Review: LG VX-8100
The Verizon UI, love or hate it, is consistent. The main menu features five different tabs, each with no more than 10 elements per tab. The simplistic layout and minimal menu items allowed us to find each element of the phone's function quickly and easily. The appearance of these menus is relatively static, with simple control over the color hues as the only modifiable option. Even when the "business" theme is selected, the menus retain their cartoony feel; animated for no useful reason, which keeps the phone feeling like a teenage gadget and less of a business tool. Overall the menu layout and navigation is quick and painless, though it lacks a refinement expected with most professional handsets.
Main menu navigation is extremely responsive, with little to no wait for any change in any area of the menu system. Downloaded BREW applications are all quick to load, but once started obviously present their own interfaces. Need For Speed: Underground 2 for instance, took less than ten seconds from app selection to the game's main menu. Online application interfaces also change between providers. Considering Verizon's aggressive UI control, these variations are awkward, particularly in sections of the phone that control making purchases.
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