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Voda­fone, $299 mo­

★★★ THE Mo­torola Flipout phone de­serves points for cre­ativ­ity. This Google An­droid phone looks more like a com­pact mir­ror than a phone un­til you flip its screen around to re­veal a hid­den QW­ERTY key­board. The five-row key­board of­fers rounded, rub­ber but­tons for com­fort­able use, mak­ing it ideal for those who send more mes­sages than they make calls. It uses a MO­TOBLUR app to grab up­dates from so­cial-net­work­ing haunts, and a 3-megapixel cam­era and Google Maps round it out. This phone’s screen lets it down, though. The 2.8-inch dis­play has such a low res­o­lu­tion (320x240), just look­ing at it can be hard go­ing. Acer, $699

★★★ THIS is a Fer­rari, just not as we know it. The spe­cial-edi­tion Acer Liq­uid E smart­phone is de­signed for car en­thu­si­asts as it comes in a bold Fer­rari red case, has the Fer­rari in­signia on its back and is ac­com­pa­nied by a sim­i­larly at­tired Blue­tooth head­set. The ex­tras con­tinue in­side as the phone roars to life with Fer­rari mes­sage tones and it also fea­tures Fer­rari ring­tones, pho­tos and videos. The phone runs on Google An­droid 2.1 soft­ware and has a 3.5-inch touch­screen, 5-megapixel cam­era, GPS nav­i­ga­tion and a 768MHz pro­ces­sor that can lag at times.

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