The LG LX350 has a decent feature set that includes all of the essentials and a few extras. The address book stores 500 contacts, with room in each entry for five phone numbers, an e-mail address, a Web address, and notes. You can assign your friends to caller groups or pair them with a picture or one of 20 polyphonic (72-chord) ring tones. The handset also offers Sprint's new Wireless Backup service, as found on the Samsung SPH-A580. Basic offerings include a vibrate mode; an alarm clock; 3 minutes of voice-memo recording time; voice commands and dialing; text and multimedia messaging; a calculator, a world clock; support for e-mail and instant messaging; a notepad; and LG's handy tip calculator.
On the higher end, the LG LX350 comes with a full-duplex speakerphone, which can be activated before you make a call, and Bluetooth, though not the most user-friendly implementation of it. While you can use Bluetooth to connect to a headset, support dial-up networking, and send an electronic business card or a calendar appointment, it doesn't support file transfers--an unfortunate and restrictive move on Sprint's part. Alternatively, you can order prints from your Sprint online album, or you can send them to a computer or a printer with the carrier's PictBridge service. You'll need a USB cable for the latter, though, and it doesn't come with the phone.
The 1.3-megapixel camera takes pictures in only three resolutions--960x1,280, 480x640, and 240x320--but you get a fair number of editing options, including three quality settings; four shutter sounds, plus a silent option; adjustable brightness and white-balance settings; four color tones; a 5- or 10-second self-timer; a 15X digital zoom; and a flash. The camcorder records 3G2 clips in one resolution (176x144) with sound. Editing options are similar to the still camera's. For saving your work, the LG LX350 comes with a healthy 30MB of shared memory. At the most, it will hold 66 photos at the highest resolution. Photo quality was quite good, with vivid colors and sharp object outlines. The LX350 is one of the better megapixel camera phones we've seen.
You can personalize the LG LX350 with a variety of clock styles, screensavers, color skins, and alert sounds. More options and ring tones are available from Sprint via the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. What's more, you can save your own voice memos as ring tones. Gaming options are limited; demo versions of five Java (J2ME) games are included--2Fast 2Furious, Midnight Pool, Tetris, Ms. Pac-Man, and World Poker Tour--so you'll need to buy the full titles.
We tested the dual-band, dual-mode (CDMA 800/1900; AMPS 800) LG LX350 in San Francisco using Sprint's service. Call quality was good overall. There was plenty of volume, but audio quality sounded a bit tinny, almost as if we were talking to a robot. Callers reported the same on their end and could tell we were using a cell phone. It wasn't a huge deal, but it was noticeable nonetheless. Speakerphone calls had about the same quality, and volume was satisfactory. We paired the LX350 with the Plantronics Explorer 320 Bluetooth headset; call quality was fine but nothing special.
The LG LX350 has a rated talk time of 4 hours and a promised standby time of just more than 14 days. In our tests, we found the LG LX350 had a tested talk time of 3 hours, 45 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the LG LX350 has a digital SAR rating of 0.75 watt per kilogram and an analog SAR rating of 1.12 watts per kilogram.