Pros Excellent reception, few dropped calls
Cons Rings after 'missed' call when in silent mode.
Summary Overall I am impressed with this phone. I was looking for longer talk and standby time when I upgraded from my Motorolla and got that, color screen, camera etc... which I have had occasion to use and enjoy.
Overall the reception is better and the 'deadspots' i encountered with my Motorolla have been drastically reduced.
Pros Low price, feature packed, nice camera and video recorder
Cons Semi-weak battery life, bland, polyphonic ringtones
Summary This phone was sooooo close to being perfect it turns my stomach. It had the camera, and video capture, and low price, the compact design, the easy to use interface, everything you could want except....REAL MUSIC RINGTONES. I'm all about features, and when i went to verizons GET IT NOW service, and started previewing, i was appalled. A video phone with polyphonic? Ruined my whole day. But apart from that, i cant really complain. This takes decent quality, 15 second video clips, and takes nice photos, too. All for under a hundred bucks. To someone who's not completely obsessed how the public will perceive their ringtone, its a dream come true.
Pros It's very reliable, very durable. It all around gets the job done. Good if you "just want a freakin' phone".
Cons not a lot of memory, features, bells, whistles, flashing lights, smoke or mirrors.
Summary Most of people on cnet write reviews after having something a week, or a month or some other pointless amount of time, but I've had this phone for about two-and-a-half years (since the beginning of my senior year of high school) and, frankly, I'm sick of it and want a new one. The problem with that is, there's NOTHING wrong with it.
In all this time and all the use I've gotten out of this phone I've had no problems with it whatsoever--and I've dropped the heck out of this phone (unintentionally of course)on to concrete, asphalt, tile, rock, you name it, my phone has hit it. Hard. from varying heights. I've been running in PE while it was in my shirt pocket just for quick convenience (I normally don't do this) and it fell out and hit asphalt from about 5 feet off the ground, and most phones, when you drop them, the battery pops out and whatnot, never happened with mine, it's always fully intact.
Also the reception is pretty good, it went out in (very) small areas of my high school campus and small areas of my college campus but it can always be fixed by either extending the antenna or moving a couple of feet in some direction. Also, I live in a valley so I encounter a lot of mountains and it works ok in those conditions. In all the time I've had it, I can literally count all the dropped calls on one hand and probably either have two fingers left over or only need to borrow one or two from my other hand and those dropped calls only came from walking into one of those small areas with no service.
Some people have said things in their review about it having clunky/awkward controls and I have to disagree, I mean it's a pretty small phone and I have Enormous hands (not an exaggeration) and I've had a really easy time using it and navigating through the odds and ends of it all. The only problem I had was during the first few weeks I had it, when I'd get a phone call I'd try to hit the soft key to answer it, and accidentally hit the end key at the same time and hang up on whoever it was calling me, but eventually I got over it. It's all really simple to get around. Also I used to text message a lot and that was pretty easy one-handed even though there's no word-complete feature thing (but I don't like that feature anyway, so screw it.) There was a girl I used to text message back and forth with over fifty messages a day, no problem (until we both lost our texting privileges) except it takes a little while to get to some symbols like ", +, =, /, *, etc. another problem is it doesn't allow a lot of text, only 160 characters per message including spaces, and I often like to type long messages with full words and punctuation but it's only a minor setback.
It has a camera too. . .the best thing I can say about that is, well, it has one. It's not that great. Being a member of the myspace generation, I like to take a lot of pictures (of myself) and one plus is you can close the screen and look at the external display, or whatever you'd call it and look at yourself in the screen like a mirror and take the picture you can also flip it so the words on your tee shirt or whatever wont be backwards. But the picture quality is fuzzy and grainy and the colors are a little off sometimes and the flash doesn't do a lot of good. Also there's nothing you can do to keep it from making some pointless shutter sound (of which you have 5 to chose from) even if you put the whole phone on silent mode.
You can record video on it too, but there's no point, you get 12 seconds of useless footage. Oddly enough, the picture quality of the video is maybe a little better than the still photos but movement is choppy and you can't send them as messages or upload them to the cool verizon online storage thing you can send your pictures to (believe me, I've tried)
You can use pictures as caller ID for people on your contacts list which is cool, you can have a picture of the person or something like if you know a guy named Bill who smells like fish you can have a picture of a fish pop up everytime he calls you. The phone doesn't have a lot of memory storage space so if you're going to take a picture for caller id it's best to use the lowest resolution 'cause it looks the same on your phone but if you're going to upload one to your computer use the high resolution, upload it and delete it.
It also has a memo pad, a calendar, an alarmclock, a to do list and such which come in handy when I don't have pen and paper. but, you know, you can't put A LOT in there so it's just good for small notes and stuff.
It doesn't come with any preloaded games or a calculator which, from a student's point of view, is pretty lame. It would have done good to come with at least tetris or snake (even though I don't like tetris that much) but you can download some good games for either $7 or $3.something a month for as long as you keep the game. (but I still can't find snake anywhere)
If you're willing to pay for it you can also get mobile web where you can get basic, severely dumbed down, text sites and Yahoo mail and Hotmail plus both of their instant messengers.
It doesn't have bluetooth or speakerphone but I can't see myself using either of those especially considering how dumb those things you stick in your ear, then press a button and talk to yourself are. It has a voice dialer (that I've never used and a couple other features I have no use for too.
Pretty much my whole family got phones at the same time, my parents went through about two phones each (and my dad's current one is breaking down right now), my sister went through three (or more) and is now phoneless I'm the only one whose phone is still kickin'. I've even sat on it; my sister and like, three of my friends have had the LG Chocolate and as soon as they sat on it it was all over. The worst thing that happened to my phone when I sat on it, screen open and all is it called the friend that was alphabetically first on my contacts list and he had to talk to my butt for a while. It's a VERY reliable phone. Battery life is good too, I charge it about every other week or every week-and-a-half, granted I don't do a lot of talking but I do take pictures (which drains batteries fast, play games and do the occasional text message. Loading times are a little slow sometimes but it's barely a problem
I personally would like something more interesting that I can browse the net with,take better pictures with, record with, and maybe write blogs or essays on. . .I'm thinking of getting a pda phone. But if you don't want a phone that can shoot laser beams and drive your car for you (WHY NOT?) and you just want, you know, a phone that works it's a great choice with a few extras. I'd recommend it. I really don't know anybody who's had a working phone for this long.
Pros Ringer is loud, good battery life, sturdy construction.
Cons Planner feature is bare minimum, doesn't have easy access nor enough storage.
Summary It is a really good phone for people that mainly want text message and a good phone, other features are really not too great. Although, I really like that you can attach a picture to a contact and it shows instead of their name.
Pros nice camera, easily send pictures to email or other phones (which are of good quality), good battery life and nice front screen with picture ID. Vibrate mode is excellent and the ringers are very loud
Cons No speakerphone, no bluetooth, ringtones are a rip off on Verizon's Get It Now. Boring besides camera, no games.
Summary I started out with the LG VX6000, but i "accidently dropped it" and broke the screen. The SCH-A670 has served me well since then, with better features and is overall well built.
I dont usually have a lot of dropped calls. And I couldn't be any happier with the service. I get service in the subway of NYC and everywhere you can think of.
The camera feature is great. The flash does help at night if you want a so-so quality photo... if you set the quality of the photos to low im sure you can get around 200 pictures into the memory. There are like 5 or 6 different modes, including antique, black and white, negative, emboss (which looks like etched clay) and sketch, which looks like a notebook of drawings. The camera does take a while to load though.
The one thing that bugs me is the Get It Now service. I purchase my ringtones on Sony Music Box, and discovered that my ringtones are so much shorter than that of my sisters, who was the LG VX6100. Her speaker also plays them much better and she has a speakerphone and LG's signature driving mode. There is no way, that i know of, to record your own song and set it as a ringer, which i would love.
Ive seen that a lot of my friends have the same phone and they have never had anything bad to say about this phone.
If you are looking for an overall great phone, which has a good camera and good service from Verizon, im pretty sure this phone runs around 2 phones for 49.99. Nice.