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printed July 31, 2014
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Review: LG VX-8100

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The 8100 has the time in a small banner across the bottom of the external display. After the approximately a minute, the external display goes dark, and a press of the music control buttons is necessary to show the time again. It is possible to add a second, larger readout of the time across the center of the display, which while larger to read it does seem redundant. We were able to read the time clearly in most lighting conditions.

Bluetooth

Pairing the phone with our Akono 660 headset worked seamlessly. Pairing was quick, and once connected, the phone showed a discreet bluetooth icon in the lower right corner of both displays. Pressing the headset's main button lead us straight to the voice command screen, something that was both unexpected and exceptionally useful. Call quality through the headset was excellent, and reception held up across 15 feet of household walls with only slight amounts of static.

The 8100 included profiles for both headsets and hands-free car kits. OBEX and serial are not available here, and while pairing it with a Mac using Bluetooth is easy, there are no available services with the 8100.

Extras

The phone does include the standard tool kit. The calendar, world clock, alarm, notepad, and calculator all were straightforward. While the alarm setup screen includes the convenience of displaying the current time below the designated alarm time, the alarm doesn't activate when the phone is turned off. The separate tip calculator proved useful. One screen of operation allowed us to determine the split based on the total bill, desired percentage, and number of people.

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