Limited-edition 'Shine' keeps luster

Design is unmolested, with only a Korean poem engraved on it

Competition is usually a healthy thing in the marketplace, except when it comes to design. Companies have gotten so desperate to distinguish themselves that they too often resort to "special" or "limited editions," whether it be an 18k gold camera or a diamond-covered Mercedes. The result is often a monument to bad taste.

LG, thankfully, is an exception--and we're especially relieved because its new offering involves one of our favorite phones, the stainless-steel "Shine." The limited edition is essentially the same phone, save for a Korean poem engraved on the back in designer fonts, according to MobileWhack. We hope that other manufacturers will follow its understated elegance, but something tells us not to hold our breath.

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