Smartphones of CTIA Fall 2009: 10 Groundbreaking Gadgets

The world's top handset makers showed off their latest and greatest at the recent International CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2009 show. Check out these 10 up-and-coming handsets from HTC, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, RIM and Palm.

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Nokia N900

Why It's Hot:

OS: Maemo

Radio:

Carrier: NA

Display:

Memory: RAM: 256MB; ROM: 768MB

Processor:

Camera: 5MP

Price/Availability:

Other Notable Feature(s): Maemo browser, powered by Mozilla, supports Adobe Flash 9.4; stereo Bluetooth; and A-GPS.

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HTC Imagio

Why It's Hot:

OS: Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional

Radio:

Carrier: Verizon Wireless

Display:

Memory: RAM: 256 MB; ROM: 512 MB

Processor:

Camera: 5MP

Price/Availability:

Other Notable Feature(s): Global phone capabilities; high-quality camera; large, high-resolution display; GPS, Wi-Fi; touch screen; and accelerometer.

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Motorola Cliq

Why It's Hot:

OS: Google Android

Radio:

Carrier: T-Mobile

Display:

Memory: RAM: 256MB; ROM: 512MB

Processor:

Camera: 5MP

Price/Availability:

Other Notable Feature(s): Slider-style; touch-screen; full QWERTY keyboard; GPS; Wi-Fi; and stereo Bluetooth.

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Samsung Moment

Why It's Hot:

OS: Google Android

Radio:

Carrier: Sprint

Display:

Memory: RAM: 256MB; ROM: 512MB

Processor:

Camera: 3.2MP

Price/Availability:

Other Notable Feature(s): Slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard with four rows of buttons; touch screen; Wi-Fi; and A-GPS.

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HTC Tilt2

Why It's Hot: Runs the brand new Windows Mobile 6.5 OS with HTC's signature TouchFLO 3D UI, and sports a high-resolution touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard.

OS: Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional

Radio: GSM Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz); UMTS tri-band global 3G (850/1900/2100 MHz)

Carrier: AT&T

Display: 480 x 800

Memory: RAM: 288MB; ROM: 512MB

Processor: 528MHz

Camera: 3MP

Price/Availability: Available "in the coming weeks" for $299.99 after rebate and with new 2-year service agreement.

Other Notable Feature(s): Large touch-screen and full QWERTY keyboard; GPS, Wi-Fi; advanced speakerphone with dual speakers and noise-cancelling microphones; and accelerometer.

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Samsung Behold II

Why It's Hot:

OS: Google Android

Radio:

Carrier: T-Mobile

Display:

Memory: NA

Processor:

Camera: 5MP

Price/Availability:

Other Notable Feature(s): A-GPS; Wi-Fi, and up to 16GB of expandable memory via microSD card.

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Palm Pixi

Why It's Hot:

OS: Palm webOS

Radio:

Carrier: Sprint

Display:

Memory: NA

Processor:

Camera: 2MP

Price/Availability:

Other Notable Feature(s): Touch screen; full QWERTY keyboard; GPS; interchangeable battery covers for use with Palm's Touchstone to "wirelessly" charge. Limited edition "artist series" battery covers available.

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Samsung Intrepid

Why It's Hot:

OS: Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional

Radio:

Carrier: Sprint

Display:

Memory: RAM: 256MB; ROM: 512MB

Processor:

Camera: 3.2MP

Price/Availability:

Other Notable Feature(s): Stereo Bluetooth; Wi-Fi and Microsoft's Tellme voice-powered search and text message application.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 and Bold 9000 in WHITE

Why It's Hot:

OS: BlackBerry OS

Radio:

Carrier: 8520: T-Mobile; 9000: AT&T

Display:

Memory: 8520: 256MB app memory; 9000: 128MB

Camera:

Processor: 8520: 512MHz; 9000: 624MHz

Price/Availability:

Other Notable Feature(s): Bold 9000 is a 3G, GSM device with RIM's best keyboard ever. Curve 8520 features RIM's new optical trackpad for navigation.

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Samsung Mondi (SWD-m100)

Why It's Hot:

OS: Windows Mobile 6.1

Connectivity:

Carrier: NA

Display:

Memory: 4GB (Internal)

Processor:

Camera: 3MP

Price/Availability:

Other Notable Feature(s): Designed for use with Clearwire's Clear mobile WiMax service; touch-screen; Wi-Fi; GPS; and HDMI TV out.

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