Text and Picture Messaging has become one of the most used features of cell phones, besides placing and receiving voice calls. Pressing the Message button (left soft key) will open up the messaging menu. From there you can compose a new message, go to the inbox and sent message folders. Sending a TXT message is done by entering in cell phone # or E-Mail address of the recipient, then typing in the body of the message. This is done by T9 entry, where the software tries to predict the word that you are typing in. Sending a Picture or Video message is done in similar fashion except that you attach a picture or video file from the phone. Typing on the VX8600 is not as difficult as on the Chocolate, since the keys are better spaced, not slippery, and have larger lettering. However, the keypad is flat and smooth, so you will need to be careful of what keys are pressed.


Bluetooth version 1.1 allows up to 20 pairing and supports the following profiles: headset, hands-free, A2DP advanced audio distribution, serial port, dial-up networking, file transfer, audio/video remote control, and object push profiles for vCard. When used with out Jabra v250 headset, we were able to get 20 feet of static free connection. We were also able to pair to the LG HBS-110 stereo Bluetooth earbuds, which provides stereo music static free up to 30 feet. We are were glad to see stereo Bluetooth being supported by this phone, considering the music playback on the phone's speaker is less than satisfactory.

There is only limited Internet connectivity, which is provided by the WAP 2.0 browser and Verizon's Mobile Web service. This provides you with categories for Sports, News, Weather, and Entertainment. You can also enter in other WAP and HTTP address to be connected to. Most WAP sites will load in under 5 seconds when in an EVDO coverage area, and 15 seconds when in a 1x area. However, HTTP sites can take much longer to load and will not be displayed properly. Because of this, we do not recommend this phone for people that need to view HTTP sites on a wireless device on a daily basis; a Smartphone would be a better choice.



1. bob unregistered

I like the 8600, it looks nice

2. phil unregistered

Really nice, detailed review. Best phone review I've read in a long time, thanks.

3. Skykid14 unregistered

Thanks for posting such in-depth reviews of these phones. Very very helpful!

4. neesk unregistered

I've had it a month and it's the best looking phone out there. The battery life is excellent and the sound quality and signal strength are fine. The cons: 1. I have big fingers--too big for the tiny slippery buttons. 2. Speakerphone is barely louder than the regular phone level. 3. External touch-sensitive buttons can be activated easily while phone is in my pocket, then the music can start to play or just slowly drain the battery. If you never use speakerphone and have small or med. sized fingers, this is a great phone. I think I need the 8300.

5. brenden unregistered

Ditto. This review was really thorough and helpful. Thanks for the depth.

6. tsantsa unregistered

nice reviewit's a good (as in so so and okay) phone nice flash interface

7. cvs unregistered

Real nice n pretty. The touch thing on the front was cool to mess with. I lost my beloved vx8000 to water and upgraded to this. The buttons are horrible to press when open and I'm forever pressing the wrong buttons because it's so flat. They placed the other buttons on the top flap which is the hardest to reach in the world. Plus it feels flimsey like it will break. i dont like it anymore.
  • Display 176 x 220 pixels
  • Camera 1.3 MP
  • Storage 0.023 GB
  • Battery 800 mAh(3.66h talk time)

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