We didn't expect too much out of the LG VX5400's VGA camera, and photo quality was indeed quite bad, with images that looked washed out, blurry, with too much of an orange tinge. Camera settings include up to 3x zoom, three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and 160x120), a self-timer, brightness, five white balance options, three shutter sounds (plus a silent option), five color effects, and a night mode. The VX5400 doesn't have a camcorder option.
You can personalize the VX5400 with a variety of wallpaper, display themes, and alert sounds, plus you can download more via the wireless Web browser. The VX5400 doesn't come with any games, so you'll have to download and purchase those as well.
We tested the tri-mode (CDMA 800/1900; AMPS) in San Francisco using Verizon Wireless. Call quality was amazingly good--callers often thought we were on a regular landline instead of a cell phone. There was a tiny bit of echo occasionally, but it wasn't a big deal. On our end, we also heard our callers loud and clear, with natural sounding voices and not much distortion at all. Speakerphone quality was also quite good, though there was a bit more echo and background noise. We paired the VX5400 with the Callpod Dragon Bluetooth headset and experienced good reception and call quality.
The LG VX5400 has a rated battery life of 4.7 hours talk time and 16.7 days standby time. We had a pretty decent tested talk time of 5 hours, 11 minutes. According to the FCC, the LG VX5400 has a