"GREAT MID GRADE PHONE"4.5 starson by Queen3B
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.