LG FUSIC LX550 Review
The most important feature of any cell phone should be the voice quality. The voice quality on the Fusic is average, but should be better considering the class and price of this phone. When using the Fusic, the voice quality of a person talking on a landline phone did not sound like they were on a landline. Parts of their words were garbled, despite good signal strength with 5 bars showing. We also found the earpiece to be quite loud, even when the volume was turned to Low. The person on the landline phone said that my voice, when talking on the Fusic, was slightly garbled, and they were able to tell a cell phone was being used. It is hard to say if it is the Sprint Network or the phone it's self that is to blame. Several calls were placed in different areas and it always sounded the same. The Speakerphone sounds clear, but will get distorted if you turn the volume up too high.
The overall performance of the Fusic is good. Call quality is average, but is not as clear as talking on a landline phone or other cell phones. There are some garbling sounds on both ends of a conversation. The earpiece volume on the Fusic is loud even when set to Low. The speakerphone sounds good, but gets distorted if volume is turned up too high. The graphical menus are fast and easy to navigate. The camera produces the best results when taking pictures outside during the day. Battery life is rated at 4.5Hr Talk time, or 7.5 Days Standby time. I got 3Hr of Talk time or 5 Days of Standby time. All phone manufactures like to over rate their battery life.
It is my opinion that the Fusic is a good quality phone, but voice and camera quality should be better. The phone is made well and seems like it will last if not abused. The white pearl plastic and metal keypad gives the Fusic its modern appearance. It fits very nicely in the hand and is not too noticeable when in a pocket. Both the Internal and External displays show color and text that are clear and easy to see. Voice Command is very convenient when driving and when using a hands-free device. The MP3 player is still the best part of the Fusic. It almost seems that LG set out to build an MP3 player with a phone around it. Stereo speakers on the phone would help, but the FM transmitter makes up for it. If there is going to be a Fusic2 from LG, they should improve on the voice quality, incorporate a CCD camera, upgrade the Internal Display to QVGA, and have stereo speakers.
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