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The LG Optimus T on T-Mobile is similar to the LG Optimus S on Sprint that we saw early in the day, but it's not exactly the same. The interface design keeps the same basic Android tricks, but it does offer a slight graphical change, especially on the permanent homescreen shortcuts and the application drawer menu. It isn't much, but it's just enough to tell you this isn't your basic, stock Android OS, if there is such a thing.

The LG Optimus T on T-Mobile will feature Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, which is a very cool feature, but perhaps a bit advanced for this device's target audience. T-Mobile is clearly aiming for smartphone newcomers with this phone. It doesn't feel cheap or low-end, it's got a solid build and a great finish on the paint job. But T-Mobile reps say there will be plenty of tutorial apps and help options available on the device.

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To that end, the phone does look like a stately feature phone more than a business smartphone. It's compact and sleek, without the sharp edges or glossy finish of some of today's superphones. In the titanium finish its a bit bland, but in burgundy its a very classy, fun looking device. Still, I think Sprint got the best color scheme with its upcoming purple Optimus S phone.

T-Mobile won't talk pricing on this phone, but they do say it will be priced aggressively low. The similar Optimus S on Sprint will run for $50 when it's launched on October 31. T-Mobile reps similarly won't say when the phone is shipping, except that it will come over the holiday. That holiday won't be Halloween, so Sprint will get its Optimus phone out first, but expect the LG Optimus T some time between turkey and New Year's Eve.

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