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The LG Optimus F6 is a contract-free bargain (pictures)

Available from T-Mobile, the Optimus F6 offers users solid hardware specs and 4G LTE for under $300.

Lynn La
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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T-Mobile's LG Optimus F6

Available from T-Mobile and reasonably priced at $289.99, the "http:="" reviews.cnet.com="" smartphones="" lg-optimus-f6-t="" 4505-6452_7-35826209.html"="" rel="">LG Optimus F6 sports a swift dual-core processor, a bright 4.5-inch screen (with a 960x540-pixel resolution) and a 5-megapixel camera.

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Let it shine

The 2,460mAh battery (which has a reported talk time of 8 hours) sits underneath a door adorned with a tile pattern. The design is subtle, and you can only make it out clearly when the handset is somewhere well lit.

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Light, compact size

The Optimus F6 measures 5.03 inches tall, 2.59 inches wide, and 0.40 inch thick. At 4.44 ounces, it's also fairly lightweight, and you can easily throw it in a small bag or your back jeans pocket.

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QuickMemo shortcut key

On the left edge sits a volume rocker and a shortcut key to launch QuickMemo (more on that later). Up top is a 3.5mm headphone jack and on the right is a sleep/power button. Finally, the bottom edge houses a Micro-USB port for charging.

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Jotting down notes

QuickMemo lets you jot down quick notes or sketches directly over images onscreen. Other LG UI features include VuTalk, which enables users to make annotations on documents and photos on their device while sharing it in real time with another VuTalk-enabled handset through either a network or Wi-Fi connection.

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Swift processor inside

The device runs on a zippy 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm. While playing the graphics-intensive game Riptide GP, I experienced no stalling or unexpected force quitting with the app.

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5-MP shooter for casual photogs

In addition to a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, the F6 sports a 5-megapixel camera as well. It can record up to 1080p HD video and features a "Portrait+" function (previously known as Beauty Shot) that lets you adjust the brightness and blurriness of an image.

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