Sturdy build, decent battery life, full feature set, good sound quality, camera is good for 1.3MP, Bluetooth, FM transmitter
Nonintuitive controls, touchpad on front too small, reception not the greatest
I have had this phone for only 3 days now, but I just wanted to put something out there since as of now there are no reviews that I could find of the AX565. I also want to say that this is my first phone with a camera, mp3 player, ... Read full review
I have had this phone for only 3 days now, but I just wanted to put something out there since as of now there are no reviews that I could find of the AX565. I also want to say that this is my first phone with a camera, mp3 player, Bluetooth, or any other nontraditional feature. It is also my first LG phone, and I am used to Motorola, so perhaps some of the issues I have with the AX565 have to do with that.
Call quality is good, but reception has cut out in areas my previous phones (which all had external antennas) never had problems with. Likewise, mp3 quality is good through a headset and is as good as you can expect through the tiny speaker. I haven't tried it through Bluetooth yet. I also have not yet been able to interface with my computer through Bluetooth beyond using it as a dialup connection.
The controls, especially for the media player, are not very good, and things are not always placed in the way I would expect (such as different options being only accessible from certain submenus that will affect other features). The front media controls are touchy for anyone without tiny fingers, and there is no easy way to turn off the media player if the "background music" setting is on. Overall, it is easy enough to learn how to get to everything, although I would have liked to customize the keys at the main screen instead of one leading to Axcess Shop and none leading to recent calls.
The camera seems pretty good as far as cell phone cameras go (which is why I haven't wanted one for so long), and can take pictures with a resolution up to 1280x960--almost respectable. Video, and I am guessing that this is true for all similar phones, only gets 15 FPS, so it is near worthless.
This phone is Celltop capable, which I don't really see as a plus, since it does not seem any better at organizing my data. Other tools, like the calculator and calendar, are pretty standard.
I put a 4gb MicroSDHC card in, and it works, despite the lack of information out there regarding whether or not it will accept the "High Capacity" cards. I read that 4gb is the maximum size, however.
I have only tried the FM transmitter once, and it works, but the signal it gives out is weak so there has to be open air between it and the FM receiver, and it can't be all that far away (not sure how far it can get). You can set the transmitter to any frequency, as it is not limited to only a small range of low frequencies.
Overall, it feels a lot more durable and quality than the Samsung Hue and other "midrange" phones. I would not say that it is much more sophisticated than the LG Wave AX380. And it is probably just a brand thing, but I really miss being able to change the ringer to vibrate or silent without opening the phone, and having several different vibrate settings. But in the long run, this phone will serve you well as a multipurpose media player, cell phone and tip calculator.
Since CNET doesn't have specs up for it, here they are, to save you the trouble of googling again: