Review: LG Muziq
The Muziq's messaging features stand shoulder to shoulder with other mid-level devices. Unless you assign a shortcut in the favorites list, the only way to get into the messaging department is to hop into the main menu. Bringing up the main messaging center gives you access to text messages, picture mail, voice SMS, email and IM.
The first option is to initiate a new message. In that menu, you can choose from various different types of messages to send and to whom to send them. Sending text messages is a bit clunky. You have to take a number of the steps, confirming each step and choosing "next" or "done" each time you want to move on. It just seems a bit too bogged down with different steps. One nice thing, the soft keys let you adjust text entry modes quickly, without having to jump around into different menus. Assigning a priority to the texts we sent to non-Sprint phones didn't seem to have any impact on the appearance of the SMS's received on those phones.
Rather than MMS or picture messages, the Muziq lets you send "Picture Mail". It's the same thing, just with a different name. The steps to send a picture message are about the same as any other phone and it works well.
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The voice SMS applications lets you send 2-minute voice notes to your contacts. In testing this, it basically sends an SMS to your recipient's phone, who then has to call to hear the message played. This is a good way to avoid making a phone call if you know you just want to leave your friend a quick voice note without waiting for their phone to ring through to voice mail. It is no more work to retrieve it than to dial in to voice mail. In fact, it is quicker, since you don't have to sort through a voice mail menu. Calling the number takes you directly to the message.
Email helps you set up Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and other POP3 email accounts for the Muziq. It only takes a few moments to set up accounts and you can choose to have new emails pushed to you or wait and perform a send/receive at specific times. Reading non-HTML emails on the Muziq wasn't a problem. HTML emails, though, showed up as a set of hyperlinks, none of which worked or took you anywhere useful.
The IM program worked easily as well, and lets you sign into AOL, Yahoo and MSN chat environments. Though we have yet to find a phone-based IM program that is truly useful to work with, the Muziq's was no more painful than any other we have tried.
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