It's that time again

On Tuesday, CTIA 2013 opens in Las Vegas. As someone who's been attending the show since 2004, I can't help but get a little misty-eyed that this will be last CTIA to occur in the spring. Starting next year, the wireless trade group is consolidating its two annual mobile conferences into one big bash in the fall. It's a good idea, but it is the end of an era.

So as we jet off to Vegas (of course, CNET will you bring you full coverage), join me for a look back at some of the top handsets introduced at CTIA. This list only scratches the surface of the devices we saw on the show floor, and I'm only going back as far as 2008, but you can see just how far smartphones have come five years.

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2012: Samsung Focus 2

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Editors' Rating
3.5 stars

MSRP: $49.99

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2011: T-Mobile G2x (LG Optimus 2x)

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Editors' Rating
4.0 stars

MSRP: $549.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

2011: LG Thrill

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Editors' Rating
4.0 stars

MSRP: $449.99

This model will be coming soon. Please visit AT&T for other models.

2010: Motorola i1

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Editors' Rating
3.5 stars

MSRP: $349.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

2009: Samsung Impression

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Editors' Rating
4.0 stars

MSRP: $399.00

As shown: $129.99

Similar model starting at: $129.99

2009: Nokia E71x

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Editors' Rating
3.5 stars
Pricing is currently unavailable.

2008: Samsung Instinct

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Editors' Rating
4.0 stars
Pricing is currently unavailable.

2008: LG Vu

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