3. HTC Hero
Launched: Oct. 12
Notable in that it's also the first Android smartphone offered through Sprint Nextel, the HTC Hero continued manufacturer HTC's recent run of smartphone successes. It includes a 3.2-inch HVGA touch screen display with pinch-to-zoom capabilities, an embedded GPS, a digital compass, a gravity senosr, a 5-megapixel autofocus camera and an expandable microSD memory slot. It's also the first stateside release from Taiwan-based HTC to include HTC Sense, which allows users to customize their homescreen using a variety of panels and other widgets.