iPhone 3GS takes top spot in smartphone ranks according to Consumer Reports

The iPhone 3G S was one of the biggest gadget launches of the year when it hit store shelves last month. Other notable launches during the month included the Palm Pre, hyped as one of the best competitors to the iPhone.

Consumer Reports has released its top smartphone rankings reports InformationWeek and the ever popular iPhone 3G S has taken the top spot in the rankings. Consumer Reports does point out that while the iPhone 3G S has taken the top spot; the rankings were very close with the Palm Pre and the Blackberry Storm on its heels.

Consumer Reports ranks the iPhone 3GS tops based on what it calls "top-notch" multimedia navigation, web browsing, and battery life. The publication also reports that the 3G S excels in display quality. The Pre on the other hand was bolstered in the rankings with superior multitasking, while the Storm bested the iPhone in messaging.

Consumer Reports also changed its ranking criteria with the new smartphone rankings release. The change in scoring means that some smartphones like the Blackjack II from Samsung and the Pearl Flip from Blackberry dropped in ranking while the iPhone 3G rose in the ranks.

InformationWeek reports that the change in rankings places more of an emphasis on non-calling features of a phone and puts less of an emphasis on talk time and voice quality. With the huge increase in the number of texts sent, many mobile users find that voice quality and talk time are no longer the most important features in a mobile phone.

The top five handsets in the Consumer Reports rankings according to InformationWeek are the iPhone 3G S at 73, the iPhone 3G and the Samsung Omnia at 70, the Blackberry Storm, T-Mobile G1, Blackberry Bold, and Samsung Epix at 69, the Pre and curve 8900 at 67 and the LG Incite at 66.

Despite the iPhone 3G S' popularity and strong showing in the rankings, the device isn’t perfect. Many owners of the iPhone 3G S are finding that sunlight is no friend to the smartphone with overheating problems being reported.

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