Most popular smartphones and PDAs of September

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the handhelds and smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. This month's list contains a number of new models, two of which are traditional handhelds.

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 a time when companies launch new mobile devices n preparation for the holiday shopping season, and several new models make their first appearance on the Top 10 list this month. Two of these are traditional handhelds, so the list is equally balanced between smartphones and handhelds, something that hasn't happened in a very long time.

  1. Apple iPod touch (New) - 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, and includes the same on-screen QWERTY keyboard. However, it lacks the email application of Apple's smartphone.

  2. HTC Mogul (Previously #1) - 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.

  3. Palm Centro (Previously #4) - The Palm Centro will be the second device from this company using a new smaller and lighter design. Nevertheless, it will still include a full keyboard and a 320 by 320 pixel touchscreen. This Palm OS device will run on Sprint's CDMA network, and support this carrier's high-speed EV-DO wireless network. It is expected to debut in the middle of October.

  4. Apple iPhone (Previously #3) - The iPhone is Apple's combination smartphone and iPod. This device supports the iTunes music service, and it sports 8 GB of built-in storage.It's real claim to fame, though, is its innovative user interface based entirely around its touchscreen.

  5. HTC Advantage X7501 (Previously #2) - This Windows Mobile 6 handheld sports numerous high-end features, like a 5-inch VGA screen, an 8 GB hard drive, removable keyboard, TV-out port, a GPS receiver, 3-megapixel camera with flash, and HSDPA.

  6. HP iPAQ 210 Enterprise Handheld (New) - The iPAQ 210 will be in the tradition of high-end models like the iPAQ hx4700 or Dell Axim X51v. It will offer a 4-inch, VGA 4-inch touchscreen; a 624 MHz processor; and a 2200 mAh battery. It will also include both SD and CompactFlash card slots. In addition, the 210 will have Wi-Fi b/g, and Bluetooth. HP has not said when this traditional handheld will be released.

  7. Palm TX (Previously #8) - 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.

  8. HP iPAQ rx5915 Travel Companion (Previously #6) - 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.

  9. Motorola Q9m (New) - This smartphone is the successor to the popular Motorola Q, and includes a number of improvements over the earlier model, including an updated operating system. Verizon is emphasizing this device's support for its V Cast music service. It includes a landscape-oriented QVGA screen, a built-in keyboard, EV-DO, and Bluetooth.

  10. HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger (Previously #9) - 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.

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 PDAs of August 2007.

Check out other popular lists from the TechnologyGuide.com family of sites:

  • Top 10 tablet PCs of September 2007
  • Most popular laptops for September 2007

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