Reflecting on the mobile devices of 2008, what was your favorite?

Summary:I find my look back at 2007 post to be a good resource/index for my reviews and enjoyed checking out the poll results from you all. Thus, I am posting the same type of article for 2008. This Smartphones and Cell Phones blog just kicked off in September so many of the reviews listed below were posted on my Mobile Gadgeteer blog. More software reviews were added this year and I decided to list some of my favorite applications that I reviewed here too in this 2008 wrap-up. Some "award" titles were again assigned and then I am ending with a list of devices I look forward to checking out in 2009.

Reflecting on the mobile devices of 2008, what was your favorite?
I find my look back at 2007 post to be a good resource/index for my reviews and enjoyed checking out the poll results from you all. Thus, I am posting the same type of article for 2008. This Smartphones and Cell Phones blog just kicked off in September so many of the reviews listed below were posted on my Mobile Gadgeteer blog. More software reviews were added this year and I decided to list some of my favorite applications that I reviewed here too in this 2008 wrap-up. Some "award" titles were again assigned and then I am ending with a list of devices I look forward to checking out in 2009.

I reviewed at least 26 mobile devices in 2008 as you can see in the list below.

Here are some of my favorite software titles I checked out in 2008:

I have a couple of titles I would like to award to the devices, accessories, and software I checked out in 2008.

Best QWERTY keyboard: RIM BlackBerry Bold Best looking display: RIM BlackBerry Bold and HTC Fuze Most "caressable" device: Nokia E71 Device that surprised me: Palm Treo Pro (It isn't super amazing, but I bought my own and love it.) Device(s) revived with a firmware update: Apple iPhone and iPhone 3G

Best S60 device of the year: Nokia N85 (Just purchased, but it is FANTASTIC!) Best Windows Mobile touch screen device of the year: HTC Touch Pro/HTC Fuze Best Windows Mobile non-touch screen device: Blackjack II (We need more non-touch screen models like this and the Dash.) Best Palm OS device of the year: None, Palm Centro was for 2007 Best BlackBerry device of the year: RIM BlackBerry Bold Best Google Android device of the year: T-Mobile G1 (and the only one too)

Worst mobile device of the year: HTC Shift (weak specs and too expensive) Best overall mobile device of the year: Nokia E71

Best mobile phone accessory: SanDisk 16GB microSD card Best mobile software: Evernote

As we move into 2009 there are some devices we know are coming and some that are rumored. Here is what I look forward to trying to evaluate in 2009:

What was your favorite mobile device of the year? I listed the top choices below, but if you have something different feel free to leave a Talkback. Also, what are you looking forward to in 2009?

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Topics: Nokia, Hardware, HTC, Mobility

About

Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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