Photos: The champagne of cell phones

Sure, the point of cell phones is to make calls, but sometimes you want them to do more. If you're looking for a high-end cell phone, your most logical choice would be a smart phone. But smart phones--anything that works on a Palm, Symbian or Windows Mobile operating system--can be big, bulky and pricey. And more to the point, you may be more interested in fun features than in all that work functionality. Yet there are regular cell phones that can do quite a bit beyond making calls, without breaking the bank. Verizon, in particular, has been on a high-end roll lately with several flashy models. These phones roll impressive features, such as solid 3G multimedia and a 3-plus-megapixel camera, into sexy, updated designs.

By CNET's Kent German

1. LG VX8300

Editors' rating: 8.0

The good: The LG VX8300 has an attractive design, solid audio and video quality, and a full range of high-end features.

The bad: The LG VX8300's Bluetooth feature does not support file transfers.

The bottom line: The LG V8300 is a well-designed and high-performing EV-DO phone for Verizon Wireless.

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