LG Optimus Slider ( Virgin Mobile)
If you like a real keyboard on a no-contract, reasonably priced handset, the LG Optimus Slider is a good contender. Just remember its low specs and boxy build.
Samsung SPH-M370 ( Sprint)
The comfortable Samsung SPH-M370 is a basic flip phone that does what it says, unadorned and unembellished, and at the right price.
Samsung DoubleTime ( AT&T)
Those of you looking for a more unique, eye-catching design will appreciate the Samsung DoubleTime's petite hinging face with two screens and comfortable keyboard. However, the lower-end specs and outdated Android OS do the phone no favors.
BlackBerry Curve 9350 ( Sprint)
For those who seek an affordable and entry-level BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the way to go.
Samsung Galaxy S II ( T-Mobile)
The Samsung Galaxy S II ranks as one of T-Mobile's most powerful and feature-rich Android smartphones, but it's somewhat pricey.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G ( AT&T)
AT&T's Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G is ideal for gamers, but we'd prefer to see more-accurate controls, a few more features, and a faster data network.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play ( Verizon Wireless)
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a significant step forward in mobile gaming, but it suffers from key hardware limitations.
LG Thrive ( AT&T)
The LG Thrive is a decent entry-level Android smartphone for the prepaid crowd, but its limited data plan encourages us to look elsewhere.
Samsung Zeal SCH-u750 ( Verizon Wireless)
Fans of the Samsung Alias 2 should love the Samsung Zeal's identical convertible flip design and e-ink keyboard. However, if you're not open to a learning curve, the Zeal has little new to offer.
Samsung Continuum ( Verizon Wireless)
More than just a gimmick, the Samsung Continuum's secondary display is a useful management and multitasking tool, but its constant flow of information might not appeal to everybody.