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LG Swift AX-500

 

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Not A Worthy Wave Successor

 

Dec 20, 2008 by XXX

After reading articles in which some stated this phone was an updated version of the LG Wave, which is one of the best phones I have ever owned, I decided to give this one a shot. The 2 stars I gave it are pretty much for the very nice, large clear and crisp displays and for the very decent camera and music player. After that, however, the honeymoon is over.

The reception on this phone doesn't seem to be as good as the Wave or the Samsung Hue, and the bars have a habit of fluctuating rapidly but fotunately doesn't seem to cause any trouble foe making calls.

LG, in its infinite stupidity decided to include the absolute bottom of the barrel battery with this phone. Even with minimal usage between talking and text you will probably be down to one bar by the end of the day leaving you with the choice of charging it every night or risk the battery dying half way through the next day.

(I wish I could find out why LG makes holsters and extended batteries for Verizon LG phones, but Alltel's get nothing.)

In terms of sound quality, the Wave had it all. Clear sound and loud earpiece, ringer and speakerphone volumes. The Swift fails on just about all of these levels. Ringer volume is way too low and if you are not in the same room as the phone, it will barely be heard or not heard at all. If you are outdoors and even in slightly noisy environments then forget about it unless you have it on vibrate which of pretty decent strength. The earpiece volume is another disappointment. More often than not, callers sounded muffled and low as if their heads were face down in a pillow while they were speaking, and again it would be difficult to talk on this phone in even a semi-noisy environment. Speakerphone volume is decent but very shrill sounding.

Overall it's a nice looking phone with great looking displays and has most of if not all of the features most people want in a non-smartphone. However, it's extremely sub par sound quality and terrible battery life were dealbreakers for me.

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Ring Tone Too Low

 

Dec 20, 2009 by jimm

Overall volumn is too low. Ring Tone is too low. Unable to hear it ring. I have tried all supplied ringtones and they are all the same (too low). I took the phone back in and complained, they said it was a defective phone and ordered me a new one. The new one was exactly the same. Other than that I like the phone....I just can't hear it!

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Will not sell

 

Jun 10, 2009 by Drunk

I sell phones and everyone that has gone out... comes back in.
Big disappointment, the shortcut keys on the key pad are by far the most stupidest idea ever for a cell phone. I tried to text on it and kept hitting the new message and access shop buttons. I've stopped trying to even sell this phone anymore. In fact I tell the customer to not even try to buy it. They ask why and I say you'll be back and I'll lose commission.
Don't Buy it!

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Terrible Phone from LG

 

Jan 16, 2009 by NEgadgetguy

This is easily one of the worst LG CDMA phones that I have owned. The battery life is non- existent as it seems to be down to one bar by 7pm with very little talk time used. The sound quality is horrible with very low ringers and downloaded ones are just as quiet so they are a waste of money. The earpiece is the quietest I have heard in a long time and the speakerphone is on the loud side but still not good enough. The AX8600 and the Wave were much better phones than this.
The only good thing about this phone was that I got it for free when I signed up, then got a 50.00 rebate and also sold the phone for 82.00 so I made a 130.00 profit on that piece of junk. In the end I went back to my LG AX8600 which outperforms the Swift in every single way. Avoid this phone if you can, or get it if you have a way to make money on it like I did and then get a real phone.

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near perfect

 

Jan 11, 2009 by mudslinger83

so im with alltel, i just traded a motorola ve20 for the LG Swift and so glad i did, the motorola sucked, but anyway i love the swift there are just a couple of things that need to be improved but ill get into that later, first of all i love the color i have the red, music player is good, reception is good, downloaded ringers are loud and clear, speakerphone is pretty good could be a lil louder, but earpiece could be a lot louder have to be in a quiet area to hear, factory ringtones are to soft, but battery seems to be pretty good...overall excellent phone.

pro's

reception
bluetooth takes care of quiet earpiece
downloaded ringers are loud
speakerphone
expandable memory
music player
red color

con's
earpiece is to quiet
ringtones from factory are too soft
nothing else

overall
this is a nice upgrade to the LG Wave, which i never cared much for but it was a pretty good phone, i highly recommend this phone

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