Recent LG phones for Sprint like the LG Rumor 2 and the LG Lotus have been very messaging-centric, but that doesn't mean LG doesn't have other designs up its Sprint sleeve. The LG LX370 has a far more traditional slider style, and not in an unattractive way either. We liked the new Sprint One Click interface, as well as features like a 2.0-megapixel camera, GPS, and EV-DO Rev. 0. That combined with great performance and call quality make the LG LX370 a pretty good midtier handset for Sprint customers. The LG LX370 is available for $99.99 after a two-year contract.
Measuring 4.06 inches long by 1.89 inches wide by 0.63 inch thick, the LG LX370 has a fairly standard slider design. It is smooth and sleek, with curved corners and an all-silver color scheme. The front surface is very reflective and can be used as a mirror, and the back surface is covered in tiny dotted bumps for texture and extra grip. The slider mechanism feels sturdy, and it's quite lightweight at 3.7 ounces.
It has a really nice 2-inch display with 262,000 colors and a 240x320-pixel QVGA resolution. The screen is rich and vibrant with color, and we like how it shows off the menu's animated icons. You can adjust the screen's backlight time, plus the font size for messages, the browser, and the notepad.
Along the bottom row of the home screen is a special screen-navigation interface called One Click, a custom interface found only on Sprint phones. It consists of eight shortcut tiles, which can be customized with any of 14 applications or functions. As you flip through the tiles, a menu of each application's options will pop up. You can have shortcuts to the messaging menu, the Web browser, e-mail, Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, plus a menu for even more shortcuts. There's even a Google shortcut that gives you instant access to Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube. You can also add a "bubble" to the home screen with special ticker information like financial updates, brief news headlines, or your latest horoscope.
Underneath the display is the navigation array, which consists of two soft keys, a circular navigation toggle with a middle Menu/OK key, the Talk key, the Back key, and the End/Power key. The volume rocker and charger jack are on the left spine, and the camera key, a voice command key, the microSD card slot, and the headset jack are on the right. The voice command key also brings up the recent calls list with a short press. Turn the phone around and you'll find the camera lens and external speaker on the back.
Slide the phone up and you'll reveal the number keypad. The keypad is quite roomy, and even though the keys are flat, they're separated by raised lines, so we could still dial by feel. The keys also have a nice give when pressed.