17. BlackBerry Bold 9930

Carrier/Price: Verizon, $230

It's no secret the Canadian mobile manufacturer is on its last leg. Still, BlackBerry is hanging in there and has built its best model to date with the Bold 9930. The affluent yet familiar, slim design is exceptionally constructed. The touchscreen's responsiveness is on point and the tactility of the four-row keyboard is both phenomenal and addictive to type on. Playing it smart, RIM chose to furnish its latest mobile venture with refined hardware: a 1.2GHz CPU and commendable 5MP camera. We know the new BlackBerry OS 7 is a mere upgrade from the previous version, but the phone's true value comes from its upscale craftsmanship and well-regarded messaging features.