Other basic features include text and multimedia messaging, a speakerphone, a vibrate mode, an alarm clock, a calendar, a world clock, a calculator, a notepad, and a unit converter. The LX290 also has a wireless Web browser, USB syncing, Bluetooth, voice control, GPS with support for Sprint Navigation and Sprint Family Locator, and instant messaging (AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo). You also have a variety of e-mail options, from online providers like AOL Mail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and Gmail, to your own POP or IMAP account.
You can also access your work e-mail and calendar if your company uses Microsoft Exchange--the LX290's e-mail app uses Outlook Web Access to retrieve that information. If your company doesn't use OWA, then you'll have to sign up for Sprint's Mobile Email Personal Account, which requires you to install software on your work computer. The OWA method is definitely faster and easier if you can use it.
The LG LX290 has a simple 1.3-megapixel camera. You can take pictures in three resolutions (1,280x960, 640x480, and 320x240) and three quality settings. Other settings include four color tones, five preset white balance modes plus a manual option, nine fun frames, brightness, a self-timer, night mode, and four shutter tones plus a silent option. Photo quality was average. Images looked quite overcast and slightly blurry. There's no built-in video recorder.
Personalization options on the LX290 consist of a variety of wallpaper, graphics, screensavers, and alert tones. It also comes with a few games like demo versions of Block Breaker 2, Pac-Man Plus, and Tetris. You'll have to purchase them to get the full versions. To get these and more, just download them via the Sprint mobile store on the Web browser.
We tested the LG LX290 in San Francisco using Sprint's network. Call quality was excellent. On our end, callers sounded very clear, with hardly any static or ambient noise. Voices sounded natural for the most part. In speakerphone mode, they did sound a bit tinny and harsh, but still quite loud and crisp.
On their end, callers said we sounded so clear it was almost as if we were calling from a landline. Our voice sounded natural without a lot of static or harshness. They could hear a slight bit of echo and background noise, but nothing too bad.
The LG LX290 has a rated battery life of 6 hours talk time and a standby time of 7 days. The tested talk time was a tad longer at 6 hours and 48 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the LG LX290 has a digital SAR of 1.3 watts per kilogram.