Pros Call quality, battery life, feel/quality
Cons The address book has some serious short comings, camera is sluggish
Summary Overall, I love the Xenon. I am switching to it from a Samsung Blackjack smartphone. My first try was the Samsung Eternity. I am not a huge fan of Samsung, but at the time, it was the best option I saw.
After discovering some short comings, I decided to exchange the Eternity for the Xenon and I couldn't be happier I did.
First, the Xenon has voice dialing/commands and speed-dial, which the Eternity shockingly lacks. The Xenon handles voice commands very well, although you have to be careful how you set up your contacts if you plan on using voice dialing. The Xenon requires you to define each number for every contact as mobile, home, work, etc... which will be fine for most people entering contacts from scratch. However, I found out that importing contacts from my old phone via Bluetooth was mostly seamless, but the categorization of the numbers got jumbled. So, some home numbers were marked as mobile or work, which throws off the voice dialing. Changing the category is easy enough however, but somewhat tedious if you have a lot of contacts.
Speaking of contacts, the Xenon does not store information like birthdays, anniversaries, or ADDRESSES. I can understand the first two, but given the fact that ATT navigator is an option on this phone, it's curious that it can't store an address. An address could be entered in the 'notes' section for your contacts, but I find it odd.
The camera is solid, but sluggish. No fast moving objects, please.
That said overall, I love the phone. I have found the widgets to be useless on both the Eternity and the Xenon. Only the music play seems to be helpful to have on your home screen. The Xenon has a "favorites" button on the home screen (the star button) where you can place any application you frequently use. I put the voice command, bluetooth, and calendar there, which is great. No need for widgets for these thing. Also, the connection and profile menu, accessed by touching the very top of the screen is pretty handy, although, it does take a few tries to learn where to touch to get it to come up.
Speaking of the touch screen, it's pretty great. I found the Eternity's operation a little smoother, but overall the Xenon's is good. The widget bar is a little sluggish to appear, which I gather is more of a processor issue than a screen issue, but the responsiveness is a little slow in some other apps as well. CNET is definitely right when they say there is a learning curve, but I say it's well worth learning.
The size is good too. It's shorter and less wide than the Eternity, but a little thicker, due to the slide out keyboard, which by the way, is great. My only complaint is that I sometimes hit the mail app key when I mean to type an "A" (it's right next to it). I know that's not the keyboards fault, but I think they could have put a key that didn't launch an app right next to one of the most used letters in the English language.
The phone fits easily into the front pocket of jeans or dress pants without being overly noticeable.
Overall, I am thrilled by my choice to exchange the Eternity for the Xenon. The Xenon is a marvelous phone and texting device.
Pros voice quality, combination of touch screen and slide out keyboard, numerous features, one-touch speed dialing, contact personalization.
Cons touchscreen smudges easily, takes a bit of time to get used to the settings and setting up preferences
Summary I had been going back and forth regarding a phone upgrade and I found nothing that really had all of the features I was looking for. One-touch speed dial and setting up personal ring tones for contacts amazingly lacking on so many of the newer phones which I just fine weird. Logged on to ATT for another look and there was the Xenon--I immediately checked with CNET which overall gave it a pretty good review--I know CNET prefers the similar style Samsung, but truly it did not feel as sturdy in my hand and for the $100 difference in price I am very pleased. This is the best phone I have had for voice quality and as a phone that is very important to me- Previously have had samsung, nokia, and motorola phones.
"Amazing Features"on by ynot3312
Pros The LG Xenon has so many features you might want to hold onto that book so you don't miss out on every thing this phone has to offer.
Cons I had the phone for 2 days and the screen broke from to much pressure so be gentle get insurance or a screen protector
Pros Full, comfortable keyboard, the touch screen is very responsive, the home screen allows room for various shortcuts, texting is very easy, it can be done either way The organization of the entire phone is very helpful and fun to use.
Cons The screen smudges easily...there will be a lot of wiping on your part. Since the keys are so close I sometimes click either the moblie e-mail or the Internet button, very sad, it sometimes locks up when I don't want it to.
Summary Although the phone takes some getting used to, it's a very cool phone and in my opinion is very organized. If you are an uptight stuffy nosed business person I would NOT recommmend this phone, but for anyone else I would totally recommend it. It is also very affordable for what it does. Hope this review was helpful! :)
Pros Slide Out Keyboard
ease of use-very readable!
Cons Too many ways to access call and message notifications-a bit confusing
small contacts list-easy to fill 500 spaces
No photo editing (at least, haven't found it yet)
Summary Cool phone, after killing my blackberry pearl, I needed to replace it.My husband was trying to talk me into an I Phone, but I don't see well, and it seemed like it would be a huge waste for me, I prefer to web surf on a larger screen, and the touch screen keyboard seemed like it would be super frustrating to me. After looking around a bit, I figured I would try the Xenon. so far, I'm pretty pleased. iI's so easy to text!
The fonts are very readable, I thought I would miss my blackberry, but this phone is a lot easier for me to use, and doesn't have a ton of features I never bothered with. I do however, miss the ability to synch my contact list and calender to a web app or outlook, cell phones sometimes die, and as I learned the hard lesson, unless uyou synch your phone, that info, for the most part, is gone if the phone dies. I definitely need to read the manul, maybe I could back up to sd card and back up card to PC weekly.
All in all, very pleased!