"Major improvements over the 8100. Great phone."4.5 starson by tomconroy
Pros: Strong vibrate, excellent voice recognition S/W, easy access phonebook
Cons: Slightly poorer reception that prior phones with no extendable antenna.
Summary: I bought an LG8100 after trying a Motorola i815 for several weeks. The Motorola had many good features but its phonebook access was awful and you couldn't rely on the vibrate to catch a call. The phonebook only allowed entry of the first letter of the name you were seeking and then you had to scoll to find the right one. Not very convenient at all. The vibrate ring was so weak, the only hope of knowing you had a call was that it would eventually switch to an audible ring. Not a good thing if you've chosen vibrate to be inconspicuous. Enter the LG line.
My first phone was an LG8100. It has a great phonebook access system, allowing you to type in as many letters of the name you want and allowing you to go directly to it. The vibrate feature is excellent. Maybe not as strong as the LG 4400 but definitely a world better than the Motorola. Unfortunately, it has archaic voice recognition software that rarely recognizes the name you want in less than three tries. So you're limited in using it with bluetooth.
Not to be frustrated, I then transitioned to the LG 8300. Wow. This phone is sharp looking, it is even lighter than the LG 8100, and it has the same excellent phonebook and vibrate attributes as the earlier model. But unhearlded is the fact that this phone has infinitely improved voice recognition software. It is as good as the Motorola and works almost perfectly. The only downside for me is that signal strengths seem to be a little lower than I found on the earlier LG or on the Motorola. But I've not lost any calls yet and I love the features and functionality.