LG Decoy Review
The LG Decoy (VX8610) for Verizon Wireless is a unique device unlike any other, by offering a detachable Bluetooth headset, located in the back of the phone. In doing so, it is targeted to the on-the-go consumer who always wants to be connected wirelessly to a headset, but also offers a convenient place for it to be stored and charged while not in use. Since this is the only device to offer this feature, it stands alone and has no true competition, except that it is a slider-style phone, similar to LG Chocolate and Venus models.
The Retail Package includes the LG Decoy phone, 800mAh battery with cover, wall charger, Bluetooth headset, separate headset charging station, cavity cover, and user manual. Unfortunately, a microUSB cable is not included and has to be purchased separately for PC connection.
Being a slider-style phone is noting new, as they have been around for a few years now, but the Decoy improves upon this with a definite update in overall styling and usability. The front has a mirror-like finish to it, but at the cost of being a fingerprint magnet, with black plastic used on the sides, and dark blue on the back. When the headset is installed, there is a definite “hump” that can be seen and felt, as it does stick out. However, once removed, the Decoy is about the same size and weight of the Venus, and can easily be slipped in your pant’s pocket without being too noticeable. Sliding the phone open is very easy, due to the strong spring mechanisms, but you can hear the plastic parts rubbing against each other. Despite this, it does appear to be well made and should hold up to every-day use.
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2.2” diagonal QVGA TFT display that supports up to 262K colors. However, due to the mirror-like finish, it is extremely challenging to view outside during the day since the sun is reflected into your eyes. Placing one hand over it to provide shade does allow for easier viewing. Directly below the display, are the left and right softkeys, speakerphone, and clear button. These surround the newly designed joystick d-pad located in the center. We found this approach to be very user-friendly, as your thumb can stay in once place and move the joystick up, down, left, right, and press in to select an item. Our only complaint here is that it is a little too small and should provide greater contact with your thumb.
Located on the left side is the volume rocker and microUSB port, with the 2.5mm headset jack, camera button, and microSDHC card slot on the right. The integrated 2MP camera is on the back, directly next to the docking area for the headset.
numeric keypad, which is black in color with white backlighting. The keys are smooth to the touch, but are cramped too closely together, which makes text messaging more difficult for people with larger hands, yet they do produce a noticeable “click” sound when pressed. For those who message a lot, a better option would be the enV2, since it features a full QWERTY keyboard.
its so ugly
tell me about it....i wish LG would go back to making phones with standard color rather then all this chrome, pink, orange, vomit green colors, etc.
actually i would prefer a nice color (no vomit green tho, or pink, or orange etc, basically no ugly colour) as it would spice up the phone and wont be so ugly, lg for GSM makes gorgeous phones but cdma so ugly, lol
3. WingMan (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Mar 2008)
What is the ugly thing about it ? It is just an ordinary slider. I like the idea of having the bluetooth headset integrated into the phone, but it would have been better if it wasn't protruding that much. Cheers !
its an ordinary slider. that is what makes it so ugly
I own the phone, it's not as shiny as pictured, they seem to be using the silver model, which isn't what is for sale, its what the have for display models at Verizon stores. The screen is shiny enough to take fingerprints(lots of fingerprints), but you can actually see the screen just fine.Also the quality on the headset is fine for talking in a quiet spot(like a car, or in your house), but is a little poor if it's in a loud area.This is no problem because it prevents you from looking like a douche bag in public. This phone is a definite no for web browsing, pretty much like every other verizon non-smart phone. But all and all the black version on the phone that is actually sold is a much bigger improvement than the silver one.
The phone is way too shiny. I've seen it in person.
8. LGChocolateOwner8550VX8550 (unregistered)
t is so ugly. Even with the headset out and the back cover on, it still looks like there is something missing. Why did they go back to the regular buttons instead of touch-sensitive buttons? Why three colors? I don't like the black or chrome, black on the keypad and side, and blue on the back. I like the all-around all-blue color look of my VX8550 better.
9. bud (unregistered)
Like the phone a lot except for the joy stick - which is no joy to use. It is too close to the case and too many times when you try to rub over it to choose something you press down and select the wrong thing - make the joystick stick up more or make the pressure greater to push.