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Android Owns Wirefly's Top 10 Summer Phone List

Online retailer Wirefly.com published a list of its top-selling handsets for the 2010 summer months. Android phones made up 6 of the top 10.
It probably isn't much of a surprise to anyone that Android phones are flying off the (virtual) shelves. Given the wide popularity of Google's platform and the success of handsets such as the Motorola Droid, Android is the mobile industry's hottest ticket.

A list of Wirefly.com's top 10 selling handsets for the summer of 2010 proves that U.S. buyers have Android on the brain.

Keep in mind, this data comes from but one online retailer, and doesn't necessarily correlate to the wireless market as a whole. Still, it is an interesting snapshot nonetheless. Here is the list, ranked from the highest-selling to the lowest:

  1. Motorola Droid (Android)
  2. HTC Aria (Android)
  3. BlackBerry Bold 9700 (BlackBerry OS5)
  4. Motorola Cliq XT (Android)
  5. Samsung Intercept (Android)
  6. Motorola Backflip (Android)
  7. BlackBerry Curve 8530 (BlackBerry OS5)
  8. LG Sentio (proprietary)
  9. Nokia Nuron 5230 (S60 5th Edition)
  10. LG Ally (Android)
Six of these top 10 sellers are Android devices. That's a huge percentage.

"Android's recent ascent as the operating system of choice, combined with Wirefly's incredible pricing without the hassles of rebates, makes it no surprise that Android devices were among our best sellers this summer," said Andy Zeinfeld, Chief Executive Officer of Simplexity, parent company of Wirefly.com in a prepared statement.

"In fact, had the entire country not experienced mass shortages of such highly-touted Android smartphones as the HTC Evo 4G, Droid Incredible and Droid X, it's likely that more devices utilizing Google’s open source operating system would have made it on our list."

It's no surprise to see two of the more popular BlackBerries on the list, either, especially the Curve. Research In Motion's entry-level smartphone line has been a solid seller from day one. The Bold 9700 is RIM's top-of-the-line BlackBerry for business users.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the Nokia Nuron 5230. Why a surprise? Nokia's touch phones are not favorites among U.S. consumers. For a Nokia touch phone to score so highly (even with just one retailer) says that there's still an interest in Nokia's devices.

Zeinfeld explained. "The Nokia Nuron [is a] feature-rich touch screen device that offer[s] an experience reminiscent of a smartphone, at a non-smartphone price."

Absent from the list? Apple's iPhone 4, as well as the summer's biggest hits, such as the Motorola Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, and HTC EVO 4G.