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Samsung Trender SPH-M380 - amethyst (Sprint)

CNET rating: 3 stars out of 5 (Good)

The good: The Samsung Trender has a familiar slide-out design and an interface that's easy to get around.

The bad: The Trender has a flat keyboard, the camera took dull photos, and it's saddled by slower 3G.

The cost: $0.01 - $299.99

The bottom line: If you're trying to avoid a data plan, the Samsung Trender is an affordable messaging option, though one of Sprint's budget Android phones could prove a better value.

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Cell phones to avoid

We spend a lot of time talking about our favorite cell phones, but it's equally important that we tell you which handsets you should avoid. Though most of the following phones aren't completely worthless clunkers, there are better options out there.