Slide the phone up and you'll reveal the number keypad. The keypad is quite roomy, and even though the keys are flat, they're separated by raised lines, so we could still dial by feel. The keys also have a nice give when pressed.
The LX370 has a 600-entry phone book with room in each entry for six phone numbers, two e-mail addresses, a memo, a Web address, and an instant messenger ID. You can then save them to groups, pair them with a photo for caller ID, or one of 33 polyphonic ringtones. You can also pair them with one of four vibration types. Other basic features include text and multimedia messaging, voice messaging, a speakerphone, a vibrate mode, an alarm clock, a calendar, a world clock, a calculator, a notepad, and a unit converter.
More-advanced users will like the memory card manager, a wireless Web browser, instant messaging (AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo Messenger), stereo Bluetooth, USB-syncing mode, voice command, and a voice memo recorder. You can also get e-mail from a variety of sources like AOL Mail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, and any POP or IMAP account. You can also get your work e-mail sent to the phone, provided your company uses Outlook Web Access. There's also GPS functionality with support for Sprint Navigation and Sprint Family Locator.
The LX370 comes with EV-DO Rev. 0, which is a huge boost when accessing Sprint's broadband services like Sprint TV, which provides streaming video clips from content providers like CBS and ESPN, and Sprint Music, which allows you to purchase and download songs directly to the phone for 99 cents each. The music player interface is similar to other Sprint Music phones, with basic settings like repeat, shuffle, and the ability to create and edit playlists. The LX370 supports up to 16GB microSD cards for additional storage.
The 2.0-megapixel camera on the LX370 can take pictures in four resolutions (1,600x1,200, 1,280x960, 640x480, and 320x240), three quality settings, and four color tones. Other settings include night mode, fun frames, brightness, white balance, a self-timer, and four shutter tones with a silent option. Photo quality was mediocre. The colors were overcast and dark, and the image itself was slightly blurry. There's also a built-in camcorder that can record videos in either video mail or long video length, and in either high or low resolutions. The camcorder settings are similar to the still camera's options.
You can personalize the LX370 with a variety of wallpaper, graphics, and alert tones. It also comes with a few games like demo versions of Galaga, Tetris Pop, and The Oregon Trail. To get full versions of these games, and to get more graphics and sounds, you can download them via the Sprint mobile store on the wireless Web browser.
We tested the LG LX370 in San Francisco using Sprint's network. We were very impressed with the call quality overall. Callers said our voice sounded natural, loud, and clear. Similarly, we could hear our callers loud and clear as well. Speakerphone calls were just as good--callers could hardly tell we were on speakerphone. The speakers did sound a little tinny, but that's to be expected. For music playback, we would recommend using a stereo headset for the best audio fidelity.
We were also pleased with the EV-DO Rev. 0 speeds. Downloading a 1.4MB song took around 30 seconds, and there was hardly any buffering when loading streaming video.
The LG LX370 has a rated battery life of 6 hours talk time. It has a tested talk time of 4 hours and 18 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the LG LX370 has a digital SAR of 1.41 watts per kilogram.