By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
May 1, 2009

Apple’s AAPL iPhone took first place in J.D. Power’s 2009 smartphone consumer satisfaction survey released Thursday.

The iPhone ranked highest in every category except battery life, where it was tied for last place with Motorola MOT .

Research in Motion’s RIMM BlackBerry, by contrast, scored highest in battery life but ran with the middle of the pack in the other categories (physical design, ease of operation, features, operating system and overall satisfaction).

The survey was conducted between July and December 2008 among 2,648 smartphone users. Apple scored 791 on a scale of 1,000.

In a separate survey of 15,270 owners of traditional mobile phones, LG did best, followed closely by Sony Ericsson.

The iPhone’s nearest competitors were two phones running on Microsoft’s MSFT Windows Mobile: LG and Samsung. They were followed by HTC, running Google’s GOOG Android. RIM, Palm PALM and Motorola brought up the rear.

Below: The smartphone consumer satisfaction summary. Individual scores below the fold.

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