Pros Great look, sliding keypad is kinda cool. Screen is recessed which prevents oil/skin prints when talking. Screen is bright and also shuts off when phone is in use to conserve battery.
Cons Biggest con: earpiece (and ringers, depending on which one) is WAY too quiet. Keys are too small.
Summary I switched from Verizon to Sprint a few months ago and got the LG-PM325. I read many reviews on this website and decided to go with this phone because of the reception quality (based on consumer feedback). I get great reception with this phone.
The camera quality is fair. Not as good as some motorola camera phones (i.e. razr 3 is much better quality) but then again, you should research your phones before you just jump into getting one. What I'm trying to say is, if you are looking for a phone and a camera is one important criteria for you, DONT GET THIS PHONE. Options for resolution/quality and recording your own shutter sound are cool, but lacks [amazing] quality some other camera phones have and erasure of pictures (if you are taking a picture of a temporary "thing" and you need to erase/take new pics quickly) takes too long.
The sliding keypad is cool, but remember to be careful with it. Yes, we will all play with it the day we get it (i did for a while) but it is fragile and dirt will easily accumulate under the sliding track if you are not careful. Also, since the keypad covers the recessed screen most of the time (when in closed position) any dust on the screen from when it was open could potentially accumulate inside the slider as well. I know I seem picky about this but as with all sliding phones the parts will wear most likely faster than typical flip phones obviously because the parts you have to clean are much more accessible. I'm trying to say "clean the screen if you can".
The only major complaint I have of this phone is the earpiece volume. Even on the loudest setting, it is not loud enough in somewhat "normal" outdoor settings. If you are near a road with moderate traffic or in a building with a fair amount of backround noise, you are probably going to end up saying "WHAT??" to the other person A LOT. The ringtones are somewhat loud enough, i guess--they could probably be a little louder too.
THe phone has a lot of cool features such as the easy-to-maneuver-through LG interface. Cool ringtones, the Bluetooth (i havent seen much positive feedback on the BT but i dont use it myself--read other comments), the integrated camera (once again do not buy if you are buying b/c it is a camera phone, you will be dissapointed) and the sliding keypad make this phone quite attractive and easy to use.
Pros People will think it's cool...
Cons You will end up knowing it's not.
Summary Well, let me say right off the bat, I am not a tech professional. I am just an average slightly knowledgable consumer who wanted Bluetooth on my phone.
Let's start out with what that "Bluetooth" tag gets you on this Sprint phone. From what I can understand I can use a headset or use the phone with my laptop to connect to the internet. Using a handsfree headset is a nice feature and one of Bluetooth's big draws, so that is great. Using this phone to "dial-up" an internet connection is a handy thing to have I guess... if you are not near one of the many Wi-Fi coffee shops or business all over major metropolitan areas(hello!).
My biggest beef here is that I didn't want to transfer every freakin' name and number from my old phone to my new phone. "Real" Bluetooth would do that. Sprint has done a great job of leaving out little details like that.
The long and the short is: People will love how "cute" it is. They will love to watch you slide it open to make and receive calls. It's very small, so if you have big hands, it is like the phone Will Ferrell uses in "Zoolander."
One other thing, this is weird, but for some reason if you keep the phone in your pocket lint seems to get under the screen. I cannot figure out how to get it out of there either and my OCD tendencies are making me go crazy every time I look at it.
All in all, just know that you are getting a dumbed down version of Bluetooth in a "cute" little slider phone.
Pros Sleek design, good price, good reception, wireless headset capability.
Cons Inaccurate signal strength meter. Monitor (speakerphone) does not work as defined in the manual. Don't call it Bluetooth if you don't support the full feature set.
Summary I like the design and the price is good. I've had good reception in a wide variety of enviroments. The signal strength meter seems to almost not matter because I get a clear signal even when I have one bar.
The full manual for this phone available online describes a monitor feature that sounds much like a speakerphone. However, when you select that option during a call, it mutes the phone. I wasn't clammering for a speakerphone, but it's a mistake to keep suggesting the feature exists in an online PDF that can be corrected.
The thing that get's under my skin the most about this phone is the deletion of OBEX support that allows one to sync MS Outlook contacts and calendar events with this phone. This would have cost Sprint next to nothing, and they must believe some users would not purchase an expensive SmartPhone or Blackberry if they could wirelessly sync a phone with Outlook. This might make some sense on Sprint's part if this capability wasn't available for free from AT&T/Nokia via IR transfer.
There is a third party data cable/software solution that is supposed to work, but why should this be necessary when Sprint could simply have left the file transfer capability in the Bluetooth feature set?
Using Sprint's VoiceCommand service is an additional $5/month, but it's often rude to loudly speak the name of the person you're calling in public. What's more, VoiceCommand supports ACT! natively, but requires multiple steps to transfer Outlook contacts. I stress 'transfer' because despite Sprint's description, the unautomated VoiceCommand file transfer process could hardly be called syncing.
Sprint/LG really missed an opportunity trying to dumb down this phone to not compete with its SmartPhones. True PDA phone users wouldn't be seen with a device this inexpensive. On the other hand there are many users who can't justify $300 for a complicated PDA/phone, but would be willing to pay a little extra for a feature that Sprint's competitors provide for free.
Pros small size great display great options and functionality
Cons Bluetooth capabilities are very poor Hard to find a comfortable fit against the ear Small keypad Poor camra quality
Pros Easy to use. Intuative, well designed menus are easy to understand and navigate. Camera is also easy to use.
Cons This phone suffers one general problem and one problem that will affect only certain users. If you don't need bluetooth, this would probably be a good phone for you. General: Sometimes while talking, the slider will slide closed a bit, or even all the way