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Smartphones for newbies (photos)

Ready to make the jump to your first smartphone? Here are some of CNET's recommendations.

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Palm Pixi Plus (Verizon Wireless)

While not a major overhaul, the Palm Pixi Plus adds built-in Wi-Fi and gives customers making the jump from a feature phone to a smartphone even more functionality without breaking the bank.
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Apple iPhone 3GS (AT&T)

The iPhone 3GS doesn't make the same grand leap that the iPhone 3G made from the first-generation model, but the latest Apple handset is still a compelling upgrade for some users. The iPhone 3GS is faster, and we appreciate the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement.

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 (T-Mobile)

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a sleek entry-level smartphone that delivers some nice design enhancements and great performance. While available directly from T-Mobile, Wal-Mart offers the better value on the smartphone.
Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T all offer versions of the Curve 8520/8530.
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Nokia E63 (unlocked)

The Nokia E63 offers a more wallet-friendly price tag compared with other unlocked smartphones and does so without sacrificing too many features; we just we wish the call quality and camera were better.
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Motorola Backflip (AT&T)

As AT&T's first Android phone, the Motorola Backflip offers a unique design but it's rather lackluster in the features and performance department. It's a decent choice if you're upgrading from a feature phone, but anyone looking for speed and power should look elsewhere.

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Palm Pre Plus (Verizon Wireless)

The Palm Pre Plus earns its place as the top WebOS device, improving on the Pre with a better design and performance, and upgraded features. Verizon customers looking for a versatile smartphone to balance their personal and work lives will be well-served by the Pre Plus.
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HTC Hero and T-Mobile MyTouch 3G

Both the HTC Hero and the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G, as well as the HTC Droid Eris, are all good introductions to the Google Android operating system.

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