LG Fusic LX550 (Sprint)
Manufacturer: LG Part number: LX-550SLVSPT
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CNET editors' review
price range: $249.99
- Reviewed by: Kent German
- Edited by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 05/24/2006
The good: The LG LX550 has an attractive design, admirable call quality, and a range of high-end features, including Bluetooth, a speakerphone, an MP3 player, a Micro SD card slot, EV-DO support, and an FM transmitter.
The bad: The LG LX550 has shaky music quality, tricky keypad controls, and limited photo resolutions, and it does not offer analog roaming.
The bottom line: The attractive, high-performing LG LX550 is a solid addition to Sprint's EV-DO lineup.
Best Phone for Sprint Service
by MarkS2202 on June 9, 2006
Pros: Great look and feel, sound quality, loud ringer, camera, micro SD, tons of features, and so far great battery life.
Cons: Vibration needs to be longer and more powerful to be noticed.
Summary: This phone is probably the best phone available for Sprint service right now. In terms of features nothing even comes close except the A920 and that is roughly the size ...
Summary: This phone is probably the best phone available for Sprint service right now. In terms of features nothing even comes close except the A920 and that is roughly the size of a brick. The phone is light and thin, not much thicker than the A900, and gets much better reception and battery life (I am getting nearly double the talk time now). So far this phone is superior to my old A900 in every way possible. Too early to talk about durability but LG does make quality products so I'll have to repost about that. I really like this phone and my only gripe so far would be the somewhat inferior vibration ability.Updated
I have totally grown to love this phone, the best I have owned yet hands down. Initially I hated the vibration setting but have grown accustomed to it (it is strong but the pulse is short). I am still impressed with all of the features and how seemlessly they work. Durability remains solid (only dropped once from my pocket in sitting position) as expected. Best of all the battery life has increased over the past month. I rarely turn the phone off and even when I do not plug it in at night I go through the entire next day and am left with 2 bars (of 4). Go buy one already.Updated
This phone is probably the best phone available for Sprint service right now. In terms of features nothing even comes close except the A920 and that is roughly the size of a brick. The phone is light and thin, not much thicker than the A900, and gets much better reception and battery life (I am getting nearly double the talk time now). So far this phone is superior to my old A900 in every way possible. Too early to talk about durability but LG does make quality products so I'll have to repost about that. I really like this phone and my only gripe so far would be the somewhat inferior vibration ability.
At the nearly three month point my initial review of this phone stands at a 9.5. I have grown acustomed to the "inferior" vibration mode; which is powerful but short in duration. I am continually amazed by the battery life in this as it has increased over the last 8 weeks; even when using the multimedia functions. Battery lasted 6 days on standby while on vacation (since I was not accepting calls - only returning urgent ones). Ringer volume and sound quality are tops and navigation is also a breeze. The casing and paint can also take some abuse as I do nothave a cover and this is in impeccible shape still. This highly customizable feature packed little phone is still in my opinion the best phone available for any service right now. It is unquestionably worth every penny; and the only other gadget I have ever said that about is my Zen MicroPhoto.
My only gripe is the lack of earpiece volume when in a crowded place like a bar; needs to go on a 1-8 scale like the A900.Updated
Well, after five months I can truly say that I am impressed with the workmanship of LG products; this being my first. After 5 months of decently heavy usage the paint is still flawless, the buttons are firm, and the closure is authoritative. I assumed the Fusic would stand the test of time being heavy for its size but I am truly flat-out impresed. Battery life is still astounding and the sound quality of ringtones gets me compliments all of the time for its clarity at high volume (even with the vibration on). I finally got to use the built in mp3 player when the battery in my MicroPhoto dies at the gym and it worked better than I thought. Overally still a 9.5 Go buy one already.
34 out of 34 users found this user opinion helpful.
I'm so happy I went out on a limb and got this phone
by zfyreangel on June 26, 2006
Pros: Amazing sound quality, Bluetooth, voice dialing, different picture settings, video recorder, different face plates, fm transmitter
Cons: Difficult to pause music and read text messages, controls on front are rather sensitive
Summary: I love this phone. The pros far outweigh the cons on this little thing. It's more compact than my last phone and packs far more punch! There are three ...
Summary: I love this phone. The pros far outweigh the cons on this little thing. It's more compact than my last phone and packs far more punch! There are three different picture quality settings along with different color settings (4). You must have a steady hand when taking the pictures, but I've found that to be true of any cell camera.
The MP3 player is fantastic! I read another review where it was mentioned the 1GB card did not work properly in the phone - I have had no such issues. I purchased a 1GB card last night and it works beautifully. I have both mp3s and pictures on it right now. I've also been listening to the music on and off for 5 hours with no blips or stops, my battery is still showing full charge.
You get good accessories with this phone in the box. There are four faceplates that come with the phone: black, blue, pink and lime green. They also include a headset for listening to music that has a button on it to answer your phone; I guess it doubles as a hands free headset. I've only used it for listening to music; there is a volume control on the headphones by the clip you may use to attach it to your clothing. The phone comes with a 64mb microSD card; it doesn't hold a whole lot. I'm definitely glad I invested the extra $80 to get a 1 GB card. I have 185 songs on it and its no where near full.
Using this phone on the Power Vision is a lot faster than my last phone. The sales person at Sprint informed me that the bill would be a little more per month because of the upgrade in the system, it's really worth it. You can also back your contact list up to an online server for a fee.
One of the reasons I selected this phone is for the Bluetooth capability. I have a Bluetooth earpiece from my previous phone and didn't want to waste it. The voice commands on this phone are amazing! You don't have to program anything, you just say "call (name of person)" and the phone will find the closest spelling to what you said on your contact list. If you have more than one number listed for the contact it will ask you which number to call. I had some problems with the voice commands on my last phone; this is a very pleasant surprise!
I do suggest you go to a Sprint store and get your hands on this phone before you buy it. They will let you play with it, surf the web, take pictures, etc. I can see how this phone wouldn't be for everyone, but it's definitely for me.
13 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Best Phone I Have Found
by Boone1020 on June 22, 2006
Pros: Lightweight, Very Robust Features, Bluetooth, FM Transmitter
Cons: Potential for Scraitching and Damage is high. Wish it could play my own .mp3's as the ringtone.
Summary: I switched from the Treo 650 to this phone after having very little success with the email feature. I was looking for a phone that I could use my contacts ...
Summary: I switched from the Treo 650 to this phone after having very little success with the email feature. I was looking for a phone that I could use my contacts from Outlook and possibly my calendar too. I have used phones with bluetooth before without being very impressed, especially the Treo's Bluetooth compability. On the Treo I would have to wait anywhere from 3-10 seconds for the bluetooth headset to connect. That feels like an eternity when you are trying to answer a call knowing that the person is sitting there in silence. The Fusic has non of these problems with bluetooth. I have paired with and used the Motorola HS 850 headset without any delays or pairing problems. As for the contact management, I couldn't be happier. I merely have to drag and drop from my Outlook contacts to the phones OBEX icon in My Bluetooth Places. I do the same for the calendar. Although it doesn't sync like my Treo this system is easy enough for me and only took minutes.
Now on to some of the other features that I really like. I am a business professional with a family and most of the dinky games and other pay as you go features don't really pertain to me. I have an iPod that I use for the bulk of my music but I do like the ability to play some of my .mp3's on the phone. It is a particular benefit with the FM transmitter. It works FAR better than the transmitter on my iPod. Choosing the FM channel for broadcasting could be a little smoother process while listening to music. Right now you need to exit the media program and enter the menu>settings>FM Transmitter> menu then change the channel and relaunch the music player. A little annoying but I will deal with it to keep the transmitter. The downside to the .mp3's is that I can not natively use them as my ringtone and I will not pay more money for a crap version of a song I already own. I have since found a great work around for anyone interested.
The voice recognition is great on this phone. I find it faster than looking up the contacts the 'old fashion' way. The Treo had a terribly slow voice recognition program that just like the bluetooth feature was best avoided.
The camera is ok, but I found the placement of the lens a little less intuitive than I would have liked. The screen tips down from where I need to point the camera. I really like the feel of the buttons and the menu is relatively easy to navigate. I do find it annoying to be directed so easily to the online music store when I only want to play my music and hit the wrong button in haste. I haven't used it as a modem or even taken advantage of the EVDO speeds. My house is on the fringe of the EVDO network and it keeps jumping into normal CDMA internet speeds. Maybe someday I will benefit from this though.
My overall opinion for this phone is to get it if you can afford it. It is rather expensive. I have been very impressed with the phone and am continually surprised by how much I can do with it.
11 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nothing but problems...
by eflat440 on September 26, 2006
Pros: lots of features
Cons: doesn't ring on many incoming calls (gets voicemail notification), powers down while online, no separate ring/alarm volume
Summary: as a consumer, be sure you read ALL reviews of a phone before buying! most of these reviews are very positive, but i've had my FUSIC for 3 weeks ...
Summary: as a consumer, be sure you read ALL reviews of a phone before buying! most of these reviews are very positive, but i've had my FUSIC for 3 weeks and have had many problems with it, so be aware that all have not been so lucky.
1. reception: the phone i got only rings 2 out of every 3 calls...in other words, i'll get a voicemail notice and the phone didn't ring. this has happened with all different carriers incoming. irritating to say the least when my wife calls and says "why didn't you answer your phone, i called you 3 times"...
2. powers down while online: while downloading a web page, it will occasionally power off and back on again...this is mentioned in some reviews below.
3. no separate ringer/alarm volume: this is such a simple concept but the phone does not have it. i've been thru every menu and it does not differentiate. in other words, when ringer is on vibrate, alarm vibrates. ringer off, alarm is silent. i travel for a living and i use my alarm often, but don't want to be awakened by calls. IF YOU USE THE ALARM FUNCTION OFTEN, i would NOT recommend this phone.
4. volume fluctuates: it seems that callers' voices get soft for 20 sec. or so and then return to normal volume. this has happened from different callers with different phones, and thru the handset as well as earpiece.
there are so many good features about this phone (the size, bluetooth, fine mp3 player, EVDO, FM transmitter, etc etc...) but they are overshadowed by the problems stated earlier. i may have gotten a lemon, so keep that in mind, but i know from experience that the more "stuff" a company crams into a little phone, functionality is always compromised. shop carefully, and i hope this helps your decision.
5 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
by norrismann on July 10, 2006
Pros: BRIGHT SCREEN, BLUETOOTH, LONG BATTERY LIFE AND ON AND ON
Cons: NONE WORTH TALKING ABOUT
Summary: THIS PHONE FOR THE PRICE IS 2 TO 3 TIMES THE PHONE OF ANY OTHER ON THE MARKET. I HAVE HAD AT LEASE 20 PHONES AND THIS IS BY FAR ...
Summary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
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by TAPTHATAZ on June 11, 2006
Pros: great reception , loud speaker, long battery life,great features
Cons: wish it had a place for an sd card for added memory
Summary: This is the best phone I owned so far . In my opinion the thickness of the phone is better than haveing a razer or the samsung A900 to thin of ...
Summary: This is the best phone I owned so far . In my opinion the thickness of the phone is better than haveing a razer or the samsung A900 to thin of a phone makes it hard to dial with one hand while holding the phone . As far as complaints with the vibrator not being stronger , I think its just fine you wouldn't want it to be to strong that the phone would vibrate off a table just in case you forgot to turn that setting off. The only one problem I had is that I had to take the baterry off and then back on when the phone was makeing some type of beeping sound comeing from the front speaker but I wasnt sure if it was because of a low battery.Updated
I would suggest for everyone who has this phone since its so brand new on the market . To subscribe to wireless backup for your phone numbers just because of all the bugs this phone has . This way you wont have to keep entering your numbers just in case you have to retun the phone for some reason . " I still like this phone".Updated
To avoid any gliches try useing a 1 gig ultra 2 card , It works perfect with my phone since it has better read/write speeds.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
After alot of B.S., I couldn't be happier!
by AhEaD_oF_tEcHnOloGy on November 10, 2006
Pros: Increbible features, good size and weight, mobile POWERHOUSE, incredible full duplex speakerphone (music and voice calls), need I say much more??
Cons: Fm transmitter can be better, however I have gotten some great reception from 7 feet away by experimenting
Summary: Where do I start? Sprint is pretty brutal. I am on my third LG Fusic in one week, one of which was refurbished and I had to find that out ...
Summary: Where do I start? Sprint is pretty brutal. I am on my third LG Fusic in one week, one of which was refurbished and I had to find that out myself.
1st phone- Bad reception, usb problems, loose hinges on the phone
2nd phone- refurbished garbage, melted my 1 gig memory card and the phone almost caught on fire while charging. I knew it was refurbished because the screen was more faded, the speakers were a little beaten, and there were NO ORIGINAL LG STICKERS ON THE MAIN SCREEN. Be careful that sprint does not do the same to you. The difference can be extremely hard to distinguish for a few reasons:
1. They change the casing and screens; they will look brand new.
2. They will add a chinsy clear sticker in place of the original LG sticker(main screen)
Tip---- Be sure to feel how loose the charger and headset feel when they are plugged in. In a new LG Fusic, the plugs should fit extremely tightly.
3rd phone- Ahhhh. Much better. No glitches or weird problems at all, just a beatiful, PERFECTLY functioning phone. Could not ask for much more with the $150 that I spent. Thank you LG for introducing the first phone with an FM transmitter. ...A real treat for when you are in a friends car, the kid hates rap, and you hit them with nothing but rap on every fm channel just to drive them crazy!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
This phone might overheat
by Lexicon2000 on June 9, 2006
Pros: This phone's features are awesome
Cons: The silver backing of the keypad overheats
Summary: It might just be my phone that is overheating for no good reason. I wrote Sprint about it and they did not comment on whether they have received other complaints ...
Summary: It might just be my phone that is overheating for no good reason. I wrote Sprint about it and they did not comment on whether they have received other complaints about this issue. I was wondering if any other users have found that the silver backing on the keypad gets extremely hot. It gets so hot that I believe a safety issue may be involved. This overheating happens not after several hours of use but rather randomly, sometimes just after a short phonecall. I am definitely going to return my phone. I wanted to consult other users before deciding whether to get another Fusic or a different phone entirely. I love the Fusic otherwise and really want to be able to have it as my phone. Help!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Phone On The Market Right Now!!!!!!!!
by jonjon1123 on June 8, 2006
Pros: Non-crippled Bluetooth, FM Transmitter, EVDO, MicroSD Slot, and so much more!
Cons: Weak vibrate mode
Summary: This phone is everything you could want in a cell phone. It looks awsome and it actually does stuff too. The MP3 player is great. Nice interface. MicroSD slot is ...
Summary: This phone is everything you could want in a cell phone. It looks awsome and it actually does stuff too. The MP3 player is great. Nice interface. MicroSD slot is a HUGE plus! LG is really good about includeing all cables and accessories that you might need. This phone comes with a wired hands free cable, earbud headphones, 4 different color faceplates, USB cable, and the coolest part of all a microSD to SD adapter. It is really nice that a company includes everything in one little package like that. LG has always been good about that. Great phone!!!!!!!!!!! Even better when a Sprint rep gives you 4 of them for free when you can't even find them in stores right now.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic phone..another bad review by cnet
by molsky on June 7, 2006
Pros: FM Transmitter, BT stereo, Micro SD, Equalizer
Cons: Could use dual speakers
Summary: I don't understand why CNET (aka Kent) would not rate this phone higher. He says it has shaky music quality..Hardly !! Maybe if you plan to play music through ...
Summary: I don't understand why CNET (aka Kent) would not rate this phone higher. He says it has shaky music quality..Hardly !! Maybe if you plan to play music through your cell phone speakers. Try using some good earphones..quality is fantastic. This phone has it all and with Sprint LIVE TV and STREAMING AUDIO there is no cell company or phone that can compare. I can't belive you rated Cingular's first Samsung 3G phone higher..ZX10. The FM Transmitter works great..can go right through your car or home stereo. Micro SD holds plenty of songs..also in WMA format. Say goodbye to your ipod
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: LG
- Part number: LX-550SLVSPT
- Description: Not missing a beat, the modern and sleek Fusic by LG features a built-in media player as well as a microSD memory port. With this combination, you can store tons of songs on the included microSD card and even listen to them in stereo sound with a Bluetooth headset or by transmitting them to an FM receiver! Add in power features like high-speed EvDO connectivity, and you will find yourself watching streaming TV, instantly downloading songs and playing multiplayer games all at broadband-like speeds. Changing the face of music - Fusic by LG.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Cellular phone
- Form Factor Folder (flip)
- Phone Design Flip
- Integrated Components Voice recorder,
- Antenna External
- Width 1.9 in
- Depth 0.8 in
- Height 3.8 in
- Weight 4.2 oz
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Service Provider Sprint Nextel
- Software Platforms Supported Java MIDP 2.0,
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS
- Instant Messaging Services Yes
- Mobile Services Sprint TV
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Ring Tone Formats MIDI,
- Additional Features PictBridge direct printing,
Built-in FM transmitter
- Personal Information Management Calendar,
- Phone Book Entries Qty 500
- Supported Digital Audio Standards WMA,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD
- Sensor Resolution 1.3 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 1280 x 960,
320 x 240,
640 x 480
- Self Timer Delay Yes
- Video Recorder Resolutions 176 x 144 (QCIF)
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Line Qty 11
- Display Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
- Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors)
- Type LCD display - Color
- Display Resolution 96 x 96 pixels
- Technology Lithium polymer
- Capacity 1000 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 270 min,
Standby - up to 180 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter
- Also Included microSD - 64 MB