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Crave UK recently got its hands on the LG GD900 Crystal, a slider phone with a 3-inch touch screen and a transparent keypad that lights up when opened. But it's more than just gimmicky, see-though goodness--the keypad is a touch-sensitive controller, too.

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You can swipe the keypad to scroll through the S-class user interface's music and photo gallery, which evokes a cover-flow effect.

You can also fast-forward or rewind through a music track or video with a circular gesture.

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You can program up to 12 gestures to launch your favorite programs with a swipe of the keypad.

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LG has tweaked the S-class user interface so that its program menu looks slightly less like the iPhone's. The icons are round, instead of rounded squares like on the LG Arena.

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It's not easy to write while taking a photo, but the GD900 still recognized Crave UK's shaky efforts.

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The back of the GD900 sports an 8-megapixel camera with an LED light.

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At about half an inch, the GD900 feels reasonably thin, but not mind-blowing. Here it is in a size comparison with London's famed Big Ben, just to give you an idea.

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