Two mobile phones on our watch list just got approved by the FCC, namely the Nokia E72 and LG Chocolate BL40.

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The 5-megapixel touting QWERTY-equipped E72 is Nokia’s follow-up to their highly successful E71 which, to date, has already sold over 5 million units for the Finnish company. Apart from the improved camera, this approved version of the E72 also boasts of quad-band EDGE and HSPA 850/1900/2100MHz connectivity which will come in handy for those who wish to take advantage of its 10.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity provided, of course, your network supports such high-speed bandwidth. With no branding included, this model of the Nokia E72 will probably land in the hands of Nokia flagship stores across the US rather than being part of any US carrier's line-up.

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The LG BL40, on the other hand, is a bit of a disappointment. Sure, it got approved by the FCC for US distribution, but this version only comes with EDGE connectivity in lieu of the promised 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity. Likewise, while it does look good on video and its specs one of the best we've seen so far, the actual unit looks a bit awkward to use which begs the question; how function can it really be as far as real-world performance is concerned? Well, with FCC approval in tow, we’ll soon find out once it’s released in the market. Verizon will most likely be the carrier to offer this baby in the US while Telus is the leading candidate in Canada.

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Now that these two equally intriguing phones have gotten over the FCC hump, which one are you looking forward to the most - the power-packed business-minded Nokia E72 or the next-generation multimedia monster LG Chocolate BL40?