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Photos: LG Joy and Samsung i520

This morning's Symbian smart phone show yielded surprises -- LG and Samsung launched new handsets that run on the Symbian OS. Here are some photos of the LG Joy and Samsung i520

Today Crave went along to the Symbian smart phone show. The event is held every year and we expected to hear the same old 'smart phones are the future' speech and see some interesting new Symbian applications. However, what we didn't expect to see were LG and Samsung's new phones running on the Symbian OS.

The LG Joy (pictured) is based on the Symbian OS v9 and S60 3rd edition feature pack 1. It features a 61mm (2.4-inch) colour screen, expandable microSD slot and HSDPA (3.5G) connectivity for broadband-like speeds on the go. It also boasts a 2-megapixel camera for snapshots and a VGA one for video calls. Considering how many features it has, we were really impressed at how light it felt.

This is the first time LG has used the Symbian OS on a handset, and from what we saw it's not bad. Strangely enough, it feels more like a Nokia to use than a LG, which may or may not be a good thing.

Samsung also launched a handset based on Symbian OS v9 and S60 3rd edition feature pack 1, called the SGH-i520. The i520 also features HSDPA connectivity and a 2-megapixel camera. Other features include a 58mm (2.3-inch) colour screen, A2DP Bluetooth stereo connectivity and an expandable microSD slot. Expect a full review of both handsets soon. -AL

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The LG Joy has a large colour screen and features a similar glossy surface to the Chocolate phone.

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Considering the Joy is feature-packed, it felt really light to hold.

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The Samsung i520 is a slider phone with smooth, glossy casing.

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The i520 has touch-sensitive buttons that light up blue when the phone is activated.

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The menu system looks similar to other Samsung menus, but this phone can run Symbian applications.

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Like the LG Joy, this phone also features a 2-megapixel camera and a VGA camera on the front for video calls.

Photo credit: Samsung