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



1. Gowireless

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 23, 2010

LG has come a long way. However they seem to be a bit behind the curve. Its the dawn of the Smartphone era and LG has yet to come out with a decent line of Smartphones. I do hear that they are working several android based phones but yet to see any models.

2. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This was absolutely my favorite phone ever.

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i loved that phone. it's still sitting in my drawer.

4. Geezy03

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

ahh! i remember this phone. this was the 1st phone i got as a contract phone and 1st verizon phone and i had 2 of them and i loved it.

5. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

I didn't have this one but i knew people that did. . .i always thought it was cool how the 3 colored dots went across the screen. . .lol

8. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It was so mind-blowing that this phone's screen was in color. And it could take up to 22 pictures! Amazing! I also loved the music and video that played when the phone was powered on/off. And the ringtones were loud and fun too.

6. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

I bought one of these from ebay, my 3rd phone ever and the first phone I ever thought was great. I had the next 2 or 3 versions of this phone as well.

7. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

This was a good phone.

9. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

"their beginnings here was jump-started with the LG VX-6000". That's news to me. I was using an LG VX10 from Verizon back in 2001, two years before the VX-6000.

10. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

These things are little tanks too. I've got a few I use as loaner phones and they hold up very well.

11. chilazr

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 18, 2010

I have mine in my hand right now! the lens cover was broken and the front screen cracked when I fell off my skateboard on it. The battery kept coming out so I had to eventually tape it in place. But it still charged and worked and it was awesome. It's the phone that I started college with and I took a lot of pictures with it too. I love it. I don't have the desktop charger anymore, but I still have my car charger. It has some awesome "firsts" for me like my first text message, and my first phone-picture. Ahhh memories. I love seeing it on this rewind article.

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