Review: LG Fathom
The LG Fathom uses the abysmal Windows Media player for music. It's all bad. The interface design is lousy and music can be difficult to control. Some album artwork didn't come through, and the phone read my files off the microSD card incorrectly, so I ended up with dozens of empty system files showing up as music in my library. The library won't find music files until you give it very specific instructions on where and when to look, and even then it often forgot where to find my library. In could go on and on, but instead I'll just warn against using the LG Fathom as a music phone. Verizon must know the score, because The Network didn't include its own V Cast Music Store on this phone. If you want to listen to music, hit yourself in the head with a hammer and enjoy the sound of your ears ringing. It's more pleasant than dealing with the Fathom.
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