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LG 6000 review: LG 6000

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Picture quality is about average for camera phones of this caliber.
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Total exposure: The VX6000 can take pictures in a variety of color effects, including black and white.

This model is also BREW and 1xRTT enabled, which means you can download new games, screensavers, animations, and applications via Verizon's Get It Now service to the phone's 1.6MB of dedicated memory. Prices for these extra features start at $1 depending on your subscription (monthly, annual, or a one-time fee). It's also MMS ready; thus, you can exchange images with voice recordings between this model and other MMS-ready Verizon handsets.

As noted, one of the VX6000's major selling points is the built-in VGA digital camera. You can take pictures at three different settings: high (640x480 pixels), medium (320x240), and low (160x120). You can also save 20 images to the phone's memory, regardless of resolution. You'll also find a self-timer; white-balance adjustments; multishot, color-effect (normal, antique, black and white, and negative), and brightness controls; five Fun Frames (which let you capture an image of a friend's face and place it in a variety of templates, such as a magazine cover); and the ability to add sound to images.

Once you snap some photos, you can easily send them as attachments to an e-mail address via Verizon's new Get Pix service (initially $2.99 for unlimited use), save them to the phone, or upload them to an online photo album. According to LG, a USB cable accessory will be available in a few months so that you can connect the phone to a computer and transfer images. Keep in mind that capturing and delivering high-quality pics is not the goal of this new breed of phone. In fact, the images are mediocre at best and not suitable for printing.

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Heavy load: We wish LG would ditch the desktop cradle charger in favor of a travel-size unit.

We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) VX6000 in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area using Verizon Wireless service. Audio quality was very good, with callers sounding loud and clear. On their end, callers said they couldn't tell that we were using a cell phone.

While battery life wasn't stellar, it's on a par with that of other mobiles in this category. We met the phone's rated talk time of 3 hours and were just 11 hours shy of meeting the rated standby time of 110 hours. It's worth noting that sending pictures from the phone will affect battery life; the more pictures you send, the more quickly your battery drains.

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