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The Muziq completely overhauls the design of its predecessor while taking design cues from its Chocolate brethren. It measures in at just 15mm thin, putting it in line with the MotoRAZR, Samsung m510 and Verizon’s similar vx8600. The antenna has been brought inside, and the outer touch controls have changed from mechanical buttons to touch sensitive ones with excellent haptic feedback. The phone is made of a slick black plastic which slips easily into a pocket, but at the same time makes it a fingerprint magnet. MUZIQ feels solid in hand, if not a little large to the ear.

ModelDimension (Inches)Dimension (mm)Weight (oz)Weight (Gramms)
LG Muziq3.80" x 1.94" x 0.61"96.5 x 49 x 15.53.1489
LG Fusic3.78" x 1.89" x 0.78"96 x 48 x 204.23120
Samsung SPH-M5103.74" x 2.00" x 0.64"95 x 51 x 162.9383
MotoRAZR V3m3.90" x 2.10" x 0.60"98 x 53 x 14.53.49100
LG VX86003.89" x 1.93" x 0.58"99 x 48.5 x 153.2693.4

On the left side of the phone you will find the charging port and the volume rocker, while on the right is the microSD slot and 2.5mm headphone jack as well as dedicated music and camera keys. The volume, music and camera keys are all found on the top half of the flip.

The front of the phone houses a small 1.3mp camera at the top, which is flanked by a status LED on the left and flash LED on the right. These LEDs are well hidden by design, and one would only notice them with a close inspection. Underneath the camera sits a 128x160 TFT LCD screen which displays basic features like time, date and signal and battery strength, as well as ringer and Bluetooth status. Below the display you will find the music controls and the single speaker. The controls are set in a circular pattern, with the play/pause button being surrounded by track forward and back to the right and left, and up and down buttons on the top and bottom. When in use the keys glow red, and they fade to a translucent white when inactive. Given that this is a music centric device stereo speakers would have been more appropriate.

When flipped open you will find the earpiece set above the 176x220, 2.25” display. It is a TFT unit featuring 262k colors, but with that much real estate we would expect a QVGA display. On the bottom half of the flip is a standard keypad and the microphone. The keypad offers a four way directional pad with the menu/ok button in the middle, right and left softkeys, dedicated speakerphone, back and camera buttons as well as the standard send/end and 12 key dialpad. The camera key on the keypad actually launches the picture menu, whereas the key on the side will take you directly to the viewfinder. The keys are completely flat, but do offer a solid click to let you know they have been pressed and there are topographical cues which makes dialing without looking easier. It’s not the best keypad in the world, but we don’t have any real complaints with it.

Overall the design is a welcome change from the Fusic. The black casing makes the phone look much more professional and the lack of antenna means it fits easier into the pocket. However, the same boxy design of the Fusic was carried over to the Muziq, and the phone lacks the refinement and class found on the VX8600 for Verizon. Even still, the phone has a broad appeal as both a slim, slick device for the tech crowd and a professional appearance for the businessman.

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