Slide phones (also called slider phones), present practically the same advantages as flip phones but are slightly easier to open with just one hand. Many slide phones use the extra space provided by the hidden keyboard to offer large displays and even touch-screens.
The LG Xpression 2 might have been an attempt to remedy the setbacks of the first model, coming with a 230MHz single-core Qualcomm processor this time around. It also adds a Night Mode to the 2-megapixel camera, presumably for taking better stills during night time. It offers a pretty old version of Bluetooth (v2.1) and does not offer any Wi-Fi connectivity. Its video and music features also manage to level with what is commonly observed on other feature phones. This device also comes with M3/T4 hearing aid ratings, for users with delicate hearing. It contrasts its red predecessor, coming in a two-toned blue-and-white finish.
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The Kyocera Verve is a budget texting 3G phone built for convenience with features such as a USB tethered data connection feature that allows users to use this phone to connect their computer to the internet and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard laid out with spaced out keys in an attempt to reduce typos.
It has a special twist for users with disabilities, with features like a voice engine that reads web pages, messages, headlines, etc for the visually-impaired, as well as a larger font setting for its 2.4-inch display. There is a shortcut key for your favorite social network.
Kyocera's Contact combines the classic candybar facade (a 2.4-inch screen atop an alphanumeric keypad) with a slide-out QWERTY form factor, probably to target users who still prefer to type text on a physical keyboard. Its low-level specs also include a BMP 1.0.4 operating system, a QSC 6155 chipset, and a 2-megapixel camera. It offers a 512MB internal memory matched by a 256MB RAM. The Contact's battery is rated at 1100mAh, scoring a 6.3-hour talk time and a 261-hour maximum standby time.
Another basic mobile companion from T-Mobile, this time boasting both a numeric keypad and a full QWERTY keyboard underneath. It comes with T-Mobile's WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) that notifies you in cases of general safety issues. A 2-megapixel camera sits behind its black casing, with an LED flash, unlike most other basic phones. Essential Bluetooth, NFC and 3G supports are also packed in this model. It follows the classic 256MB ROM, with a 128MB RAM and an up to 32GB microSD memory expansion slot.
The LG Extravert 2 is less heavy (down 0.15 ounces, to 4.15 oz) than the previous Extravert, but still a texting slider, obviously for the talkative extravert in you... However, it offers a larger main display, which grew to 3.2 inches (from its previous 2.8 inches) and a few more minutes of talk time (365 minutes instead of 350). That said, it still comes with a 2-megapixel camera, a 1000 mAh battery and a memory expansion limit of 32 GB.
Surprisingly, the LG Extravert 2 has a shorter stand by time (from 550 to 380 hours) and higher head and body SAR ratings (from 0.96 to 1.03) (from 0.77 to 1.3).
The Vybe might have been intended as a starter phone, as it features an Easy mode that converts the UI into a simple list of features on a single home screen. It also sports a user-set command button on the side, providing quick access to your favorite app. A physical QWERTY-pad hides under its 3.2-inch touchscreen, making it one of the rare remaining feature phones equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Pre-installed Facebook, Twitter and AT&T services also add to its features, with a low-tech 3-megapixel (CMOS) camera to boot.
Along with a beefed-up 2460mAh battery and a rare slide-out QWERTY keyboard (most new smartphones are touch only), the LG Enact offers a Starter Mode interface which is designed to ease in smartphone neophytes (and a Standard Mode for power users). It also comes with the standard mid-range fare: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, dual core 1.2 GHz processor (with an Adreno graphic processor), 1 GB of RAM, 8GB memory, 5-megapixel camera (with a 1920 x 1080 video recorder), and a 4-inch TFT screen. With these modest features, it should sit comfortably well among the second-tier Android phones.
The LG Optimus F3Q promises speedy typing with its QWERTY keyboard that enables the Write & Share function (allows access to the messaging screen even without launching an app) when slid down. The dual-core 1.2GHz Android smartphone also comes with a 2460mAh battery that has a talk time of 960 minutes or 16 hours, a 4-inch 800 x 480 TFT screen, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1GB RAM, and a 1.11GB end-user memory that can be expanded up to 32GB.
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