Aside from voice commands, the VX4700 is loaded with the usual array of extras, including a vibrate mode, a WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser, text and enhanced (but no multimedia) messaging, a 4-minute voice-memo recorder, speed dialing, a calendar with scheduler, a notepad, an alarm clock, a tip calculator, and a world clock. Also, an optional Data Connectivity Kit lets you use the phone as a laptop or a PDA modem with a USB cable.
The phone includes 10 wallpaper selections and a variety of other customizable display options, including clock styles, fonts, color themes, clock types, and even 16-character personalization "banners." There are no included games, but you can download titles along with additional screensavers, wallpaper, and ring tones from Verizon.Using Verizon's 1xRTT CDMA network, we tested the dual-band/trimode (CDMA 800/1900; AMPS) LG VX4700 in Manhattan while wandering the streets and traveling in both trains and cabs. Vocal quality was mostly loud, clean, and clear, with occasional warbling. Verizon's usually reliable signal rarely lagged or lapsed during conversations or while surfing the Web. Ring tones were sufficiently loud as well.
Our test model had a serious glitch; in phone mode, the phone indicated "speaker on" when it was off and vice versa. Once we figured this out, the speakerphone and the earpiece produced plenty of volume regardless of the environment. In fact, even when the speakerphone was off, the earpiece generated so much volume that we had to hold it away from our head. At the other end, callers complained that sound was annoyingly echoey over the speakerphone. Sighs of relief were heard when we turned the speaker off.
Voice commands were nearly flawless without optional training--a pleasant surprise. As long as we spoke loudly and clearly, the VX4700 effortlessly confirmed, then carried out our every command with only one or two repeats. Our only complaint: There was no way to tell the phone to go into Driving mode. That required physically flipping the top or pressing the side button.
It took 30 seconds to get to the Verizon Web home page and only slightly less to surf from page to page--a bit slower than we expected but on par for 1xRTT connectivity. Downloading a package of British Invasion ring tones took around 30 seconds and the Batman Begins game a little more than a minute. But gameplay on the small screen was squint-inducing.
The promised 3.2-hour talk time is serviceable, but we would have preferred more. In our tests, we managed just 3 hours on a single charge. The promised eight-day standby time isn't great either, especially considering the lengthy 3.5-hour charge time. In our tests, we eked out an unimpressive six days. According to the FCC, the VX4700 has a digital SAR rating of 1.14 watts per kilogram and an analog SAR rating of 1.26 watts per kilogram.