LG MM-535 (Sprint) review:

LG MM-535 (Sprint)

We liked the MM-535's photo quality.

The LG MM-535's MPEG-4 video recorder shoots 15-second clips with sound and has adjustable settings for brightness and white balance. It also has a useful video light that's great for shooting videos in dark situations. Once you're done recording videos or shooting stills, you can send them via multimedia message or save them to the phone's 20MB of integrated memory or to a Mini SD card. The LG MM-535 doesn't ship with a USB cable, so the only way to get multimedia files to and from the device is by sending them via MMS or transferring files a Mini SD card. Photo and video quality was good, though not printworthy.

Like other Sprint multimedia phones (look for MM in the model number), the LG MM-535 lets you download and play videos from Sprint PCS. The mostly 1- to 2-minute, for-pay videos average about $4 per clip and range from breaking news from CNN to segments from Fox Sports, the Weather Channel, E Entertainment, Cartoon Network, and AccuWeather. Compared to the clips from Verizon's V Cast service, these snippets are pixelated and shaky. Remember, though, that V Cast runs on a 3G EV-DO network, as opposed to Sprint's 2.5G 1xRTT service. Data speeds are between 50Kbps to 70Kbps, compared with to 300Kbps to 500Kbps on Verizon's V Cast, and video clips play at 15fps, whereas a normal television set comes in at 30fps.

As expected, the LG MM-535 can be personalized with a variety of wallpaper, sounds, and color schemes, with more options are available from Sprint PCS. You can also download more selections and ring tones via the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. Our handheld came preloaded with several games, including Galaga, Jamdat Bowling 2, and World Poker Tour.

We tested the triband (CDMA 800/1900; AMPS 800) LG MM-535 in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Audio quality was good and conversations clear. If not for background noise, callers reported that they couldn't tell we were using a cell phone. The speakerphone quality was amazingly loud through the device's stereo speakers.

Battery life phone wasn't the best. Though we matched the rated time of 3.4 hours, that's not terribly long. Standby time was five days on a single charge, or two days less than the promised time of seven days. According to the FCC, the MM-535 has a digital SAR rating of 0.36 watts per kilogram and an analog SAR rating of 0.45 watts per kilogram.

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