Flip open the phone, and you're presented with a 1.8-inch, 262,000 color TFT display. Bright and colorful, the screen is very easy on the eyes. You can adjust the backlight timer, the font size, and the clock format, but you can't change the brightness or contrast. As for the navigation controls, there are the standard two soft keys, and a five-way toggle that doubles as four user-customizable shortcuts with a middle confirmation key, the send key, the clear key, and the end/power key. Right underneath the navigation array is the dedicated speakerphone button as well as the dial pad. We were very pleased with the arrangement of the keys; they were well spaced, and while the buttons felt smooth, they were slightly rounded and raised above the surface, which made for easy dialing.
The LG VX5300 comes with a 500-entry address book, each of which can hold up to five numbers, two e-mail addresses, group IDs, a picture caller ID, and one of 11 polyphonic ring tones. Basic features include a vibrate mode, a silent mode, text and multimedia messaging, a full-duplex speakerphone (which you can activate prior to dialing), voice commands, voice recording, a calendar, an alarm clock, a world clock, a notepad, a calculator, a tip calculator, a unit converter, Bluetooth, analog roaming, and a Web browser.
The VX5300 comes with a VGA camera with flash, as well as a variety of camera settings. They include three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and 160x120), a self-timer, brightness and white balance controls, color effects, various shutter sounds (with an option to turn sound off), and night mode. Naturally, picture quality wasn't comparable to megapixel cameras as images appeared blurry and noticeably grainy. However, when compared to other VGA cameras, the images were of similar quality.