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Top 10 mobile phones of October

Mobile phone makers and carriers had all hand on deck in Australia during October. Vodafone became the third 3G provider, Nokia announced an onslaught of phones, as did French manufacturer Sagem, which released fifteen phones.

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Top 10 mobile phones of October

Mobile phone makers and carriers had all hand on deck in Australia during October. Vodafone became the third 3G provider, Nokia announced an onslaught of phones, and French manufacturer Sagem unveiled fifteen handsets locally.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley kicked of the month by spreading the news that Vodafone is carrying a back-to-basics, easy-to-use phone from Sagem called the Simply.

Sony Ericsson's announcement of two Walkman phones, successors to the W800i, saw both of the new models skyrocket into the top ten. First is the W550i, a swivel-designed, MP3-playing phone due later this year. The W990i, also due before the year is out, is a 3G handset that comes in a sleek black shell with a big screen. Not content with just two, Sony Ericsson also unveiled its high-end P990i, a business-oriented smart phone that follows on from the P910i. Too chunky for your liking? You be the judge and post your opinion.

What do you think of these recently announced mobiles? Have you seen a phone you'd like us to review? Please leave your feedback here.

Note: Results are based on readership statistics for each product.

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1.

Sony Ericsson W800i

Sony Ericsson first Walkman-branded mobile phone boasts up to 30 hours of MP3 playback and a whopping 512MB Memory Stick is thrown in for storage. It also sports a 2-megapixel camera for video and stills.

Reader Opinion
Excellent Funky & Handy. Love it..love it..love it. Can't get enough of it. It even has this Video DJ, Music DJ and all the fun stuff. Got it from Optus and paying $25 a month for the phone. You just got to have one!
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2.

Sony Ericsson W550i

Sony Ericsson's second Walkman, the W550i, is a swivel phone due later this year that doubles as an MP3 player and a games console that can be played horizontally, vertically or L-shaped.

Reader Opinion
This phone has got it all, maybe it has no expandible memory but who needs that when you already have 516mb built in memory. The camera may only be 1.3 megapixels but its quality is amazing and pictures look more like they have been taken on the older model which has a 2 mega pixel camera, i recommend this product to any phone lovers...
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3.

O2 Xda Atom

The Xda Atom has Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera and runs on Windows Mobile 5.0, yet shares the same dimensions as the Xda II Mini.

Reader Opinion
Processor too slow, battery life poor. We have been trialing this unit and find that the battery life is worse than the XDAII. Suffers similar lock ups to the XDAII, and short page freezes. Look it is a nice unit but I thought they would have fixed these issues.
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4.

Sony Ericsson W900i

Only days after announcing its P990i smart phone, Sony Ericsson has unveiled a 3G Walkman handset that music lovers might be putting at the top of their wish lists this Christmas.

Reader Opinion
Remember it is very bulky - but it's not just a phone. It's a music centre, video & camera + 3G. I have an LG which is bulky - but I'm used to it. So bulky phones don't worry me & they are more robust! Nice phone
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5.

O2 Xda II Mini

If you want a smart phone but want to avoid unsightly pocket bulges, you could do well to consider O2's slimmed down XDA II mini.

Reader Opinion
Not perfect, but pretty damn good. It's the most useful mobile device I've owned - and there's been plenty in the past 15 years. Main complaint is having to reboot everytime I want to check my email. It took some getting used to, but it's brilliant when it's firing properly.
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6.

O2 Xda Mini Pro

O2's Mini Pro takes everything that we liked about the Xda II Mini PDA-phone and adds Wi-Fi, a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard and Windows Mobile 5.0

Reader Opinion
Looks great. Not bad, makes up for the shortcomings of the mini, but the atom (arriving in dec) looks alot better for less than this baby.
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7.

Sony Ericsson K750i

With a 2-megapixel camera, MP3 playback, FM radio, video recording, Bluetooth, 32MB of internal memory and a 64MB Memory Stick thrown in, Sony Ericsson's K750i might be the hottest phone of 2005.

Reader Opinion
Great Phone! After having 4 Nokia's (last 3 were pretty dodgy with major faults) I got this phone. It has everything I could possibly need and then some. Joystick is fantastic on this model - easy to use and very sturdy. Battery life is good too - I get 6 days out of it (turning it off at night) even when I am playing with it lots! If you are considering this phone - go for it I give it a 10/10!
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8.

Motorola Razr V3x

Based on the design of the Motorola RAZR V3, the slightly thicker V3x is a 3G-enabled handset with a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and an MP3 player. It is scheduled for release locally in the third quarter of 2005.

Reader Opinion
It's still a Motorola. Out of all the handset makers, Motorola are the worst (hands down)! The problem is on the outside the phone looks fine, sexy even. But once the handset is purchased and the box is open customers will do anything to take it back. Seriously flawed user interfaces and slow and clunky menus + very cheap materials used.
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9.

Motorola V3 Razr

The graceful Motorola V3 is the thinnest clamshell to date and a stunningly crafted mobile for style-conscious individuals and professionals alike.

Reader Opinion
Very pleased with this phone. I have had this phone just over a week & i think it is great. I love the keypad, it is so easy for texting & i love the big screen. I like the USB cable so as i can download mp3's or photos from the computer. If there is anything to complain about, it is the limited memory & the fact there is no video capture. Also, sometimes the menu sticks a bit. but life's too short, its a good phone & i would recommend it to anyone, especially if you want to look cool.
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10.

Samsung E730

Samsung has updated its popular E700 clamshell mobile phone, adding Bluetooth, a megapixel camera and support for MP3 playback.

Reader Opinion
Sync issue with Outlook. Samsung have advised me that recurring appointments (i.e. birthdays) are not supported. If you have any of these in your calendar the sync will not work at all. Samsung should clearly display this disclaimer on thier advertising material but they opt to bluff the consumer. Stick with Nokia.
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