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Sneak peek at the LG VX8360

The LG VX8360 wasn't publicized as much at CES 2009, but it still deserves attention for being a pretty decent mid-tier offering from LG and Verizon Wireless. We have a very quick hands-on with it and tell you our impressions.

LG VX8360
LG VX8360 Nicole Lee/CBS Interactive

Earlier this week, we told you about the LG VX8360, the much-awaited update to the LG VX8350, which was one of our favorite Verizon phones from 2007. Well, the LG VX8360 finally made its first public appearance here at CES, and we had the opportunity to take a brief look at it.

The LG VX8360 is a midtier phone, which means it doesn't have the flash and style of LG's other feature phones, such as the LG Dare or the LG Lotus. However, that doesn't mean the VX8360 has nothing to offer. On the contrary, it offers up a slew of features, such as a 1.3-megapixel camera, VZ Navigator with A-GPS, EV-DO, stereo Bluetooth, and access to Verizon's broadband services like V Cast Music and V Cast Video.

LG VX8360 flipped open
The screen and keypad of the LG VX8360 when flipped open. Nicole Lee/CBS Interactive

The design itself is a tad more refined than the VX8350. It still has an oval clamshell design, but the music player controls are a bit larger and easier to press. Both of its external and internal displays look great, and though it looks quite ordinary, the keypad maintains that same tactile feel that we've come to love from the VX8350. The overall handset felt comfortable in the hand, and from our brief hands-on with the phone, it was easy to navigate as well.

The VX8360 is set to debut soon, although the exact date has not been released. It'll cost $50 from Verizon Wireless with a two-year service agreement.