"Beautiful phone, however, completely impractical"2.0 starson by unrittenglory
Pros: stylish, nice features, good camera, personalize ringtones
Cons: poor reception, joystick delays, low quality speakerphone, ringtone volume varies
Summary: Sleek and Stylish, I was in awe when I took my Shine home on the first day. After three days of fiddling with it's various features I was pleased with the camera, the ability to customize ringtones and upload my own for contacts, and the added bonus of assigning pictures to callers.
After about a week of owning the phone I noticed that a lot of my calls were being dropped, a problem I hadn't experienced often since switching from Verizon. My 2 year old Nokia always had great reception with AT&T and if the occassional instance arose, it would notify me with an alert tone that my call was dropped. The LG Shine does not, and I find that, in an area where I have full bar signal, upon taking the call I will go to no bars instantly.
After a few days of frustration, I googled reception problems on the phone and found that other owners had similar issues. They indicate that the steel casing on the back of the phone is to blame and that when holding the back of the phone, calls can become lost. Unfortunately, picking up the phone, unless you are using the speaker is kind of a no-brainer.
I wish that I wasn't experiencing so many issues with the Shine, since it is an otherwise gorgeous phone.
In addition to reception issues that I didn't have prior to ownership, I find that the phone's joystick is delayed and hard to navigate. Beware if you're a fingernail biter, the slot to charge your phone may cause you to look for small objects to pop up the cover as I often must do. Besides that, it's only a matter of time before the thing breaks off entirely.
If it wasn't for my reception issues I'd probably suck it up and keep the device but because of AT&T's 30 day guarantee, I'll be looking for another.