The AX275 has a 500-contact phone book with room in each entry for five phone numbers, two e-mail addresses, and notes. You can save callers to groups and pair them with one of 31 polyphonic ringtones. You can assign a photo as well, but remember that it won't show up on the external display. Other features are pretty standard. There's a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, voice dialing, USB mass storage, a speakerphone, an alarm clock, a calendar, a tip calculator, a notepad, a world clock, a stopwatch, a unit converter, and a calculator. The AX275 has about 15MB of shared memory.
The AX275's VGA camera takes pictures in three resolutions (640x480, 320x240 and 160x120) and offers a set of image-editing options, including three quality settings, three color effects, brightness and white controls, a 4x zoom, a self-timer, a multishot mode, a flash, 18 fun frames, and four shutter sounds (plus a silent option). Photo quality was very good for a VGA camera phone. Colors were sharp and object outlines were distinct. There's no flash or self-portrait mirror, however.
You can personalize the AX275 with a variety of alert tones, wallpaper, color schemes, and clock styles. Or for more fun, you can write your own banner. If you want more customization options, you can download them from Alltel's Axcess network over the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. The phone doesn't come with any games.
We tested the AX275 in San Francisco using Alltel's roaming service. Call quality was solid, on the whole. Voices sounded natural, and there was little static distortion. Once in a while there was a slight background hiss, but it wasn't a nagging problem. On their end, callers had no issues with the audio, and voice-automated systems could understand us clearly. Speakerphone calls weren't as hot, unfortunately. Callers could understand us only when we were speaking close to the phone, and audio on our end was muffled.
The LG AX275 has a rated battery life of 3 hours talk time and 11 days standby time. It has a tested talk time of 3 hours and 7 minutes, which is a little low compared to that of other phones. According to FCC radiation tests, the AX275 has a digital SAR rating of 1.34 watts per kilogram.