LG's mobile phone zoo

If there's one thing that's lacking in the gadget world, it's products with memorable names. How lucky we are, then, to be presented with not one, but

If there's one thing that's lacking in the gadget world, it's products with memorable names. How lucky we are, then, to be presented with not one, but two animal-themed mobiles from LG.

The 'shark' (or LG S5200, if you will) on the right could well be the offspring of the Samsung D500 – like our favourite slider phone, it's got the smooth action, a glossy black finish and a solid 1.3MP camera. Considering Sammy's effort has spent a lengthy time in our top 10 mobile phones list, it's good parentage for the 3G newbie to have.

Although it's far from a music mobile, it does have an MP3 player with AAC support which you can load up via drag and drop, an external MicroSD slot and Bluetooth for easy synching.

As dashing a name as Shark is, it's not quite as memorable as the LG-P7200 (left), which likes to be known informally at animal parties as the 'Pigeon'. Curious moniker aside, there's no doubting its genetic origins – the metallic keypad and the flip-phone design are straight from the Motorola RAZR, although its 3G body is a little chubbier at 18.2mm.

The music buttons on the front are a little misleading, as its no better equipped than the Shark for churning out tunes, with no WMA support, slow USB 1.1 transfer and only a MicroSD slot for loading it up with more than 30 tunes. It does, though, have another impressive party trick – a Sharp 903 inspired swivelling screen, which morphs the phone Transformer-style into a 2MP digicam.

Beyond the nicknames, then, we have two phones which seem to be a heady mix of some of our favourite current mobiles, with added 3G functionality. Both are expected to debut in Q1 next year, although there's no pricing info as yet. Look out for more info in Stuff's February issue, out 5th January.

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