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LG P7200

 LG P7200 Discontinued
5th December 2005
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The LG P7200 is part of LG's attempt to be seen as innovators in the mobile handset market, and it's certainly a break from tradition for LG. Unlike the recent S5200, the LG P7200 is a highly distinctive handset that while not totally innovative, does bring together a number of useful elements into a well-featured handset.

It's quite a slim phone, measuring 96x50x17mm and weighing 99 grams, somewhat thicker than the Motorola RAZR  but with a similar wide/thin look. Open it up and there's a metallic keypad, again a little like the RAZR, but the LG P7200 appears to have proper buttons unlike the fiddly keys on the RAZR. Also inside is a 176x220 pixel TFT display in 262,000 colours. On the outside is a 96x96 pixel external display with external media controls (like the Samsung E720), and on the back the LG looks just like a standard digital camera with the highly emphasised lens (a little like a Sony Ericsson). The display also swivels around, and this is something we first saw on the old LG G7100 from 2003, and the LG P7200 also has Bluetooth.

 LG P7200 As you can tell from the external media controls, the LG P7200 is a music phone. It's capable of playing back MP3, AAC/AAC+, Real and WMA files and it has a TransFlash / microSD memory slot capable of taking up to 512Mb of memory in addition to the 64Mb already inside the phone. The P7200 also plays back MPEG4 video.

The camera is a 2 megapixel unit with a built-in flash. As you might suspect from the design, you can operate the P7200 as a camera without opening it up. Again, the expandable memory is useful here. Video capture resolution is 208x160 pixels at 15fps which isn't great, but is fairly typical.

The screen is a weakness though, although 176x220 pixel displays are pretty standard, in our view the LG P7200 would benefit from a QVGA 240x320 pixel panel. The swivelling function gives a great deal of flexibility to picture taking, and also the external display is quite large at 96x96 pixels.

This is a tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 phone with GPRS, but no EDGE. It's not a 3G phone though, although it is similar in many ways to the U880. We'd very much like to see a 3G phone from LG with similar styling features though, perhaps with a better screen.

The LG P7200 is a good looking handset with a useful set of features. It should be available in retail channels by Christmas.

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LG P7200 at a glance


Q4 2005


GSM 900/1800/1900




176x220 pixels, 262k colours (main)
96x96 pixels, 65k colours (sub)


2 megpixels


Medium clamshell
96x50x17mm / 105 grams




Not specified





Battery life:

4 hours talk


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