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Review: LG Octane

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An Open Letter To Verizon Wireless:

Your feature phone music software and user interface has not changed since 2004. Get with the program, and make something that's not frightfully painful to use.

Eric M. Zeman

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The Octane uses the most archaic music software from Verizon Wireless. The discovery process is painful, the navigation slow, and it could be much more intuitive to use.

From the front screen you can only choose to play all, choose a playlist or shuffle your music. The player will show you the song information and a progress bar. With the Octane open, you have to go into the Media Center and then jump into the MyMusic option. It has 8 different selections from which to choose. These help you search for the music you want to hear by sorting via album, genre, artist, song, etc. The Octane works with Verizon's Rhapsody music service. Discovering new music isn't too, too awful, but it could sure be a lot better.

With music playing, you can go back to the home screen and do almost anything on the phone that isn't network dependent. In other words, you can sort through your pictures, look up contact information, etc. The minute you fire up the web browser or other network-dependent feature, the music dies.

Despite the drawbacks of the player and associated software, music playback sounded pretty good through the stereo speakers and wired headphones, but not Bluetooth headphones.

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