Note: This phone was sent in by LG for review, but there wasn’t any SIM card in the review unit, so no software tests. So here’s only a review of the hardware.
This phone doesn’t have Android (a shame), but it still packs plenty of features: 2 MP camera, voice & text, IM, GPS, MMS, 3G wireless, Web Browser, Mobile Mail, 2.8 inch touchscreen, and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. One more thing: Multitasking.
Deep blue is the color of this unit, and from the way it feels in your hand it’s very comfortable. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard comes out with ease, and looks very secured, so you don’t have to expect the hinge to break anytime soon.
One thing I have to point out is that the touchscreen becomes filled with fingerprints in seconds. Reason? No anti-fingerprint gloss like the iPhone. So you’ll have to constantly clean the Xenon if you want it to stay in shape.
Hey, what about the OS?
Didn’t I already say I can’t test the OS included in this thing? Moving on…
It’s sleek. Great keyboard, responsive screen, and all the current bells and whistles that you’ll need, like GPS & 3G. Multitasking, something the iPhone can’t do.
The back is not as good looking as the front, not to mention the screen, which should have been bigger. Only 80MB internal memory, and a weak battery life of 4 hours. Oh, and BTW, it’s a one-year-old handset, so it’s about time for a refresh.
Is it worth my money?
Even though it’s cheap ($100 bucks with $50 rebate), it’s not the coolest phone around. Look at the upcoming competition: Motorola Droid, BlackBerry Storm2, the upcoming Palm Pixie (especially the Palm Pixie), and a load of other better Android phones. I’d say keep your cash in your pocket and wait for the Palm Pixie or Motorola Droid.