Phones to avoid (2012)

If you're having trouble choosing a new phone, here are five you can eliminate right off the bat. These are the top five phones to avoid for 2012.

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Not every phone can be great. Sometimes, in the rush to get a phone to market, the final product comes out a little half-baked.

A few weeks ago, CNET's Jessica Dolcourt published a blog post called " Don't buy these phones ." Being the math whiz that I am, I noticed that her list had five phones and I promptly rehashed it to fit my purposes.

Now, these aren't terrible phones. Most are rated between 2 and 3 stars. They work as advertised, they won't fall apart in your hand, and many of them are very affordable. But with so many outstanding phones out there, it really would be a shame to get stuck with one of these.

For a list of highly recommended phones check out CNET's Top 5 Android smartphones and Top 5 smartphones under $50 . Or, just browse our always-up-to-date list of best cell phones.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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