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tiesan01's review of the LG VX-8300

original version, submitted Sep 23, 2015, 9:15 PM:

This Phone Can't be Beat! (Or Drowned, or Chewed, or Run Over...)

This VX-8300 was my boyfriend's high school phone.
The boyfriend is now husband, and this phone has lasted with nary a scratch on it from 2007-2015 (after some time spent in a drawer). I use it now as my secondary phone line, since my smartphone is huge and awkward to talk on.

I used to make fun on boyfriend for using a stupid old flip phone (with an antenna on it!!!) when he could have a shiny new LG Octane. Eventually he went to a smartphone, and the Vx-8300 sat in the drawer. Now that I have resurrected this old beast, here are some annoyances and helpful tips!

1) VCast music doesn't work anymore as a service. The phone only worked with Verizon's stupidly overpriced and spotty VCast service (was marketed as a music phone) and has external buttons on the front screen to control MP3 files. If not playing music files, the buttons are basically useless. I wish that they had additional functions, like checking text addresses or caller ID's.

2) Nubby external antenna gives the phone KILLER reception, but it is always getting stuck in the corner of my pocket. I wear skinny jeans, so fishing it out of my front pocket is sometimes awkward.

3) No easy was to add words via that phone's T9 system. No, I don't want to add a new "quick text," you piece of ducking shut. A way around this is to add the new word as an entry into your phone book. Add a fake number with it, then erase it. The phone will remember the new word even if the contact is no longer in the contacts list.

4) Battery only lasts 4 days! (Lol, kidding. 4 days is great nowadays). However, the phone uses that old LG pin charger that always seems to get stuck inside the phone. Why couldn't they have used barrel chargers like Nokia?

5) Text message memory fills up quickly. I feel like 200 texts max really isn't very many.

6) Verizon crippled this phone's bluetooth capabilities, so you are stuck with the crappy stock ringtones.

Overall, amazingly durable phone! Works totally great.

edited Sep 23, 2015, 9:31 PM to the current version:

This Phone Can't be Beat! (Or Drowned, or Chewed, or Run Over...)

This VX-8300 was my boyfriend's high school phone.
The boyfriend is now husband, and this phone has lasted with nary a scratch on it from 2007-2015 (after some time spent in a drawer). I use it now as my secondary phone line, since my smartphone is huge and awkward to talk on.

I used to make fun of boyfriend for using a stupid old flip phone (with an antenna on it!!!) when he could have a shiny new LG Octane. Eventually he went to a smartphone, and the Vx-8300 sat in the drawer. Now that I have resurrected this old beast, here are some annoyances and helpful tips!

1) VCast music doesn't work anymore as a service. The phone only worked with Verizon's stupidly overpriced and spotty VCast service (was marketed as a music phone) and has external buttons on the front screen to control MP3 files. If not playing music files, the buttons are basically useless. I wish that they had additional functions, like checking text addresses or caller ID's.

2) Nubby external antenna gives the phone KILLER reception, but it is always getting stuck in the corner of my pocket. I wear skinny jeans, so fishing it out of my front pocket is sometimes awkward.

3) No easy was to add words via the phone's T9 system. No, I don't want to add a new "quick text," you piece of ducking shut. A way around this is to add the new word as an entry into your phone book. Add a fake number with it, then erase it. The phone will remember the new word even if the contact is no longer in the contacts list.

4) Battery only lasts 4 days! (Lol, kidding. 4 days is great nowadays). However, the phone uses that old LG pin charger that always seems to get stuck inside the phone. Why couldn't they have used barrel chargers like Nokia?

5) Text message memory fills up quickly. I feel like 200 texts max really isn't very many.

6) Verizon crippled this phone's bluetooth capabilities, so you are stuck with the crappy stock ringtones.

Overall, amazingly durable phone! Works totally great.

 

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