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

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.

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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

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  • set the bar

    how can an avid mobile device enthusiast not love the iphone
    and have it on top of one's list? the single one device that
    was THE breakthrough in a lazy and bleak industry with no
    innovation happening for the last 5 years. apple single
    handily outinnovated a whole industry and now all they do is
    trying to catch up. and it doesn't even make your list?
    bannedfromzdnetagain
    • List of devices reviewed in 2008

      The top list was devices that I reviewed in 2008 and while I did have the iPhone 3G for a few weeks, I never conducted a full review. I reviewed the original iPhone in 2007. The list was not a list of the best devices of the year.

      The iPhone did get an award for best firmware update too. I do think the iPhone has brought about an amazing user experience and has finally opened up people's eyes to 3rd party applications. However, I also think there are better devices available from Windows Mobile and S60 for power users and do not agree that Apple was extremely innovative. Their UI is fantastic, but the lack of true multi-tasking, MMS, video capture, any real Bluetooth profiles, etc. keep the device from truly being the best out there.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
    • I think it's not top of his list...

      ...precisely because he is an avid mobile device enthusiast.
      Sleeper Service
  • The iPhone, what else?

    I have set up many different mobile devices for clients and
    none come close to the iPhone for pure usability. I know
    the iPhone has some deficiencies but what it does do it
    does very well.

    I wouldn't even consider Windows Mobile since turning one
    on and having to wait 5 minutes for a virus scan!
    Blackberries are nice but just miss out on that usability.
    And ironically, the iPhone worked best on our (horrible)
    corporate Exchange server!
    OJB
    • WinMo devices...

      ...virus scan?

      Eh?

      I suppose it might if you had software installed but I don't think that's typical.
      Sleeper Service
      • Virus Scan

        I didn't install it myself. It was installed by the Windows
        "expert" who initially set it up. I just assumed Windows
        Mobile was like every other version of Windows: full of
        security holes. But even if it was 100% secure I still would
        never use it because the user interface is truly awful!
        OJB
        • It is...

          ...which is why TouchWiz is lovely. :)

          Also if you can point out the security holes in WinMo I'd be delighted to hear them.
          Sleeper Service
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    Jantje van Leiden
  • E90: practical business phone

    E90. Keyboard you can actually use. Screen you can actually use for outlook sync. Great photo/video function.
    Jantje van Leiden
  • The Omnia.

    Came top of my list after trying every phone out there. The iPhone was a close second followed by the E71.
    Sleeper Service
  • The Storm

    I have had WM devices for over 2 years and was trying to like another one (HTC) until I picked up a Storm. Man, best display by far - and my son has an iPhone so I have compared. So far, after two weeks, I am liking it. I can type well on it already - and I like typing on it better than an iPhone.
    bubbatex
  • RE: Reflecting on the mobile devices of 2008, what was your favorite?

    I have been using WM phones since the early WM 5 era and right now am using a HTC Tilt tweaked to T-Mobile and I believe I have it all and glitch free. I am wondering what you mean by virus scan...I have never seen that unless it was put on as an add by the user and user defined to run on purpose. That is not a WM standard process out of the box that I am aware of at all.
    larry@...
  • RE: Reflecting on the mobile devices of 2008, what was your favorite?

    Like I said in another post I have been using WM since early WM 5 Era, and have been using touch screem phones for 3 or 4 years now and am using a T&T Tilt tweaked to T-Mobile, but having read the speck on this Storm.....if it does what it says it is one great phone. I like the Built in GPS as well and the Voice mail visual. My Tilt has GPS but not turn by turn yet, but all the other bells and whistles, but it looks like the Storm has it all right out of the box!
    larry@...
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