LG VX-5400 - silver (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: LG Part number: VX-5400
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 12/17/2007
- Released on: 11/01/2007
The good: The LG VX5400 is a basic camera phone with Bluetooth and voice-command support. It also has an easy-to-use keypad plus excellent call quality.
The bad: The LG VX5400 has disappointing photo quality.
The bottom line: Though it is a basic camera phone, the LG VX5400's well-designed keypad and great performance makes it a good choice for those who don't need a cell phone with a lot of features.
Terrific phone; simple, well made. Trimode might be handy some day.
by aunty jane on November 14, 2007
Pros: Ease of use is wonderful; reception seems fine (but nothing compares to the old Moto E815 in reception)
Cons: Can't find a way to turn off analog if I want to.
Summary: I am coming from a Moto e815, which I have used for 2+ years (I still think this is best phone I ever had, and I go back to the ...
Summary: I am coming from a Moto e815, which I have used for 2+ years (I still think this is best phone I ever had, and I go back to the bag phone era). But I wanted to try something smaller, less bulky - and with an internal antenna. So when my New Every Two came up, I picked this one up (free). I thought about the VX8350, but there are a few things I didn't like about that phone: 1)I don't care about music, photos, or VCast 2)I don't like the buttons on the front. So, I got the VX5400, and I've been really happy with it so far. I have it about 2 weeks and have absolutely no complaints. It's a snap to use - everything is voice activated (i.e., "send text to Joe Green") and the voice recognition system works exceptionally well. Better than the one in the E815. The keypad is large, has 'pushable' buttons, and is a big, big reason the phone is so easy to use. Best keypad out there, I think. Phone ringer is loud enough for me, and I'm 61 and don't hear as well as I would like to! Also important - phone rings and vibrates at the same time, and it vibrates HARD. You'll never miss a call with this phone. The bluetooth is excellent; it pairs perfectly with my Audi A6 (2007) every time, practically immediately. This phone is a wonderful surprise. Never lost one call, or had trouble receiving or placing one. Very, very pleased. An excellent, simple phone for people who don't care about all the bells and whistles. I give it a 9+.
21 out of 21 users found this user opinion helpful.
If you are looking for an excellent phone without unnecessary bells and whistles, this is it
by mikerephone on December 6, 2007
Pros: Excellent button design, excellent call quality, good battery life
Cons: The front display doesn't stay lit
Summary: So here's where I'm coming from. I'm a moderate cell user - a few times a day, but don't have the thing constantly glued to my ...
Summary: So here's where I'm coming from. I'm a moderate cell user - a few times a day, but don't have the thing constantly glued to my ear. I text occasionally, but usually not more than a few times in a month. I want my phone to be a phone. I've got a camera and I've got an MP3 player, I don't need my phone for either of those tasks. I upgraded to this phone about 3 weeks ago from a 2 year old LG model that I was very happy with. I couldn't find any independent comments or review of this model at the time as Verizon had just released it, so I took it on a leap of faith as I wasn't impressed by any of the other phones that I could afford. So, with that out of the way...
I LOVE the ergonomic design of this phone. The buttons are by far the best of any cell phone I've had in years. They're nice and big and work well for my fat fingers. The phone fits nicely to my head while making a call and (so far) I haven't accidentally triggered any of the side buttons while on the phone (my real only pet peeve with my previous phone). The phone feels small and light when it's shut, but opened, it feels nice and substantial. The internal screen is a good size, has pretty good resolution and is nicely lit. I was able to quickly locate all major functions of the phone before I even cracked open the manual. It's a sharp looking phone with the dark silver gray plastic and the mirror-ish front display...but I'm happy with anything that doesn't look like a brick.
This is a really nice sounding phone. I live in the Denver area and so far, I've had nothing but strong signal and great sound. I'm impressed by the signal strength especially since it's an internal antenna. I'm not quite as impressed by the speaker phone quality. But it's adequate. The ringer is loud enough and the vibration motor will get your attention if it's in your pocket.
I played with the camera a little bit and it takes pictures of about the quality you would expect from a 640X480 VGA camera. If you need a phone with a great camera, this one isn't for you. But, as I said, this feature had absolutely no impact on my own decision.
I don't have any BlueTooth gear, so I can't offer any comments about the quality of that particular functionality
The one thing that bugs me is that the front screen doesn't stay lit. I've gotten used to using my cell as my timepiece and it's annoying to have to hit the side volume control to light the screen up for 30 seconds to check the time or to see if you missed any calls or messages. I would guess the engineers did this to save battery life (which is great BTW - I can go several days between recharges) but I don't like looking at a "dead" phone.
The only other thing that irks me is the lack of a decent built-in ringtone selection - but this is a Verizon thing and not unique to this phone. It really chaps my hide how Verizon does all but force you to pay outrageous fees to get something that's not a generic, awful sounding electronic beep for a ringtone, but I'll disembark from that soapbox for now.
As for the phone, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a phone without all the extraneous junk that marketing departments pack onto phones these days.
12 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Just need a good phone? You got it.
by Idoggy on January 31, 2008
Pros: Big buttons. Intuitive menus. Good reception.
Cons: Camera is, well... not good. Speaker could be a little louder.
Summary: My clumsy thumb really likes the big buttons. Phone feels good in my hand - not too light or thin. When flipped open, it feels like a good length and ...
Summary: My clumsy thumb really likes the big buttons. Phone feels good in my hand - not too light or thin. When flipped open, it feels like a good length and the hinge seems sturdy enough. I've plowed through the menus and found everything I need. The call clarity is good. I get a picture maybe once a blue moon, and rarely text, but I tested them anyway, and that's all so-far-so-good.
It has a decent set of standard ring tones, but I downloaded one using the menus. That was pretty easy.
Picture quality is sub-par, but I don't really care about that. That's what my digital camera is for. Still, I would have thought they could do better even for a low res camera in this day and age.
I wish the speaker was just a bit louder as I have missed calls when in the mall or a loud restaurant and the phone is in my pocket.
Overall, its nearly perfect for what I need it for, but docked it a notch for the camera.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nice simple phone, spectacular battery life
by mstoelinga on January 13, 2008
Pros: Spectacular battery life; good clear sound and reception; short digital latency; small, thin and sleek; looks great, feels great
Cons: Side buttons get inadvertently pressed; picture quality poor; can't use recorded sounds as ringtones
Summary: I must admit, my biggest issue in looking for a phone was battery life, since I just came off a year or so of frustration with a Kyocera Oyster (Virgin ...
Summary: I must admit, my biggest issue in looking for a phone was battery life, since I just came off a year or so of frustration with a Kyocera Oyster (Virgin Mobile) that lasted no more than 24 hours even without any call activity. I took a bit of a gamble on this VX5400 phone when signing my VW contract, and was extremely pleased at my first battery test: 9 days(!!) with moderate use. I admit I don't talk constantly, so this is probably more a testament to standby time than talk time. But I haven't yet had it go less than 8 days per charge after 4 recharges.
Other positives listed in "Pros" list mostly speak for themselves. I tested the digital latency against my wife's LG VX8550 by calling her phone and holding both up to my ear. When I talk into both, her receiver delay was noticeably longer than mine. I hate digital latency--it is the elephant in the living room of this so-called digital fantasyland we live in--makes cell phone conversations nearly intolerable for me--like a CB radio conversation. But I digress...
The main negatives are picture quality, though, like another user commented, that is not why I bought the phone--I take pics with my digital camera. Also occasional inadvertent turning on of the camera with the side button when I'm scrambling to unflip the phone to asnwer a call has been a minor annoyance.
I have some complaints about VW that mirror some of the other users comments, but that should not reflect poorly on the phone. Those issues include ringtone availability, and large surprise "megabyte data charges" on the bill, apparently just for browsing around on "Get It Now". There is a ringtone issue that IS specific to this model, though, and that is that, while I can record short sound files, I cannot select them as my ringtone. I know other VW phones that have this option. Seems like just a trivial software thing that could have been included.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Perfect Cell Phone for the Common Man
by RavnFan on February 19, 2008
Pros: Practical, Reliable, User-Friendly, Light
Cons: None if you only need to make calls, send text messages, and take pics
Summary: Let me first provide the following disclaimer: I am probably one of those rare people who still want a cell phone primarily for its use as a PHONE. I didn'...
Summary: Let me first provide the following disclaimer: I am probably one of those rare people who still want a cell phone primarily for its use as a PHONE. I didn't go looking for all the latest gadgetry or bells and whistles. What I found in LG's VX5400 fit me to a tee!
This phone is shockingly light, but still a good enough size to fit in a man's hand, as are the buttons. The outer shell is rather plain, but if you're like me and don't go for all that flashy "bling-bling" then this is the phone for you. The screens both inside and out are bright and crisp. The font sizes are large and easily readable. The camera works well, and text messaging is a breeze.
So far the battery life has been very good, and reception has been EXCELLENT. MP3 ringtones of your favorite songs sound pretty good even though there's only one speaker on the very front of the phone.
I am extremely satisfied with this cell phone, and you will be too if you're like me and want a basic, reliable cell phone with low profile good looks. Enjoy!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
basic phone made in China
by bw9101 on January 13, 2008
Pros: Great battery life; excellent reception; good manageable size
Cons: poor speaker volume; battery cover does not fit; made in China
Summary: I am interested in a phone for texting and call quality. The other things are not of any importance to me and are simply niceties. This phone is not so ...
Summary: I am interested in a phone for texting and call quality. The other things are not of any importance to me and are simply niceties. This phone is not so small, thin and dinky that I can text well and hold the phone with my large hands. I live 200 miles from the nearest Verizon store and ordered this one from Verizon direct.
I have had the KRZR, 395, Q, RIZR, LG8300, 8350, 8550, 6100, 3200, 3300, NOKIA 62??i and I am sure one or two others. The majority of those are better than this phone.
This phone has amazing battery life. I charge it every night out of habit from the other phones I have had, but I can tell you, it will not be necessary! I may lose one bar (whatever that means to you) per day.
Reception is pretty phenominal as well. This phone will get reception in places most of the other listed phones will not.
The 5400 has analog for some reason. I have been told Verizon is phasing out analog. The problem is, when it detects a stronger analog signal, there is no way to get it to switch to a lesser strong digital signal - so no texting or other digital services. My feelings is the analog is a poor choice to add to a phone these days.
The 5400, unfortunately, is made in China. Some people may have had good experiences with China made products. I am still searching for that well made something - anything. This phone is not it. The keys and the hinge and the battery cover are very cheap and not well fitted. The hinge wobbles more than any other phone I have ever had. The keys are loose feeling - have not fallen off yet. The battery cover falls off a couple of times each day. The CLR button is right above the SEND button. When editing texts, you should really pay attention so you don't send what you don't want to send...
I disagree with the other reviews and have found the external speaker is not at all loud. I guess turn the vibrate on and you can feel a call/text. Maybe I can blame me as being a drummer for 30+ years and a law enforcement firearms instructor for 20years.
I have not dropped this phone yet as it is of sufficient size that it is easy to hold on to.
When all is said and done, I have had some very good basic phones from LG and Moto and Nokia. Each will beat this phone FOR ME. This is hard for me to say as I support LG for their support of music in schools. But I can never recommend this model and keep from laughing.
3 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
at least its durable
by missrae2019 on October 11, 2008
Pros: calls come in clear
Cons: lots of things. texting mostly
Summary: i have had this phone for over two months and can not wait to get rid of it! i generally only use it to text, i really don't talk ...
Summary: i have had this phone for over two months and can not wait to get rid of it! i generally only use it to text, i really don't talk on it all that much. the calls do come in pretty clear though, although i wish the speaker function was louder. another thing i don't care for is that i can only assign ringtones specifically to numbers for calling, not texting as well. thats kind of a bummer, but i can live without that. for texting, i hate that the clear key is right next to the send key. its especially horrible if i'm in a hurry and don't pay extremely close attention to what key i'm hitting. and i get some messages as sent a couple times when its really only supposed to have been sent once. i think the worst thats ever happened is getting the same thing three times within a minute. it also sends out duplicates, which annoys the people i send it too, especially if they don't have a lot of texts, or have a prepaid phone. at times i get delayed texts, like it will take up to a day to receive some messages, so if you don't look at the time it was sent it then people don't know what your talking about when you reply a day later. pressing the buttons is also really loud. i text a lot in school, and i don't want to get caught, so generally i have to wait to even check my messages til the classroom gets kinda busy to tune out its noise. i like that it will tell me how many new texts are in my inbox though if i only press a side button though when its closed. i've also dropped this phone a couple of times. it really shows the scratches pretty vivadly too. and the back falls off way too easy. lately i've had problems with the ringtones i've put on it. when i go to listen to them it will play only like the first two seconds of the song, then stops, so sometimes i have to press play a couple times before it plays all the way through. i've had it freeze on me too. i hate when that happens :(also,the battery life is terrible! for only being a little over two months old, it definately should not have to be charged once, almost twice a day!!
Updated on Oct 11, 2008
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
A really nice basic phone
by narn3049 on July 25, 2011
Pros: A good phone, no problems
Cons: No problems
Summary: This phone looks like a decent phone, and it works pretty good. I have never owned one, but my uncle did, and kept it in excellent shape and passed it ...
Summary: This phone looks like a decent phone, and it works pretty good. I have never owned one, but my uncle did, and kept it in excellent shape and passed it over to my cousin who still uses it but will probably upgrade it soon.
Excellent durability. It has been tossed around a lot but still looks good due to the factory screen protectors on it and a case.
Battery- after 3 years of owning this phone, the battery still works excellently.
Reception- as with Verizon I think you know you are going to have excellent reception!
Sound quality- One reason I chose an LG again for my new phone is because when I had an Intensity by Samsung, it always sounded like the tone that came in was pixilated, like it was recorded. No, because when my cousins phone got the same forward it sounded excellent, and showed as MP3. 5400 and Chocolate touch always display as MP3.
Camera- pretty good for a VGA. It doesn't really lack any issues, looked more 1.3 MP, until I read the specs. Amazing that it was VGA. I truly thought it was 1.3 MP.
Charging of the phone- this was nearly avoided, but I figured it should be mentioned. For the superb battery life that this phone has, it takes like 3 hours to charge the phone. It is the same with my Chocolate too. This may be a con to some that need their phone quickly charged.
I use it as a phone and it's a good phone
by rick9966 on January 25, 2011
Pros: Good reception. Good talk time. Indestructable.
Cons: None. I just use it as a phone, not a camera or a web device.
Summary: I've had this phone for about three years now. I can stay grandfathered in to my old Verizon plan as long as I keep it. My wife and son ...
Summary: I've had this phone for about three years now. I can stay grandfathered in to my old Verizon plan as long as I keep it. My wife and son both have the same phone and there still working just as well as mine. I've dropped it countless times and although it's been scratched, just keeps working.
Unreliable. Poor software interface.
by pattytommy89 on October 6, 2010
Pros: Small. Holds charge well, not great. Fair voice clarity.
Cons: Just over a year old it started to turn off on it's own. Verizon would not replace. Software is strange. Example: after listening to voicemail and hanging up, the phone tells you you have voicemail! Annoying.
Summary: Poor quality. If you're a Verizon customer, they won't back up their product.
Summary: Poor quality. If you're a Verizon customer, they won't back up their product.
- Manufacturer: LG
- Part number: VX-5400
- Description: The VX5400 by LG is a mobile mainstay with a twist. Featuring all the essentials, it's also Bluetooth capable to take advantage of the wonders of wireless. The VGA camera is perfect for photos on the fly, and the large color display and keypad defy its compact design. The one-touch speakerphone and speaker independent voice command functions round out the package, making mobile more convenient than ever. The VX5400 is a simple solution for a complex world.
- 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 0.9 in
- Height 3.5 in
- Weight 3.2 oz
- Technology CDMA2000 1X / AMPS
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800 / AMPS 800
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Software Platforms Supported BREW
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS,
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
Multimedia messages (MMS),
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Additional Features TTY compatible
- Personal Information Management Calendar,
- Phone Book Entries Qty 1000
- Sensor Resolution 0.3 megapixels
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Display Resolution 128 x 160 pixels
- Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors)
- Multi-language Menu Yes
- Type LCD display - Color
- Display Resolution 96 x 64 pixels
- Connector Type Headset jack - Sub-mini-phone 2.5 mm
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1000 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 280 min,
Standby - up to 400 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter