I think it's great, and they'll both be popular phones. But it's unusual to see two phones so similar coming out around the same time like this. I think perhaps we're finally getting to the point where U.S. GSM carriers have enough sway that they can dictate the phones they want, and the big makers are listening.
Just an observation...
PS: Look for an LG slider phone soon that also has pretty much this same feature set.
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