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LG's Android flip phone has racing-stripe cool (pictures)

The LG Wine Smart combines the big-buttoned clamshell of yore with a touchscreen and Android core.

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Jessica Dolcourt is a passionate content strategist and veteran leader of CNET coverage. As Senior Director of Commerce & Content Operations, she leads a number of teams, including Commerce, How-To and Performance Optimization. Her CNET career began in 2006, testing desktop and mobile software for Download.com and CNET, including the first iPhone and Android apps and operating systems. She continued to review, report on and write a wide range of commentary and analysis on all things phones, with an emphasis on iPhone and Samsung. Jessica was one of the first people in the world to test, review and report on foldable phones and 5G wireless speeds. Jessica began leading CNET's How-To section for tips and FAQs in 2019, guiding coverage of topics ranging from personal finance to phones and home. She holds an MA with Distinction from the University of Warwick (UK).
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Smarter than your average clamshell

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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Buttons are big

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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Smooth or tactile touch

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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White and black and gold all over

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

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Camera: Another Android benefit

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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Portable, but thick

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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Nice rims

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

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Charmed life

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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