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LG FUSIC LX550 Review

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LG FUSIC LX550 Review


Most cell phones manufactured today are camera phones, and the Fusic is no exception.  On the back of the phone is a 1.3MP camera with LED flash capable of taking pictures at 1280x960 resolution.  With the flip open, press the camera button on the right side of the phone.  The camera program loads in under two seconds.  Both the Internal and External displays will show what the camera sees.  Selecting “Options” will bring up a choice of camera settings.  They include Flash, Self Timer, Color Tone, Brightness, White Balance, Resolution, File Quality, and Shutter Sound.  To take a picture you press the OK button on the keypad.  The picture will automatically be stored to the phone's internal memory or to the MicroSD card if installed.  After the picture is stored, you must press the Back button on the keypad to return to the camera program.  The total time it takes for the phone to store a picture and then have you press the Back button to take another picture is 6 seconds.  It would be better if after saving the picture, the phone would automatically return to the camera program without you having to press the Back button.  This would cut down on the time between taking pictures.  Also, if no picture is taken with 60 seconds, the camera will enter into Standby mode and must be reactivated to take a picture.  Picture quality was on par with other 1.3MP camera phones.  However, the quality would be better if a CCD Camera Sensor was used instead of an inferior CMOS Sensor.  The placement of the camera on the back could also be better.  We found that fingers would often creep into the camera's view. 

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Outdoor pictures during the day had good color reproduction, but overall the image was not sharp; due in part to the CMOS sensor.  Indoor pictures with standard incandescent bulbs were not good.  They were too dark and colors were lacking.  Pictures taken at night with the flash on did a good job of lighting up near by objects.  You can also take pictures with the flip closed by pressing the Camera button on the right side of the phone, but the flip needs to be open in order to see yourself on the external display for self-pics.  The Fusic takes pictures in Portrait mode, not Landscape mode.  This is our biggest complaint about the camera.  In order to take photos in Landscape mode, you must hold the phone sideways.  LG should go back to using Landscape mode on future phones.

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The Camcorder mode allows you to record 15 Seconds of video for sending by Video Mail, or you can record longer clips and save to the MicroSD card.  You also have some of the same video settings as when taking pictures (Video Light, Color Tone, Brightness, and White Balance).  When recording a video, it displays the current video length at the bottom.  Once you are finished, it saves the video to the MicroSD card.  Video resolution is limited to 176x144.
Videos taken outside had nice color reproduction and sounds were easily picked up with the phone's mic.  Indoor videos were darker and colors were not as good.  When videos are played back on a PC (using Apple QuickTime) they are small and jagged.  This is due to the 176x144 resolution they are recorded in.  Having a higher resolution for recording videos would most likely solve this problem.

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Music Player:

At the beginning of the review, we mentioned the MP3 player (iPod look-alike) feature of the Fusic.  I must admit that this is the best part of the phone.  Despite the Fusic's somewhat mediocre call quality and average picture quality, the Music Player is defiantly well thought-out and works great.  In order to use this feature, the MicroSD card must be installed into the Fusic.  You take the USB cable that is included into the box and connect it to the bottom of the phone and then to your PC.  You then must press “Menu, Tools, USB Flash Drive”.  The computer will see the phone as a Removable Media and assign it a drive letter.  Then simply drag and drop any MP3 file from your PC into the Media Folder.  At the same time, you can add pictures to the DCIM folder.  Pictures in that folder can be used as wallpaper and PictureID.  Any photos and video taken with the camera will also be stored in that folder and can be copied to your PC. 

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Once MP3 files are copied to the Media folder, remove the USB cable from the PC.  The phone will then exit the transfer program and return to standby mode.
With the flip closed, press and hold the Play/Pause button on the front of the phone.  Use the right arrows (FF) button to select the icon of the memory card and press the Play button again.  The external display will show a list of all the MP3 files that are on the MicroSD card.  Select the file you wish to play by pressing the Up or Down buttons.  Once it is highlighted, press the play button.  The file will begin to play and the title is listed.  During playback you can raise and lower the volume by using the volume buttons on the left side.  The FF and Rew buttons work two ways.  If you press and hold it, it will FF or Rew the current song.  If you press and release, it will jump to the next song.  Opening the phone during playback will show a graphic equalizer on the internal display.  There are several equalizer settings, but the Normal setting sounds best.  The sound quality through the phone's speaker is surprisingly good, but there should be two speakers for better stereo sound.

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Since the Fusic has a FM transmitter, you can transmit the audio over FM to be picked up by a local radio.  You first must go to the phone's main menu and select “Tools, Music Transmitter”.  Turn your radio on and find a frequency where there is no station.  I found that a higher unused frequency would work best.  Then enter the frequency into the phone and save it.  When you are playing an MP3 file, you can turn the FM Transmitter ON and you will hear the audio through any near by FM radio that is tuned to that frequency.  I tried this in my car and it sounded much better than listening to music from the phone's speaker.  Keep in mind that since the music is being transmitted over FM, the sound quality is also reduced to FM Stereo quality.
If you have a Stereo BT device paired with the Fusic, you can transmit the audio to it using the A2DP BT Profile.

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Like all Sprint phone, the Fusic uses Java for its applications (On Demand and Music Store). The Java programs load in only a few seconds.  There are five pre-loaded games (Midnight Pool, Ms Pac-Man, Tetris, World Poker Tour, and Zuma).  Additional games can be downloaded from Sprint with varying prices. 

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On Demand allows quick access to seven categories (News, Sports, Weather, Money, Movies, Directory, Maps, TV Guide, and Dictionary).

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With Media Player you can access the new Sprint TV service.  Each channel costs from 3.95-6.95.  Categories include Music & Radio, Sports, Cartoons, News & Weather, Stylez, Movies & Shorts, and Entertainment.  There are also three Combo Packages available at discounted prices

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. kevin (unregistered)


i love the Fm trans on this phone and even though sprint is now giving them away with a contract i would stay away from it ive had two of them and the buttons didnt work right on either phone from day one

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 18:13

2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1519; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I cut the different templates in half and mix-n-match before, but this phone tend to drop calls a lot for me, so I stopped using it. The design is fine, felt a little cheap, but looked pretty nice.

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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.78 x 1.89 x 0.78 inches
(96 x 48 x 20 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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