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Cell phones that make a statement (photos)

From the flashy to the preposterous, these cell phones are sure to get you noticed.

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LG dLite

It's a sure bet that the electric pink or blue hue of the LG dLite will turns some heads, but the hidden LED light displays are the flip phone's more arresting details.

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Motorola Charm

With its wide face and full QWERTY keyboard below, the Motorola Charm has a design unlike any other Android phone on the market. An unfortunate byproduct is one of the smallest, squashiest touch-screen displays, which makes the MotoBlur UI extra cluttered and the navigation cramped.

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Samsung Gravity 3

At its heart a typical messaging slider phone with QWERTY keyboard, the Samsung Gravity 3's electric blue accents get it noticed.

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Sonim XP3 Quest

Is it a phone or a Transformer? The hyper-rugged Sonim XP3 Quest is bright yellow and festooned with rubber. Built in line with military specs, it can withstand most heavy-duty stress testing.

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Motorola VE440

Designed by LA graffiti artist Mister Cartoon, the Motorola VE440 sure makes a statement with its stylized chassis and street art decals. Unfortunately, since the call quality is so poor and ringtones so gag-worthy, we can't actually recommend it as anything more than a showpiece.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini

"Small" may be the first thing that pops into mind when you see the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini. At 3.3 inches long by 2 inches wide by 0.6 inch deep, it's probably the most diminutive Android phone there is.

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Verizon Wireless Razzle

A texting phone with a QWERTY keyboard, the Verizon Wireless Razzle conceals a twist. Literally swivel the lower half to use either the keyboard or the music player controls. As a bonus, the keyboard tilts up for improved ergonomics.

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Just5 J509

The Just5 J509 has roomy buttons and a whittled-down feature set. The biggest surprise? It's a senior-friendly phone, not a calculator.

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Motorola Backflip

Though it isn't the stellar phone we thought it could be at first glance, the Motorola Backflip's rear-facing QWERTY keyboard and navigational trackpad behind the screen will raise a few eyebrows.

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Kin One

The small, pod-shaped Kin One isn't only striking for its sci-fi design and distinctive black-on-white look. If you have it, it's also sure to gain attention as one of the shortest-lived phones on the market; Microsoft discontinued its two Kin phones June 30, just weeks after the May 6 debut.

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