Winners & Losers 2009: Gadget wars

Five phones entered the ring for market supremacy. Only one would leave.

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The reigning champ: iPhone
Apple’s iPhone 3GS was a huge hit in 2009, allowing the company to surpass Nokia as the world’s most profitable handset vendor. That’s no doubt frustrating to the other mobile phone companies that introduced their own devices over the past 12 months.

RIM BlackBerry Storm
Best features: Tactile touch screen, GPS and 3.2-megapixel camera
What critics said: The higher pixel resolution is nice, but without Wi-Fi, it can’t compete.

Palm Pre
Best features: Solid multitasking capabilities, crisp display
What critics said: A good start, but with a crowded keyboard, low battery life and no video, it still needs a lot of work.

HTC Magic
Best features: Google’s open-source Android OS seamlessly incorporates Google apps.
What critics said: Sleek, easy music access, but smaller screen than iPhone’s and no multi-touch.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Best features: FM radio, and easy computer-to-phone music transferring.
What critics said: Touch screen is difficult to use; too basic to overtake iPhone.

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