LG Clout Review
Not much has changed with the nomenclature of the Main Menu over the past few years, as the LG Clout VX8370 still has categories for accessing the media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. User customization includes a selection of three themes (white, spotlight, and glow scope), the ability to show the main menu in tab, list, and grid view, three font types and sizes, clock formats, and wallpapers. There’s nothing too out of the ordinary here, as these settings cover most of the bases. One thing that we do like is that when you are in a menu, you can actually change the font size on-the-fly by using the volume rocker to increase or decrease its size.
The phonebook on the LG Clout still allows you to store up to 1000 contacts, each with their name, multiple numbers, email addresses, IM screen name, picture, ringtone, and physical street address. Once a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed-dial locations. There is also a dedicated favorites key to the left of the d-pad, where you can store 10 of your favorite contacts for easy viewing.
For messaging, there are no surprises here, as you can send and receive text, picture, and video messages on the Clout. You can also read incoming text messages on the external display. Also included is Verizon’s Mobile IM program, which will connect you to your AIM, WL Messenger, and Yahoo! buddy lists. Thankfully, the Adobe Dashboard program that is on the VX8360 is not on the Clout, which means that the phone does not require a monthly data plan. There is still a Mobile Web 2.0 browser, but when viewing standard HTML sites, it shows them in an ‘optimized view’ which eliminates the site’s layout and instead displays it in a list format. You can turn this off, but in doing so most pages will not fully load.
One common feature among the VX8000 series has been the ‘red’ music player, and unfortunately it makes an appearance on the LG Clout VX8370 as well. At this point, we’d love to see a better looking music player used here; one that actually loads album cover art when playing a song. Maybe next time LG? But the overall music quality is pretty good, as the Clout has two stereo speakers that are located on the side of the hinge, similar to the VX8300. You can also use the external display and font buttons to control music playback, and can also connect to a Stereo Bluetooth headset, but the wired headset jack is limited to the 2.5mm type.
The LG Clout VX8370 is the first in the series to use a 2MP camera (up from 1.3MP), but it is still missing an LED flash, which was last seen on the VX8300. For the first time since the original VX8000 model, pictures taken outside by the LG Clout have accurate colors, saturation, and white balance, lacking the ‘purple hue’ that we’ve seen on the other models. Image detail is also pretty good, considering it is a 2MP camera and lacks auto focus. For indoor images, color accuracy is still good, but the overall detail and quality starts to go down as the light levels decrease. Even though the Clout doesn’t have a flash (why?) it does has a Night Mode, but all it does is slows down the shutter speed to let more light in. We tried it a few times, and it really didn’t make a big difference, nor did the Noise Reduction mode. Videos can also be recorded with the Clout, but are still limited to 176x144 resolution, so they are only good enough for phone playback.
Other software features on the LG Clout VX8370 include VCast Video (which streams pre-recorded clips to the phone), VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions, Microsoft Bing search, voice commands, calculator, appointment calendar where you can save alerts, to do list, alarm clocks, stopwatch, world clock, and notepad. Naturally, you can also download additional programs and games through the media center menu. There is a total of 120MB of internal memory, of which 97MB is available.
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: 172; 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. :(