The Good The LG LX150 has a simple, attractive design, an admirable feature set with Bluetooth, and decent call quality.
The Bad The LG LX150's speakerphone has tinny call quality, and the plastic exterior feels a bit cheap.
The Bottom Line LG's LX150 for Sprint fits the bill as a quality basic cell phone.
LG LX 150 (Sprint)
If you're one of the many consumers who shun complicated cell phones in favor of simple cell phones that make and receive calls, the new LG LX150 from Sprint should serve you well. Sporting a minimalist yet attractive design and basic features, the LX150 concentrates on what a cell phone should do best. And in that regard, it succeeds; we're pleased that LG added Bluetooth to such a functional handset. You can get it for a very reasonable $29 with service rebates, but the LX150 will cost you $179 if you pay full price.
If you're bored (like we are) with basic phones in black and silver, you'll be pleased to know that the LX150 comes in an attractive blue finish. Distinctive without being ostentatious, the LX150 is pleasing to the eye, not only for its color scheme but also for its curved lines. At 3.46x1.85x0.82 inches and 3.17 ounces, the compact LX150 may be too small for bigger hands, but we found it had a comfortable feel. The front and back covers are composed of a slightly cheap-feeling plastic, but the hinge mechanism was solid. There's also no external antenna.
Flip phones are pointless without an external display, but fortunately the LX150 doesn't fall into that camp. Though it's no bigger than a postage stamp (96x64 pixels), the LX150's four-line external screen shows the date, time, battery life, signal strength, and caller ID. What's more, because it's monochrome, it remains visible even when the backlighting is off. You can reactivate the backlighting with a flick of the volume rocker, but you should be careful about doing this too often as it could affect the overall battery life.
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