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HolidayBuyer's Guide

A little Android that could

Type or Swype

Compact yet plump

Textured but slippery

Power it up

Camera up close

A swappable battery

Basic lock screen

Choose your widgets

Feature-filled camera

Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the LG Motion 4G for MetroPCS is small but very capable. Onboard is a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 4G LTE connection, and 5-megapixel camera.
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Typing on the LG Motion 4G's 3.5-inch screen is a little cramped, but you can also use the Swype text-entry method for one-handed writing on the go.
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The LG Motion 4G may be small, but its waistline is anything but.
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The back side of the LG Motion 4G features a textured surface but not a soft-touch finish. As a result, it may slip from your grip.
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The top edge of the LG Motion 4G holds its power button and 3.5mm headphone jack.
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Here's a closer look at the LG Motion 4G's camera lens. You can also tell that the phone's plastic construction is solid but not premium.
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Popping off the LG Motion 4G's back cover reveals its removable battery and microSD card slot.
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Even though the LG Motion 4G runs Android ICS, it sports a basic lock screen that lacks shortcuts to quickly launch applications.
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One benefit to the LG Motion 4G's Android 4.0 ICS interface is the special widget section placed in the Android app tray.
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Despite its midrange pedigree, the LG Motion 4G comes with a full-featured camera app. Numerous shooting modes and filters are here, including Continuous Shot, Panorama, and even HDR settings.
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