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LG's other new CDMA phones are fairly straightforward, and many of them have a lot in common.

First up is the VI-125, a basic new phone for Sprint with an internal antenna. It's the follow-up to the VI-5225. Compared to its predecessor, the VI-125 is smaller, and upgrades to a two-way speakerphone.


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One really unique feature of the VI-125 is an avatar designer. This lets you create your own custom cartoon-like characters by mix-and-matching various hair and clothing options, etc. Then you can save the characters and assign them to contacts in your phone book. So it's kind of like photo-caller-ID, except with cartoons instead of photos.


The downside, though, is that since the outer display is not color, the phone has to be open to see avatars.

Next is the PM-225, which adds a VGA camera, color external LCD display, and naturally, photo-caller-ID:


There are also at least two other variants in LG's new lineup of mainstream CDMA clamshell phones, with small feature differences from the ones already mentioned.

The VX-4270 is similar to the VI-125, except with an external antenna and no voice dialing. The AX-5000 is very much like the VX-5200 (previous page), but trades color on the outer display for video capture (up to 15 seconds).


The AX-5000 also has the avatar feature like the VI-125.

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