Review: LG VX-8100
The browser on the phone is exceedingly quick, even when compared to similar VCAST phones like the e815. The formatting of external pages is standard phone fare, with sites like BBC mobile up sans most of its graphics. Text in the browser is crisp and highly legible, and can easily be read at arm's length. Navigation is straightforward, with large main buttons separating content, and traditional blue underlined text for links.
The phone supports downloaded ringtones of the mp3 variety, as well as polyphonic tones (and femur-on-skull monophonic tones). The included ringtones are all polyphonic, from classical to dance to strange animal noises. There aren't any MP3 ringtones included, something we would've liked to see, particularly in a phone with large, high quality stereo speakers. Ringtones moved via mini SD from our computer were sadly not visible to the phone. Jpeg images could, however, be moved from our computer and used for wallpaper, sent as mms, etc.
The main screen can be adorned with a photo or video, though videos purchased through VCAST will not act as wallpaper. Wallpaper is displayed across the entire screen, with basic status information overlaid on the top and bottom.
Screen customization is limited on the phone, as are shortcuts. The main navigation buttons are configured according to their inscribed icons, with only the down arrow open to customization from a list of nine options. We could also add a personal text banner in the top third of the display. The last element of main screen customization is an analog clock. Because the standard time/date banner across the bottom of the display cannot be turned off, this optional analog clock is as redundant here on the main display as it is on the external.