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Top 10 phones of January

CNET.com.au's Jeremy Roche leads you through January's most popular handsets.

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O2 annihilates the competition this month by introducing, not one, not two, but three smart phones over the Christmas period. Motorola's sleek and sexy V3 Razr debuts at number four while Sony Ericsson's P910i smart phone holds its own at number five.

After six months, the compact K700i from Sony Ericsson is still in the Top 10, closely followed by the cute K500i. The award-winning, tiny Samsung E800 drops back to eighth position with Nokia's massive 9500 Communicator just beating it in terms of popularity.

Last but certainly not least is the first phone we've seen from HP, the iPAQ h6365. Not only is it a mobile phone but it's also a Pocket PC PDA; perfect for home office and business users.

Note: Results are based on readership statistics from CNET.com.au.

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1. 

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

Reader Opinion
Brilliant. Saves space having phone + PDA in single, space-efficient design. Never bought a PDA phone before because they were too bulky. Great for me at work and also for entertainment.
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2. 

O2 Xphone II
 
O2's latest smart phone, the Xphone II, sheds the bulk of its predecessor and gets decked out in a stylish case.

Reader Opinion  
This is the most problematic phone i have ever encountered. The software is not good, it hangs very often. Workmanship of it is terrible (eg. power button get loose easily). Battery life is short.
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3. 

O2 Xda IIs
 
O2's latest PDA/phone-hybrid, the Xda IIs, adds a slide keyboard, Wi-Fi, a quad-band antenna and improved battery life to its predecessor.

Reader Opinion
O2 Xda IIs is thumbs up for me. The bluetooth synchronisation between laptop and Xda device is flawless. The ease of use and mobility is rewarding. The phone clarity is superb and the ability to drill from contacts to phone at the press of a fingertip/stylus is just spot on.
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4. 

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  
Does everything advertised well & stylish to boot. Hasn't let me down yet. The more I've found out about using it the more I appreciate it. Have had Motorola's for nearly 15 yrs and this is easily there best effort thus far. As soon as they get the Apple iSync via Bluetooth thing sorted i'll probably offer to marry it.
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5. 

Sony Ericsson P910i
 
Those looking for a capable device to complement their busy routine can consider this improved smart phone from Sony Ericsson.

Reader Opinion  


Too bulky for what it promises. The 'overgrown toothpick' makes a cameo again, whilst its integration with windows is inferior to the O2 product range.
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6. 

Sony Ericsson K700i 
 
Sony Ericsson's K700i is a stylish little phone with a top notch interface and a host of features to keep you entertained while staying connected.

Reader Opinion  
Excellent. There is not a single flaw with this phone, and that's saying something, seeing as I currently own thirteen mobile phones and have used each one thoroughly.
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7. 

Sony Ericsson K500i
 
Moving away from its T styles, Sony Ericsson's K500i brings a lot more curve and fun to the company's line of mobile phones.

Reader Opinion
This phone simply rocks my world. Have been using it for a month or so, and it has been my useful companion ever since I bought it.
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8. 

Nokia 9500 Communicator
 
Nokia's high-end 9500 lets you take your office applications with you on the road. It also features wireless connectivity for sending e-mail and Web browsing.

Reader Opinion
I'm sorry i bought this one! Ugly! The price is too high and it's not worth in giving of promises!
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9. 

Samsung E800 
 
Samsung's sliding E800 combines a 65K-colour screen, VGA camera, and Java support into a cute little handset.

Reader Opinion  
Very nice to use. Cool design.
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10. 

HP iPAQ Pocket PC h6365
 
If you need a smart phone as a business tool, the h6365 is a solid choice. On the other hand, if you're seeking a stylish gadget, you'd do better to look elsewhere.

Reader Opinion  


A very nice all-in-one phone! better buy it.
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