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Review: LG GS505 Sentio

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The Sentio's music player was an exercise in frustration. There's no way to sync music directly to the Sentio that I could find. USB storage mode doesn't work. Instead I had to resort to pulling out the microSD card (my own card, because the Sentio doesn't come with one), and load music that way. Music files dropped directly into the root menu of the microSD card didn't show up in the player. Neither did music placed in a folder in the root menu. Instead, you have to figure out by trial and error that the Sentio will only see music placed in a folder labeled "Media." It's not user-friendly at all.

Once you've actually loaded music, the player fares on par with other phones in this price range and actually offers a few surprises. It offers the normal playback controls on the touch screen. You can create playlists on the go, which I like, and you can alter the equalizer, set up loops and repeat, as well as turn on a visualizer. Album art only loaded sporadically.

The biggest detraction is that the Sentio doesn't offer any easy way to listen to music privately. Due to the amped up speaker, you can easily share music with friends (and probably annoy the neighbors while you're at it), but you're limited to stereo Bluetooth headphones or a clumsy USB-to-3.5mm adapter if you want to use headphones. Neither of these is a great solution, and LG/T-Mobile was not kind enough to supply the adapter.

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The music player can also be sent to the background if you want. Dialing it back up quickly, however, is not going to happen. In order to get the music to reappear (you know, in order to silence the music), you have to press the task switcher button, then choose the music player, which takes its time to re-open, and then make sure you're on the "Now Playing" screen in order to do anything.

It works, but not without fighting first.

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