Pros Bright screen with true colors, Loud speakers, nice menu
Cons Extremely poor camera for a cell phone, fluctuating earpiece volume, no MP3, what bluetooth interface?
Summary My wife and I recently took advantage of the two year phone upgrade policy. We were torn between the LG VX8000 (previous model) and the LG VX8001 (new model). My wife liked the ¼ inch bigger screen on the 8000 and I liked the integrated Bluetooth technology of the 8001. As a result, we each got one of each.
Before I continue, let me say that I have read almost every review concerning the LG VX8001 and have noticed a few trends. One in particular is the summation that people on this opinion board are really trying to like the 8100. The higher ratings seem to be helping more people feel good about their purchase while the lower ratings don't receive the helpful nod (as evidenced by the number of helpful vs. non-helpful responses relating to higher vs. lower ratings). The bottom line is, the LG VX8100 is not what the general populace was expecting and thus research and development for this particular Verizon model failed in their endeavor to create a product that would appeal to their customers.
The physical characteristics of the cell phone are pleasant. Therefore, if I were buying a phone from a purely aesthetic point of view, the VX8100 would capture my interest. On the flip side I have issues with the poor camera quality. As a frequent traveler I surmised that a camera phone would be a nice addendum to a long trip with the ability to take a few photos or a quick 15sec video and send it to my wife and vice versa. However, I quickly discovered a pixel discrepancy with the 8100 in camera mode that the 8000 did not have. Additionally, the 8000 has a much broader range of manual camera adjustment that the 8100 is lacking. The camera quality is a substantial downgrade from the previous model. Picture quality outside is great but forget inside shots in low light conditions. In contrast, the VX8000 is great for inside pictures. Keep in mind; I did not buy the VX8100 because I wanted a digital camera. I have a nice digital camera. The intent of purchase was to send real-time pictures and short videos to my wife and kids. That being the case, the VX8000 is light years ahead of the VX8100 in relation to camera quality.
Another problem to contend with is the fluctuating earpiece volume. When talking on the phone I find myself intermittently straining to hear the other party as the volume level is not constant. This is a real problem LG needs to address. I can deal with poor camera quality but I bought the phone to have a conversation. I know it's the phone and not the connection because when talking to the same number with my wife's VX8000 it is crystal clear with no fluctuation.
What is the deal with non-operative so called MP3 buttons? I would like to hear a good explanation for this idiocracy. Do you think we may be paying too much for a phone that has the capability but the carrier refuses to activate it? Something to ponder!
Bluetooth interface is nothing more than a tease of technological possibility devoid of functionality as it relates to practical application. It is non-existent at best with the only applicative function being a cordless earpiece. However, I understand that there is the possibility to link with a laptop provided you purchase software from Verizon. Unfortunately there are extreme limitations to the union that negates the desire to purchase the software from a company bent on raping the customer with anarchism of monopolized add-ons.
Finally, Verizon is noteworthy on one fact. It seems to be customer focused on turning a penny instead of listening to the voice of the consumer and giving us our money's worth. As of now I plan to return the LG VX8100 in exchange for the 8000. Then again I may be through with Verizon altogether and switch to a company that cares about their customers hard earned money. Roll-over minutes sound customer focused to me!
Pros Size, Video Capture
Cons Indoor photo quality; speed dial setup; voice recognition
Summary Just got a VX8000 for wife on Jul 2; VX8100 for self last night. Took 8100 back today.
The only benefit of the 8100 over the 8000 is size, otherwise:
(1) With both cameras at full "auto," the 8100 takes slightly better outdoor photo than 8000, but indoor photos are horrible.
(2) I like 8000's macro photo feature which is missing in 8100. Also, 8100 has no zoom capability at 1280X960 resolution.
(3) 8100 has light and flash feature, but tends to wash-out indoor photos.
(4) Speed dial #1 is dedicated to voicemail and cannot be changed on 8100; not so on 8000. I always use #1 for home. Don't like that LG decides what is best for me.
(5) Matter of opinion, but I like 8000's "voice activated" dialing as opposed to 8100's "voice recognition" dialing. With voice dialing, you set it once then hit the side button and go. Voice recognition requires too much interaction every time you use it, even for oft used numbers.
(6) Minisd of 8100 could be nice if it allowed direct download to your PC. Nor it does it come with the phone. Nice little $80 option.
Bottom line - wife kept the 8000. I went back to my LG VX4400. Will wait for something better.
"VX8100 vs E815"on by uscfan
Pros Very strong construction, colorful vibrant and very customizable external LCD, strong vibrate, bluetooth, miniSD
Cons A bit large and heavy, no dock charger, only "travel" charger.
Summary My old VX6000 was nearing its end as my companion and friend. That phone was and still is a great phone, but the buttons are beginning to stop working properly, the outer screen is cracked, and my 2 year contract was coming to a close, which meant an upgrade .
I came here to Cnet, doing lots of research about all the new phones, but mostly focusing on the VX8100 and E815. I came to the conclusion that the E815 was the better phone due to its larger (much larger) screen, sexier chassis, and more professional appearance, as well as all the wonderful reviews it recieved.
5 E815's and 4 trips to my local Verizon store later, I now have an VX8100 in my pocket, and I have to say, I should have got the LG in the first place.
First of all, the Motorola E815's that I shuffled through were all manufactured poorly. Some had poor camera CMOS sensors, resulting in red and green dots on certain photos, and others had weak clamshells. On two of them the phone would nearly close on itself because it was so weak. The last one I had, which I became quite attached with and even ordered a transflash card on eBay, was all great except for the fact that the half of the phone with the LCD on it was not inline with the part with the keypad. So when it was closed, the top was twisted to the right 2-3mm. This may seem insignificant but is very easy to feel in the hands and becomes very irritating.
So I am now sitting here with my 8100 right in front of me. Here are some of the things I don't like about it. All the other LG phones in the past have come with full on docking type charging units, which is a very nice touch indeed, this model does not. Also, the phone is a bit large, but packs a lot of features.
I really love the external display, it is loads better than the E815's. The E815 external display is bareley visible in sunlight and is also a very low resolution, so everything looks jagged and unprofessional.
The internal display on the LG 8100 is not too much smaller than that of the E815, but the extra real estate doesn't really matter, at least not for me. Plus, the fonts on the LG are smaller so technically you are fitting the same amount of data on the screen.
It might be possible that the E815 get's better reception, but I can't really test that too well at this point since I live in the hills and reception isnt too great. But if I would have to say right now which is best, the E815 has better reception, but keep in mind it has a pull-out antenna.
So I am a poor writer and this really has no format or structure, but I hope this review made a bit of sense to you. If you have any questions or comments at all please email me via firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly respond.
So the bottom line, if you get a well manufactured E815 (I think my local Verizon store has a bad pallet or something...) then you will be very happy, and it is much more of a professional phone. If you really want a strong and durable phone with the same features and a but bulkier chassis, I would defenitly reccomend the LX VX8100.
Hope it helps!Updated
Most people don't realize, the number of bars you have is relative to the phone you have. For instance, an LG may have a maximum number of 6 bars and a Motorola E815 may have a maximum number of 5 bars. So techincally if both phones have five bars does that mean they are the same? NO! If they each have 5 then the Moto would have 5/5 and the LG would have 5/6, therefore the Motorola would have a better signal.
So will you all please stop comparing bars on one phone and another, its all up to the manufacurer how bars measure signal strength, its like comparing apples with oranges!
Pros Nice design, easy to use, stylish, good sound quality
Cons Wish you could keep the clamshell closed to use speaker phone function
Summary I was due for a new phone from VZW and wanted all the new features along with good talk/standby-time. I read much about the Motorola E815 and was waiting for that phone to be available like many other people.
When I got to the VZW store they did not have any E815's in stock but the sales person pointed me to the LG VX8100. I compared the two phnes and thought that the LG had a nicer feel to it and certainly looked classier. I started playing with the two phones and realized early on that the LG was more substantial. I hope it will be reliable with good service and coverage and few dropped calls which I have come to expect from Verizon, not sure if it was my previous Motorola phone that was so good or the provider but I did not have many dropped calls previously and hope to continue along those lines with the new LG VX8100.
The Vcast function is nice (a novelty now not sure how practical it will be down the road) Pic quality seems reasonable, sounds for ringers sound loud and clear. User interface easy to use. Voice dial takes some getting used to. Digit dial is a neat feature but who remembers phone numbers anymore with speed dial and voice dial?
Love the stylish color, just ordered a Bluetooth headset and will see how the phone does with that.
Pros Build quality, size, EVDO, external screen allows reading of text messages
Cons low ear volume
Summary This is a very solid phone. The build quality is well above average. The size is also a plus. Not too big and it fits well in my hand. It also has a good feel next to the ear. Much better than the VX 8000 that it replaces. One problem that I have found, however, is the ear volume. On a long call, it seems to fade in and out. This is with the setting on high and the Auto Volume setting set to on. On short calls, it is not an issue. I know of two other owners of this phone and they have the same problem. Maybe a software update will correct this. Other than that one problem, it is the perfect phone (so far).