"good, no-frills, quality phone"3.0 starson by revclark
Pros: Good reception more often than not, excellent audio quality in earpiece
Cons: sprint's spotty network just isn't as consistent as verizon, cingular, or alltell
Summary: I have been with Sprint since 2000 and began with Samsung phones (the a400 was tops on the old network, hands down). I have been using Sanyo up until I decided to try this LG. So far, I have had mixed results. It seems to behave like the Sanyo 8100, in that it holds a strong reception when there isn't much interference, but loses reception quickly in some buildings (i.e. brick and stone buildings). My 8200 doesn't hold the strongest reception, but is sometimes more reliable inside those aforementioned buildings. Funny how phones can be so different. Call quality has been excellent through the earpiece so far, the speakerphone not quite as good. The internal antennea is wonderful, making for a slim and compact phone that doesn't waste material. The internal display is gorgeous and the phone is sleek. The ringers and background selections are a bonus and I love the fact that it tells you the area code for the number you are dialing (sanyo spoiled me with the match area code feature). I have come to the conclusion that I am not wasting money on a camera/video phone until they take better pics/videos than my stand alone 3.1 MPXL digital camera and have a way to get the pics and videos off the device without paying out the ear for internet service. Further, unless the reception and call quality are so far superior on those camera/video phones, that the price difference is balanced out, then what's the point? Also, why pay more money for a phone that has ready link capability if it costs so much extra money to use ready link and you didn't plan on using it anyway?
I couldn't give a higher rating simply because of sprint's spotty network (at least in my town). If sprint would focus more on building more towers and upgrading the technology to hold signals stronger (especially in buildings) I could easily give this phone a 10.