"Not very good, actually"2.0 starson by thewolley
Pros: Good keypad, large/bright screen, sturdy build
Cons: Poor user interface, reception very good, fingerprint magnet, battery life nowhere close to stated, quickly gets hot, unreliable keyguard
Summary: My Samsung M500 was beginning to malfunction so the LG LX370 seemed like a good replacement. I wanted a basic phone of decent quality, not a portable Star Destroyer. The specs and review sounded very good so I decided to give it a try. I liked the large, bright screen and the great touch of the keypad. However, there were more downsides than ups and I returned the phone after a week.
For starters, reception on the LX370 is not as good as on the old M500. The only place my M500 couldn't find a signal in Chicago was in the subways. There were several areas above ground in River North and Albany Park where the LX370 had no reception at all. These are by no means remote areas and were never a problem for previous phones. The LX370 also seemed to have difficulty roaming.
Talk time on the LX370 is rated at 6 hours, but after about 20 minutes of talk and the remainder of one day on standby my battery was down to one bar. To be fair, maybe that's just an inaccuracy in the display, or simply a defective battery. I didn't do any in-depth testing.
I also found that after 4-5 minutes of use, the handset would get quite hot. I know that's a subjective description but for what it's worth, I've never noticed any appreciable rise in temperature of any handset in all my years of cell phone use (various models by Samsung, Nokia and one other LG).
The thing I really hated was the user interface. Although the carousel on the main screen is supposed to provide easy access points to folders/functions on the phone, it seemed to take more clicks than necessary to get anywhere useful. For comparison, it would take ONE click on my M500 to begin a new text message while it takes THREE on the LX370. You could assign only five favourites, which would be fine if the UI were easy to navigate but that was not the case here. Also, it was not clear how to access files in your micro SD card, either directly on the phone or while connected to a computer via Bluetooth. Overall, I thought the UI was very primitive and unintuitive. It looked good but didn't work very well.
I also noticed that the keyguard worked arbitrarily. On several occasions I pulled the phone from my pocket to find that it was unlocked, although it was locked when I put it in. For fear of scratching the shiny surface, I never put the phone in my pocket with any keys, change or anything else, for that matter. So how the 'back' button could have been depressed long enough to disable the keyguard was a mystery. My best guess was that the keyguard wasn't functioning properly to begin with.
Which brings me to the least significant but most ANNOYING downside of the phone. That shiny surface! All those fingerprints and scratches! The current trend of having large shiny surfaces on most mobile devices is impractical and just plain stupid. I can't wait for this dumb, ugly fad to be over with.
From my experience, the LG LX370 looks great on paper and great in the box but that's about it. I suppose it's heavy enough to stun a squirrel if you threw it hard enough.