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The LG Lotus might look funny with its squat, square shape, but once you get your hands on one, it's quite a charmer.

LG Lotus  

The shape is unusual, but makes perfect sense for a messaging phone. The new Blitz for Verizon takes a similar approach, but in a slide design. Both allow for a large landscape display and a well-spaced QWERTY text keyboard.

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The styling of the Lotus is sleek, and the body is thin and light, yet feels solid. The whole package feels good and well-designed. All of the keys feel good to use. The up key on the d-pad is a little tricky to manipulate, but hardly a deal-breaker.

The unique etched pattern of the purple version is quite stylish.

The unique shape allows for a large screen and a large QWERTY keyboard, and both are extremely well-implemented on the Lotus. The text keys feel good and are easy to use accurately, and the screen is surprisingly large and crisp. A large color outer display and 2 megapixel camera contribute the respectable feature list. It's hardly a flagship phone, but there are no crippled features holding it back, either.

The Lotus is one of the first phones with Sprint's new OneClick user interface (also covered in this article in depth.)

Here is a short video tour of the Lotus:

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