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HolidayBuyer's Guide

The sunshine state

Front and center

Not just phones

And right behind

For Japan

In the big leagues

Hello, Moto?

A familiar face

Tower top

Cell on wheels

Vroom!

Care for a case?

Quack, quack!

Though we rarely made it outside, bright sunshine greeted us every day of CTIA. Orlando's immense Orange County Convention Center is so new it almost shines. In fact, it's one of the nicest convention halls we've visited.

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Samsung's massive booth was almost in the center of the show floor. As this was the last day of CTIA, foot traffic was a bit sparse.

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Sammy's booth had more than just phones and tablets. It also had a whole wall of mobile accessories.

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PCD's booth was next door. Though the manufacturer didn't introduce any new phones in Orlando, its booth almost rivaled Samsung's in size.

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Just across the way was the planned site of NTT DoCoMo's booth. The Japanese carrier canceled its CTIA presence following the horrific earthquake and tsunami earlier this month. In the middle of the booth footprint, which was clearly marked, was a small stand with flowers. A sign above invited CTIA attendees to donate to the Red Cross for disaster relief.

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LG's bright red booth had a bank of gigantic displays that pivoted full circle and flashed graphics of the company's phones.

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Motorola had a tiny presence at the show. It introduced no new devices and its small booth was at the far rear of the hall. And even inside the booth, only this one table showed its recent products. Note the keyboard with the Xoom in the foreground.

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You can always count on someone in an Android costume at a wireless show these days. This Android is representing Kyocera.

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If you've ever wondered what the top of a cell phone tower looks like, this booth will show you.

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And if you need to break out the big guns, Powerwave can deliver this mobile cell site to boost capacity for your next party.

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We don't know what this race car simulator has to do with cell phones, but it looks fun.

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A gallery of colorful cell phones cases awaited anyone with a flair for accessorizing.

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Next door to the convention center is one of Orlando's poshest hotels, The Peabody. Twice a day you could watch the hotel's pet ducks parade to a fountain in the lobby. Believe us when we say it was a CTIA highlight.

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