NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- As Apple ( AAPL), Google ( GOOG), Research in Motion ( RIMM) and Motorola ( MOT) continue to battle for smartphone sector supremacy, investors want to know which company has the potential of claiming a commanding position in the market. Each has unveiled a string of new and improved models of their classic prototypes, attracting attention and new customers in the process.

Now the question is which of these players has the best chance of gaining the advantage? We asked readers of TheStreet this question last week, and the results show that most have their bets on Apple's iPhone.

Apple ( AAPL) and its iconic iPhone wrangled in 53% of the votes cast in the poll.

The introduction of Apple's latest edition of the iPhone, the iPhone 4, has, of course, attracting much recent attention. Thousands of people across the country stood in line for hours waiting to get their hands on the $400 device, and within three days of its June 24 launch, Apple announced that more than 1.7 million units had been sold. Even with widely-reported reception problems, the iPhone 4 is being touted by some as the best iPhone yet, with groundbreaking features including free video chatting over WiFi.

The next move many are hoping Apple will make is onto the Verizon ( VZ) network. The iPhone is currently offered exclusively on the AT&T ( T) network, but rumors are circulating that the iPhone could soon find its way to the Verizon network. If this happens, it will expand Apple's reach to Verizon customers and broaden its smartphone empire.

Motorola's ( MOT) Droid was the runner up in our poll, garnering 20% of the poll taker's votes. Expectations are high for the new release of the latest Motorola smartphone, the Droid X, which will be available beginning July 15th.

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The Droid X will run Google's Android 2.2 software and be able to support Adobe Flash Player. Customers will be able to subscribe to 3G mobile hotspot service for $20 per month, turning the phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi devices.

The BlackBerry by Research in Motion ( RIMM) came in third place in the poll, receiving 13% of the votes. RIM was a major innovator in the smartphone market, releasing the first Blackberry in 2004, three years before the iPhone.

The company has traditionally done well in the smartphone sector. However, last Thursday it announced that the number of new subscribers was less than analysts expected and RIMM stock dropped 10% the following day.

It seems that consumers are finding a way to kick the so-called crackberry habit, and are perhaps turning to the iPhone for a new fix.

Even with the new Android 2.2 software update, Google's ( GOOG) Nexus One only pulled in 8% of readers' votes. The phone's hardware is made by HTC and the software is Google's Android. Released in January 2010, the Nexus was the first Google-branded Android smartphone.

The Android 2.2 update, code-named Froyo, offers new features allowing users to make their handset a portable hotspot, and allowing Adobe ( ADBE) Flash to work within the phone's browser.

Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) recently bought Palm ( PALM) for $1.2 billion. The deal united the world's largest computer maker with the webOS platform smartphone innovator.

Eventually, with its global scale and financial strength, HP might be a game changer; but only 5% of voters think that this match-up has the potential to be a smartphone sector ruler. Time will tell.

-- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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