The LG Optimus F3Q for T-Mobile

For most messaging enthusiasts, there’s nothing like clacking away on a physical keyboard while drafting up texts and e-mails. While the LG Optimus F3Q isn't banging on all cylinders when it comes to the latest in mobile technology, at $360 off-contract, it is a reasonably priced device that’s reliable to boot.

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A compact build

The 4-inch WVGA display has an 800x480-pixel resolution and 233ppi. Granted, this doesn’t make it the sharpest screen compared to top-tier devices. For the most part though, the screen is excellent and easy to view in sunlight.

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Keyboard letters galore

The shiny blue keyboard underneath sports five rows, and includes a row for numbers, four navigational arrows on the bottom right, and shortcut buttons to open the memo app and Google Now.

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A bit on the heavy side

At 4.82 inches tall, 2.55 inches wide, and 0.55 inches thick (122.43mm x 64.77mm x 13.97mm), the device is compact (in terms of QWERTY handsets) and comfortable to hold. With the underside keyboard, however, keep in mind that it’ll be heavier than your standard smartphone.

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Decent 5-megapixel camera

Both the 5-megapixel camera and the front-facing VGA camera offer white balance options, a brightness meter, and a voice shutter function that lets you operate the shutter by saying certain words like "cheese" and "whiskey.”

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Running Android 4.1.2

The handset features Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and you'll still get your usual collection of Google apps like Chrome, Drive, Gmail, Search, and YouTube.

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Respectable mid-level hardware inside

The 4G LTE handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 2,460mAh battery, which yields a reported talk time of up to 16 hours.

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