Review: LG Vortex
For the most part, the LG Vortex uses the stock Android music player, exactly as I found on other LG Optimus phones. The phone had no problem finding all of my music tracks on the microSD card. While music is playing, you'll see the current track on the phone's lock screen, but there are no music controls for that screen, you'll have to unlock the phone to control the music. Like with its cousins, the LG Vortex had a speaker that was nice and loud enough to act as a simple music player. It lacked bass and wasn't the best sounding speaker around, but it could certainly fill a small room with music in a pinch.
The Vortex also gets Verizon Wireless' own VZ Music download store. It's one of the most miserable apps you'll find on an Android phone. Even on the best phones, the VZ Music store is unresponsive to touch input, slow to load new pages and counterintuitive to use. On the Vortex, with its touch sensitivity issues, these problems were amplified. The Amazon MP3 store is still available as a free download from the App Market, and it not only does an infinitely better job delivering purchased music over-the-air to your phone, it also sells tracks for half the price.
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