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Review: LG Rumor

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Let's face some facts. The Rumor is not a multimedia phone. Yes, it has a music player. But it's probably the most bare-bones music player we've ever used on a mobile phone. The only way we could get at our music was through the main menu. Opening it up, the "Media Player" option is in the upper right-hand corner. This application would not even open until we inserted a microSD card with media on it into the slot. That's kind of strange.

Once we stuck in a card, we were able to open the player, which just takes you straight to a list of your songs. The songs are not categorized in any way. No artist, genre, or album folders here. Just a straight list of the songs beginning with all the number one tracks, and then the number two tracks and so on. The two soft keys let you play the song (left) or access some options (right). The options are limited to repeat/random, file info, memory info and delete. The repeat option seems to be totally wasted if you ask us. The way the songs are listed in track/alpha order basically already completely randomizes them. When playing songs back, the options are limited to just repeat/random and getting the file information.

Because the Rumor has a 2.5mm headset jack, you have to use an adapter or a non-standard set of headphones to listen to music. Playback through the internal speaker actually sounds quite good, but there are no equalizer or other settings that allow you to adjust the sound of the music.

Another quibble we have is that even though the application is a "media player" it really only plays back music. Video content we had on the card was not accessible through the media player application.

So, you can use the Rumor to listen to music...as long as you don't mind having no control over what order the songs are played in and having no control over the way the music sounds.

 

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