"Terrific basic tri-mode phone with great battery life, excellent call quality, speaker and no camera"on by mhgolob
Pros Tri-mode; battery life; speaker; call quality; no camera
Cons No Bluetooth
Summary FINALLY, a basic tri-mode phone with great battery life, speaker, call quality and no camera. This replacement for the VX4400 is exactly what I have been waiting for. I don't want a camera because I am unable to bring it to the local courthouse. This is the best basic Verizon phone hands down. The only thing missing is Bluetooth but the speaker is excellent and is almost as good as Bluetooth. If you're looking for a terrific basic phone, with no camera, look no further. If it had Bluetooth, it would be perfect.Updated
I recently took my 4650 to the local Verizon corporate store to get my firmware updated. My phone wouldn't take the update. The tech said that some of the early models can't be flashed. She gave me a brand new one (FRU) and transferred my phonebook to the new handset. The current firmware is version #3. I still think this is an excellent basic phone without the bells and whistles that most people don't want or need.
Pros voice commands, speaker phone, great sound, easy menus
Cons Don't have any yet
Summary I dreaded buying a new cell phone after I ran my old one over with my car. My old one was just that, OLD, but it was simple and I didn't need to attend college to figure out how to work it.
I finally went to Verizon and with fear in my eyes I asked for help picking out a phone, admitting I was errrrrr cell phone challenged.
I CAN FIGURE THIS ONE OUT!!! I'm amazed, I feel exceptionally brilliant. I love the voice command feature, I love the speakerphone, I love the simple menu. The phone is a good size, the display is crisp with large font, the speaker has good clear sound.
It is an excellent midrange phone (okay that's what the sales person told me).
I definitely recommend this phone.
Pros Speaker phone is better than any tired so far.
Cons None that I can find so far.
Pros Great Speakerphone, sophisticated voice command, strong vibrate mode, excellent reception, loud and clear earpiece
Cons No Frills (no camera, video, bluetooth, etc)
Summary Human nature being what it is, when offered my "new every two" from Verizon, I opted for the most expensive phone I could find without having to add any of my own funds. With the web discount, that turned out to be the VX8100. Consumer Reports confirmed this as a top contender. That phone has it all--live TV streaming, video and still camera, mp3 player, bluetooth, you name it.
Unfortunately, it suffered from maladies that I found confirmed by opinions on this site and numerous others: frequent, terrible voice volume fluctuations, with the callee becoming unintelligible at times. Software issues of screen freezes. Voice command that didn't recognize my voice. Faulty number button. Etc.
After reading opionions on CNET, I decided to check out the 4650. Boy am I glad. I use my phone (lo and behold) as a phone! I don't need photos, video, mp3s--I have dedicated devices for each of those. This phone has excellent calling features.
My hearing is fairly poor. Let me tell you, the speaker on this phone is phenominal--super loud with virtually no distortion even at peak volume. I'm told by those I've called that they can't differentiate my voice from when I'm on speaker or not. There's a "driving mode" which is ideal for communicating with the speaker on and the phone on my lap. At work, where I often work with technical devices while needing to communicate with folks in other parts of the country, it's a blessing to have the use of the speaker wherein the person on the other line can actually understand me!
There's a good selection of ring tones, some of which are amazingly loud (good for hearing over loud equipment or at a distance). Nothing fancy or hip, just very usuable and, in some cases, fun. The vibration mode is typical for LG--STRONG !! I wear my phone on my belt. When it vibrates, my entire right leg is alerted to the process.
The updated voice command function "reads" any entry in your phone's address book from the sound of your voice. No "training" or actual voicing of contact names required. An easily accessible button on the left side of the phone activates the voice command. You're asked to issue a command (i.e. "call someone") and then whom you'd like to call. Even my short "home" command is quickly understood and confirmed ("did you say, "home"?) and then, with my confirmation ("yes") the call is completed. The digitized electronic voice that confirms your request is a bit muffled, but certainly intelligible.
The phone is compact, easy to hold and its features are easily accessible and readable. It's not exactly "pretty" or "cool" looking--it's cyclops speaker takes up a good portion of the center area between the hinges. But it's streamlined and curved, not boxy.
The reception seems just as good as my old 4400 (from which I part somewhat sadly). Another issue that sprang up with the 8100--two calls dropped in one day from my home from which I hadn't lost a single call in 2-1/2 years with my 4400.
So, verily, I say to thee...if the latest digital whoop-de-doo is not on your priority list for a phone; if clarity, reception and versatility are, then I haven't found a better phone than this one.
Good luck in your search.
Pros Easy to use, Great reception, Speaker phone
Cons Non at all.
Summary I have been with Verizion for years and have not been able to use my phone in certain places. Well since I purchased this phone I can make calles from any where. The phone has been a pleasure to use.