We have to admit, a transparent phone has never topped our gadget wishlist. But that hasn't stopped plucky LG from making the GD900 Crystal – and, after a brief play, its see-through keypad has revealed itself to be more than just a gimmick.
While the Crystal sports a 3in touchscreen, its slide out keypad is also touch-sensitive. As you can see below, this means you can assign different-shaped finger strokes to different applications – pretty cool, though you can't assign letters to your contacts like on the Samsung Jet.
Another noteworthy feature is that LG has included multi-touch on the 3in touchscreen – granted, it's not anywhere near as smooth as on the iPhone, but it's good to finally see other phones (the HTC Hero is another) that support the intuitive 'pinch to zoom' method of web browsing.
The Crystal runs LG's now familiar S-Class interface, which runs a little smoother than on the Arena but is still a little sluggish compared the lightening responsive of Android and the iPhone, and packs an 8MP camera with LED flash. It's an impressive spec sheet, and there are enough innovations to separate the Crystal from the mid-range riff-raff.
Scroll down for full specs and more pics, then check out our hands-on video – we'll have a full review next week.
LG GD900 Crystal vs Apple iPhone 3G S
LG GD900 Crystal (left) vs Apple iPhone 3G S (right)
Specs: 3in, 480x800 multi-touch screen, 8MP camera (with autofocus and LED flash), stereo Bluetooth, 1.5GB storage, FM radio, 105x52.5x13.4mm/127g