The LG F7200 marks Cingular's first foray into push-to-talk (PTT) technology, making it the first phone from a GSM network to feature such a service. Long the domain of Nextel and the CDMA carriers, PTT has increased in popularity among consumers lately, and Cingular has clearly recognized that potential with this user-friendly phone. Unlike a lot of PTT phones that are bulky and unattractive, the LG F7200 has a decent design, thanks to its smooth slider form factor. Even so, the lack of features on the F7200 makes this a rather basic offering, most likely targeted at consumers who just want a good-looking PTT phone without extras. The phone costs $69.99, but Cingular is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal if you opt for the PTT service. Compared to most PTT phones, the LG F7200 is downright fashionable. Its smooth rounded corners, curved design, silver and blue-gray hues, and grilled mic on the front add up to a cute yet space-age look. At 4.06 by 1.97 by 1.02 inches and 4.6 ounces, the F7200 is clearly not the smallest phone out there, but it's compact enough to slip in a small handbag, and its chunky form feels solid in the hand. The LG F7200 has a slide-up form factor, meaning you have to slide the phone's front face upward to reveal the keypad. A little effort is required, but the slider pops open with a very satisfying springy action. Turn the phone on its left spine and you'll note the dedicated PTT button and a volume rocker, while its right spine is home to a dedicated speakerphone button and a headset jack.
The large 1.8-inch display is one of the first things you notice on the phone, but we're disappointed that it supports only a 65,000-color palette with 128x160-pixel resolution. As expected, it displays signal and battery strength, date, time, caller ID (where available), and your choice of wallpaper. The backlight time is adjustable up to 3 minutes, but you can't alter the contrast, brightness, and font size on the display.