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Review: LG Incite

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I have never been so grossed out by how a phone feels in my hands before. The Incite from LG is encased in silvery plastics, and attracts finger oils and grease unlike anything I've ever seen. The reflective surface is constantly marred by grime, smears and swirls. The result is a phone that feels very slimy.

The size and weight of the Incite are good. Its footprint would be perfect were it not for the extra girth it packs around its midsection. Length and width are fine, it's the thickness I am talking about. The back corners of the Incite are rounded, which lets is sit in your comfortably. The front corners, though, have sharper edges to them, and aren't comfortable if you grip the phone tightly. The Incite will slip easily in and out of any type of pocket you choose to stow it in.

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The Incite's screen is surrounded by a large bezel. The only two buttons are the send/end keys. The display itself is a resistive touch screen. The send/end keys are positioned at the very bottom of the phone. For one reason or another, the send key stands out just a bit more on our review unit than the end key does, making it easier to find and use. The end key is a bit too flush with the Incite's surface. Both keys have acceptable travel and feedback, though I thought they felt a bit cheap.

On the left side of the phone is a hatch covering the microUSB port for charging and data transfer. Below that is the volume toggle. The toggle key was nice and easy to find and had very good travel and feedback. There is also a small pin hole on the left side of the phone for resetting it in the event of a crash.

There's a little bit more action going on over on the Incite's right side. Starting near the top, LG has stuck a jog dial on the Incite. The job dial is pressed up or down to move the in-screen selector, and pushed in to make a selection. The entire jog dial felt mushy to me. All three directions (up, down in) were unresponsive, and the is no "click" when it is pushed to let you know you've used it. It just goes in and out. Below that is a hatch covering the microSD port. Next is a lock/unlock key. This button is flush with the surface of the Incite, and the only reason you know it is there is because it has a slight pattern on it, differentiating it from the otherwise-smooth side of the Incite. Finally, you'll find the two-stage camera key. The camera key has two distinct stages, one for focusing the camera, and a second for taking the picture.

The Incite's back hatch pops off easily enough. Under it, you'll find a large battery and access to the SIM card.

The Incite comes with a stand-alone stylus, which looks like a miniature lipstick case. The stylus cannot be stored anywhere in the phone itself. If you want, you can use the lanyard loop to attach the stylus as a key chain or something. This is a ridiculous option. Because Windows Mobile isn't really designed for finger input, the stylus is often necessary. Not having it stored on the phone, however, stinks.

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