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Brief look at the LG Wine

The LG Wine has been out for awhile, but this is the first time we've had a hands-on look at the U.S. Cellular phone. It has four dedicated hot keys and a very nice keypad.

LG Wine at CTIA 2009
LG Wine at CTIA 2009 Nicole Lee/CNET

Even though the LG Wine was released back in January, we weren't able to have a hands-on with the device until CTIA 2009. The Wine comes in this nice burgundy color to go along with the wine theme, and is a simple mid-tier flip phone from U.S. Cellular. There's also a white version.

The most unique thing about the Wine is that it has four dedicated hot keys underneath the display. They correspond to the messaging interface, the alarm clock, the images folder, and the U.S. Cellular's easyedge Web portal. It also has a very roomy and tactile keypad with huge numbers on the keys for easier legibility.

The LG Wine has four dedicated hot keys
The LG Wine has four dedicated hot keys Nicole Lee/CNET

It has fairly simple features like a 1.3-megapixel camera, a speakerphone, Bluetooth, and voice command. It's available from U.S. Cellular for $29.95 with a two-year agreement, though you can get it without a contract for $179.95.