LG Fathom VS750 Review

Software and Features:

The LG Fathom VS750 runs on the stock Windows Mobile Professional 6.5.3 operating system, so there aren’t any surprises here, though Verizon does include a few of its own apps, such as Visual Voice Mail, Mobile Email, Mobile IM, City ID, and VZ Navigator. LG has not included its S-Class user interface, which means you are forced to use the standard Windows Mobile layout, though it isn't that bad now with version 6.5.3. The homescreen is easy to navigate, as you can scroll the list itself or drag the selection bar up and down the list of commonly used items, such as pictures, music, contacts, messages, calendar, etc. The Start menu shows all your apps and settings in a simple grid form that can also be scrolled through. There are a few included themes, but all they do is change the color of the desktop, menus and text, instead of altering the layout design of the desktop and menus. Overall, the visual enhancements of WinMo 6.5.3, including the large icons and text, make up for the fact that the LG Fathom VS750 is using a resistive display, and we never felt the need to use the stylus. Also, the 1GHz processor on the Fathom makes using the interface, menus, and apps more pleasurable, since everything runs smoothly and without any noticeable delay.


Naturally, you can view and add contacts rather easily with the LG Fathom VS750, as there’s a dedicated icon for it on the homescreen. It starts by showing you the list of current contacts, which you can scroll though, use the letter tabs at the top, or enter in the first few letters of the first or last name to do a search. For adding a contact, you can enter in the person’s name, phone numbers, email addresses and other vital information and then can save it to Outlook, SIM, Outlook + SIM, or create an email group or messaging group.



Since the LG Fathom VS750 comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard, the device would appeal to people who message frequently. However, there is no on-screen keyboard while in landscape mode (as you would be using the physical one), but there is a small on-screen keyboard while in portrait mode. The included ArcSoft PowerMobia Messaging app allows you to send and receive text, picture, and video messages fairly easily, while the standard Windows Mobile Email app can be used for your POP, IMAP and Exchange email accounts. You can even download the Verizon Mobile Email app, but it requires a monthly subscription fee. There is also the Verizon Mobile IM app, which is free to use, and connects you to people on your AIM, WL Messenger, and Yahoo! buddy lists, but it deducts from your text messaging allotment when IMs are sent and received.



Connectivity:

For viewing web sites, the LG FathomVS750 comes with the standard mobile Internet Explorer web browser, as Opera is not included on the device, but can be downloaded directly from their mobile site. Even though the Mobile IE web browser that is included with WinMo 6.5.3 is better than its previous versions, we still think that Opera has the advantage here, as web sites are easier to navigate through and move around. Both browsers also include Flash Lite 3, which allows for limited viewing of Adobe Flash content in web sites, but complex Flash sites will give a memory error message. After using the Mobile IE and Opera browsers, we still came away from the web experience on the Fathom feeling a bit disenchanted, as it does not compare to the superior browsing experience that is on the iPhone and Android devices, such as the Motorola DROID and HTC Droid Incredible.



The LG Fathom VS750 is also one of the few Verizon smartphones to come with the Microsoft Bing application. It allows you to search a wide variety of categories, has GPS maps with satellite view (you can zoom in to street level), driving directions, local traffic and gas prices, movies, and weather. There is a lot of good information here, so it will get plenty of use. There is also the Verizon VZ Navigator app, which will provide you with GPS guided turn-by-turn directions, but it costs a monthly fee and isn’t as good as the (free) Google Maps with Navigation program that is available for Android smartphones.



The LG Fathom VS750 doesn’t include any Social Networking apps with it, but you can easily download those from Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Of course, the Office Mobile suite is available right out of the box for viewing Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and OneNote files, as well as the Adobe Reader LE app for viewing PDF files.


The LG Fathom VS750 is a global capable device, which supports dual-band CDMA and EVDO Rev. A while in the US, and quad-band GSM and UMTS/HSDPA while in other countries. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g is also supported, as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

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1. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

I bet they used a resistive touchscreen so it could be used with a stylus for business men and women. That's who this phone is intended for.

2. arun789 unregistered

can this phone be used in india with indiam sims

3. virender_80 unregistered

Hello. I need to know that LG Fathom VS750 can be used with Reliance CDMA connection in india. Does the phone comes with the CDMA card Slot. Please reply.

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do not buy LG VS750 FATHOM.it is a lousy phone.gets hung up again and again on recharging its battery as it gets HOT. it gets hung up ebvery now and then when you receive a call.whats more onve hung up it doesnt record the call number so you can not get the no in phone book/memory. #at times during a call a jarring note or a sound like a spark with in mobiel develops forcing you to remove the battery to DISCONTNUE. Its windows function nebevrt worked cause its driver never fgot loaded despite experts trying it with CD. wHAT MORE ITS NOT EVEN LISTED ON LG CUSTOMER CARE LIST SO YOU CAN NOT COMPLAIN. I BOUGHT IT FOR RS 5800 TYHROUGH A INDORE FDEALER-AAKANKSHA DISTRIBUTORS.BUT THEY DISCLAIM ALL RESPONSIBILITY SAYING THEY ARE ONLY NOT MNUFACTURES. WHERE TO GO??????/

22. ncmishra

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

do not buy LG VS750 FATHOM.it is a lousy phone.gets hung up again and again on recharging its battery as it gets HOT. it gets hung up ebvery now and then when you receive a call.whats more onve hung up it doesnt record the call number so you can not get the no in phone book/memory. #at times during a call a jarring note or a sound like a spark with in mobiel develops forcing you to remove the battery to DISCONTNUE. Its windows function nebevrt worked cause its driver never fgot loaded despite experts trying it with CD. wHAT MORE ITS NOT EVEN LISTED ON LG CUSTOMER CARE LIST SO YOU CAN NOT COMPLAIN. I BOUGHT IT FOR RS 5800 TYHROUGH A INDORE FDEALER-AAKANKSHA DISTRIBUTORS.BUT THEY DISCLAIM ALL RESPONSIBILITY SAYING THEY ARE ONLY NOT MNUFACTURES. WHERE TO GO??????/
Fathom
  • Display 3.2" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.00h talk time)

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