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Top 10 phones of March

Nokia fashion phones and new handsets from Sony Ericsson make a welcome addition to the charts, but it's still not enough to knock O2 from the top spot.

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Take a look at CNET.com.au's most popular mobile phones for March.

Is there no phone that can budge the O2 Xda Mini from its top spot? Not that we have anything against the cute little smart phone but it has held on to first place for the past three months.

Newcomers to the chart this month include Nokia's fashion flip phone, the 7270 and another smart phone from O2, the Xphone II, which maintains a traditional form factor but has added functionality thanks to Windows Mobile 2003.

Sony Ericsson's new line of phones for 2005 has obviously caused a stir, with the 750i -- which we predict might be the hottest phone of 2005 -- entering in sixth position.

If one thing is clear in March, it's that design is going to play a big part in a phone's success in 2005. Read on to see the rankings of the hottest phones for the month and be sure to leave your opinion of the handsets. You can also browse our latest mobile phone reviews here and sign up for the free On The Move newsletter for weekly updates on the latest in mobile technology.

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

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1. 

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
Being a long time user of PDAs and cell phones, I've never found anything to compare. My previous phone was a P910i, which is simply inferior. Highly recommended.
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2. 

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  
My friends work in a mobile phone shop. i saw this one in his shop and i hav herd alot about it. (good things) i decided to make him hook me up with one while i was in the shop. i loved it. the size, the colour, everything! now all i hav to do is try and conn him into getting a deal for me :)
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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
I have 3 friends who own Xda IIs PDAs and they all love it. I also wan't to get one but I can't decide between the IIs and mini! But this PDA is the way to go!
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4. 

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
i love it, i use it constantly to send up to 50 messages a day and 30 minutes or so on the phone and the battery lasts, the pictures an video are great quality, and i love the games :)
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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  


I'd recommend this phone! I don't know what this others are blubbering about but my MP3 is doing great with all the software pre-installed. I have had this phone for one month now and it has been the problem solver.
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6. 

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. We'll have to wait until Q2 to see it, though.

Reader Opinion  
This one could be next on my list of mobiles. Got the K700i. Great phone, hope Sony Ericsson sorts out noise on night pictures and slightly slow access speeds to pictures on phones memory.
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7. 

Nokia 7270
 
The 7270 clamshell mobile phone features an etched stainless steel casing, which Nokia claims is inspired from the Garbo-esque glamour of the 1920s.

Reader Opinion  


Everything a stylish "in" person would want. This is a phone which has all the "in" things in it: camera, changable cases and its a flip.
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8. 

Nokia 6230
 
This is a beautifully simple looking phone cleverly disguising a rich feature set.

Reader Opinion
This phone is great. Works seemlessly via bluetooth with my Mac. Great feature with the built-in memory card too. The sound it great with the Equalizer (like iTunes). Display is small unlike others, but is big enough... if you think it's too small, don't buy it. Works for me.
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9. 

Motorola E398 
 
Motorola's music mobile combines a full-featured handset that will appeal to a wide range of users whether they're looking for fun, functionality or the perfect mixture of both.

Reader Opinion  
This model mobile is the best I have owned, I won it at a Rock da Block concert in Perth and it has proven to be a really reliable mobile to me, although I have not yet mastered the MP3 player yet I will get there.
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10. 

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
I cant believe some of the comments in this forum. Specifically some people asking what this phone can do that ordinary phones cant. You just have to logon to Handango to see the wealth of software available for the smartphone. Personally I cant live without the world clock and maps of London, Boston and Sydney.
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