Phones from the lesser-knowns (roundup)

Just because you've never heard of a cell-phone-maker doesn't mean they have bad phones. Here are five good buys from lower-profile manufacturers.

Pantech Crux (Verizon Wireless)
Pantech may not be a household name, but the Crux is a fine feature phone. Josh Miller/CNET

Not every manufacturer enjoys the instant name recognition of Samsung and Motorola. But that doesn't mean they don't produce phones worth owning.

We periodically gather up the latest handsets from manufacturers that tend to scoot below the radar. After all, it wasn't so long ago that HTC was barely a speck on the map.

Our latest batch of five cell phones includes one promising Android smartphone.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.


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