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Just got a preproduction LG9800 Verizon uni itn hand and so far, I'm likin' it. A flip phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, this new mobile reminds me of the Motorola A630 I sported for a while, but the larger keyboard really does make a difference with messaging and the general button mashing. Though I have to admit, if I didn't wear a purse, I wouldn't be psyched about carrying it around in my pocket. It is a little bulky.

One important thing to keep in mind: it is not a smartphone. There's no OS and the screen is not high-res, but if you want something for every day, plus great messaging features and EV-DO, I recommend this sleek looking phone (buttons glow a nice blue).
The internal screen is only a 2.2", 4 x 3 lcd, not widescreen, which is a bit disappointing, but I really like the cute stereo speakers on either side of it.

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The back of the phone holds the 1.3 megapixel cameraphone which when put to the test, didn't seem to have that horrible shaking thing happening I had problems with when using the Sony Ericsson a710—the phone that first used this clever design. Could have used a flash though.

A mini SD slot is included for extra storage, though I'm still confused about what can be done with music. Every carrier has different rules about transferring music from computer to phone and vice versa, and since I always end up with open versions of phones, I'm still planning on getting a good eduction on this soon. Phone hits stores Sept. 30. No price announced yet.