addition, the 210 has Wi-Fi b/g, and Bluetooth. HP iPAQ 210 ReviewsHP iPAQ 210 User Opinions

HP iPAQ 210 Enterprise Handheld

3. Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 (New) – When it is released later this year, this will be Sony Ericsson’s first Windows Mobile smartphone. The centerpiece of this device will be its 3-inch, WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) touchscreen. It will be a "slider," which means its display will slide aside to reveal a QWERTY keyborad. In addition, this quad-band GSM phone will have support for the 3G frequencies used around the world, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Preview

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

4. Nokia N96 (Previously #7) – The Nokia N96 is an upcoming high-end Symbian/S60 smartphone with a multimedia focus. This is an upgrade for the N95, and offers 16 GB of internal storage, twice as much as the previous model. It will be able to play video in a variety of formats on its 2.8-inch, QVGA display. The N96 will also have a 5 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, and a microSD slot. Nokia N96 Reviews

Nokia N96

5. RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130 (Previously #3) – This consumer-oriented smartphone from RIM is available from Sprint and Verizon. It is an updated version from the one that debuted in 2006, and includes features like the 3G service EV-DO and a built-in GPS receiver. It uses the SureType system, in which a limited number of keys act like a full keyboard. BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Reviews | BlackBerry Pearl 8130 User Opinions

 RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130

6. HP iPAQ 110 Classic Handheld (Previously #5) – Despite its slender build, this traditional handheld packs Windows Mobile 6 Classic, a 624 MHz processor, Wi-Fi b/g, and Bluetooth. iPAQ 110 Reviews | iPAQ 110 User Opinions

iPAQ 110

7. HTC Mogul (Returning) – The HTC Mogul is CDMA device created for carriers like Verizon and Sprint (which also calls it the PPC-6800). This is a Pocket PC phone that has a tablet shape, but with a landscape-oriented keyboard that can be hidden behind its QVGA touchscreen. It offers a built-in keyboard, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, and is upgradeable to EV-DO Revision A.  |

 HTC Mogul
8. Apple iPhone (Previously #10) – The iPhone is Apple’s combination smartphone and iPod. This device supports the iTunes music service, and it sports up to 16 GB of built-in storage. It’s real claim to fame, though, is its innovative user interface based entirely around its touchscreen. Apple iPhone Reviews | Apple iPhone User Opinions Apple iPhone

9. HTC Touch (Previously #4) – The HTC Touch is a Windows Mobile 6 smartphone designed around a new fingertip-oriented control system. In addition, it offers a sleek consumer-oriented design. A GSM version of the it has been making waving in Europe and Asia since last summer, and Sprint  introduced a CDMA version in the U.S. in the fall. HTC Touch Reviews | HTC Touch User Opinions

HTC Touch

10. Palm TX (Previously #9) – Although it is aging, many people still regard the TX as the best Palm OS traditional handheld available.  It includes integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, an HVGA display, and an SD slot. Palm TX Reviews | Palm TX User Opinions

Palm TX

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

To see last month’s ranking, see Most Popular Smartphones and PDAs of February 2008.

 

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