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Smarter than your average clamshell

Buttons are big

Smooth or tactile touch

White and black and gold all over

Camera: Another Android benefit

Portable, but thick

Nice rims

Charmed life

The LG Wine Smart isn't the first flip phone we've heard of to incorporate Android into a clamshell design, but it is the first we've been able to get our hands on.

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A 3.5-inch screen responds to touch, complementing the large buttons and loud ring tone that customers in their golden years told LG they want in a phone.

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The Wine Smart's plain face is covered with either textured, patterned black material or a smooth white coating, with a subtle print.

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Here's the LG Wine Smart in white and black. Both phones have golden-colored spines.

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An Android OS means you can upload and share any photos taken on the 8-megapixel or VGA front-facing cameras.

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Flip phones are never slim, and that's OK. This reassuringly chunky device is nevertheless shorter than most smartphones, and a lot easier to pocket.

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Here's a closer look at the gold rim around the Wine Smart, which also has a sturdy flipping hinge.

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A loophole is prime real estate for slipping on a charm, or a strap to hang around your wrist or neck.

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