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Easily the best flip phone

Before making the difficult decision on my first phone in 2005, I searched long and hard on the internet. It brought me to this conclusion: the LG VX8100. When I went to pick...Read complete review

Before making the difficult decision on my first phone in 2005, I searched long and hard on the internet. It brought me to this conclusion: the LG VX8100. When I went to pick up the phone, I noticed that all the employees had this phone as well. Always a good sign.

By today's mark, yes, the phone is outdated. So if you are looking to browse the web or demand a QWERTY keyboard, then this isn't for you. However, if you want a functional yet still fun phone that doesn't require internet, this is absolutely the way to go.

First off, I'll address this point: In the four years of owning it, I have never mysteriously lost a call, message, or voicemail. Older phones do tend to do this. Friends and family have mysteriously lost many messages, or receive them in a wave a week after it should have first been received. This doesn't happen. Also, in this four years, it's still going! I've abused this poor thing with drops to its head and water in its back door, but it's still going completely strong.

Second, the QWERTY keyboard isn't necessary. I've learned to be a super fast typed on this phone. I absolutely do not recommend texting while driving, but should it be an emergency (and I have been there with emergencies), this style is way safer than a QWERTY because you don't have to look. Just don't make it a common thing!

The battery life is amazing! I'm not a heavy talker on the phone by any means, but at four years later, the battery will still last a week with light texting usage (about 400 a month). Even while on the phone, playing games, or doing anything, it lasts an unusually long time for a four year old battery that originally came with the phone (no extended life here). Call quality is great.

All the features you would expect are included: calculator, alarm, notepad, etc. The camera is very nice. It is a 1.3 megapixel, which is the standard for flip phones even now, and yet the quality still seems slightly better. Pictures do need to be taken in adequate light, but the quality is definitely satisfying. There is a timer (3, 5, and 10 seconds), a few minor adjustments, and video can last for 15 seconds. As long as your locations are decently lit, the camera really is excellent.

These last two features are perhaps the dealbreakers for me, however, that kept me from upgrading my phone for so long. One, there is a flashing "disco" light every time you receive or send a call/message. This LED light flashes red, blue, purple, pink, light blue, red, purple, pink, light blue, etc. It's beautiful, and it's nice to see when you have a text or call! The other is the ability for this phone to connect with BitPim. BitPim is program in which volunteers find ways to make many phones compatible with connecting to your computer and easily grabbing pictures or sending your own ringtones. While it seems that phones of today can do this on their own, usually, it's definitely nice to be able to with an older phone as well, create and add your own ringtone. One favorite I've been rocking is Sonic the Hedgehog's drowning music.

Overall, I very highly recommend this phone! I have just this past week moved on, and here's something my salesperson told me: If you really do want to upgrade, go ahead, I can't stop you. But I will tell you that it's a common issue that once a VX8100 owner gives up their phone, they regret it. The only thing this phone isn't good for is using the internet, but some of us are okay with staying on our computers for that, right?

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not for everyone

I bought the LG vx8100 phone about a year ago and the only way to get music and customizable ringtones are to download them through Verizon; or to buy a data cable and hack...Read complete review

I bought the LG vx8100 phone about a year ago and the only way to get music and customizable ringtones are to download them through Verizon; or to buy a data cable and hack the internal memory with PC apps, which takes a bit of work. As for Bluetooth, this feature is a joke. While you're able to connect to headsets, and even other phones, you are unable to transfer files wirelessly between them. This phone is Vcast enabled which is very cool, but also completely useless in 2 situations: if 1) you don't subscribe to Vcast, or 2) you are in a remote area with only extended coverage (roaming). The phone has some quirks like voice command and audio recorder, but most newer phones do, too. For anything sound-wise, there are 4 possible folders: My Ringtones, My Music, My Sounds, and My MP3s (shows up when you enable MP3s under Services after entering the 6-digit code). My Sounds are useless. You can play or record short clips and that's it. My MP3s is best for utilizing the media player, and My Music is very sketchy - sometimes songs work, sometimes they don't - sometimes they just cut off. My Ringtones has an annoying feature wherein you can't delete prepackaged tones (which are -horrible-). There are a total of 27MB of internal memory and 6.27MB of internal RAM, with an unevenly divided amount allocated between features- PIX/FLIX, 4MB; and Ringtone, 2.02MB. Vcast and apps take up the most memory and will depend on what you download.

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3.0

Most of the time works, like any other cell phone. It's nice.

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from Lockport, NY

Comments about LG - Cell Phone:

It's handy, small and it works. If you are a person who is into fads and big things, this cell phone is not for you. This phone is for those who are simple and just need something to let them call. Not to go on the internet or play MP3's or have a huge keyboard for the obssesive texting person. This cell is for the person who wants a cell phone for what it was made for...to call someone.

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4.0

Stop yelling I CAN hear you

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from Westland, MI

Comments about LG - Cell Phone:

This is one phone that I did not have to keep saying "WHAT".  The clearity of it is so good I sometimes have to turn the volumn down.  Can't even begin to tell you how many times I have droped this phone and not just a few feet off the ground.  I was on the second floor balcony and set it on the railing and OOPS I knocked it off.  I thought for sure it would not work.  When I got down to get it, it landed on grass, but not only did it fall that far it was laying in water.  I took my hair dryer to it thinking there is no way this is going to help it, but 15 minutes of blow drying it I turned on and it's like I never droped 2 stories in water.

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4.0

Great multimedia phone

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from Rochester, NY

Comments about LG - Cell Phone:

When I first got the phone I didnt realize it had the capacity to do so many different tasks. It takes better pictures than some higher-resolution cameras. The video works well too, the only drawback is that you're limited to only 15 seconds of it. It has internet capability, and also plays mp3s. You can add reminders in the calendar, even two years or more into the future! And I love the voice command which I can use with my hands free headset. Great value.

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3.0

Great phone - but battery life is poor

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from Warwick, RI

Comments about LG - Cell Phone:

This has been a great phone that I have owned for over 2 years. I have zero complaints except for the battery life. The battery life starts out great but then quickly declines to the point where a 15 minute phone call will drain half of your power.

Everything else is perfect - great design, easy to use, compact, good screen resolution.

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4.0

Awesome for push 2 talk users

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from Albany, OR

Comments about LG - Cell Phone:

i own two gzones. they are rugged and the range for the push to talk is awesome. i can be in one state and my spouse can be in another state and omg we were able to talk through the push-2-talk option.  The volume capibility is great and sound is crisp. When I reieved the phones it came with two batteries , one so you can charge on dec or in car and the other one is thin...have not tried that one as of yet. I have dropped my a couple of times and the ruggedness does hold up like it states in the guide. the applications are easy to use and simple to follow. the only draw back is the texting portion is hard does not have a qwerty keyboard so it takes longer to get through some apps as needed. The company should make a similiar gzone with a qwerty keyboard.

the over all rating is 4 as there are some things like i mentioned before that could help the gzone out. the push two talk is an awesome feature and glad i have the chance to own two of them.  

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3.0

not for everyone

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from Creola, OH

Comments about LG - Cell Phone:

I bought the LG vx8100 phone about a year ago and the only way to get music and customizable ringtones are to download them through Verizon; or to buy a data cable and hack the internal memory with PC apps, which takes a bit of work. As for Bluetooth, this feature is a joke. While you're able to connect to headsets, and even other phones, you are unable to transfer files wirelessly between them. This phone is Vcast enabled which is very cool, but also completely useless in 2 situations: if 1) you don't subscribe to Vcast, or 2) you are in a remote area with only extended coverage (roaming). The phone has some quirks like voice command and audio recorder, but most newer phones do, too. For anything sound-wise, there are 4 possible folders: My Ringtones, My Music, My Sounds, and My MP3s (shows up when you enable MP3s under Services after entering the 6-digit code). My Sounds are useless. You can play or record short clips and that's it. My MP3s is best for utilizing the media player, and My Music is very sketchy - sometimes songs work, sometimes they don't - sometimes they just cut off. My Ringtones has an annoying feature wherein you can't delete prepackaged tones (which are -horrible-). There are a total of 27MB of internal memory and 6.27MB of internal RAM, with an unevenly divided amount allocated between features- PIX/FLIX, 4MB; and Ringtone, 2.02MB. Vcast and apps take up the most memory and will depend on what you download.

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4.0

durable and reliable

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from Moreno Valley, CA

Comments about LG - Cell Phone:

I got this phone about 3 years ago as part of a promotion that verizon wireless was running, it ended up costing me nothing (except for the tax of course). I also got one for my wife, and she likes it a lot. The phone battery has just started to seem to wear out a little, but for the most part the battery life lasts for at least two to three days without a recharge, and what I also like is that you can charge it while it is still on, which makes it a lot easier to hear phone calls and the alarm while it is charging. The voice quality is just about as good as any other phone that we have used in the past. The camera feature is fairly basic, and it isn't a real smooth picture when you move the phone around trying to take a picture. The available options are decent and sufficient. Overall this phone if an incredible deal for the promotion that I got. Next I will be upgrading to the next good deal that verizon has to offer, lets just hope the phone will be as reliable as this one.

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4.0

This phone takes amazing pictures!

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from Bluffton, SC

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My husband bought be this phone about three months ago and I absolutely love it!  It is so cool looking.  It is a slide phone and feels good to hold to the ear.  I love that it does not have static when we are by a radio or tv and it begins to ring.  It is very user friendly, especially for someone like me.  It is more difficult for my four-year old to use, however I do not mind that.  The pictures and video that it takes are amazing and great resolution.  It has a lot of memory space, which was important to me, because of all of the pictures I take with my phone.  I also text a lot.  It holds over 22 texts before I have to delete or clean up my messages.  It is a really good product.  I renewed my contract with my phone company so I received this phone free, but originally it is a great price for this particular phone.  I use it all the time!  I would absolutely recommend this phone to a friend.

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5.0

Easily the best flip phone

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from Rochester, NY

Comments about LG - Cell Phone:

Before making the difficult decision on my first phone in 2005, I searched long and hard on the internet. It brought me to this conclusion: the LG VX8100. When I went to pick up the phone, I noticed that all the employees had this phone as well. Always a good sign.

By today's mark, yes, the phone is outdated. So if you are looking to browse the web or demand a QWERTY keyboard, then this isn't for you. However, if you want a functional yet still fun phone that doesn't require internet, this is absolutely the way to go.

First off, I'll address this point: In the four years of owning it, I have never mysteriously lost a call, message, or voicemail. Older phones do tend to do this. Friends and family have mysteriously lost many messages, or receive them in a wave a week after it should have first been received. This doesn't happen. Also, in this four years, it's still going! I've abused this poor thing with drops to its head and water in its back door, but it's still going completely strong.

Second, the QWERTY keyboard isn't necessary. I've learned to be a super fast typed on this phone. I absolutely do not recommend texting while driving, but should it be an emergency (and I have been there with emergencies), this style is way safer than a QWERTY because you don't have to look. Just don't make it a common thing!

The battery life is amazing! I'm not a heavy talker on the phone by any means, but at four years later, the battery will still last a week with light texting usage (about 400 a month). Even while on the phone, playing games, or doing anything, it lasts an unusually long time for a four year old battery that originally came with the phone (no extended life here). Call quality is great.

All the features you would expect are included: calculator, alarm, notepad, etc. The camera is very nice. It is a 1.3 megapixel, which is the standard for flip phones even now, and yet the quality still seems slightly better. Pictures do need to be taken in adequate light, but the quality is definitely satisfying. There is a timer (3, 5, and 10 seconds), a few minor adjustments, and video can last for 15 seconds. As long as your locations are decently lit, the camera really is excellent.

These last two features are perhaps the dealbreakers for me, however, that kept me from upgrading my phone for so long. One, there is a flashing "disco" light every time you receive or send a call/message. This LED light flashes red, blue, purple, pink, light blue, red, purple, pink, light blue, etc. It's beautiful, and it's nice to see when you have a text or call! The other is the ability for this phone to connect with BitPim. BitPim is program in which volunteers find ways to make many phones compatible with connecting to your computer and easily grabbing pictures or sending your own ringtones. While it seems that phones of today can do this on their own, usually, it's definitely nice to be able to with an older phone as well, create and add your own ringtone. One favorite I've been rocking is Sonic the Hedgehog's drowning music.

Overall, I very highly recommend this phone! I have just this past week moved on, and here's something my salesperson told me: If you really do want to upgrade, go ahead, I can't stop you. But I will tell you that it's a common issue that once a VX8100 owner gives up their phone, they regret it. The only thing this phone isn't good for is using the internet, but some of us are okay with staying on our computers for that, right?

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4.0

Trusty and reliable, easy Bluetooth connections

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from La Mesa, CA

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I had this phone a while ago, it was reliable. It stood up to more than a little abuse, dropped (more than once), "dampened" by accident but kept on working. It was a little hard to see the read out with out my glasses and the speaker phone was hard to activate and hear.

Bluetooth to the 2005 Prius was easy. It was small and lightweight.

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