06. 19. 2008
Verizon LG Decoy Phone
The Verizon Decoy launched this week ($179 on a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate) with the much-lauded built-in Bluetooth headset, as well as the usual specs, including a 2 megapixel camera, a 2.2-inch "mirror-like" 240 x 320 display, a micro SD card slot, V CAST music and video support.
Likes: Headset, tools, navigation, 5–way directional joystick, screen & camera resolution (though they could have bumped up to 3.0 megapixels), and sliding ability. My favorite feature? The Bluetooth headset which has superior sound quality; and I love that I can put it back in the phone when I'm finished using it. (Still, Verizon provides headset insurance, just in case.) One quibble: when the headset is out, the indentation worries my thumb, as if the cover is off.
Next, the tools: The calculator has the ability to do powers, for example 5^2=25. You never know when you may be called on to do advanced math, such as checking your tweenies' homework. Also, the EZ Tip Calculator is handy, if you're math challenged like me. Easy to set up, it makes that task very easy. The navigation software is intuitive.
If you like the Blackberry Pearl's scrolling "pearl," you'll like the joystick center button on the Decoy. And compared to a Razr, the resolution on the screen is very clear and bright.
-Handset Usage Time: Up to 230 Minutes OR Handset Standby Time: Up to 330 Hours
-Decoy Headset Talk Time: Up to 2 Hours OR Decoy Headset Standby Time: Up to 80 Hours.
Music-Music Player for MP3, WMA, Unprotected AAC, & Unprotected AAC+ formats
microSD Memory Port with up to 8GB Support
Speaker–Independent Voice Commands
It has a nice heft, and the mirror-like finish makes it stand-out. All in all, a good phone and a deal at that price.