LG VX8600
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LG VX8600




Network:
CDMA 800 / 1900
Form Factor:
Clamshell
Dimensions:
99 x 49 x 15 mm
Weight:
92
Antenna:
Internal
Navigation:
5-Way Keypad
Battery Type:
800 mAh Li-Ion
Talk Time:
3.7 hours
Standby Time:
16.6 days
Memory:
24.0 MB
Slot:
microSD / TransFlash
Radiation (SAR):
Below Average Radiation (0.68 W/kg)

Main Screen:
TFT
262,000 colors (176 x 220 px)
Secondary Screen:
TFT
65,000 colors (128 x 160 px)
Camera:
1.3 MP / 1280 x 960 px / 8X Zoom / Video Recorder

MP3 Player:
VCAST Music
FM Radio:
No
Speakerphone:
Yes
Push-To-Talk:
No

Wallpapers:
176 x 220 px
Screen Savers:
176 x 220 px
Ringtones:
MP3
Themes:
Yes
Games:
BREW
Streaming Multimedia:
VCAST Video

SMS:
Yes
EMS:
Yes
MMS:
Yes
Email:
Yes
Chat:
AOL / MSN / Yahoo
Predictive Text:
T9

Phonebook:
500
Calendar:
Yes
To-Do List:
Yes
WAP:
2.0
Voice Commands:
Yes
Calculator:
Yes

Bluetooth:
A2DP / AVRCP / FTP / HSP / HFP / DUN / OPP / SPP
Infrared Port:
No
High-Speed Data:
cdma2000 1xEV-DO
Wi-Fi:
No
GPS:
Yes
PC Sync:
Yes

Website:
Product Website




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The LG VX8600 music phone is for you if you want the multimedia features of the Chocolate, but want a clamshell design. Like the Chocolate, the VX8600 offers a 1.3-megapixel camera, music player and links to Verizon's Mobile Web 2.0, Get It Now and VCast Video and Music service. It also includes one-touch speakerphone, a microSD slot, Ev-Do for speedy downloads and Bluetooth connect up to 20 devices, including headsets and stereo headphones -- sold separately.

Design

If you're not willing to buy the Chocolate's slider design, the clamshell may change your mind. The ultra-thin 3.3-ounce phone, which resembles the Motorola Krzr K1m, comes in a glossy black and reflective exterior, which can almost double as a mirror. But it has a propensity for attracting fingerprints.

The lower half sports three touch-sensitive music control buttons -- play/pause, track forward and back buttons -- which turns a glowing red with a press. The light disappears when not in use, for a clean look. Above the music controls, a large 128-by-160 pixel 65,000 color display shows basic information like caller ID, time, battery life and music tracks. The screen can also be used as a viewfinder for self-portraits. Directly above is a 1.3-megapixel lens, and a small external speaker is located near the bottom, near the internal antenna and battery. Meanwhile, a hole on the top allows you to attach a hand strap.

A thin volume control on the top left offers five volume settings, in addition to a choice between vibrate and alarm. Just below, there's a charging and headset adapter port. The top right also has two thin controls: one button to activate the music player, voice command and speakerphone and another to control the camera. Just below that is a slot for a microSD card -- also sold separately.

Flip the VX8600 open, and you'll see the nearly-flat keypad, which can be problematic if you like to dial without looking. And unlike the Chocolate, the VX8600 uses a conventional push-button keypad -- not touch-sensitive keys Chocolate owners seem to dislike. The center navigation is easy to use, but the right and left soft keys are problematic if you don't push it head on.

The large 176-by-220 pixel 262,000 color screen is impressive, and displays an easy-to-use Flash interface. The menu is an upgraded version of the Verizon's standard menu, and you can customize it with two themes and 19 wallpapers. The VX8600 comes with a battery, travel charger, 2.5-millimeter headset adaptor, quick reference guide and user manual.

Camera

The VX8600 features a 1.3-megapixel lens that can shoot 15-second 176-by-144 pixel videos for up to one hour. Both photos and videos can be viewed, set as wallpaper and sent to friends through via messaging. Like other lenses, it does a mediocre job of capturing photos, considering high-end camera phones tout up to 3.2-megapixels. The VX8600 doesn't have a flash, so if you're taking pictures indoors, or in low light situations, learn how to use white balance and brightness to improve color quality.

The VX8600 only covers the basics in filters -- sunny, cloudy, tungsten and fluorescent -- and five different color effects: sepia, black and white, negative, solari and vivid. There is no cropping tool either, so you won't be able to edit photos. But there's an impressive 8x zoom -- but it isn't available in 1,280-by-960 pixel mode. Otherwise zoom varies with the resolution of the image.

For videos, you can take advantage of a 4x zoom. Other options include night mode, a -9 to +9 brightness range, five different resolution options ranging from 1,280-by-960 to 160-by-120 pixels and a self-timer of three, five or 10 seconds. Camera sounds include shutter, silent, say "cheeze" and ready... 1... 2... 3.

In camcorder mode, the VX8600 takes 3G2 videos at 15-frames per second in 176-by-144 pixels for up to one hour. You can also create and send 15-second video messages. With decent picture quality, videos can be viewed on the device in full-screen, but as for using the clips elsewhere, low resolution makes that difficult. Overall, you can expect standard phone-caliber image quality. But like most videos, quality has yet to rise to the same level.

Basic Features

A digital dual-band CDMA 800 and 1900-megahertz network ensures excellent call quality by allowing a greater number of subscribers to share the airwaves. The VX8600 also touts high-speed Ev-Do service for quick downloads and streaming media. The faster Internet is definitely a plus, since you can take advantage of Verizon services like VCast for downloading video, games, sounds and music.

Following in the footsteps of the Chocolate, the VX8600 also flaunts a Flash-based interface in an easy-to-use wheel format that deviates from the typical menus from other Verizon phones. In addition, basic features include a calendar, alarm clock, world clock, notepad, calculator and tip calculator. The phone also provides touch protection, which prevents unwanted key actions, and standalone or airplane mode to leave on certain features like games and music and memo pad when making calls is prohibited.

Another noteworthy feature is simultaneous GPS, which enhances location accuracy and comes in useful in the event of an emergency. Turning the device into a music player requires some extra purchases. Unlike some music phones, there is no stereo headset jack. Most of the accessories, including Bluetooth stereo headset and microSD card are sold separately.

Screen

The internal 262,000 color 176-by-220 pixel screen is a beautiful feature on an already beautifully-designed phone, ideal for viewing pictures and videos in vibrant color. On the outside, is a surprisingly large 65,000 color 128-by-160 pixel screen can also double as a viewfinder for the camera. Both screens are made of TFT technology, so colors are more vivid and refresh rates are faster compared to OLED and STN technologies.

Audio

The VX8600 can also download high-quality full-length songs for $2 from Verizon's VCast service, and sync with any PC with Windows Media Player -- but the USB cord is sold separately. With VCast, you can download songs from major music labels including Warner Music Group, Universal, Sony/BMG and EMI Music in MP3 and WMA formats. The internal memory is pretty thin, so you want to buy a microSD card -- wait for it... sold separately.

Call quality is solid thanks to CDMA and you can activate the speakerphone and voice recognition with a touch. In addition, you can use the voice memo recording -- one minute in standby or five minutes during a call. It also has an M-3 rating for hearing aid compatibility. The VX8600 has a continuous talk time of more than three hours. The only call feature it seems to lack is three-way calling. Lastly, in addition to silent and vibrate modes, the VX8600 comes with 13 unique polyphonic ringtones, and more that can be downloaded from Verizon's "Get It Now" service.

Messaging

Emails or texts can be sent to as many as 10 recipients at a time with a limit of 1,064 characters. Other forms of messaging include picture and 15-second video messages, Web-based email and instant messaging with AIM, MSN and Yahoo. For SMS, you can input a scant 75 characters for outgoing messages; however, 160 characters can be viewed in incoming SMS messages. The VX8600 can store up to 386 voice, text and picture messages.

Entertainment

With the right subscriptions to networks from Verizon Wireless, the VX8600 can offer a multimedia-rich experience for users. Services to choose from include VCast Music and Video, Mobile Web 2.0 and Get It Now.

Like the Chocolate and other high-end Verizon phones, the VX8600 supports downloads from VCast. With VCast Music, songs downloaded to a PC are actually cheaper to buy at $1 compared to songs downloaded to the device, which are $2 each. With an additional $30 Music Essentials kit, playlists from Windows Media Player can be transferred to the music player, which handles both WMA and MP3 files. As a portable music player, the VX8600 can create playlists and play songs in shuffle mode. Its music library automatically arranges songs by artist, album and genre.

With VCast Video, a multitude of on-demand video clips can be viewed both for free and for paid download from outlets including Comedy Central, VH1, ABC News, MSNBC and the Weather Channel. For a $15 monthly access fee, subscribers can receive unlimited access to more than 300 video clips daily. Users also have the ability to receive daily feeds from certain channels and receive text alerts when new content arrives.

With VZ Navigator support, the VX8600 can also be used as a GPS navigation device. The service is $10 per month or $3 per day.

The VX8600 also provides a good number of personalization options. For instance, if you aren't happy with the wallpaper graphics and ringtones that come with the phone, you can purchase more from Get It Now. The handheld can use music files as ringtones, so long as they're purchased through VCast Music.

Get It Now is a useful tool for not only news, but also stock quotes, weather, sports scores and locations for nearby restaurants and ATMs. Mobile Web 2.0 allows you to tailor your Internet with a choice of sites like CNN.com, Fox Sports and ABC News. You can also access Web-based email services through Yahoo, MSN and AOL.

Internet

Verizon's Ev-Do network provides high-speed data connectivity -- around 300- to 500-kilobits per second -- for downloading the latest music and video clips.

Storage

With about 24-megabytes of internal memory, the VX8600 can store up to 386 voice, text and picture messages. Storage capacity here seems sparse in comparison to the 53-megabytes of the Samsung M500 or 128-megabytes of the Chocolate, but on the plus side, the phone does have a slot for removable microSD cards.

Connectivity

The VX8600 is enabled for Bluetooth 1.1 and can incorporate up to 20 devices that are connected one at a time. Headset or handsfree profiles can be used to enable those devices for use within a 30-feet distance from the phone. Bluetooth supports dial-up networking for a wireless Internet connection, object-push profile for virtual business cards and A2DP to transfer music to headphones.

Conclusion

Style-wise, the inspiring and elegant design will be the right match for those who really understand phone chic. But the VX8600 is more than just looks; this is one of Verizon's better handsets, offering excellent call quality and a solid foundation of features and subscription services for the mobile-information savvy.

However, you should note that Verizon doesn't provide all the accessories needed out of the box for you to use all of the features -- namely its music playing features -- right away. Expect to make at least a few accessory purchases if the VX8600 is to live up to its potential.



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User Reviews



Rating: 3 of 5 Not a Long-Term Phone

AngieArch on May 15, 2009

I have had this phone for the past two years and although it is great and I have been quite happy with it, I'm having to get it replaced -- again.

I've gone through two of these phones in the two years I've had this model while previously before I got this phone I had mine for over five years and had to replace it because it finally wore out!

The same cannot be said for the LG VX8600 I'm afraid. Perhaps the phone would last more than a year if you didn't use it for anything. The part I seem to be having problems with is the casing cracking right where the top part of the phone (screen) connects with the bottom half of the phone (keypad).

And this leads to neither external or internal screens working anymore. Although you can still get calls, unless you have ring tones assigned to certain contacts you cannot see who is calling and there is no way to make a call without going on some faith that you're hitting the right numbers and you don't find that out until someone picks up on the other end. And you can forget about SMS (text) messages.

While I will agree with the pros and cons that have been mentioned in previous posts, if you're looking for a phone for the long haul that you can use (i.e. more than a year) then I would look elsewhere. When I replace this phone this time, it's not going to be with another VX8600.

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Rating: 0 of 5 By far the worst phone

nosfanatic2006 on June 01, 2008

Nothing good. This is by far the worst phone ever created I swear! I've gone through 6 in the past year and 2 months.

The screen always breaks. The flip action always breaks so it won't stay open. The charging port always gets screwed up so it won't charge and on one of my phones came completely out.

Bluetooth with Verizon blows. No file transfer or anything. Its just there for your bluetooth headset and car setup.

I had a KRZR before this and thought I hated it because of the programming problems it had. Now that I have this phone I realize how lucky I was to have the KRZR.

The VX8600's camera is horrible and doesn't have zoom at its highest picture quality. The screen coloring gets mixed easily. Camera is usually the first thing to break.

Battery life sucks. Its just an overall horrible phone. I would love to go back to the KRZR but stupid Verizon won't let me.

My best friend Joe had the exact same phone and has had all the same problems and has gone through 4 in the last year. Save yourself the trouble and do not buy this phone.

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Rating: 1 of 5 Not Happy

KiltedKnight on December 01, 2007

I've had mine for about a year now, and recently had to get it replaced. Of course, that came with firmware upgrades. and "Menu 0" did not give you the service code prompt any more.

Now you have to enter ##77647268600 + send instead. (That's ##PROGRAM8600, btw.) The reason for needing a new phone? That proprietary data port wasn't working very well any more. Fortunately I was able to restore my contacts via bitpim.

I'm also very jaded with Verizon Wireless having the cell phone makers hard-code speed dial 1 to be your voicemail, with only the ability to change the number dialed to access your voicemail and not being able to change the label. Voicemail is *NOT* my number 1 priority for a speed dial.

I'm already arguing back and forth with both VZW and LGE, as both say the other one did it or requested it. And their trying to tell me that it can't be done is an outright lie, because my older, VX8000 was able to do it.

It would be nice if they'd stop treating me like I don't know what I want or need, or throwing up whatever roadblocks they can in the way of my being able to utilize my phone the way I want to.

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Rating: 2 of 5 Phone, Music, Camera User experience

trytri on January 29, 2007

If you are like me and want a low maintanence device for little to no internet use but mostly for picture taking and music listening, this phone is not for you.

- The screen displays with rich colors. It's an experience when you first flip the phone open and see it.
- Music playlist is relatively easy to sort
- Camera takes decent pics when there is adequate light. At night, can be iffy
- Sound quality is very good.
- Internal screen can be different from external screen (a favorite of my daughter)
- Memory is very easy to install and uninstall
- USB cable has connector for power cord so there is no drain while connected to the computer
- Music buttons are touch sensitive keys on the outside for convenience (see cons for the problems with these buttons)

- The touch sensitive keys for music on the outside are unlocked by side buttons. The problem with this is that the phone in my purse will continuously hit or rub against something that will push the buttons and trigger the music keys, draining power from the phone (music does not play unless you left it in music mode)

- One of the problems that was a deal-breaker was that the phone's port for the charger is not like any other that I have seen. My old phone could use the same charger that we already had for the phone before that (not the same manufacturer) and the chargers for our THREE cameras. There's comfort in knowing that if something happens to the cord your phone won't go dead waiting for the arrival of the next charger.

- The other problem that was a deal-breaker was the fact that the phone does not have a jack for regular corded headphones. My family has no interest in Bluetooth and it seems that is what this phone was made for. Unfortunately, they do not explain this well, in fact we found it to be a bit misleading. You do get a converter but it is only for cellphone headsets (mono), not headphones so you must get a converter for the converter. In the music pack (extra purchase), it does come with earbuds that fit directly to the phone but they are one-size-fits-all that does not really fit all. My daughter and I cannot use ours because the buds are too big and keep falling out of our ears.

- Files used by the phone must be located physically on the phone so you cannot have your ringtone or screen background on a memory card. which leads to another con.

- The phones internal memory is very small.

- Uploading anything through Windows Media can get confusing with the strange behaviour of the folders. Also, it does not seem to allow downloading from phone to computer (but I have not tested this thoroughly yet). it was not fun when I deleted my daughter's freshly ripped albums from the computer, before reformatting her memory disk, realized that I could not get them back from the phone having to rerip her albums again. This is why, even though it was not meant to be used for the LG 8600, my daughter and I use BITPIM for most uploads / downloads, it does the job for the most part.

- The added features that come with the phone (backgrounds, ringtones, games) are pretty much nothing. I suppose this is to "encourage" phone owners to buy from their in-your-face ALL of the time V-cast. The backgrounds and ringtones are not much of a problem but to ship the phone with NO GAMES?!

- Finally, something that isn't as annoying as the others listed but needs to be addressed. The external screen will completely shut off when phone is closed and not plugged in. You cannot tell if the phone is on / off, low / full battery, or time. It will light up when you have an incoming call but will shut off again when the call goes to voicemail. I would have gladly given up some battery time for the screen to show coverage, battery, missed call, or at the very least the time.

Our next phone will not be LG. With this phone I felt that LG was trying to force my family to buy only what they wanted us to buy (bluetooth headset, special power cord, extreme V-cast pushing) and gave little room for consumer choice.

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Rating: 5 of 5 After 6 Weeks I Still Love It!

jeskeca on January 29, 2007

I've had my VX8600 for more than 6 weeks now and I still love it. All my previous observations have held true. The standby time is exceptional. I bought an extended battery just in case I wanted some more juice, but it's sitting in the drawer.

I have a comment to add about a feature that I both enjoy, and wish was better. When an SMS message arrives, the phone has a feature which allows you to view the sms on the external display.

- I really like this feature, as I can quickly read the SMS without opening the phone. I find this helpful in meetings or other situations where I want to check something without interrupting what I'm are doing.

- It is annoying that the initial notification on the external screen says "1 new text message" instead of saying who the message is from. When there is an incoming call it says who is calling. I think a new SMS should act the same way.

- It uses the soft-keys for confirming to view the SMS message, scrolling, and moving to the next new msg. However, first you need to 'unlock' them by hitting one of the hard keys. I wish I could just brush the soft key. While it's true this could happen in a pocket or purse, it would only happen if it was brushed during the short-duration of the new-sms notification, and even if it did, the only downside would be accidentally marking that msg as read. This could be improved by requiring a 'swipe' across the three front-buttons, instead of merely a press of one of them.

- It might be even better if it would just show the SMS without any button presses, and simply let me soft 'ok' (or swipe) to confirm that I've read it and mark as unread.

I'm going to post some more details, I suppose in the hope that phone designers read these forums for ideas when working on new software.

As it stands, I leave the phone sitting on the desk when I'm passively monitoring sms. When a new one comes in, the screen reads "1 new text message - press any key to unlock", then I press the side key, then it replaces the unlock text with a menu where 'ok' is above the middle soft key. Then I slide my finget down over the middle soft key. Then it shows me who it is from and the text of the msg.

This experience could be: sms comes in, I look down at phone and see who it's from and the text of the msg. I choose to 'ok' or ignore. It would be equally ok if it simply said 'new text msg from XXX YYY ZZZZ' and had the soft menu already there at the bottom.

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Rating: 4 of 5 Biased Review

unseenme on January 08, 2007

I'm gonna be as biased in this review as I can, but my previous phone was a RAZR so I'll do a little comparison as well.

I've been waiting for cell phones to get thinner so when Motorola released the RAZR I jumped on board. But if you've had or used a RAZR, you know the issues with the software in them. I took the RAZR back and got the VX8300, which I kept a mere 2 days before I sold it and went back to my VX8100 due to lack of finding a phone that compared to it in regards to... well... every aspect of the phone.

After buying my daughter a White Chocolate, I decided to start using her RAZR (actually, the fact that I broke the antenna on my 8100 helped make that decision). I dealt with the software issues until I was eligible for an upgrade with $100 credit towards a phone.

I love the whole 'thin is in' concept the cell phone companies are gearing towards, so when time came, I was already leaning towards the VX8600, mostly due to it's size, and the fact that it's an LG.

My only other interest was the enV, but I'm too used to text messaging with one hand on a normal phone keypad. So my decision was made easy, the VX8600 it was.

As far as the physical aspect, the thin design is, not unlike the RAZR, a great aspect of this phone. However, as you may have read in other reviews, the glossy finish collects fingerprints worse than a disgruntled CSI agent. But it's so pretty in the sunlight!

It feels very sturdy in your hands due to the metal back, but between the thin design and the glossy paint, I'm careful that it doesn't slip out of my hand.

The front screen is beautiful, bright, brilliantly lit up, and very easy to see in the brightest of sunlight. My family and I are text message junkies, and with this phone, as with the VX8100 and VX8300, you can read text messages on the front screen without opening the phone. That's probably the number one feature of the LG phones that I like (you can't do this with the RAZR).

The front panel touch controls are easy to use, especially when reading text on the front screen. I read in another review that the flip was hard to open with a one-handed motion. In my opinion, if you expect to use ANY phone with just one hand, stay away from a flip phone.

The main screen is just as good as the front screen, only bigger. The keypad is as flat as flat can be, but it's the one design of this phone I believe should be re-thought.

There are reminders next to the 'send' and 'end' keys, and on each side of the 5 key, however, they feel like a dirt spec, so they're basically useless. There are also separators between each line horizontally across the keypad and the directional key is ridged, but like the reminders, you can barely notice them.

I could text message with my VX8100 without looking at the keypad, but not so with this phone. It lights up a soft white rather than the standard blue on other LG phones, but it does so in a way that it blends in to the whole 'stealth' design of this phone rather than standing out like a sore thumb like the blue keypads do.

The charging port is on the left side with a cover that keeps it protected when not in use. It gets in the way, tho, when its removed for charging or using the headphone adapter. The microSD memory card port is on the right side with the same irritating cover. The volume keys are on the left side of the top flap and the speaker phone and camera keys are on the right side of the top flap. I thought maybe the bottom flap would be a better place, but the battery prevents this from being a possibilty, and the keys aren't that difficult to use, especially if you have long fingers.

Overall, this phone is an 'A' grade from me and what I use a phone for (text messaging and talking). I have an mp3 player so I wont be using the music part of it. And the fact that it's about the size of an iPod mini is a big plus. If you're looking for a small, thin, light-weight phone with many great features, the 8600 is a great choice.

The speakerphone is only available during a conversation, though, which stinks. the earpiece volume is great, as is the ring volume. For some reason, though, LG designed these phones so that the volume is lowered when the flip is open. Because of this, the speakerphone volume suffers.

You're better off using a Bluetooth, which this phone is a pro at using.

The camera is the same old 1.3 megapixel cheapo with no flash, but it's good for ordinary pics of minimal subjects in adequate lighting. The Motorola was a stronger phone in terms of signal strength, but the VX8600 is an improvement over the VX8100 by far.

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Rating: 5 of 5 Works Great!

pkellyj on December 27, 2006

I was on the fence trying to decide which phone to get as an upgrade for my V3c (Motorola RAZR). The newer KRZR was attractive, but the small screen, high cost, and dated interface put me off of it. Despite intensely disliking an older LG that I had from Sprint, I decided to try the VX8600, and so far I'm very glad I did.

Above all, I really need a phone that has good call quality, and I'm very pleased with the VX8600. The headset delivers outstanding volume and clarity, and it's shape is very easy to hold. Another thing that surprised me was how quickly the UI responds in comparison to the older phone. Menus snap up instantly, and the screen spoils you for the lower resolution displays of other phones. An additional point about the screen is that it's size makes viewing numbers, menus, etc. very easy.

Other initial impressions are that battery life should be good for such a thin phone. I've had mine on for a full day with perhaps 40 minutes of calls and a lot of fiddling with the menu and VCast, as well as running bluetooth. I still have two bars of battery left. My RAZR would have been long dead.

Finally, for those who like to play around with their phone, this one has Bluetooth file transfers *enabled*. I was able to easily connect it to my Mac and transfer some pictures. Somebody at Verizon must have been asleep at the switch when they brought these phones in.

Not much to mention here. Hope this helps.

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Rating: 5 of 5 Very Happy With VX8600

David on December 10, 2006

I'm more interested in solid phones than gismos and features. I had been using an LX VX4500 for years, and while I would play with other new (GSM) phones for fun, the 4500 did the best job day-to-day. A week ago I upgraded to an LX VX8600 and I'm thrilled with it. Compared to my VX4500, the VX8600 is better in almost every way:

1. Very loud earpiece output with a wide field -- one of the easiest to hear of any phone I've used. I typically leave it 2-bars from max and only use max for very noisy environments.

2. Very good mic-quality and ambient noise rejection -- I've been on calls in noisy environments and had no troubles (bowling alley, outdoor city streets).

3. Excellent reception - The VX8600 has excellent reception. The vx4500 reception was not great, and are several places I go where I simply know I will lose the call. No such trouble with the VX8600. The overall voice quality is better too as there are fewer compression artifacts from 'marginal' signal.

4. FAST UI -- The UI is mostly Verizon standard. However, it's notably faster on the VX8600 than it is on the Motorola phones like the RAZR. It has the features I need, and I can configure where the arrow-pad shortcuts go, so I can get to the things I need quickly.

5. Good battery life -- It's too early for me to draw any great conclusions, but so far the battery life is great for a slim phone.

6. Reasonable web-browser startup and quick browsing with EV-DO. It actually possible to navigate websites to look for movie times and the like. The screen is plenty big, although memory can be an issue for large webpages which were not designed for mobile.

7. Very solid feel -- The phone is solid when closed or open and feels like it will stay that way.

8. Usable D-pad -- The directional pad and buttons are very usable.

9. Nice alarm snooze controls, nice "alarm only" sound mode

10. Reasonable "hold *" to toggle between vibrate and ring modes. The VX4500 was slightly better as I could do this with the phone closed, but this works.

11. Speakerphone is reasonably loud and works well -- toggle on the speakerphone, set the phone down on a flat surface keys down and you're set. The VX4500's speakerphone speaker was somewhat louder.

12. Nice big screen -- this makes contacts, the web, everything better

13. Bluetooth, microSD, gps, vznavigator, etc. -- read up on the phone specs

1. No 2.5mm headphone jack. An adaptor is supplied, but you can't use the adaptor and the charger at the same time.

2. external display turns off after short timeout - I preferred the vx4500 where the external monochrome display and time were visible at all times. The backlight would turn off but the display was very readable without it. The vx8600 has an external color display which does not stay visible. This is extremely common for modern phones with color external displays.


I'm thrilled with my VX8600, and I higly recommend it to others.

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Rating: 4 of 5 The VX8600 Is Good But...

TitanThunder on December 07, 2006

LG VX8600 is sleek and just looks good. This is my 3rd different phone this week and my favorite so far. I chose it over the LG enV, and the Nokia 6315i, but I'm still choosing between the VX8600 and the VX8300.

The music player is average at best, with the best quality of sound coming from after market earpieces / head phones which are not included in the box at time of purchase. However, Verizon was gracious enough to include the usb adapter so that you can have wires running all over the place if you want to listen to your music via headphones.

The camera is average at best and you had better be in a well lighted area and have a stationary object or your pics will be grainy. It is also a little hard to take pics at 1st comfortably, due to the camera button being on the top half of the flip instead of the base. I haven't noticed the camera being slow but it's not fast either.

The VX8600 has great call quality and sound, but the speaker phone seems below average for this type of phone, as I have to turn it to its highest just to hear someone on the other end. You also have to be engaged in a phone call before you can turn the speaker phone on which seems like a design flaw to me.

Also, there is no dedicated connection for the headphones which seems sill as well for this phone. Internal memory is puny, so if you like to listen to music or watch videos or take pics... you'd better purchase a microSD card. The internal memory will probably handle a few tunes and a game but that's about it.

Overall, this is a slightly above average phone for someone who isn't into downloading a lot of tunes, pics or video but want a sleek looking phone that has very good call quality and decent multimedia capabilities. The only reason that I currently have one, is because if sheer good looks and call quality.

If it wasn't for the hammerhead shark looks of the XG8300, I'd own it already. Decisions... decisions...

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Rating: 5 of 5 Stretchy Thumbs Needed

carpexdiem22 on November 21, 2006

I just got this phone today, and I have to say, so far, I LOVE it. it's very sexy and it's a nice break from the ubiquitous Motorola RAZR, KRAZR, and whatever other versions of the damn phone will be made -- what's next, krazier?

Anyhows, back to the point. it has a sleek and svelte design, and the best thing I like about it is the break from the typical Verizon menu interface. Yes! Finally! I seriously hated the usual red-barred Verizon menus with really unattractive colorings. it really made the phone look cheap, no matter how nice the phone was. sadly, the Motorola KRZR is stuck with the usual menu design with no options to change the display theme.

However, LG seems to be breaking away from this mold and giving users a choice to change the display themes for the phone. also, as the newer LG models have, this phone has animated wallpapers. Nice!

My only gripe so far -- well, gripes -- about this phone is that it smudges very easily (but so does the KRZR), and the flip is hard to open with one hand. Instead of flipping open with a flick of the thumb like other flips, this one only opens halfway, making you do stretch your thumb back out to get it open all the way. Does anyone else have this problem? Because it looks really stupid when you get a phone call and you have to flip it twice to answer the damn call, or use the other hand to open the flip. Very inconvenient, especially when answering calls when driving.

Other than that, call quality is excellent, and as always, very speedy connections.

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Rating: 4 of 5 My Review

solas989 on November 21, 2006

This is the Chocolate flip. It is VERY loud and people on the other end can not tell you are on a cell phone. In fact, I turned down the volume and I am partially deaf.

There is a dedicated speakerphone button, it is on the right side of the flip, top button. Reception is decent and as expected.

It is small and thin but does smudges quite easily, but it cleans easily too. The displays are good, bright, clear and easy to navigate (for Verizon). Battery life is decent with the 800mAH battery.

There is about 24MB you can use on the phone, about 16MB is used by stuff delivered with the phone. I suggest getting a MicroSD card (1GB run about $36).

It does not directly support a 2.5mm headphone jack but does come with a converter that plugs into the charger port for headphone and headsets.

Bluetooth does work well with file transfers -- have not tried bluetooth headsets yet. Have not tried the MicroSD yet - they are on their way.

- Styling - very elegant.
- Size - quite small
- MicroSD for MP3 / WMA
- Good displays
- Good camera (but slow)
- Assignable soft and directional keys
- Pics attached to callers
- Good sound considering its a phone

There is NO flash but pics are decent to good if enought light. I have an older LG and the flash does not help a whole lot. However, the camera is SLOW so you take the pic, makes the click sound and you think it is done - WRONG, it takes the pic about 1 sec after the click noise.

- SLOW camera - no action shots here
- No Flash (but does not help much to have one).
- Smudges (but they do clean up easily)
- Keypad is a little too slick
- Too small of memory available.

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Rating: 5 of 5 You'll love this phone

ngc2632 on November 19, 2006

I bought two of these phones the day after they were available. The reception is awesome. Several people have told me it sounds like you're NOT calling from a cell phone with the vx8600. Ditto if the speakerphone is used. Plenty of call volume (you'll probably have to turn it down, its so loud).

- The flash UI is way cool, and fast. Excellent displays, both front and internal, much better than K1M KRZR.
- The camera takes excellent photos, even in dim lighting, and the multimedia response is very, very good.
- Appears to have excellent battery life.
- Very few restrictions, considering this is a Verizon phone.
- Styling is top-drawer.
- Haven't tried a bluetooth headset yet, I have some Jabra JX10s coming tomorrow.
- Bluetooth file transfer works like a charm.

- Buttons on side of display are a bit small, will take some getting used to
- No flash for camera (it's really unnecessary, considering you can add fill lighting with Photoshop)
- Flap on charger door is a bit difficult to swing out of the way when the phone is in a fitted case.
- No dedicated speakerphone button.
- Unit will show lots of fingerprints.
- FlashUI not as configurable as with the VX8300.

I chose this phone over the VX8300 and K1M KRZR. It was worth the wait.

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