Americans' top 10 favorite cell phones

The following is a countdown of the top 10 most satisfying cell phones in the United States in August, according to research firm comScore.

This information derives from the average of a three-month rolling survey ending in August of U.S. mobile subscribers over the age of 13. ComScore asked respondents to rank their satisfaction with their device on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.

While there are a variety of methods to rank phones--critics reviews, sales figures or third-party researchers like Consumer Reports--comScore's user surveys help shed light on the phones that have been the most useful to their owners. Since the firm conducts surveys of wireless users across the country every month, this list represents not what people currently are buying and enjoying but what they currently own and are satisfied with--ownership that in some cases has lasted for years.

Thus, this ranking outlines the phones that have stood the test of time, and have met their owners' needs, rather than the phones that currently enjoy industry hype or have access to major marketing dollars.

(And make sure to check out the list from August 2009 here.)

Rank Phone Manufacturer Sold through Current price

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iPhone 3G 16GB

Apple AT&T N/A
The iPhone 3G is Apple’s second iteration of the product, released in the summer of 2008 and now discontinued. The device added 3G wireless technology to the smartphone, and helped Apple dramatically boost sales. Indeed, Apple’s iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2008--the first to fully reflect the iPhone 3G--jumped to close to 7 million, from just 717,000 in the prior quarter.

iPhone 3GS 16GB
Apple AT&T $199
Released in the summer of 2009, the iPhone 3GS was billed as a speedier version of the gadget--the “S” stands for “speed.” Apple’s iPhone shipments following the release of the iPhone 3GS again jumped, although not as dramatically as with the release of the iPhone 3G. Apple’s iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2009 were 7.4 million, up from 5.2 million in the prior quarter. Apple’s iPhone has been widely hailed as a revolution in cell phone user interfacing.

iPhone 3G 8GB
Apple AT&T N/A
The iPhone 3G 8GB is the cousin of the iPhone 3G 16GB, and the only difference between the two devices is reflected in the name: One version shipped with 8 GB of memory and the other--which cost around $100 more--shipped with double the memory capacity.
Samsung intensity verizon
Intensity
Samsung Verizon Wireless N/A
Launched late last year, the Samsung Intensity--an entry-level messaging phone that sports a Qwerty keyboard--has since been replaced by the Intensity II, which features upgraded specifications. But a review of the phone on Samsung’s website offered a succinct assessment: “The Samsung Intensity is a great entry-level messaging phone.”
motorola droid verizon
Droid
Motorola Verizon Wireless $99 (certified pre-owned)
The Motorola Droid represented a major step for both carrier Verizon Wireless and manufacturer Motorola. The Droid served as the linchpin of Verizon’s entry into the Android game, and heralded its successful “Droid”-branded line of Android phones. For Motorola the device was perhaps even more important: The phone helped revive the flagging handset maker and validated management’s bet on Google’s Android platform.
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enV Touch
LG Verizon Wireless $49
LG’s line of enV phones for Verizon Wireless represents a reliable source of quick-messaging gadgets for those consumers enthralled with the immediacy and intimacy of text messaging. However, the vendor’s enV Touch moved one step further by combining the popularity of touchscreens with the versatility of physical keyboards.

iPhone 3GS 32GB
Apple AT&T $299
Released in the summer of 2009, the iPhone 3GS was billed as a speedier version of the gadget--the “S” stands for “speed.” As in past years, Apple released multiple versions of the gadget: one with 16 GB of memory and one with 32 GB. Since both versions are identical except for the amount of on-board memory, it seems those who opted for more memory are a little bit happier with their purchase.
Blackberry Curve 8530
Blackberry Curve 8530
Research In Motion Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and others Varied
RIM’s ubiquitous Blackberry Curve line of phones has helped propel the vendor into the top spot among smartphone players. Though the 8530 has been replaced by newer models, the Curve stands as the workhorse among BlackBerry gadgets--it is available for a range of prices via a wide selection of service plans.
enV3 VX9200 lg verizon
enV3 VX9200
LG Verizon Wireless free (certified pre-owned)
LG’s line of enV phones for Verizon Wireless represents a reliable source of quick-messaging gadgets for those consumers enthralled with the immediacy and intimacy of text messaging. The enV3 helped solidify an already popular line of LG phones at the nation’s largest carrier.
Blackberry Curve 8330 rim
Blackberry Curve 8330
Research In Motion Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and others N/A
Now replaced by newer versions of the Curve, the 8330 helped push RIM into the top spot among U.S. smartphone vendors. The phone has been a workhorse for the vendor.
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