LG Clout Review
LG Clout VX8370. Naturally, over the years the styling has changed, but the Clout VX8370 still retains its heritage, and actually reminds us of the VX8300 due to its overall shape and color. When we reviewed the VX8350 two years ago, we felt that it was a step-down from the VX8300, due to the overall poor build quality, but then when the VX8360 came out; our confidence in the line was restored. Let’s see if the Clout VX8370 is a step in the right direction.
Included in the retail package is the LG Clout VX8370 phone, 1000mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.
LG has kept a higher bar for the VX8000 series of flip phones, which sets it atop their introductory and mid-level devices. The LG Clout VX8370 is no exception, as it is quality-made and feels sturdy and durable, which should hold up to normal daily use. Its dark metallic gray color with black trim is similar to the VX8300, as is the location of the stereo speakers on the sides of the hinge. Even though the Clout VX8370 is slightly larger than the VX8360, it still fits quite comfortably in your hand or pocket.
On the front of the LG Clout remains the small 1.17” 65K color TFT external display that is used on the VX8360. We’re not sure why LG has kept the front display this size with the past few models, as the one on the original VX8000 was a bit larger. Still, it useful enough to show your own wallpaper, check the date & time, battery & signal level, and even for viewing text messages. Above it is the 2MP camera, and below are the music player control buttons. Along the sides of the device are the volume rocker, speakerphone key, 2.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, speakerphone and camera key, and microSDHC memory card slot that supports up to 16GB memory cards.
The LG Clout opens and closes smoothly, but you can hear some of the plastic rubbing together. There is also a bit more flexing to the hinge than on the VX8360, but it still feels studier than the hinge on the VX8350. The internal display on the Clout is now up to 2.2” with QVGA resolution and 262K color support. When placed next to the VX8360, you can clearly appreciate the larger internal screen size on the Clout. The d-pad on the Clout is also a bit larger, which allows for easier menu navigation. Not only that, but the keyboard has also increased in size, as the buttons with white backlit numbers and letters are larger and easier to view. They all are slightly ‘bubbled up’ in the center, which allow for a good tactile feel, and also provide a noticeable ‘click’ when pressed. We also appreciate the checkered color pattern on the keyboard, as it visually differentiates the rows of keys.
1. AAABall (unregistered)
Looks like a winner IF it has no data requirement!
2. Menno (unregistered)
Nope, no data plan required.
3. AAABall (unregistered)
4. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
Just confirmed it thru a reseller: No Data Plan required.
5. Kravitzooo (unregistered)
Where can I get this phone?? The verizon site and store have nothing about this phone.
6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
It should eventually be sold by Verizon on-line, but there's no date available yet. As of now, you can only buy it from a "Verizon Authorized Agent" location, which is not a Verizon-owned store.
7. Double D (unregistered)
They have them at some Wal-Mart's. 97 cents with upgrade.
8. slim (unregistered)
Reminds me of my vx8100. Just a little thinner, no antenna, and different color scheme. Had that phone like 4 years ago, great phone, and not much else you can do with a flip phone, it just looks dated now, kinda like every flip phone.
9. Steven Kalachman (unregistered)
Has this phone been discontinued? I chatted with Verizon (two days ago) and they told me that the phone will NOT be carried by Verizon Online Sales (but did confirm no data plan). I chatted with LG today (the phone is not on their website) and they indicated that the phone had been discontinued.
10. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The LG Clout VX8370 is not discontinued (it is brand new), but for now it can only be purchased from a "Verizon Authorized Agent" location, which is not a Verizon-owned store. It is believed that once the Verizon web site sells-out of all their older VX8360 stock, then they will then start to sell the new Clout VX8370.
11. ZoomZoom Diva (unregistered)
Can you confirm the address book actually has fields for a contact's street address? This would be HUGE for me, as it is the one thing I have missed from my Kyocera SmartPhones from many years ago when the design of the smartphones moved too far away from a classic phone for my taste.
12. Ken (unregistered)
Clout is available in Verizon store where I bought one today. Review seems accurate and it does have address area for contacts. Simple phone which is what I wanted. No data plan. Not on web site as of now. Seems to be fairly new. Claims good battery life.
Instruction manual is sparse and not very complete. I'm very happy with phone so far.
13. Bob (unregistered)
I got this phone earlier this week. It is a terrific phone. It has built in FAX/modem capabilities, which is hard to find these days. To use these capabilities hardwired, download the Alltel 8370 driver from the LG website. I was able to send Faxes and access the Internet with free dial-up - no data plan required!
14. Julie (unregistered)
Has anyone had problems with this phone dropping calls? How is signal reception in fringe or weak areas? Thank you/
15. Bernie R. (unregistered)
Received my 2-year free phone from Costco. Just had to pay sales tax but it came with a car charger, clip case, ear phones as well as wall charger. So far, phone has been good. Phone was not listed on Verizon's site for free phones. Check with Walmart also if no Costco nearby.
16. HawkeyePierce (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Aug 2010)
Overall good functioning feature phone, which are becoming rare due to carrier forcing everyone to move to more expensive (cost & service) smartphones.
However I'm experiencing a problem with fluctuating volume in the ear piece, especially volume increasing. The phone has been replaced but this one has the same problem. It's not a deal breaker, but an annoying problem.
17. FlipNC (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jan 2011)
Had the Clout for two days. To address an earlier question, fringe area reception seems good - I drove through a notorious dead spot on the way to work and didn't lose my conversation.
18. slfmca (unregistered)
I have had my LG Clout VX8370 now for three weeks and think it is a great replacement over my Motorola V65s which finally died on me. The Clout is my first LG Cellphone and I guess from the other forum comments I got a pretty decent phone. The only negative thing(s) that I have discovered with it which are not "Show Stoppers", the voice recognition is a bit on the week side as I have to repeat myself more than once to place calls, incoming seems a bit better. The accessory covers on the sides of the phone will eventually break off sometime during its life time. I can't speak for much of the extra amenities as my only need is just for a reliable phone.
19. Ken (unregistered)
slfmca: I've been trying to get the Clout and can't find it anywhere. Where did you get it? Or if anyone else knows I would really appreciate it.
20. slfmca (unregistered)
I bought my LG Clout VX8370 on Ebay to answer your question. I first saw the phone at a Verizon Store that was privately owned. From other responses on forums that I have read they stated that the privately owned shops are the only ones carrying the phone at the present time. The shop in my area was offering the phone for $30 with a two year contract. Hope this helps!
21. Ken (unregistered)
Thanks, it is helpful, giving me some small hope. When I wrote that I couldn't find it anywhere, I didn't include a few seemingly sketchy vendors that incorrectly listed the Clout as requiring a data plan (it doesn't), or having wrong features (like a 1.3 camera, instead of the actual 2.0), or charge $300 (it should be free with a two-year contract). Do you mind telling how much you paid? If it was through eBay, I assume it was a lot more than $30. It did check all the privately owned Verizon stores in my area (Boston) and they used to have it in the fall (for free with contract) but can't get it anymore. Again, thanks.
22. Heather Campbell (unregistered)
I have a Clout for sale. I had a very hard time getting it. Just about impossible to find.
I've used it 1 month, but don't need all the features, so will go back to my old phone.
I bought it without a contract which was very expensive but I'd heard such good things about it, that I bought it, despite the cost.
If anyone is interested, I'd love to sell it.
I've never done this before, so don't know how we get in touch.
23. abqjim (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
The Clout is possibly the WORST phone my wife and I have ever had! Period. We constantly miss calls because of not ever hearing a ring. Often we will hear the brief beep noting that there is a missed call without having heard a ring, and this while sitting a couple feet away. Calls are constantly dropped and/or of poor quality. And there are times when my own Clout will go from a FULL CHARGE to deader than a doornail in barely 24 hours without even being used for a single call. (And I DON'T use the Bluetooth feature at all). Other times, a full charge will last for days. Verizon is uninterested in helping because they are still pretty new to us.
24. landline-no-more64 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
"From other responses on forums that I have read they stated that the privately owned shops are the only ones carrying the phone at the present time. The shop in my area was offering the phone for $30 with a two year contract."
Odd you should mention that, slfmca. I've been researching flip phones recently; and just happened to mention that we were considering this wonderful, feature-packed model to two Verizon sales associates (at separate stores). Amazon had 4 for sale; but within the past day or two, they all mysteriously went *POOF!* Gone -- with (naturally) no idea when (if ever) they'll be available again. :(
Coincidence? The first salesman we spoke with was *Extremely* pushy (he was trying to sell us on a Samsung Gusto™); and also had given us misinformation regarding photo/file transfer capabilities of the LG Accolade. [I was pretty sure he was wrong on that, because the Accolade has no micro-SD card and Verizon had pretty much crippled the USB sync functionality (if LG in fact had it there to begin with)]. I was not impressed with either phone. Now I don't know if we'll ever find another Clout, as there doesn't seem to be any for sale (new or used) anywhere else. :(