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Review: LG LX370

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The LX370 takes the ho-hum approach to its design. It's a slider, with silver, chrome and grey styling cues. Nothing really sets it apart from the wide crop of other middle-range feature phones, and that's probably just what LG was shooting for when it designed this phone. It has a nice weight to it, and gently curves that make it easy to hold. Slipping it into a pocket is a breeze, as is retrieving it. Everything about it is comfortable.

The front has a smallish screen, with the controls underneath. The D-pad is circular and about the size of a quarter. There is a very subtle texture to the D-pad, so your thumb knows when it has found it. It has great travel and feedback, and feels just right in every direction. Same goes for the center button. To the left and right of the D-pad are the soft keys. They are a little bit hard to find by feel, but their size means you'll probably get there sooner or later. These keys have a huge amount of travel and very noticeable feedback. Below the soft keys are the send/end buttons. This are absolutely ginormous keys. They are very easy to find and even easier to use. Nestled directly below the D-pad is a small key that serves to take you back a screen. In all, these controls are functional and make the LX370 that much easier to use.

The slider mechanism feels very solid. It has slight spring assistance, which will snap it up or down. The slide feels solid, and I didn't notice any weakness in it during my time testing the phone.

When open, you have access to the numeric keypad. All 12 keys are large, easily found, and have good travel and feedback. There are three side-to-side ridges between the rows of keys, and they help guide your thumb as you dial numbers or input text. The keypad may not make any great leaps forward in design, but it does just what it is supposed to do, and does it well.

If you're looking for the volume toggle, you'll find it on the left side of the phone. There are tiny numbs at the top and bottom of the toggle, letting you know exactly which is up and which is down. Below that is the hatch covering the microUSB port for charging and data transfer.

On the right, there are a number of other controls. At the tippy top corner is the hatch covering the 2.5mm headset jack. Below that is the hatch for microSD cards. Both hatches peel back with no problem. Below these hatches are the voice key and camera key. These buttons are a little bit on the small side and have less travel and feedback than most of the other buttons, but they still work well enough.

The camera is on the back of the LX370. The battery comes off easily enough.

In sum, the hardware may not set the world on fire with excitement, but it works very well and is a good phone for lots of daily use.

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