LG VX6100 (Verizon Wireless) review:

LG VX6100 (Verizon Wireless)

Considering its price, the VX6100 has fairly sophisticated voice capabilities. We were pleased with the quality of the integrated speakerphone. The handset also provides a function called Speaker-Independent Voice Recognition, which allows voice dialing and offers voice access to other features such as contacts and voicemail. We gave the feature a whirl, testing the voice-command features with male and female voices. We are pleased to say it worked flawlessly.

Cover up: The VX6100 has a sliding lens cover.

As the follow-up to Verizon's first camera phone, the VX6100 has a VGA camera (with a CMOS lens) that is one of its most notable features. It takes photos at three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and 160x120), and you can choose from several quality settings and two shutter sounds, as well as a silent option. The phone has adjustable settings for white balance, brightness, and color, and it can take pictures with the flip closed. Other goodies include a 4X digital zoom, a multishot function, and a self-timer that can be set for 5 or 10 seconds. The image quality is on a par with that of other VGA camera phones, and while the pictures aren't great for printing, they're fine for casual snapshots. We were pleased that LG tripled the photo-storage capacity to 60 shots, but we lamented the lack of an infrared port. As a result, you must upload your pictures to Verizon's site or send them via a multimedia message.

The VX6100 has average picture quality for a camera phone.

You can personalize the mobile with a variety of banners, wallpaper, and theme colors. Additional ring tones and BREW-enabled games are available for download through Verizon's Get It Now service (no titles are included with the handset).

Call quality with the LG VX6100 was great. We tested the trimode (CDMA 800/1900; AMPS 800) phone in San Francisco using Verizon Wireless service. Callers remarked that the signal was good and clear, and we had adequate volume and clarity on our end. The speakerphone also worked well, and you can activate it before placing a call.

Battery life was admirable. We managed 3.45 hours of talk time on a single charge, beating the rated talk time of 3 hours. For standby time, we got 8 days, compared to the promised time of 6.25 days. According to the FCC, the VX6100 has a digital SAR rating of 0.93 watts per kilogram.

What you'll pay

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