Pros Great reception, nice ergonomics, excellent displays
Cons Charger port cover difficult to open if phone is in a fitted case
Summary We love these phones! After returning two KRZR K1Ms due to poor reception and call quality, we didn't thing Verizon had anything left to offer us... and then the VX8600 came along.
Everything about these phone is exceptional: build quality, styling, first rate main and front displays; OUTSTANDING reception with perfect sound quality. Decent photo quality, very nice keypad. Having the soft buttons on the side makes a lot of sense. Also, the new UI with black top/bottom banners with white letters/green status is much easier to read than previous Verizon UI. Call volumes are loud for a cell phone, you'll probably have to turn it down.
We tried the KRZR K1M and LG VX8300, but this was definitely worth the wait. You'll love this phone!
Pros internal and external LCD and bluetooth
Cons fingerprints and keypad
Summary SORRY FOR IT BEING REALLY LONG BUT IT GOES INTO GREAT DETAIL
i've had the phone for a could of weeks now and i really love it. i had this free phone for two years and i hated it. this time i got a nice phone. first i was looking at the krzr because that phone just came out it looked really cool. about two weeks before i was getting my new phone i saw this phone. i instantly liked it. it looked really cool and it was thin. i decided to go with this phone because it was newer and since i wouldn't have enough money to buy the krzr (it was a good thing that i didn't buy the krzr because i love this phone)
pros: the look of the phone is very nice. the piano black finish is looks kinda professional and kinda resembles the chocolate in its looks.
the external lcd is very bright. much better and larger than the one on the krzrs. the internal screen is also very bright. it is a bit smaller than the razrs but would probably be preferred by most people since it just looks sharper and brighter.
verizon decided to allow file transfers on this phone. that really comes in handy because my laptop also has bluetooth. you can take pics sounds and videos off the phone with a breeze. you cannot put songs into the music part of your phone though so if you put a song on your phone you have to keep it open and dosen't have the mp3 look on the inside.
the 1.3mp camara is also very good. it dosen't have a flash but the night mode reallly comes in handy(and it dosen't look green like the army nightvision.) i have the resolution on 640 x 480 because i am always transferring the pics from my phone to my computer. the zoon on the camara isn't as good as the ones on the razr. on the razr you have like 3 different settings that you can have for the camara but on this phone you have like 8 steps that only go to like 4x zoom.
the phone is very responsive and works like a phone and not a computer and dosen't have to "think" when you put on the camara or press the menu button.
the microsd slot is on the right side of the phone when you looking at it and has a piece of plastic that covers it when its not in use.
cons: lg did a great job designing this phone its is much better than the razr and possibility better than the krzr.
the fingerprints are bad but not that bad. when you using it everyday your not going to look at it and see a milion fingerprints but if you study it and look at it against the light then they are very easy to see. my opinion is that you shouldn't worry about the fingerprints cause you really have to look at it against direct sunlight.
another thing that i don't like is the keypad. this is probably the worst part of the phone. it is very very flat and it is impossible to tell what key your on. the numbers seem kinda small even though they have room on the bottom to increase the height of each key. the navagation buttons are big and have a slightly different texture than the keys itself. even though the keys are moderate size i am always pressing the wrong button just because you can't tell what button your on.
the contacts and message buttons on the side are long and narrow. i often don't have a problem with them. the keypad isn't raised and aren't individual keys. its more like one big key that can bend in different spots(if that makes sense). the number keys are kinda hard to use while texting and i often find myself pressing the clear button because i accidentally pressed a button next to the one i wanted to press.Updated
the speakerphone is really good. i think sometimes that during a call its low but only by a little bit. when i play a song on it the speaker quality is very good. i usually keep it on medium high because when its on high the quality decreases a little bit
Pros Beautiful, lightweight, amazing screens
Cons Fingerprint collector
Summary I get bored with my phones pretty quick and therefore upgrade every year or so, hoping to find the "perfect" phone. Every year I am disappointed that the new phone I choose is missing features my previous phone had. So far, with the VX8600, I have not been disappointed by any lack of features. LG is my favorite brand, even though I have strayed from it often. The Motorola E815 was my phone before this, and it was a good reliable phone, but the VX8600 puts it to shame. It's pocket-friendly, easy to navigate and VERY intuitive, more so than Motorola phones. I have to give special acknowledgement to the backgrounds and animations that come with the phone, they are really interesting and artsy compared to any phone I've had. And the screens stand out so well against the black of the phone, the colorful displays really pop. As for the fingerprint problem, I find it very minor, but it does need to be mentioned. The camera appears pixelated until you take the shot, and the image smoothes and becomes clear. There are so many options in the menus to personalize the phone, I really appreciate that. Of course, last but never least, call quality is flawless. The phone is more comfortable to hold than bulkier phones, and personally I find the flat textpad wonderful. I have relatively small fingers, so that may be why, but I find it much easier and FASTER to write my text messages. I am happier with this phone than I've almost ever been, and hope it keeps working for years to come - I don't want to replace it! (That's saying a lot!)
Pros check texts, missed calls on outside screen, slim design, like Razr but better (larger screen and better feel keys)
Cons easily scratched, finger prints
Summary I just bought this phone. I have been waiting for a new, slim Razr-like phone to come out. I am not one for having something that everyone else already has. I bought the Chocolate (and wrote a review here) and returned it within the week because of its quirky touchpad keys and itty bitty numeric keys.
So far, this phone is great. I need a phone to make phone calls. I dont use it for music or even for the camera much. However, this camera takes really great pictures. A friend of mine just bought another Verizon phone and her pictures are constantly blurry. There is no problem like that with this phone. Clear pictures. It does not seem to have a flash, and I have not yet tried taking dimly lit pictures.
The BEST part about this phone is that you can check missed calls and text messages on the outside of the phone. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to get a non-clamshell phone. It can be difficult to check who called or see a message while trying to be discrete, but LG really figured it out with this feature. You can use the touchpad keys on the outside of the phone (which are supposed to be used for music controls) to check messages. It rocks. Seriously. Im really not one to get excited by things but this is a great feature.
Also, even though the numeric keys are flat (which some people may find irritating if they text a lot without looking at the keys), the material that they made them out of feels really nice. I really do prefer it over the shiny keys of the Razr.
All in all, I really love my phone. It is pretty and works very well... and thats all you really need, right?!
Pros Looks, size, music quality
Cons Charger/USB/headphone interface
Summary I've had the phone for week now and have explored most of its features. The music player works pretty well. I sync'd the phone to my laptop via USB and windows media player. Fit about 200 songs on a 1 Gb micro SD card. The sound quality was pretty good using the the headphones that came with the Verizon music pack. None of the metallic hiss that others noted on the krzr.
Call quality has also been good. No dropped calls yet.
My only design gripe is the charger/USB/headphone interface. The access port cover seems somewhat flimsy and is destined to break off. The cover doesn't stow nicely with the headphones plugged in which is annoying. As far as headphones, you either have to buy the Verizon set which doubles as a hands free set or use the included adapter which only accepts the smaller sized headphone jack. It's possible that LG is counting on bluetooth headphones taking off, thus negating the need to use to the interface for anything except charging. Plantronics already has a nice (expensive) set on the market.
Overall, this is the best media phone by far that Verizon has to offer.