Huawei M835 Ideos (MetroPCS)

CNET's take: While it certainly isn't our top pick, the Huawei M835 is one of MetroPCS' least expensive Android phones.

Reader JCorroo's take: I ask you, why have a smartphone and a plan with unlimited Internet access and texting and then have a phone with a screen so small that average people can't see it well or use it easily for texting? That doesn't seem too smart.

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LG Revolution (Verizon Wireless)

CNET's take: The LG Revolution may not be the revolutionary handset it claims to be, but it's still a solid Verizon 4G Android phone with the bonus of the Netflix app.

Reader caygill's take: A phone that promises a lot and has all the features one could ask for. Unfortunately, very few of them function as expected or as promoted by Nokia. The device out of the box is rather a proof of concept than a finished product to be offered customers.

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Huawei Ascend (MetroPCS)

CNET's take: The Huawei Ascend is a well-priced prepaid starter smartphone for those who don't mind more-modest specs.

Reader loui1203's take: The reason I'm writing this review is because I don't want this phone to drive anyone else into a wall, like me. It's too expensive for what it is. It lags constantly. I've tried uninstalling all apps and what not but that doesn't help. It freaks out and stops altogether for minutes at a time.

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HTC Freestyle (AT&T)

CNET's take: For the right user, the HTC Freestyle offers a beginner smartphone experience without the high price.

Reader DaisyMarie73's take: You know the old saying, you can't judge a book by it's cover. Well, it absolutely looks great, but, once your start to read the novel, you realize how bad it is. This phone doesn't require a data plan, so AT&T promotes it, as if it is a beginner smartphone, which it is in some ways. Owners shouldn't have to constantly have to remove the battery every day. Don't buy this phone.

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Motorola Flipside (AT&T)

CNET's take: Despite its uninspired look and feel, the Motorola Flipside has a well-rounded feature set that balances a socializing agenda with corporate e-mail. That is, if you can look past the troublesome call quality.

Reader cryan88's take: Constantly freezes and glitches. Not only is it touch sensitive, it's EVERYTHING sensitive. Hovering my thumb above it causes unwanted things to happen, tilting it does the same. Adam must hate me because of how many times I've accidentally called him (first contact in phonebook) and I can NEVER answer a phone call. All my friends are now aware I'll call them back as soon as my phone recovers from receiving and being unable to answer their call. Now they just text "call me."

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Motorola Citrus (Verizon Wireless)

CNET's take: The Motorola Citrus is small and devoid of high-end features, but it works as a beginner Android phone.

Reader jen8614020's take: Phone freezes constantly when I'm scrolling through my contacts or even trying to make a call. Sometimes when I am trying to call someone, it will call them repeatedly. I am not impressed with this product at all!!

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Samsung Transform (Sprint)

CNET's take: With midrange features, the Samsung Transform is a solid choice for an Android smartphone. Clear call quality is a bonus, but the Sprint ID profile service isn't for everyone.

Reader SaucyRossi's take: In the store and on paper this phone seemed like a good idea, but in reality it is clumsy and makes me unhappy to use it.

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Sanyo Zio M6000 (Cricket Wireless)

CNET's take: The Sanyo Zio isn't the fanciest Android phone, but it's an ideal beginner smartphone for Cricket customers. It's easy to use and its feature set offers the essentials, though we don't like that it runs Android OS 1.6.

Reader twyrick's take: Besides having merely "so so" battery life and a mediocre camera (no integrated flash either), this phone is guaranteed to endlessly frustrate users with a terrible touch-screen.

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