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LG Decoy Review

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The Decoy features a 2MP camera, similar to the one used on the enV2.  Pictures taken outside were remarkably good, with excellent color reproduction, sharp edges, accurate white balance, and are almost identical to the ones taken by the enV2.  Indoor pictures are more problematic, with images looking softer and showing more grain.  Low light images are nearly impossible to take, due to the lack of a flash, but it does offer a Night Mode that slows down the shutter speed. However, in doing so, most pictures will come out blurry.

Outdoor Samples - LG Decoy Review
Outdoor Samples - LG Decoy Review
Outdoor Samples - LG Decoy Review
Outdoor Samples - LG Decoy Review
Outdoor Samples - LG Decoy Review
Outdoor Samples - LG Decoy Review

Outdoor Samples

Strong Light - LG Decoy Review
Medium Light - LG Decoy Review

Strong Light

Medium Light

Low Light - Indoor Samples - LG Decoy Review
Low with Night mode - Indoor Samples - LG Decoy Review

Low Light

Low with Night mode

Indoor Samples

Camera Options:
Camera Interface - LG Decoy Review
Camera Interface - LG Decoy Review

Camera Interface

  • Resolution:  1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240
  • Self Timer: Off, 3 sec, 5 sec 10 sec
  • White Balance:  Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Glow
  • Shutter Sound: Shutter, No Sound, Say Cheese, Ready 123
  • Color Effects: Normal, Negative, Aqua, Sepia, B&W
  • Night Mode: On, Off
  • Save Options: Internal, External (memory card)
  • Photometry:  Average, Spot
  • Preview:  Actual View, Full Screen

Videos can be recorded at maximum of 320x240 resolution, and with the length up to 1 hour when a memory card is installed.  Watching a recorded video on the phone is best, due to the smaller screen size.  Once they are transferred to a PC, you can see how low quality they are, but are still good enough for posting them on YouTube.


The Music Player is outdated and is identical to the one used on most Verizon devices.  Despite the limited software, it is relatively easy to use and categorizes music into Genres, Artists, Albums, Songs, and Playlists.  Once a song is selected and begins playback, it will display the track information on the screen.  Music quality is mediocre, lacking in bass, and does not seem to get as loud as from other phones.  You can use the included mono Bluetooth headset to listen to music, or use a higher quality stereo Bluetooth device or wired earbuds connected to the 2.5mm headset jack.

LG Decoy Review
LG Decoy Review
LG Decoy Review
LG Decoy Review


LG Decoy Review
LG Decoy Review
LG Decoy Review
As with all Verizon non-smartphones, the Decoy uses Qualcomm’s BREW format for applications.  One of the most useful is VZ Navigator, which is used for GPS guided directions.  It comes with the new Version 4 preinstalled, which allows for new 3D maps, traffic congestion and accident re-routing, as well as the ability to find local gas stations, restaurants, movie theaters and show times, and local events.  We were able to use VZ Navigator around South FL without problem.  The updated 3D maps are easy to follow and are more professional looking than previous versions.  We believe that this application is well worth the $10 per month price. 

No games are preloaded on the Decoy, but can be purchased and download over the air directly from Verizon.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)

its so ugly

posted on 26 Jun 2008, 23:35

2. (unregistered)

tell me about it....i wish LG would go back to making phones with standard color rather then all this chrome, pink, orange, vomit green colors, etc.

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 19:05

5. (unregistered)

actually i would prefer a nice color (no vomit green tho, or pink, or orange etc, basically no ugly colour) as it would spice up the phone and wont be so ugly, lg for GSM makes gorgeous phones but cdma so ugly, lol

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 01:56

3. WingMan (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Mar 2008)

What is the ugly thing about it ? It is just an ordinary slider. I like the idea of having the bluetooth headset integrated into the phone, but it would have been better if it wasn't protruding that much. Cheers !

posted on 27 Jun 2008, 19:04

4. (unregistered)

its an ordinary slider. that is what makes it so ugly

posted on 03 Jul 2008, 16:28

6. (unregistered)

I own the phone, it's not as shiny as pictured, they seem to be using the silver model, which isn't what is for sale, its what the have for display models at Verizon stores. The screen is shiny enough to take fingerprints(lots of fingerprints), but you can actually see the screen just fine.Also the quality on the headset is fine for talking in a quiet spot(like a car, or in your house), but is a little poor if it's in a loud area.This is no problem because it prevents you from looking like a douche bag in public. This phone is a definite no for web browsing, pretty much like every other verizon non-smart phone. But all and all the black version on the phone that is actually sold is a much bigger improvement than the silver one.

posted on 05 Jul 2008, 22:45

7. (unregistered)

The phone is way too shiny. I've seen it in person.

posted on 08 Jul 2008, 14:09

8. LGChocolateOwner8550VX8550 (unregistered)

t is so ugly. Even with the headset out and the back cover on, it still looks like there is something missing. Why did they go back to the regular buttons instead of touch-sensitive buttons? Why three colors? I don't like the black or chrome, black on the keypad and side, and blue on the back. I like the all-around all-blue color look of my VX8550 better.

posted on 21 Nov 2008, 12:15

9. bud (unregistered)

Like the phone a lot except for the joy stick - which is no joy to use. It is too close to the case and too many times when you try to rub over it to choose something you press down and select the wrong thing - make the joystick stick up more or make the pressure greater to push.

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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.01 x 1.97 x 0.67 inches
(102 x 50 x 17 mm)
4.05 oz  (115 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3.83 hours talk time

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