Review: LG Muziq
The Muziq has an alarm clock and calendar that let you assign alarms and save appointments. The alarm can save up to 3 separate alarms, and you can choose their frequency (daily, weekly, etc.). The calendar lets you save up to 300 different appointments and set alarms for them similar to the alarm clock. You can also send calendar appointments to others via Bluetooth as well as perform searches within the calendar.
We had an infuriating experience setting up Bluetooth with the Muziq. We paired it with a set of Motorola S9 stereo Bluetooth headphones. The headphones paired easily, and worked fine...for making calls. No matter what we did, however, we couldn't get the Muziq to stream music to the stereo headphones. We deleted the S9 profile and re-paired the device numerous times. In the end, we had to delete the profile, remove the battery, and re-pair the device to get it to recognize the stereo Bluetooth. After that, music streamed to the headphones without issue, and the quality was good. We hope not everyone will experience this. Regular Bluetooth headsets paired with no problems, and the Muziq also let us transfer contact information to other devices without issue.
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If you think you'll be able to check the time quickly with the Muziq, think again. Once the keypad is locked, it has to be unlocked before you can view any information in the exterior display. It takes about 5 seconds to press the button, wait for it to unlock, and then display the time and status icons. You can, however, flip the Muziq open and see the time on the main display in several different formats. The first and default setting is a tiny digital read-out along the bottom. It can also be set to a large analog clock, a large digital clock, or a dual world-clock format showing the local time and the time in a city of your choosing. All three of these options do cover a significant portion of your wallpaper.
Content is managed in the My Content folder. Essentially, anything you download from Sprint's portal, be it games, themes or ringers, are all stored here. So are other applications, such as Google Maps or other free Java apps. The memory card can be managed from the tools menu. It lets you access and view most of the content there, as well as delete it and create new folders. You cannot, however, move content from one folder to another. Since the Muziq can be used as a USB storage device, data can be sideloaded from a PC to the storage card. Data (such as songs) can also be added to the card directly.
The Muziq is compatible with Sprint's Power Vision services, and that includes Sprint TV. About 50 channels were up and running, many of which have sub-channels for specific content. The store itself takes about 6 to 8 seconds to boot up. Loading TV programming was quick, intuitive, and a richer experience overall than the Muziq's music playback. The player software is much more polished. Videos loaded very quickly, in as little as 2 seconds, after you selected which program you wanted to watch. Viewed in the player, the screen is tiny. Small as it is, the quality is pretty good, and there was no choppy action or sound. You can expand the player to fill the entire screen, but this just resizes the same tiny stream, so the quality of the video goes way down when you do this. In fact, it's so bad, watching the smaller version is preferable most of the time.
The Muziq also has the usual assortment of tools, such as a calculator, world clock, and notepad for basic productivity needs.
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