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Review: LG VX-8100

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Contact profiles hold a significant amount of information. As far as number support, the LG can carry four separate phone numbers, plus a fax and email. Each contact can also have ringtone, picture, and group assignments. The organization of these fields is rather awkward. The secondary mobile number, email address, and fax number fields are at the bottom of the list, separated from the other number and email fields by ring-tone and picture fields.

All of these values were easy to assign, including photo ID, which allowed us to easily select an existing photo, or take a new one on the spot. Considering the 1.3MP camera and high resolution display, we expected the LG to display the full photo when receiving a call on the main display. Instead, only a thumbnail is displayed with the contact name and number above and below the image.

Voice dialing on the LG is a surprisingly pleasant experience. After spending 5 minutes training the voice command system, we simply had to speak the name of anyone in the contact list, and it would appear for us to dial with a single button press. This system proved more usable than others in the event of an incorrect selection, as it did not automatically dial the returned entry.

The voice system also has support for reciting a number sequence, dialing voicemail, and displaying missed calls, messages, and the current time & date. Each of these options proved easy to access.

 

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