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Sony's pricey, stylish Xperia S is packed with multimedia tricks but is undone by a slow processor and lackluster display.
The LG Splendor doesn't have the fastest network connection, but it's an affordable and snappy handset that's loaded with Android 4.0 and a swift CPU.
Though its design and feature set are from another decade, the Samsung Chrono 2 succeeds at what a phone should do.
The Samsung Freeform 4 makes solid calls and is great if you're looking for a simple, entry-level handset with a keyboard.
Don't be lured by the PCD Wrangler's rugged build or cheap price. Its weak call quality and lack of trendy smartphone features give this tough flip phone a glass jaw.
With comparably good sound for its size and the addition of speakerphone features, the Sony SRS-X3 mini Bluetooth speaker measures up well against the pricier Bose SoundLink Mini.
While it doesn't play as loud when it's on battery power, the Sony SRS-X5 holds its own against the top Bluetooth speakers in its size and price class.
The HTC Merge is a decent Android smartphone for U.S. Cellular, but its heft and stubborn slider could turn some away.
In this edition of her advice column, Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains how to figure out if your smartphone will work on another carrier's network.
CNET's Roger Cheng weighs in on which platform may claim the now up-for-grabs No. 3 spot, and believes there's more wheeling and dealing to come in the wireless industry.