LG Neon

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by Franz Bicar

The LG Xenon is LG’s heart and soul at this year’s CTIA event. However, there is another phone from LG that deserves a second look - the LG Neon. The Neon is probably not for everybody. Based on the picture below, the Neon looks and feels like a child’s toy. It does have features that are pretty advanced, but its overall design might generate some questions.

Similar to the Xenon, the Neon has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and is meant to be a messaging device. It has a nice display and is slim and lightweight. Its keyboard is a little cramped when compared to the Xenon. This is because, it only has  3 rows instead of the 4 rows on the Xenon. Still, the keys are well-spaced and have a bumpy texture for easier texting. On the front of the Neon is a navigation array complete with the two soft keys and four-way directional pad.

Aside from having a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Neon also has a touch screen display. But this is only applicable for the phone dialer. You hit a dedicated phone keypad button in the navigation array, and the virtual number keypad will show up. Users can select the numbers on the phone easily and it also has vibration feedback.

Features of the LG Neon aren’t as advanced as the Xenon’s. It still has the 2.0-megapixel camera, music player, and stereo Bluetooth, but you won’t get 3G and it only supports tri-band GSM.

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