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Review: LG VX-8100

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Messaging appears to have been a design priority for Verizon, and so text messaging is quick and simple. Click the left softbutton once to launch the messaging application, click a second time to pick your message type from the menu, and then you're addressing and composing. The screen presents multiple address fields, where you can either enter numbers, or one more click brings us to the contact list. In a perfect world we prefer to compose the text before addressing it, but the speed of the messaging interface minimizes the impact of what we consider to be a backward design . Input is quick thanks to the large keypad and effective T9 implementation. Rarely was the phone unable to keep up with our two-fisted typing.

Incoming texts show up on the LG's secondary display, which allows for quick reading, and makes receiving texts is even easier than composing them. MMS messages are just as easily composed by selected from the main messaging menu.

Email is restricted to web access through the Verizon browser. Support for AOL, Hotmail, and Yahoo are included, and each of them are quick and easy to access. Email access is found through the main messaging menu, or through the browser button on the main navigation cluster.

 

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