The recent CTIA wireless telecommunications trade show, which took place in Las Vegas, was awash with handsets running Microsoft's recently launched Windows Mobile 6.5, as well as those using Google's Android.

We've rounded up the hottest handsets that were on display.

Samsung Moment

By far, the most exciting new handset announced at CTIA was the Samsung Moment. This is the second Google Android handset Samsung announced this week, following the Samsung Behold II.

The Moment's best feature is its 3.2in AMOLED display. In my quick hands-on review of the Moment, I found that colours looked bright and accurate, animations were smooth, and details were crisp during video playback.

It also has a very wide viewing angle so you can view video with the phone on a flat surface with no distortion or colour change.

The Moment doesn't have a fancy interface like the HTC Hero or the Motorola Cliq, just the standard, out-of-the-box version of Android. If you're looking for slicker software, check out Samsung's other Android offering, the Behold II.

Samsung Behold II

Like the Moment, the Behold II has a 3.2in AMOLED screen. While I didn't get to see the screen in action, we can pretty much assume it will be of the same calibre as the Moment's - the technology is similar.

The Behold II runs Samsung's widget-based Touch Wiz interface, which has been refreshed for the Android platform. One new feature is a slick-looking cube menu that provides shortcuts to the top multimedia features: music, photos, videos, the browser, and the Amazon MP3 store.

In terms of hardware, the Behold II looks a lot like its predecessor, the first-generation Behold. There's no hardware keyboard, so you'll have to rely on the somewhat imperfect native Android software keyboard.

The Behold II also has a 5Mp camera with autofocus and a flash as well as Wi-Fi connectivity.

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  2. The HTC Pure and the Touch Pro 2
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  4. The HTC Imagio and T-Mobile Tap
  5. Pantech's Reveal and the Samsung Mythic


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HTC Pure

The attractive HTC Pure improves significantly on its predecessor, the Touch Diamond, with better specs, a more sophisticated design, and new features supported by Windows Mobile 6.5.

The Pure's design is minimalist and sophisticated with only a few hardware buttons and no physical keyboard. A gorgeous 3.2in WVGA touchscreen with 800x480-pixel resolution dominates the face of the phone.

The HTC Pure runs Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface overlay. Unfortunately, the phone is lacking in multimedia features while retaining WinMo's trademark sluggishness in certain applications.

I was impressed, however, with the Pure's 5Mp camera, which snapped great-looking images both indoors and outdoors.

HTC Touch Pro 2

As far as business-oriented handsets go, the HTC Touch Pro 2 (known as the Tilt 2 elsewhere in the world) is a solid pick. This eye-catching smartphone has one of the best full-QWERTY keyboards I've ever used.

Button placement is intuitive, and the phone offers a number of other useful keys, including browser and SMS shortcut keys, a Ctrl key, and page up/down keys.

Other hardware perks include a 3.6in widescreen WVGA display, dual speakers and microphones for extra noise cancellation, and HTC Straight Talk for conference calling.

The handset is further enhanced with Windows Mobile 6.5, which is speedier and more touch-friendly than 6.1. It also runs HTC's custom TouchFLO 3D user interface.

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Samsung Intrepid

Smartphone lovers should check out the Samsung Intrepid. The Intrepid sports a 2.5in touchscreen with a full QWERTY keyboard below it. One of its biggest draws for business customers is its support for international roaming.

It also supports stereo Bluetooth, and has Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3.2Mp camera with video recording.

The Intrepid is the first Windows phone to support Microsoft's TellMe service for voice dialing and texting. It also comes loaded with Sprint Navigation, Microsoft Office Mobile, and the Smart Read business card scanner.

Motorola Cliq

The Cliq was announced a few weeks before CTIA, and we saw a lot of this intriguing handset at the show. While I used the Cliq only briefly, I already knew that I liked its design best out of all the Android phones.

Like the Samsung Moment, it has a keyboard and a touchscreen. A physical keyboard is necessary, as the native touch keyboard on the current version of Android is far from perfect. I got some more hands-on time with the Cliq at CTIA and loved the keyboard's ergonomics and bubble-like keys.

The Motorola Cliq will also be the first phone to showcase MOTOBLUR, Motorola's skin for Android.

In my quick hands-on tests, I found the MOTOBLUR interface to be clean, intuitive, and responsive. MOTOBLUR has a lot of cool features, such as a Happenings widget that gives you instant access to your social networks from the home screen.

It also aggregates all your contacts and their information from various sources and displays them in one seamless client.

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HTC Imagio

The HTC Imagio is an attractive handset has a sturdy build that feels great in the hand. The large 3.6in touch display nicely shows off HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface and bolsters the phone's capabilities as a multimedia device.

Because it runs Windows Mobile 6.5, the Imagio is packed with features that will appeal to more business-minded users. The phone comes loaded with Microsoft Office Mobile Suite and Adobe Reader LE, and it includes support for Exchange, Microsoft Direct Push technology, and more.

T-Mobile Tap

Not all of the phones debuting this Autumn are expensive smartphones.

Aimed at a slightly younger audience, the stylish touchscreen Tap has a variety of multimedia features including T-Mobile's Web2go browser; a 2Mp camera with video recording; a music player; TeleNav GPS; stereo Bluetooth; and support for email, SMS, MMS, and an unannounced IM client.

T-Mobile says that the Tap will be available at an affordable price later this year.

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Pantech Reveal

Heavy texters looking for an affordable handset should check out Pantech's http://www.pantechusa.com/ latest messaging device, the Reveal.

What's different about the Reveal from the dozens of other messaging phones out there? This slider phone's QWERTY and numeric keyboards stay active simultaneously, giving you quick access to both.

The QWERTY keyboard is a bit on the small side, but in my hands-on time, I found it easy enough to type on. I also liked its slim design, sturdy build, and attractive red-and-grey colour scheme.

The 3G Reveal has a media player, a microSD slot for expandable memory, and a 2Mp camera with video capture.

Samsung Mythic

Like the T-Mobile Tap, the Samsung Mythic is a midrange touch feature phone. One standout feature, though, is its generously large 3.3in touchscreen.

The Mythic will feature Samsung's intuitive TouchWiz interface, but no word on whether it will have the cool cube feature we saw on the Behold II. The Mythic is expected to be made available in November, but pricing has not been announced.

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  1. Smartphones you'll want to get your hands on
  2. The HTC Pure and the Touch Pro 2
  3. The Samsung Intrepid and the Motorola Cliq
  4. The HTC Imagio and T-Mobile Tap
  5. Pantech's Reveal and the Samsung Mythic