Review: LG Muziq
The Muziq makes use of several different menu systems depending on the theme you choose for the phone. The default theme appears to be the "Muziq" theme, which offers you an image of someone rocking out with their phone on the home screen as in an iPod commercial. There are 4 menu shortcuts along the left side of the screen. They are the Main Menu, On Demand, Music and Send Text. They do pretty much what they say they do. There are also two function key shortcuts to your list of favorites on the left and your contacts on the right.
When diving into the main menu, you are greeted with the standard grid layout of 12 selections. These let you access all the features of the phone. With the "Muziq" theme running, the icons are all black and white and when you pass over them, they jump out in color. No slick animations here, but they are certainly functional. Some of the selections are applications, such as the music player or camera, and others are folders, such as the settings or tools folders. These folders open up numerical lists of functions that you can select. From the Settings and Tools folders, you can adjust most of the features that you'd expect to be able to personalize on a phone.
Of the four shortcuts on the home screen, one is for Sprint's On Demand application, which acts like a widget. When you scroll over the icon, a small bubble pops up with the top headline and current weather conditions. Selecting it brings you into the application, where you can make adjustments to location, and see more news, sports and other headlines.
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The favorites key takes you a list of shortcuts for specific applications or actions. The first 5 are pre-assigned, but you can customize the remaining shortcuts to the exact actions you want.
The iPod picture is part of the theme, so if you don't like the picture on the home screen, and decided to change it, the Muziq automatically changes the theme to the "LG" theme. This theme loses the 4 home screen shortcuts and leaves it black, just showing your new wallpaper / screensaver.
In all, though, there are no surprises with the menu system and it is easily navigated and used.
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