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LG Esteem (photos)

The LG Esteem is a great 4G LTE smartphone for MetroPCS, or would be if not for the elephant in its feature set.

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4G LG

MetroPCS gets another 4G LTE phone for its network in the LG Esteem. This is the third 4G-capable phone since the carrier inaugurated its network almost a year ago.

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Whoa, nelly

This is no shrinking violet of a phone. The Esteem weighs a whopping 6 ounces and feels thick and solid. Though bulky it may be, it's also sturdy. (Read the full LG Esteem review.)
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Typing

The large, 4.3-inch screen means that you won't have to squint when typing with Swype or with good, old fashioned hunting and pecking. (Read the full LG Esteem review.)
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Racing stripes

The slim silvery accents running down the Esteem's sides conceal a Micro-USB charging port on one side and an HDMI-out port on the other. (Read the full LG Esteem review.)
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Cameras

LG did a nice job with both the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and the rear-facing 5-megapixel camera. In fact, they're our favorite parts of the phone. (Read the full LG Esteem review.)
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Photo quality

Camera quality was very nice overall on the Esteem. This photo in the CNET Studio is untouched, but we love that the phone immediately lets you edit a photo immediately after taking it. (Read the full LG Esteem review.)

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