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LG Lotus blooms in our glowing review

The LG Lotus from Sprint is one of our favorite handsets from the carrier, and perhaps the best messaging phone we've seen to-date.

As we mentioned in our hands-on with the LG Lotus at CTIA earlier this year, we had a really positive first impression of this new messaging phone from Sprint. Now that we've had a chance to really get to know it first-hand, we have to say we're even more impressed. At first we were skeptical about its unusual square shape, but its unique style and fabulous tactile keyboard eventually won us over. The Lotus has a very nice satiny feel in the hand, a vibrant internal display, external music player controls, and the aforementioned keyboard is as roomy as it is tactile. It's also blessed with Sprint's latest One Click user interface, a 2.0-megapixel camera, EV-DO, and stereo Bluetooth.

All this comes at a price though--the Lotus is on the higher end of messaging phones, at around $150 with a two-year service agreement. But if you're a style maven who wants an attractive phone without sacrificing features, the Lotus is certainly one of your best choices, especially if you can't live without a QWERTY keyboard. (We should note that the Lotus is not a smart phone, and that it does not support Outlook Exchange e-mail.) Check out our LG Lotus review and our LG Lotus slide show for more details.