PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: LG VX-6000

PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: LG VX-6000
Life's good, right? Well if you happen to be a company that was formed by the joint venture of two Korean based companies, Lucky and Goldstar, then you'll know how much innovation played a key part in the last 10 years to convert them into a big time player in the mobile handset market. For those that aren't aware, we're specifically talking about the world's current number three handset maker; LG Electronics. Looking back during the onset of the new millennium, most consumers wouldn't have a clue, nor think about buying anything, from a relatively unknown company that placed its brand image under two distinct letters. When you look around nowadays, you see that LG has become the dominant form they are now by catering to the masses with their endless line of handsets that continues to attract people. Here in the US, most people will probably say they started to take notice of this Korean based company after their stark partnership with Verizon Wireless as they held their hands together in paving the way for the CDMA network.

Sure you've got handsets like the LG eXpo or enV Touch that showcases how LG's products continues to be adopted by consumers, but their beginnings here was jump-started with the LG VX-6000 – a flip handset specifically crafted to be a flagship device for Verizon Wireless back in 2003. The burden riding on its back was immense as it showcased how CDMA technology could compete against the likes of GSM and TDMA networks by offering superior voice quality with less interference and noise. Taking a gander at the phone was truly breath taking for its time as the design was quite attractive for a flip handset – boasting a slick looking silver finish with navy blue accents to make it stand out. Now what made this specific LG handset more prolific than the previous ones was the fact that it offered a boat load of high-end features – like an external OEL screen, internal 262k TFT color display, polyphonic ringtones, 0.3-megapixel camera, and voice activated dialing.

By far its OEL (organic electroluminescent) screen placed some kind of trance over some people as its colored dots flashes alongside some of the useful information commonly found on today's phones. And of course the LG VX-6000 was the very first camera phone offered by Verizon Wireless – marking the beginning of this much welcomed standard feature. Despite having a maximum shooting resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, the handset was still limited to storing at the most 20 photos – lowering the resolution didn't change the fact it was still stuck at 20 shots. You knew Verizon customers were going bonkers with this relatively unknown fad of taking self-portraits through a cell phone, but it did captivate owners to really show their appeal to this unknown manufacturer.

The LG VX-6000 is credited in fueling the on-going relationship seen by Verizon and LG – as you've probably noticed how they seemingly gravitate towards one another for a lot of their popular handsets. Additionally, its stunning design, usability, and backing of the CDMA network proliferated LG's status as being a serious contender in the cell phone market; although it was still fighting its way for a decent piece of the pie. Nonetheless, the LG VX-6000 spawned a generation of other handsets for Verizon Wireless that truly captivated the hearts and minds of consumers all around. There's no wonder why life is so good for them as the LG VX-6000 truly marked the beginnings of LG's successes as a known handset manufacturer.

LG VX-6000 Specifications

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