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Top 10 mobile phones of March

2-megapixel cameras were all the rage this month, with seven out of our ten most popular phones sporting them. 3G-enabled multimedia handsets from Nokia and Motorola got quite a lot of attention, too, along with O2's range of Xda handhelds.

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Jeremy Roche
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Top 10 mobile phones of March
2-megapixel cameras were all the rage this month, with seven out of our ten most popular phones sporting them. 3G-enabled, multimedia handsets from Nokia and Motorola got quite a lot of attention, too, along with O2's range of Xda handhelds.

O2's popular PDA-phones managed to hang on to spots in the top five, but it was Motorola that snagged the most places with its range of slim-line phones, the SLVR, RAZR and V3x. However, could the svelte Samsung Z510 show Motorola up in the fashion stakes? A new addition to the list this month is the 3G Nokia 6280 slider, which has a sharp QVGA screen and microSD card slot.

Know of a mobile phone you think could make our top 10 but can't find it on our site? Please leave your feedback and review suggestions here.

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

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1. 

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


Moved from a Nokia 6600 to the Atom and have been very happy. On the first day I bought it it would not even boot so called Tech support and was talked through steps for the new ROM and now all is great. Still exploring and discovering. It has heaps of features that I will never use but has the main connection with Outlook and Calendar the I rely on.
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2. 

Nokia N70
It might be the baby of Nokia's N Series, but it still sports a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a 64MB reduced-size MMC.
Reader Opinion


Very nice phone! it looks good, is easy to use... i had no need for the manual as my previous phones were 6600 and 3230. perhaps those who used other brands might have difficulty at first but after a while you will get used to it.
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3. 

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.
Reader Opinion


Secret behind prictures at night! if you want to take pictures at night sucessfully all you have to do is activate night mode on the phone. If you read the manual you will find it is quite simple to do. Most motorola phones have this feature in them and it works much better than the nokia night mode.
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4. 

Sony Ericsson W800i
Sony Ericsson's 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


Tops - does it all (nearly). It's never out of my pocket. Great phone, MP3 player and camera. Sometimes buggy, but turn it off/on solves all. Could have a slightly better calendar.
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5. 

O2 Xda II Mini
Following on from the Xda IIs and Xphone II is O2 pen-based Xda Mini, featuring a 1.3-megapixel camera and Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system.

Reader Opinion


Have had this for 2 months now. And i think its excellent. Great data storage (eg short mpeg clips, documents,reminders) and very clear reception during phone calls. nice size, easy to carry around. good brand name. definitely value for money.
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image-filename="t_up.gif" image-date-created="2006/09/02" edition="us"> </shortcode><br/> It's a nice phone, overall. the only annoying thing about it is the audio shutter noise when a photo is taken. i want to know a way of having an option to mute it. apart from that, its a cool phone with everything you need in a phone... plus the awesome features.<br/> <b><a href="/mobilephones/phones/0,39025953,40056245,00.htm" rel="follow">Read review</a></b> | <b><a href="/mobilephones/phones/0,39025954,40056245,00.htm#images_top" rel="follow"> See images</a></b> | <b><a href="/mobilephones/phones/0,39025957,40056245,00.htm" rel="follow">Rate this</a></b></p> </td> </tr><!-- end product 7 --> <!-- yellow divider line --> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" border="0"> <tr> <td><img height="2" src="/i/g/b.gif" width="1"/></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#FFCC00"><img height="1" src="/i/g/b.gif" width="1"/></td> </tr> <tr> <td><img height="5" src="/i/g/b.gif" 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