Pros awesome graphics, really like the new menu style, I've had no problems hearing people when I'm not on speakerphone, reception has been great, awesome camera
Cons TERRIBLE battery life, speakerphone quality is very poor, problems with bluetooth connectivity, not many ringtone choices
Summary As soon as I saw this phone, I knew I HAD to have it. It was exactly what I thought I wanted and more. Well, it turns out that the battery life is abysmal to say the least, which is one of the biggest deal breakers for me. I can't have my phone plugged into a charger all the time, and was hoping this one would not need a charge every single day, but it does. After talking on it for about an hour it dies every time. Also, the speakerphone is a joke. If I'm in a completely quiet room in my apartment I can use it. Otherwise, forget about it. The volume is practically nonexistant. I've also had problems connecting my motorola bluetooth headset to the phone. It pairs properly, but everyone I talk to while using it says it sounds like I'm in a wind tunnel. I've never had that problem with the headset before.
Ok, enough of the bad; here are some good things for those of you who could care less about battery life and speakerphone:
the camera on this phone is amazing. I've taken quite a few pictures and it still amazes me every time. You can customize your pictures too, which is a great feature. I also liked the graphics and new menu style on this particular phone. I think the verizon menus on other phones look cheap and juvenile, but this one looks very high end and classy. The size of the phone is also great, fits easily into a pocket or purse. I really liked the velvet pouch that came with the phone; it has kept the phone looking as good as new (which is great for me since its going back to Verizon tomorrow!!)
Pros signal strength; look and feel; features
Cons Cumbersome connection to charger
Summary This phone is the first phone I've had that truly meets or exceeds all expectations. Having owned over a dozen phones that each had their issues, that's really saying something. I find the customizability of this phone to be really useful, and the call quality is superb. I initially paired it with a Motorola H700 but took that back after three horrible uses. Now it is paired with a Plantronics Voyager 510, and the call quality sounds like I'm on a landline.
The phone has a very flat profile, and I find the black velvet holder that comes with it to be surprisingly sufficient for the phone. The phone slips in and out easily, and the holder is thin enough that the total profile is about the size of a money clip holding 5 or so bills.
The camera takes very high quality photos; however, the delay time between pressing the shutter button and the shutter releasing is a bit long. This wouldn't matter if I weren't trying to photograph a hyperactive puppy!
Signal strength is my #1 issue with cell phones and Verizon, and thus far I have not dropped one call with this phone (as compared with an average of about 0.8 dropped calls for every call I made with my three previous Treos). Even in areas where I have a history of signal strength issues (elevators, parking garages, my townhome), this phone has risen to the occasion.
My only real beef with this phone is the design of the power adapter's connection to the phone. There is a tiny metal cover to the phone's adapter port, and I have to gingerly use a fingernail to pop it open. And this port is on the side of the phone, which is taking some getting used to.
Overall, I can't imagine anyone disliking this phone. LG will be hard-pressed to improve upon it (other than the aforementioned issues).
Pros Crystal clear voice quality, easy-to-use controls, gorgeous design, vivid internal display, solid construction, great multimedia features, amazingly sharp camera
Cons Seems like it could be damaged with a slight mishap, a bit heavy
Summary This is simply one of the best cell phones available today. I purchased mine yesterday after upgrading from the LG VX9800, or "The V," and I absolutely have not regretted it. I had read many, MANY other online reviews and found that most of them were very accurate. The CNET editor's rating seems to be low because of the way they nit-pick the small details. The only reason I can justify this phone not being near a 9.0 is because the "microSD card slot is behind the battery." So what? You put the card in once and it's done, it's not as if the charger jack is back there or something. Now let me get into some of the pros and cons.
-Voice quality is excellent. Regardless of where I am, where other people are, and if I'm using the earpiece or speakerphone, I can hear perfectly and people tell me I'm coming in loud and clear.
-Controls are very easy to use. At first, I was a bit skeptical about the flat keypad, but I soon realized after playing with the phone that it isn't actually flat. The ridges built into the keypad make it very, very easy to maneuver around the phone.
-The design is just out of this world. A stainless steel phone? What a brilliant idea. The phone looks sharp, futuristic, and I personally love the rectangular external display. Although people complain that you can't read txt messages or see photo ID's on the small display, I must ask "Who cares?" The screen shows all the necessary information and it's not too much work to actually OPEN YOUR PHONE to read a txt message.
-The internal display is, as I read in another review, "the plasma TVs of the cell phone world." The colors are as sharp as I've seen on my HDTV and it actually looks like it would belong with the best TVs Best Buy has to offer.
-The body being built of steel makes this phone feel solid in my hand. As opposed to phones where the casing is plastic and is easily nicked and scratched, I feel like this phone is weighty enough to feel like it's actually made of something strong, making me feel more comfortable when using it.
-The multimedia features this phone offers are unrivaled. The ability to take pictures and videos seems to be almost standard on phones these days, but now you can watch VCast videos and download full songs directly onto your phone at a pretty quick pace.
-A 2.0 megapixel camera is one of the best upgrades to this LG phone line. Pictures come out almost painfully sharp and clear, and the video camera isn't too shabby, either.
-The phone is thin, so there's always the thought in the back of my mind that it could break if I drop it. However, I seriously seriously seriously doubt it would happen, plus I bought insurance for $5.99/month that replaces the phone at no extra cost for any reason.
-Some people say that this phone is a bit heavy, considering it's made of stainless steel. However, switching from the VX9800, I actually found this phone to be lighter than I expected.
All in all, this is without a doubt the best cell phone I have ever owned. If you're eligible for your "New Every Two" plan (or even if you're not- I wasn't!), this phone is a must-buy. A stunning array of features makes it the best phone Verizon, or any other service provider, offers.
Pros The Looks (both outside and in), the sound, and the mirror face.
Cons Horrible outside LCD on incoming calls, crappy rings, a dent-loving finish
Summary Things you should know:
1. The outside visuals - Sleak, Skinny, Shiny
2. The inside visuals - Very surprised and impressed. Maybe the #1 feature of this phone. Crisp, vivid screen. Very detailed. Also the "theme" is a cool gray, a big alternative from Verizon's usual red menu.
3. The sound - I dont know if its Verizon, the phone, or both, but I like it. Very clear, even on Speaker mode.
4. The outside LCD window also doubles as a mirror when its not lit. Very cool and comes in handy.
5. The camera. Crisp, but doesnt handle light very well. Incoming pictures look pretty good, too.
1. The outside LCD is hard to see when its lit up - especially on an incoming call. This is my main complaint. I wish so much I could change this setting. It's almost like I have no caller ID sometimes.
2. The pre-set rings absolutely stink. It's almost like they are pushing me to buy new ones.
3. Leaves a few fingerprints, wish I can live with but....
4. ...It dents wayyyyy too easy. And with its stainless steel finish, it's noticeable. Same to be said about scratches.
5. I've only owned it for 2 months, but I feel like its fragile. I am starting to see a seam or two begin to separate around the pivot point. I bang this phone around like any average joe, but I wouldnt say its overly excessive. Only time will tell I guess, but it's just a thought...
"Shiny shiny phone"on by mintz12
Pros slim, lightweight, keypad, call quality, camera
Cons location of charger connection
Summary I have had about 6 phones in the last 3 years and I have to admit I am very impressed by the VX 8700. The look is amazing, the phone quality is awesome and it's easy to get used too.
Super thin phone
Metal body looks sleek
Camera takes excellent pictures
Overall, I am very pleased with this phone and I highly recoomend it.