Pros T9, feels sturdy, read texts on front, expandable memory slot (on the outside of the phone), looks good, pretty big screen, keypad, fast
Cons None so far
Summary After my past three phones being Motorola, I now realize what I have been missing. The phone is light and yet feels very sturdy, unlike the plastic pieces of junk I have had in the past. I've been searching for a simple phone that is built well and functions as I need it to function. This phone is it. I don't use the camera (have a digital camera) or the music player (have an ipod), so the only thing that I am concerned with is making calls, sending text messages, and sometimes playing a game or two to kill time, this phone gave me everything I wanted and more.
Pros Easy to navigate. It has all the features you need without the typical overload. Excellent battery life and reception.
Cons The front end is prone to scratching VERY easily. It's smooth design can cause it to slip out of your hands easily. No Flash for the camera.
Summary I finally decided to upgrade my original Verizon phone after 3 years and looked around at quite a few before choosing the LG VX8360. I was looking for something similar to the mid grade flip I had before. I was going to get the LG VX8350 (this phones predecessor) but just happened to see this new version online and decided to go for the newer model. I'm surprised to say I really like this phone!
The LG VX8360 is extremely simple to navigate. Even someone technologically retarded like me had no difficulties setting it up the way I liked. You can program the directional keys to create shortcuts to your favorite features allowing you to really personalize the phone. There are also dedicated keys for messaging and the speakerphone. The side volume rocker makes it simple to adjust caller volume while having a conversation. You can easily access your camera via the button on the side. Keep the phone closed and hold down the camera button to use the front screen as a viewer for self portraits, or open the phone and then hit the camera key for regular photos. It also sports a USB connection so you can hook it up directly to your computer as well as a micro SD card slot for added space. The battery life is excellent. With moderate daily use I only need to charge it every 2-3 days.
The front screen is really, REALLY prone to scratches so I highly recommend leaving the screen protector on until you get a good fitted case for it. It's very lightweight, but large enough to handle easily. I had no problems opening and closing the phone one handed or dialing with only one hand. The exterior is also very smooth with no easy to grip surface so it can slip easily if you're not careful, another reason to get a good fitted case for it.
I love being able to use an actual photo as the wallpaper on the front screen as well as the main inside screen. you can also assign photos to contacts, however the photo ID is only visible on the inside screen so if you rely on pictures to know who's calling you might want to set the phone to answer by pressing the send key rather than answer on opening. . The camera does seem to take decent pictures, I just wish it had a flash. I've noticed many of the mid grade phones out now don't have flashes anymore. I have a regular camera of course, but I like to be able to snap a quick photo even when I don't have my camera available.
The ringer is loud and I was able to easily program my own ringers both as a default and assigning specific ringers to contacts. The only downside to the ringer is that you have to open the phone to silence the ringer or set it to vibrate. This makes it difficult when you're trying to be really discreet. My old phone allowed you to adjust ringer volume even with the phone closed.
Texting is fast and easy, but if you use text alot you might want to consider a phone with a qwerty keyboard. For light to moderate texters like me, this phone is more than sufficient. I like having both my contacts list and the messaging options available via soft keys from the home screen. There is also a dedicated key for messaging where you can program favorite contacts for quick access. One of my favorite features is being able to view my text messages from the front screen which also shows your caller ID info when you are receiving an incoming call.
I have not used the voice command feature yet, but having that as an option is great. I'm sure I'll make use of it soon. I also don't use the music player so I can't really comment on that, sorry.
All in all, an excellent phone. I can't say I'm disappointed.
Pros Good user interface with quick response, signal strength, voice clarity, mid-sized, bluetooth performance....and battery life is exceptional. Nice looking phone with a good feel of solid construction.
Cons Very weak vibrate feature. Flip is a a bit difficult to open with one hand due to a somewhat narrow chamfer. No rubberized or textured surface to help grip the phone reliably. (expect a few fumbles) Directional button is a little too recessed.
Summary Overall, I have had the new VX8360 for nearly a week and will most likely keep it. It has excellent call quality and reliable bluetooth connectivity to my headset and car stereo. My previous phone was a Razr and I experienced significant static and echo problems with bluetooth. I have not tested the music player features yet, but I mainly purchased for call features. However, if you are in somewhat noisy environment that requires you to place this phone in your pocket while set to vibrate, you will be disappointed and probably end up missing calls. (I would call it more of a low frequency hum than "vibrate). Then again, maybe I am used to my Razr, which would cause nearby richter scales to record seismic activity whenever I recieved a call :-) The battery life is a big bonus on this phone. Talk time is projected at over 300 minutes and Standby mode on this phone is over 600 hrs...wow! I haven't charged this thing since I got it.. This looks like a solid mid-tier phone by LG with only a few annoyances, but overall a good value if call quality and some nice features are the most important factor.
"Perfect!!!"on by mudslinger83
Cons NOT A THING
Summary there aint one thing i hate or dislike about this phone, great reception, sound quality, call quality, bluetooth, style, music player is loud, ringers are loud, expandable memory, able to read text from the front as well as calls, pretty fast in EVDO service, battery life is good, has all the bells and whistles i need, camera and video are good, i aint found one thing bad about it, i recommend it..here is a update...so im returning my vx-8360, its still a very good phone but after having it a little while i found out that for some reason it would not download music off of v-cast music, ive done everything i could do to get it to download but always failed to do so, so its defective, and also when i text or call someone that includes having to press 4 on the keypad it never fails to always push 1 on the keypad which messes my text and calls up sometimes, so this phone is defective, its not a bad phone, its actually the best LG from verizon, i just got a bad one.
Updated on Feb 5, 2009
Pros Reception and battery life on this phone is great Has larger font size's and a brighter screen then the VX 8300 and the VX 8350 plus there are more settings in the menu sections.
Cons Default setting in the contact list does not work same problem as in the VX 8350 that is why I did not give this phone 5 stars
Summary Love the phone but you need to buy a LG car charger from LG verizons car charger will say on the front of the cell phone do not recommend this cable when chargering your phone. Buy LG charger model number SGCC0003402 or reorder number 383628 do not buy verizons car charger in there bundle promotion because you will lose $30.00 when you go to return there car charger because you are breaking the promotion bundle.