Review: LG Muziq
Sprint gives you two separate ways to reach content with the Muziq. The first is with Sprint's On Demand application, which we mentioned earlier in the review. The second is its standard WAP portal (Power Vision). There is no short cut button to the WAP portal, so you have to jump into the menu system to access it.
It loaded very fast in every area we tested it. There is a search bar at the top of the home page that lets you search for specific information if that is your desire. If you are just a little bit lazy and want to see what your fellow Sprint subscribers have searched for over the last week, a button below the search field links to the top 10 searches. Invariably "girls" was the top search. (Draw your own conclusions.)
As with other WAP portals, the Muziq's gives you a place to quickly find news, sports scores, movie times, the weather and information about your account. This means it is also equally as clunky at browsing to WAP sites off the portal. Once you jump through the menu and type in URLs, pages do load quickly enough. Phone Scoop's WAP pages, for example loaded in less than a second. More complex ones, like Mesa Boogie's (which is rich with images), took just a hair longer.
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As we noted earlier in the review, the Muziq lets you customize between two different installed themes. Each one presents users with slightly different menu systems and usability. Aside from themes, you can also choose different skins (background colors on menu pages), and screensavers/wallpapers. You can adjust the font for the browser and messaging separately. This was a nice touch. Setting the browser font to small lets you see a bit more content on each page, which can be useful.
The Muziq lets you adjust the standard ring tones and alerts for the phone. We're going to use some strong language here and say that the polyphonic ringtones are a bit cheesy. What's even more painful than using any of them is that you can't set music you've downloaded from the Sprint Music Store as a ringtone. This is yet another stumble for a music-centric phone, though other Sprint models suffer from teh same affliction.
You can also set shortcuts for the D-pad and add your own 5 items to the "Favorites" menu, which is a list of shortcuts to applications/folders.
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