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Review: LG Glimmer

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Making calls with the Glimmer presents no obstacles. The green send key, as always, brings up a list of recent calls. If you press the little phone shortcut at the bottom of the screen, you might expect a dialer to come up, but it doesn't. With the phone open, LG smartly realizes you'll be using the physical keypad for typing in numbers. What it brings up is an easy way to sort through your calls by giving you some options that include recent calls, speed dials, contacts and from your SMS inbox. This last touch is a nice one, and lets you dial a number attached to an SMS that you might have received.

Once you make a selection from these menus, you'll see four buttons along the bottom. The left-most is a back button, with a Call button to its right, an options menu button to the right of that and an End button all the way to the right. These buttons do what you expect them to do with no surprises.

If the Glimmer is closed, however, a dialer will appear. You can perform all the actions described above just as easily with the phone closed.

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You have to tap the contacts icon at the bottom of the phone's screen to open up your contact list. When you first get the phone, the only numbers in there are a grouping of Alltel's services. At the very top-left corner of the screen is a tiny little icon. Press it to add a new contact. The contact application is straight forward. You can add multiple numbers and email addresses, as well as the standard ringtones, photo IDs, notes and URLs.

There are some buttons along the top that let you easily switch to symbol input and different styles of text input. I especially like the button that lets you change between different ABC modes, such as ABC, Abc, abc, and predictive text styles. Rather than having to cycle through them all, each selection has its own button. Just pick the input style you want, press it and go.

Also at the top of the main contact page is a little search bar. Select it and start typing. It will begin filtering your contacts via their name.

You can also use the options menu to send messages, delete single or multiple contacts, and edit existing contacts.

 
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