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The striking LG LX400 has a dark red color scheme. The color external display sits between the camera and the speaker. This is LG's first Direct Connect handset.

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The LX400 doesn't have a rugged design, but it does offer spacious navigation controls and keypad buttons.

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Motorola long has enjoyed a monopoly on Direct Connect handsets and the V950 shows the company's heritage. It features a rugged design, a camera, and a music player with external controls.

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Like LG, Samsung is new to building Direct Connect phones. The black-and-blue Z400 has rubber sidings to protect it from bumps and bruises. The camera lens sits above the external display.

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The Z400's color scheme continues inside the phone.

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The Samsung Z700 has a distinct Samsung look. The sleek black flip phone won't pass any harsh durability tests but it's not a bad looking handset. External music control and a camera lens surround the monochrome external display.

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The Sanyo Pro-200 has a rugged design but it's pretty svelte as Direct Connect phones go. Black rubber sidings offset the silver skin. It also offers a large external display.

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The Pro-700 has almost the same design as the Pro-200. The rugged styling continues into the phone's interior.

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