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Review: LG Xenon

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The Xenon uses LG's basic touch phone interface with a few AT&T touches (pun intended) thrown into the mix. The home screen has four icons along the bottom (phone app, contacts, messages, main menu), as well as three shortcut icons along the top (contacts, home, favorites). Each of these three shortcuts represents a different, user-configurable home screen that the Xenon can be set to. It provides the same functionality as what LG did with the Versa, but takes away the fun, interactive "panel" on the Versa. Instead of swiping from screen to screen, you press one of the three icons at the top instead.

The three screens are customizable, The first page is simply for you to pile in a bunch of your favorite peeps. The main home screen has a little tab that can be opened/closed. On the next customizable screen, which is the "Favorites" screen, you can put shortcuts to pretty much any application or service that is on the Xenon.

The thing that really, really drives me bonkers is the Task Menu key. First, it is placed between the send/end keys. Generally, when there are just three buttons on a touch phone, they are send/end and then a back/clear key. I repeatedly pressed this key in the vain hopes of going back one screen. Instead, a Task Menu pops up. The Task menu shows you all the running applications. You can close them if you wish, or jump to any of them. Seems like overkill. (And the lack of a physical "back" key is just super annoying). Instead, there is a software "back" key, placed into the upper-left corner of the screen.

Other than these foibles, the rest of the Xenon's menu works as any other LG touch phone. The main menu has the tabs up and down the right side of the screen. Each tab holds access to 8 different folders / features / functions of the Xenon.

 

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