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2009's Top Win Mo Smartphones

Some good releases despite iPhone, Android

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Kit of the Year It hasn't been a good year for Windows Mobile. The relentless rise of the iPhone in consumerland, Research in Motion's strength in the business world and Android's capture of the 'what's new, what's hot' category has left the Microsoft's increasingly anachronistic OS looking like an also-ran. This despite a raft of new WM handsets from key manufacturers - HTC in particular.

HTC Touch Diamond 2

HTC Touch Diamond 2
RH Editor's Choice

The Touch Diamond 2 is the best all-rounder in the HTC canon so far. The screen is gorgeous, the browser excellent, connectivity is as good as it gets and the 5Mp camera is better than any we've yet seen from HTC. It has all the versatility options of Windows Mobile without the disadvantages, since the TouchFlo 3D UI means you rarely need to look at the OS directly. If you do, HTC has already posted a free Windows Mobile 6.5 update. In short, it's a great little do-it-all handset.

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Reg Rating 90%
Price £450 (SIM-free)

HTC Touch HD 2

HTC HD2
RH Recommended Medal

The HD 2 is a gorgeous multimedia device with lots of points in its favour, not least its impressively huge screen, Sense UI on top, Windows Mobile 6.5 underneath and social networking functions. The camera still isn't up to much, and we'd have liked to see the social networking apps integrated a bit more intuitively into the system. And, of course, we'd have liked the price to be a wee bit lower, but it does almost everything really well, making it a worthy contender for the iPhone.

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Reg Rating 85%
Price £500 (SIM-free)

Acer Tempo M900

Acer Tempo M900
RH Recommended Medal

Acer's final Windows Mobile 6.1 handset - there's no update to 6.5 - is its most compelling smartphone product to date. The combination of a fine slide-out Qwerty keyboard, a 5Mp camera and some subtle additions like the three-way jog wheel and assisted GPS keep the M900's failings from coming so far to the fore. Despite being something of a chunky monkey, it’s also a better-looking device than a fair few other Windows Mobile smartphones in our book.

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Reg Rating 80%
Price £200 (SIM-free)

Best of the Rest

HTC Touch Pro 2
A brute of a portable office

HTC Snap
Paint it BlackBerry

Samsung GT-C6625
Solid business performer

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