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A Moto Evoke review? Honest, we're trying!

CNET would love to review the Motorola Evoke, but Alltel won't let us.

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Last month we told you about the new Motorola Evoke touch-screen phone, which Moto unveiled at the CTIA show. The slider handset was worth a look at the time, mostly because it wasn't another Razr revamp. But the phone offered some promising features, including several onscreen widgets for applications, stereo Bluetooth, and a full HTML browser.

The 2.8-inch display is smaller than we'd like, especially when using the virtual QWERTY keyboard, but you can move between menu screens by swiping your finger.

Soon after we showed you our first look, several CNET readers wrote me asking for a full review. And after Alltel announced it was carrying the phone just two weeks after CTIA, we figured the time was nigh. Yet Alltel told us the phones "would not be available to the media." When I asked why, I didn't get a real answer. Moto says they're waiting for Evoke review models, but they haven't denied me an opportunity to see one outright.

Needless to say, I'm a little annoyed Alltel is holding back. Though I recognize the carrier has a lot going on, I still think we should get the opportunity to take the Evoke through its paces. I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you'd still like to see a review, I'll let Alltel know.