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LG Clout Review

LG Clout

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Not much has changed with the nomenclature of the Main Menu over the past few years, as the LG Clout VX8370 still has categories for accessing the media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. User customization includes a selection of three themes (white, spotlight, and glow scope), the ability to show the main menu in tab, list, and grid view, three font types and sizes, clock formats, and wallpapers. There’s nothing too out of the ordinary here, as these settings cover most of the bases. One thing that we do like is that when you are in a menu, you can actually change the font size on-the-fly by using the volume rocker to increase or decrease its size.

The home screen and main menu variations of LG Clout - LG Clout Review
The home screen and main menu variations of LG Clout - LG Clout Review
The home screen and main menu variations of LG Clout - LG Clout Review
The home screen and main menu variations of LG Clout - LG Clout Review

The home screen and main menu variations of LG Clout


The phonebook on the LG Clout still allows you to store up to 1000 contacts, each with their name, multiple numbers, email addresses, IM screen name, picture, ringtone, and physical street address. Once a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed-dial locations. There is also a dedicated favorites key to the left of the d-pad, where you can store 10 of your favorite contacts for easy viewing.

LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review


For messaging, there are no surprises here, as you can send and receive text, picture, and video messages on the Clout. You can also read incoming text messages on the external display. Also included is Verizon’s Mobile IM program, which will connect you to your AIM, WL Messenger, and Yahoo! buddy lists. Thankfully, the Adobe Dashboard program that is on the VX8360 is not on the Clout, which means that the phone does not require a monthly data plan. There is still a Mobile Web 2.0 browser, but when viewing standard HTML sites, it shows them in an ‘optimized view’ which eliminates the site’s layout and instead displays it in a list format. You can turn this off, but in doing so most pages will not fully load.

LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
The internet browser - LG Clout Review
   

The internet browser



One common feature among the VX8000 series has been the ‘red’ music player, and unfortunately it makes an appearance on the LG Clout VX8370 as well. At this point, we’d love to see a better looking music player used here; one that actually loads album cover art when playing a song. Maybe next time LG? But the overall music quality is pretty good, as the Clout has two stereo speakers that are located on the side of the hinge, similar to the VX8300. You can also use the external display and font buttons to control music playback, and can also connect to a Stereo Bluetooth headset, but the wired headset jack is limited to the 2.5mm type.

LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review


The LG Clout VX8370 is the first in the series to use a 2MP camera (up from 1.3MP), but it is still missing an LED flash, which was last seen on the VX8300. For the first time since the original VX8000 model, pictures taken outside by the LG Clout have accurate colors, saturation, and white balance, lacking the ‘purple hue’ that we’ve seen on the other models. Image detail is also pretty good, considering it is a 2MP camera and lacks auto focus. For indoor images, color accuracy is still good, but the overall detail and quality starts to go down as the light levels decrease. Even though the Clout doesn’t have a flash (why?) it does has a Night Mode, but all it does is slows down the shutter speed to let more light in. We tried it a few times, and it really didn’t make a big difference, nor did the Noise Reduction mode. Videos can also be recorded with the Clout, but are still limited to 176x144 resolution, so they are only good enough for phone playback.

The camera interface - LG Clout Review
The camera interface - LG Clout Review
The camera interface - LG Clout Review

The camera interface


LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
Outdoor samples taken with LG Clout - LG Clout Review
Outdoor samples taken with LG Clout - LG Clout Review
Outdoor samples taken with LG Clout - LG Clout Review
Outdoor samples taken with LG Clout - LG Clout Review

Outdoor samples taken with LG Clout


Strong - Indoor pictures - LG Clout Review
Medium - Indoor pictures - LG Clout Review
Low light - Indoor pictures - LG Clout Review
Darkness with Night Mode ON - Indoor pictures - LG Clout Review

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Low light

Darkness with Night Mode ON

Indoor pictures



Other software features on the LG Clout VX8370 include VCast Video (which streams pre-recorded clips to the phone), VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions, Microsoft Bing search, voice commands, calculator, appointment calendar where you can save alerts, to do list, alarm clocks, stopwatch, world clock, and notepad. Naturally, you can also download additional programs and games through the media center menu. There is a total of 120MB of internal memory, of which 97MB is available.

LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
LG Clout Review
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LG Clout Review


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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.75 x 1.95 x 0.76 inches
(95 x 50 x 19 mm)
3.59 oz  (102 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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