NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- One by one, the super-phones came marching in. Microsoft (Stock Quote: MSFT) made a grand reentry. Research In Motion (Stock Quote: RIMM) lit the BlackBerry Torch, Apple (Stock Quote: AAPL) revamped the iPhone and Droids ran wild.
By October, three out of every 10 U.S. phone owners had tossed out their old phones and moved up to smartphones, according to Nielsen.
Here's our analysis of 2010 phones, and a breakdown of how the top 10 ranked.
No. 10: Nokia N8
Delayed from spring to fall, subsidized and sold by no U.S. carriers, and with early supplies limited, Nokia's (Stock Quote: NOK) N8 was a decent touchscreen phone. As it turned out, the handsome N8 was one of the last phones that will use the Symbian operating system and the final straw for Nokia management.
Symbian's days are numbered and Nokia executives were replaced.
Outstanding feature: Three years in the making, the N8 finally proved that Nokia can play in the same league as Apple. The 12-megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss lens set the N8 well apart from the pack, but at $450, Nokia's super-phone may be out of reach. Meanwhile, Nokia and its new chief, Steve Elop, have set the company's sights on MeeGo, the software foundation of Nokia's next smartphone empire.
Prediction: Nokia will be back in the game in 2012 or 2013.