Fortunately, the mobile comes with an external display, a feature we always approve of. The postage-stamp-size screen is monochrome, but it shows time, signal strength, date, battery life, and caller ID (where available). The internal display measures 1.8 inches diagonally and shows 65,536 colors. It's bright enough so that you can clearly view pictures and phone numbers, but it's a little small for serious Web browsing or text messaging; you can't change the font size either.
With a design reminiscent of a Samsung handset's, the circular four-way toggle is used to navigate the phone's menu system, and the OK button is placed logically at the center. The toggle provides shortcuts to messaging, downloads, contacts, and a scheduler. You also get two soft keys and a dedicated Back button. The backlit keypad is well laid out and easy to navigate; the slightly raised keys are small but well spaced.
On the side of the phone, you will find volume controls, a 2.5mm headset jack, and a dedicated voice-dialing button. One bonus not found on most entry-level phones is an integrated speakerphone--a nod to how many users are now using this feature. The speakerphone button is conveniently located just below the circular toggle.Voice features dominate the LG VI-125's feature set, with a built-in speakerphone, 30 polyphonic ring tones, a vibrate mode, and voice-dialing capabilities. But there are a few fun extras as well. The phone book lets you create 200 entries, each with five numbers, an e-mail address, and a Web address. In addition to the conventional text and picture caller ID, the phone also provides customizable avatars for each caller. You configure a little anime character, choosing her hair, eyes, and clothing, and associate it with particular callers. Only a female avatar is included; male avatars, presumably, must be purchased separately.