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Thinking About an Upgrade? A Look at The Top 25 Cellphones on the Market

Its seems that only a few short years ago, owning a cell phone was something for those with too much money or who thought they were important. Now, any one of us would be lost and hungry without one.

In fact, in today’s world a cell phone can do so much more than just make and receive calls. It’s really difficult to understand why they’re still referred to as “phones” as they are multi-purpose entertainment devices. It makes it interesting when we talk about what the best cell phones are because of all their different uses.

Let’s take a look at the top 25 phones currently on the market to see if you’re using the right one (warning: viewing this this will make you want to upgrade!)

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1. Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Size: 4.37 x 2.04 x 0.61 inches (111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm)
Weight: 3.84 ounces (109 g)

Talk: 8.8 hours (528 minutes)
Standby: 406 hours (17 days)
Display Resolution: 360 x 640 pixels
Display Size: 3.2 inches
Camera Resolution: 3.2 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 81 MB

As you can guess by the name, this touch screen cell phone is a mega music machine as its music protocol includes an MP3 player, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), AAC+ (High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding), eAAC+, Windows Media Audio (WMA), Waveform Audio Format (WAV), and MP4 and of course comes with a stereo FM radio with RDS (Radio Data System).

The Xpress Music phone is also a smartphone with a Symbian version 9.4 OS (operating system), a 11,369 MHz ARM processor, and128 MB of RAM. Of course, there’s also internet connectivity as well.

The camera has a decent resolution for a cell phone and sports features such as flash, auto focus, dual LED, and digital zoom. Other features on the phone include GPS, email, instant messaging, and Bluetooth version 2.0 compatibility.

Pros and Cons: On the good side, users of this phone have reported that the music is loud and has great clarity. However, on the bad side, the touch screen lags from time to time after a while and the web browser is somewhat on the slow side.

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2. Apple iPhone 3G

Carrier: AT&T
Size: 4.50 x 2.40 x 0.48 inches (115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm)
Weight: 4.70 ounces (133 g)

Talk: 10 hours (600 minutes)
Standby: 300 hours (12.5 days)
Display Resolution: 320 x 480 pixels
Display Size: 3.5 inches
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 8 GB or 16 GB

The Apple iPhone 3G, of course has many music features, as you may guess since the name is similar to that of the “iPod”. However, the phone is really an excellent multi-purpose phone and has a little something for everyone. First, the music elements in the phone include an MP3, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), Waveform Audio Format (WAV), and of course the famous iPod player.

The camera in this phone is not one of the impressive features as it’s kind of average in the way of cell phone cameras by today’s standards, but one additional feature it does have for the camera is Geo tagging.

The smartphone has a proprietary iphone OS (operating system) and of course internet connectivity with HTML and Safari Browser. The built in memory for the iPhone is with either 8 GB or 16 GB and as you can imagine which one you choose definitely affects the price of the phone.

Other features include, email, GPS, picture ID and ring ID, a stopwatch, timer, calendar, a multi-touch screen, and Bluetooth version 2.0 compatibility.

Pros and Cons: On the “pro” side, the phone is reportedly very easy to use, it’s very attractive, fun to navigate, and has excellent sound clarity and quality. In addition, the multi-touch screen is awesome and adds to the user friendly qualities of the phone.

The only down side to the phone is that there are only 300 hours of standby time. Though that’s not horrible, for such a kick-ass phone, you might expect more.

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3. HTC Touch Pro

Carrier: AT&T
Dimensions: 4.02 x 2.01 x 0.71 inches (102 x 51 x 18 mm)
Weight: 5.82 oz (165 g)

Talk: 7 hours (420 minutes)
Standby: 367 hours (15 days)
Display Resolution: 480 x 640 pixels
Display Size: 2.8 inches
Camera Resolution: 3.2 mega pixels

As you can tell, the main feature advertised on this phone is its touch screen with stylus and handwriting recognition. However, the Touch Pro also has some other great features such as its multimedia capabilities, which include an MP3 player, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), AAC+ (High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding), Windows Media Audio (WMA), Waveform Audio Format (WAV), and an FM radio with RDS.

The smartphone has a Windows Mobile Professional, version 6.1 operating system with a Qualcomm (528 MHz) processor and 288 MB of RAM.

For those who are addicted to texting, you’ll love the QWERTY keyboard that’s growing in popularity. The phone also has WiFi internet connectivity with the Opera Browser. The camera is passable and has features that include auto focus, flash and digital zoom.

Other features for the Touch Pro include GPS, email, push to talk, picture ID, ring ID, and Bluetooth version 2.0.

Pros and Cons: The keyboard works really well on the Touch Pro and the phone as a whole is very user-friendly and it also has a great look. The only big drawback is that the internet browser is rather slow.

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4. HTC Touch Diamond CDMA

Carriers: Sprint and Alltel
Dimensions: 3.98 x 2.01 x 0.55 inches (101 x 51 x 14 mm)
Weight: 4.06 oz (115 g)

Talk: 4.16 hours (250 minutes)
Standby: 350 hours (15 days)
Display Resolution: 480 x 640 pixels
Display Size: 2.8 inches
Camera Resolution: 3.2 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 4 GB

The HTC Touch Diamond is similar to the Touch Pro listed above in many ways as a lot of the features are the same. However, some are indeed different. Both phones have a touch screen with stylus and handwriting recognition and both phones have extensive audio capabilities.

However, the Touch Diamond has a little less in the way of audio protocols than the Touch Pro as its multimedia features only include an MP3 player, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), and Windows Media Audio (WMA).

The cameras are basically the same, but the only extra feature that the Touch Diamond camera has is the auto focus. The smartphone is also very similar and has the same features as the Touch Pro. The Touch Diamond also doesn’t have the push to talk feature. The Touch Diamond doesn’t have quite as many features as the Touch Pro, making the Touch Pro a little better.

Pros and Cons: The GPS is really great on this phone and even has upgradeable maps available. The next observation is a pro and a con mixed together. Though the touch screen is easy to use, it sometimes lags a little and the response time isn’t always great.

Also, the other issue with the Touch Diamond is the battery power, especially in reference to the talk time as 250 minutes isn’t a whole lot of time before your battery runs out.

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5. LG VX9600

Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Dimensions: 4.16 x 2.07 x 0.54 inches (106 x 53 x 14 mm)
Weight: 3.81 oz (108 g)
Talk: 4.83 hours (290 minutes)

Standby: 430 hours (18 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 480 pixels
Display Size: 3.0 inches
Additional Display: 120 x 56 pixels
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels

This phone has a good sized touch screen with handwriting recognition and also sports a full detachable QWERTY keypad attachment (you must purchase this separately). The additional display only comes with the keypad attachment.

Though the camera resolution is only 2.0 mega pixels, the camera boasts other nice features such as auto focus, flash, and white balance. The multimedia functions include an MP3 player, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), AAC+ (High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding), and Windows Media Audio (WMA).

You can also enjoy such features as the GPS, email, a stopwatch, a world clock, and Bluetooth version 2.1.

Pros and Cons: The voice quality is on the LG VX9600 and the battery life is good, but the talk time could be a little better. Again, people are saying that they love the QWERTY keypad.

As far as cons, there aren’t really too many negative reports as of yet, other then the touch screen lagging a little. The phone is fairly new, so we may see reports later.

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6. Sony Ericsson W760a

Carrier: AT&T
Dimensions: 4.06 x 1.89 x 0.59 inches (103 x 48 x 15 mm)
Weight: 3.61 oz (103 g)

Talk: 9 hours (540 minutes)
Standby: 400 hours (17 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Display Size: 2.2 inches
Camera Resolution: 3.2 mega pixels

This Sony Ericsson touch screen cell phone has some nice features and extras, but it’s not overloaded like a lot of phones. However, it still ranks high on the list because it’s genuinely a great phone without all the bells and whistles.

The camera resolution and clarity is very nice and the camera has a photo fix feature. You can also enjoy video calling on your phone. You can listen to music on this phone as it has an AT&T music player. Also, look forward to a GPS on the W760a.

Pros and Cons: The call quality is out of this world on this cell phone. Well, maybe it would get good reception from out of this world, but Sony Ericcson comes as close as you can get.

The other major pro to this phone is that it’s simple to use and very user-friendly. The only real drawback is that the camera doesn’t have a flash, so it’s not practical for all situations.

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7. Samsung Eternity

Carrier: AT&T
Dimensions: 4.30 x 2.20 x 0.50 inches (109 x 56 x 13 mm)
Weight: 3.88 oz (110 g)

Talk: 5 hours (300 minutes)
Standby: 250 hours (10 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 400 pixels
Display Size: 3.2 inches
Camera Resolution: 3.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 200 MB

This really impressive touch screen phone is a popular favorite. The phone has some great features; the most unique of the features being the interactive screen. You can use this phone in a portrait or landscape view. It also has AT&T Mobile Music, AT&T Mobile TV, a GPS, and email.

I think that you’ll find that this phone is more practical for the average user for fun and daily activities than it is for the corporate world as it doesn’t have a lot of applications that are necessary for a lot of corporate phones.

Pros and Cons: One of the biggest pros about this phone is its high reaction time on the touch screen. A lot of touch screens tend to lag, but the one on the Eternity is very responsive. Also, when turning the phone 90 degrees to switch from landscape to portrait, or vice-versa, the phone also has a very quick response time.

The phone is also very easy to use. The only two down sides to the phone is that its not really that attractive and there’s no WiFi. This just reaffirms that it’s not really useful in the corporate world. However, as long as you’re not trying to look fashionable and you have no use for WiFi, the phone is awesome.

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8. Motorola V195

Carrier: T-Mobile
Dimensions: 3.58 x 1.85 x 0.94 inches (91 x 47 x 24 mm)
Weight: 3.55 oz (100 g)

Talk: 6.83 hours (410 minutes)
Standby: 360 hours (15 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Additional Display Resolution: 96 x 32 pixels
Built-in Memory: 10 MB

Some people may ask why the Motorola V195 is on the list. It doesn’t have many features at all, including a camera. That’s right; this phone doesn’t have a camera. It’s just a phone. What the phone does have is great quality at a very reasonable price.

This is only for an average user who doesn’t want or need anything fancy. A techie junkie would get bored with this phone in about 2 seconds. With that said, it does have an MP3 player, so you can get music. Other features include push to talk, a speaker phone, and a phone book with a 500 name capacity.

Pros and Cons: The pros are that the V195 has great phone signal and clarity. It’s very easy to use and the screen is large enough that you don’t have to squint to read what’s on it. In addition, it’s very inexpensive.

The cons are that there’s no WiFi, GPS, memory slot, or camera. Also, the resolution isn’t very good, but if you’re not trying to show off and just need a phone for emergencies and a little more, this is a great phone.

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9. Nokia N85

Dimensions: 4.05 x 1.96 x 0.63 inches (103 x 50 x 16 mm)
Weight: 4.50 oz (128 g)

Talk: 10.4 hours (624 minutes)
Standby: 526 hours (22 days)
Display Resolution: 128 x 160 pixels
Camera Resolution: 5 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 74 MB

While the multimedia functions on the N85 are great, the camera functions and quality on this phone are outstanding. The N85 is equipped with Real Video, Flash Video, Media Player, and Windows Media Video (WMV).

As for music, it’s equipped with an MP3 player, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), eAAC, AAC+ (High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding), Windows Media Audio (WMA), and FM stereo with RDS.

The camera has a 5 pixel resolution, auto focus, flash, video stabilizer, dual LED, digital zoom, geo tagging, and an additional camera specifically for video calls. With all those camera features, it makes you wonder why it’s in the cell phone section of a store instead of the camera section.

There is a smartphone with the N85 and it has a Symbian version 9.3 operating system and a 369 MHz ARM 11 processor.

With all of these features, the phone wouldn’t be complete without WiFi and a GPS.

Pros and Cons: If you’re into taking pictures on your cell phone, then the camera features are probably the largest pro. In general though, the phone is loaded with great features and is a techie junkie’s dream.

If you’re into something simple, then this phone isn’t for you and would be too confusing. The major down side to this phone is that with all of the features that it has, you would expect more built in memory.

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10. RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000

Carrier: AT&T
Dimensions: 4.49 x 2.60 x 0.59 inches (114 x 66 x 15 mm)
Weight: 4.80 oz (136 g)

Talk: 5 hours (300 minutes)
Standby: 312 hours (13 days)
Display Resolution: 480 x 320 pixels
Display Size: 2.6 inches
Camera Resolution: 2 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 1 GB

As you might suspect, this phone is great for the corporate world and doesn’t really have any practical uses outside of that. It sports a full QWERTY keyboard, a GPS unit, and a track ball instead of the up-and-coming touch screens.

The smartphone runs on Blackberry version 4.6 operating system and consists of a 624 MHz processor. Other cool features include the media player, MP3 player, and a 2 mega pixel camera with flash and digital zoom.

Pros and Cons: Corporate users have a lot of great thing to say about the Blackberry Bold. It’s very fast; no lag time and there’s no problem with opening Word, Excel or PowerPoint attachments. The sound quality is excellent on this phone and the track ball is said to be very responsive and accurate.

The only downside that some users found to this phone is the battery power with only 5 hours worth of talk time before the battery’s dead.

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11. Motorola Rapture VU30

Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Dimensions: 3.90 x 1.90 x 0.67 inches (99 x 48 x 17 mm)
Weight: 3.40 oz (96 g)

Talk: 4.5 hours (270 minutes)
Standby: 470 hours (20 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Display Size: 2.2 inches
Additional Display: 120 x 160 pixels
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels

This cell phone is awesome for the average user, but techie junkies will get tired of it quickly. It has a GPS unit in it, but no WiFi or smartphone, which means that its practicality for business use is limited. The average user would like the MP3 player and the touch screen.

The camera has a digital zoom and you can take pictures in either portrait or landscape modes. The phone book has a 1,000 name capacity with multiple numbers per contact, picture and ring ID.

Pros and Cons: The Rapture Vu30 has good call quality and clarity and is also a very stylish phone. However, it doesn’t seem to be very durable; at least not on the surface.

Many users complain that it scratches easily which does away with its flashy appearance pretty quickly.

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12. Nokia E66

Dimensions: 4.23 x 1.95 x .54 inches (107.5 x 49.5 x 13.6 mm)
Weight: 4.27 oz (121g)

Talk: 7.5 hours (450 minutes)
Standby: 264 hours (11 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Display Size: 2.4 inches
Camera Resolution: 3.2 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 110 MB

Excellent for the corporate world, this phone has everything you’d want for business. The smartphone runs on an S60 over Symbian version 9.2 and has a 369 Mhz ARM 11 processor. You can also have video calls on the phone.

Multimedia functions include Real Video version 7, 8, 9, and 10, Flash video, MP3, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), AAC+ (High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding), and Windows Media Audio (WMA). Camera features include digital zoom, auto focus, and an additional camera for video calling.

One other very useful and important feature that makes this phone practical for corporate use is that you can mute incoming calls by turning the phone over. This is perfect for when you’re in meetings.

Other features include GPS, push to talk, picture and ring ID, and Bluetooth version 2.0 compatibility.

Pros and Cons: The largest pro feature of the phone hands down is its speed. It also has a great sleek look, that is very professional looking. The downside is that it shows fingerprints easily.

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13. LG Dare

Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.2 x .5 inches (104 x 56 x 13 mm)
Weight: 3.76 oz (107 g)

Talk: 4.66 hours (280 minutes)
Standby: 360 hours (15 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 400 pixels
Camera Resolution: 3.2 mega pixels

The awesome looking LG Dare is one of the most popular phones on the market. The reasons are simple. It has a great look and all the gadgets that would keep most users happy. It’s got a rather large touch screen and is equipped with Video Player and MP3.

Other features include a GPS, world clock, stopwatch, picture ID, ring ID, and a 1,000 name capacity phone book.

Pros and Cons: There has been lots of positive feedback on the clarity of the touch screen and the great accessibility of the home screen. The phone is easy to use and has a lot of great features. The one “con” about the LG Dare is that the touch screen doesn’t really respond that quickly.

Also, there is a touch screen keyboard that can be used for texting. Therefore, it slows the avid texter down a lot; if that’s a big part of your communication, you’d be better off with another phone.

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14. Helio Ocean

Carrier: Helio
Dimensions: 4.33 x 2.2 x .86 inches (110 x 56 x 22 mm)
Weight: 5.61 oz (159g)

Talk: 5.16 hours (310 minutes)
Standby: 248 hours (10 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 200 MB

The Ocean is a phone that can satisfy the average user quite nicely, but if you’re looking for something stylish, the Ocean isn’t the way to go. The phone is rather bulky, but does sport the QWERTY keyboard. There’s a built in MP3 player and a GPS. What is impressive is the phone book capacity of 1200 names.

Pros and Cons: The full QWERTY keyboard is a plus and it seems to respond quickly. There’s enough built in memory that most average users will be content with it throughout the life of the phone.

Also, the phone is very affordable and it has some reasonably priced service plans that go with it. The cons are that it’s not really attractive, bulky, and awkward.

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15. Sony Ericsson TM506

Carrier: T-Mobile
Dimensions: 3.7 x 1.9 x .69 inches (94 x 48 x 18 mm)
Weight: 3.4 oz (96g)

Talk: 9.5 hours (570 minutes)
Standby: 250 hours (10 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Additional Display: 128 x 36 pixels
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 35 MB

The TM506 has everything that the average user will ever need. As far as multimedia, it comes equipped with MP3, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), AAC+ (High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding), eAAC+, Windows Media Audio (WMA), WAV, and M4A.

The camera has average clarity and digital zoom, but no other extraordinary camera features. You can also enjoy the GPS. All in all, it’s a great phone, but if you love little gadgets and cool technology, this isn’t the phone for you. What you do get with this phone is simply a great phone with a few perks here and there.

Pros and Cons: The TM506 gets excellent phone reception, great sound quality, and wonderful clarity on the screen. The battery life is great too.

The down side is that in order to get a lot of life out of your battery, you have to set the screen quality at 50% or the battery power sucks.

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16. LG Chocolate VX8550

Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Dimensions: 3.85 x 1.87 x .67 inches (98 x 47.5 x 17 mm)
Weight: 3.24 oz (92g)

Talk: 4.16 hours (250 minutes)
Standby: 350 hours (15 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Camera Resolution: 1.3 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 125 MB

The LG Chocolate VX8550 is a stylish phone with a lot of nice perks, but isn’t too souped up. It comes equipped with an MP3 player, a video player, and a GPS; pretty much all the items that would qualify it for being a phone with advanced functions, but nothing to exceed that.

One of the coolest qualities that the VX8550 has that a lot of phones don’t have is a mirror so that you can take pictures of yourself and you can make sure you’re centered and that the picture looks great. There’s also a timer on the camera for self-taken pictures as well.

Pros and Cons: Let’s face it. The best quality about this phone is its appearance. IT looks great. The features are okay, but the phone looks awesome! As far as bad attributes, some users have reported that the buttons stick from time to time.

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17. Helio Mysto

Carrier: Helio
Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.9 x .48 inches (104 x 48 x 12 mm)
Weight: 3.35 oz (95g)

Talk: 3.5 hours (210 minutes)
Standby: 200 hours (8 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Display Size: 2.2 inches
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 106 MB

The Mysto has a built in MP3 player, video player, and a GPS. The built-in memory, though it says “up above, is on the high side of” , it’s really just  enough for the average user to be satisfied. It has a few nice features, but nothing that would interest a techie junkie.

The phone also looks pretty good too; the average user would feel confident carrying this phone. However, if you’re a type of person that needs something with great style, you may want to look for another.

Pros and Cons: The pros are that it has good picture quality and the phone reception is good. It’s also reasonably priced. The bad part about this phone is that there’s only 3.5 talk time on the phone before your battery is drained.

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18. Sony Ericsson W810

Carrier: AT&T
Dimensions: 3.94 x 1.81 x .77 inches (100 x 46 x 19.5 mm)
Weight: 3.49 oz (99g)

Talk: 8 hours (480 minutes)
Standby: 350 hours (14.5 days)
Display Resolution: 176 x 220 pixels
Display Size: 1.9 inches
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 20 MB

If you like to listen to music on your phone, then the W810 would be a decent choice. It has a music player in it, of course, and it also has a slot for cards and can hold up to about 600 songs. If you need other new hi-tech “stuff”, look somewhere else for a phone.

This phone has no WiFi and no GPS. Its highlights are in the area of music as it’s part of Sony’s Walkman series. The W810 also has a decent camera on it with auto focus and digital zoom.

Pros and Cons: The pros include great music features and no lagging on any of the screens or texting. The only con is that the speaker phone doesn’t have a very good quality of sound.

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19. Motorola Razr2 V9x

Carrier: AT&T
Dimensions: 4.05 x 2.08 x .52 inches (103 x 53 x 13 mm)
Weight: 4.4 oz (125 g)

Talk: 5.42 hours (325 minutes)
Standby: 319 hours (13 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Display Size: 2.2 inches
Additional Display: 240 x 320 pixels
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 45 MB

Razrs have been a popular brand of phone for years. This particular razor gets pretty decent reviews as it caters to different types of people. It’s a very impressive looking phone, so it attracts the stylish crowd and the “divas” and it’s practical, has some cool features, and is fairly easy to use; it attracts the average user and some hi-tech junkies.

One feature that make it unique is that it has a GPS that displays maps on both the main and the additional display screen.

Other features include a camera with digital zoom and multi-shot features, video player, MP3 player, internet connectivity, Bluetooth version 2.0, picture ID, ring ID, and a 1,000 name capacity in the phone book.

Pros and Cons: The Razr2 V9x has great calling clarity and great picture quality on both screens. It’s also got an awesome look, which makes it appealing.

The cons are that it’s not real durable in that the out screen can crack easily if you’re rough on phones. Also, if you’re a huge texter, you will quickly notice that the buttons are too close together and it will get frustrating pretty quickly.

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20. LG Lotus

Carrier: Sprint
Dimensions: 3.3 x 2.4 x .7 inches (84 x 61 x 18 mm)
Weight: 3.7 oz (105g)

Talk: 5.5 hours (330 minutes)
Standby: 168 hours (7 days)
Display Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels
Display Size: 2.4 inches
Additional Display: 220 x 176 pixels
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 80 MB

The Lotus can satisfy the average user and the fashion plate very well as the phone is stylish and user friendly. Features include a 2 mega pixel camera with a built in video camera, a video player, an MP3 player, a QWERTY keypad, GPS, Bluetooth version 2.1, picture ID, and ring ID.

Pros and Cons: The phone has exceptional color and screen clarity. Also, texting is very easy on this cell phone as the keypad has no lag time and is very accessible. The only bad part about the phone is that the battery life could be better.

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21. Motorola Rizr Z3

Carrier: T-Mobile
Dimensions: 4.15 x 1.79 x .62 inches (105.5 x 45.5 x 16 mm)
Weight: 4.05 oz (115 g)

Talk: 6.66 hours (400minutes)
Standby: 350 hours (15 days)
Display Resolution: 176 x 220 pixels
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 20 MB

If there is a phone in a T-Mobile store that will catch your eye, it will most likely be the Rizr Z3. It may not be what you’re looking for in the way of features; that would remain to be seen. However, it’s such a great looking phone that it would be difficult to walk by without looking at it.

It’s great for the average user and, of course the stylish people because it looks great and is very accessible. The Rizr Z3 comes equipped with an MP3 player, a music player, and video player, and Bluetooth version 1.2. It also features push to talk and a 2 mega pixel camera with a built in flash. What you won’t get with this cell phone is a GPS, 3G, or WiFi.

Pros and Cons: Users report that the camera is high quality with a great, bright flash. The other incredible “pro” about this phone is that it’s extremely durable. Even consumers that weren’t satisfied with the phone reported that it’s very durable.

While the features and design rank above par on this phone, the overall performance ranks on the low side of average. The biggest complaint is that the apps lag quite a bit.

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22. Samsung Sync SGH-A707

Carrier: AT&T
Dimensions: 3.72 x 1.99 x .65 inches (94 x 51 x 16.5 mm)
Weight: 3.49 oz (99 g)

Talk: 4 hours (240 minutes)
Standby: 240 hours (10 days)
Display Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Camera Resolution: 2.0 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 29 MB

The Sync SGH-A707 is okay for the average user and may even interest a high-tech junkie for a short while, but let’s face it; the appearance sucks. Sorry, it’s just not an attractive phone. On the other hand, let’s talk about what it does have to offer.

The phone features a camera with a self timer and built in video camera, MP3 and video player, Bluetooth version 2.0, and 3G capability. However, there’s no GPS or WiFi.

Pros and Cons: Pros include good sound quality, colorful screen, and easy usage. The cons are that it’s not very attractive, there are a lot of dead areas with this phone, and the reception isn’t good at times.

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23. Samsung SCH-U740 (Samsung Alias)

Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Dimensions: 3.84 x 2.04 x .58 inches (97.5 x 52 x 15 mm)
Weight: 3.6 oz (102 g)

Talk: 3.5 hours (210 minutes)
Standby: 200 hours (8 days)
Display Resolution: 176 x 220 pixels
Additional Display: 96 x 96 pixels
Camera Resolution: 1.3 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 60 MB

In 2006, this phone came out as the Samsung SCH-U740 and in 2007 Samsung started calling it the “Alias”, so if you only know this phone as the Samsung Alias, that’s why. I’m not crazy about the looks of this phone, but the apps are great and the practically is as well.

The phone’s features include GPS, Bluetooth version 1.1, an MP3 player, a QWERTY keyboard, internet connectivity, and a camera with a flash and auto focus. This phone is great for the average user, but isn’t much in the way of style and sucks for corporate use.

Pros and Cons: This cell phone has good call quality, a great QWERTY keyboard, and has a fast response time from screen to screen. The downsides are the battery life and the fact that the phone lags while on you’re connected to the internet.

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24. Samsung Upstage M620

Carrier: Sprint
Dimensions: 4.07 x 1.73 x .37 inches (103 x 44 x 9.4 mm)
Weight: 2.57 oz (73g)

Talk: 2.5 hours (150 minutes)
Standby: 360 hours (15 days)
Display Resolution: 176 x 220 pixels
Display Size: 2.1 inches
Additional Display: 176 x 65 pixels
Camera Resolution: 1.3 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 52MB

The Upstage M620 is a decent phone, but it pales in comparison to some of the powerhouses on this list. It’s okay for the average user, but its best attribute is its appearance. The phone is equipped with a GPS, 3G capability, an MP3 player, a video player, and internet connection.

Pros and Cons: The biggest selling point on this phone its style and size. If you like a compact phone because you hate bulk, this one’s great! The screen resolution isn’t that great on this phone and the camera resolution is poor; battery life is also short.

nokia6103

25. Nokia 6103

Carrier: T-Mobile
Dimensions: 3.35 x 1.77 x .94 inches (85 x 45 x 24 mm)
Weight: 3.42 oz (97 g)

Talk: 4 hours (240 minutes)
Standby: 350 hours (15 days)
Display Resolution: 128 x 160 pixels
Additional Display: 96 x 65 pixels
Camera Resolution: 1.3 mega pixels
Built-in Memory: 4.2 MB

The Nokia 6103 is a simplistic phone that has some special features, but it’s mainly geared toward the average user that only wants a great phone. It’s not really pretty and it doesn’t have a lot of cool high-tech gadgetry on it, but it’s just good at being a phone.

With that being said, there are a few extras on the phone including Bluetooth version 2.0, an MP3 player, FM radio, a camera with video, and push to talk.

Pros and Cons: The biggest pro is that the phone is a great value for your money. You get some extra features at a reasonable price, and the reception and clarity are good. The downsides are that you the camera resolution is poor as is the display screen resolution.

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  1. Pierre says:

    rawr, thx for the list, in 10 hours my nokia 5800 arrives 😉

  2. Steve says:

    What about Android?

  3. Topher says:

    Just thought you should know, the Sony Ericsson W760a, #6 on the list, is NOT a touch screen phone… I have one and I will admit that it's pretty kick-ass, but not touch screen, and rightly so… The screen is far too small for that.

  4. great article but…many cellphones only works with CDMA…how about a list only with GSM cellphones?

  5. PARC says:

    The w760a is /not/ a touch screen.

  6. TheWho says:

    The Dare is mine. It's amazing, but texting is impossible.

  7. Joe Torres says:

    Cheers for all the help and tips, Symbian can be funny, imagiane if we had to do this kind of thing with Windows!

  8. Dare Fans says:

    i believe it was a bit rushed, and overlooked some options that not many people speak about. Everyone knows that almost all new smartphones have internet, so why present that fundamental function at its bear minimum. Scroll up scroll down zoom in zoom out. Really? which new phone doesnt try this? How bout talk about how the text rearranges itsself. Additionally the texting, very poor review. Why didnt you point out you should use the mic and text with your voice? Ignored ALOT of other more necessary options