LG VI-2300 is one of the latest devices currently offered from Sprint PCS the third largest US carrier. The previous LG phone that I reviewed was the MM-7400 and I was very impressed with features and overall performance. The VI-2300 is slightly smaller compared to the MM-7400 and lacks external color screen and camera. Pretty much the VI-2300 is a feature rich entry level phone, excellent for every day use.
The VI-2300 is all around plastic covers, colored in two different shades of silver. On the top of the shell is the small one line grayscale LCD which is backlight in orange color. Because of its size, it (88 x 12 pixels) it only shows very basic information such as battery life, signal strength, time and ready link availability. In a event of a incoming phone call, the outer display shows the name/number of the party calling.
Just below the external display is an oval LED which lights up in different colors depending on the if it is being charged, or if there is incoming call.
Above the LCD is the loudspeaker opening. The latch mechanism is just perfect very easy to open and close, featuring distinctive click when the shell is fully open. Then if you even abruptly shake the phone, the shell will not close you will have to slightly push it.
There are only two outside keys and headset connector, located on the left side of the phone. The rocker volume control is easy to press with good click response, but I would prefer if it was placed on the right side of the phone and not so low for an easier access. The key above it is for activating Ready Link PPT feature. The top connector is the 2.5mm headset jack.
Being an entry lever unit, the VI-2300 features a small 128 x 128 pixels STN display with very strong ghosting effect (slow redraws of the screen, which cause you to see shadow-like effects from what was previously on the screen). The contrast and color saturation/representation are what you can expect of similar STN display good, but not as good as TFT ones.
The internal keypad starts with two soft / selection keys, below which is the round, 5-way navigation key, after which are the WEB and BACK dedicated keys. The whole keypad lights in green when a key is pressed. All keys are very well positioned, easy to press with good click response.