Of course, you also get text and multimedia messaging along with a threaded view so you can see your conversation as a back-and-forth chat. You're able to get e-mail on here as well. You can set it up with a variety of Web mail providers like Gmail and Yahoo Mail, as well as your own POP or IMAP server. In fact, you can access your work e-mail on here as well, provided your employer uses Microsoft Exchange and Outlook Web Access (OWA). Instant messaging is available as well.
In addition to the Web browser, the Remarq has a few social networking applications installed by default. They include Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Sprint's own Social Zone, which provides access to forums like Asian Avenue. Sprint did a decent job with these Java-based apps, but we did find that they took a little too long to launch for our liking. You can easily update your status and upload pictures with these apps, just like you can on the regular Web site versions.
The Remarq has a music player we've seen on other Sprint phones before. You can organize songs by artists, albums, and genres, and you can also create and edit playlists on the fly. Of course there are the usual player controls as well as repeat and shuffle modes. You can send the player to the background while fiddling with other parts of the phone. There's no EV-DO on here, so you won't be able to download music from the Sprint Music Store. However you can upload your own music--the Remarq has an internal memory of 22MB, but you can fit up to 16GB microSD cards in it.
The 1.3-megapixel camera can take pictures in three resolutions and three quality settings. Other settings include four color tones, brightness, five white balance presets plus a manual option, nine fun frames, zoom (not available in highest resolution), and a self-timer. Photo quality was pretty bad. Images looked blurry and washed out, even under good lighting conditions. The Remarq does not have a camcorder.
You can customize the Remarq with graphics and ringtones from the Sprint web store, or you can use your own images and sound files for wallpaper and ringtones. The phone doesn't come with any games, but you can easily purchase and download those as well.
We tested the LG Remarq (CDMA 800/1900) in San Francisco using the Sprint network. Call quality was decent on the whole, but not great. We heard our callers clearly without a problem, though we did notice the occasional static blip. Their voices sounded natural as well.
On their end, callers had a few more hiccups. Though they heard us fine for the most part, they complained about a faint but persistent background hum. When we turned on the speakerphone, the hum was much more apparent. Overall though, we could still carry on a conversation, so it was merely an annoyance, and not a deal breaker.
Audio quality from the phone's speakers was predictably tinny and mediocre. We would suggest a wired or stereo Bluetooth headset for the best audio experience.