Is one of your New Year's resolutions to upgrade the 10 year old brick that was once considered a compact mobile phone? CNET.com.au's Jeremy Roche leads you through January's most popular handsets.
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.
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. Read review
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O2's latest smart phone, the Xphone II, sheds the bulk of its predecessor and gets decked out in a stylish case.
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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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. Read review | See images | Rate this
The graceful Motorola V3 is the thinnest clamshell to date and a stunningly crafted mobile for style-conscious individuals and professionals alike.
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. Read review
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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. Read review
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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.
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. Read review | See images | Rate this