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The Sprint Highnote is a music-centric cell phone that offers a nice display and a nifty scroll-wheel control. It comes in blue, shown here, and red.

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The Highnote has a dual slider design. Slide it up to expose the keypad.

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Slide the Highnote down to show the stereo speakers.

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Even without the slide-out alphabetic keyboard, the Rant looks a lot like the former LG Rumor. Here it is in red, but it also comes in purple and black.

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The Rant's keyboard has a spacious, accessible feel. When you slide it out, the display rotates automatically to a landscape orientation.

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Like all the good iDEN phones before it, the durable Motorola i576 bears all the hallmarks of a Nextel device.

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The rugged design meets military specifications for dust, rain, shock, vibration, low and high temperature, and solar radiation.

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The square LG Lotus certainly has a unique shape. It comes in the flashy purple design, pictured here, and in black.

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The full alphabetic keyboard is the reason for the Lotus' funky shape.

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The purple version of the Rant will be exclusive to Best Buy,

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Sprint is positioning purple as the new hot color for cell phones.

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