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The VX series of LG phones have established a reputation for being very high on multimedia and very stylish in looks and the VX8300 is no different amalgamating a host of brilliant multimedia features like mega pixel cameras, superior MP3 qualities and of course camcorder capabilities.
On the connectivity front, the phone comes with EV-DO high speed internet capabilities which will make it one of the good phones for net on the move. The overall design of the phone is on the conservative side and will make people who are not comfortable with a prominent antenna in their cell phone design, stay away from the phone. Some quick-to-access buttons on the side of the phone which can be operated even with the flip closed, is a very noticeable feature which will find favor with many users.
The 1.3 mega pixel camera clicks decent pictures but the video clip recording was quite grainy and found wanting in many aspects including screen resolution. A phone who design will catch you eye and features will impress you but may make you think real hard before you decide to buy this phone.
What are the "quick access" features of the LGVX8300?
The features of the phone that can be conveniently accessed using fewer numbers of keys are known as "quick access" features. In an LGVX8300, the following features are available for "quick access".
o To set the phone to vibrate - From the regular ringer mode, if you want to shift to the vibrate mode, press the * key and hold it for a few seconds. To revert to ringer mode, repeat the same.
o To lock your phone - To lock your phone in an instant to make it inaccessible for unauthorized entry, press and hold the # key for three seconds. To unlock, select the soft key on the right and enter the password. The default password to lock your phone is the final four digits of your mobile number.
o To activate the mute function - The mute function prevails the caller from listening to your voice during a call. To activate it, press the soft key on the left. To deactivate it, press the same key again.
o To adjust volume of phone - Quick adjustments to volumes of earpiece and ringer can be made by pressing the keys on the left side of the phone. The side key on top increase the ringer volume and the bottom side key decrees the ringer volume. The volume of the earpiece can be increased or decreased only while a call is in progress and to adjust the volume of the key tone, you have to need the menu and not the side keys. To turn off all sounds simultaniously, select and hold the lower side key for 3 seconds with the flip open. Revert to normal mode by doing the same with the upper side key.
o To switch between calls - This is a service provider-dependent function. So, if call waiting is activated, a beep is heard during one call which indicates another incoming call and this call be received by pressing the left "SEND" key while holding the earlier call. After attaching to the second call, doing the same again will revert you to the previous call.
How to set the display settings on the LGVX8300 phone?
The display settings help you to modify the display features of the screen of the phone like banner, wallpaper, fonts, themes, clock format and backlight.
All the above features can be accessed through a sub-menu under DISPLAY SETTINGS as a part of the SETTINGS AND TOOLS icon in the main menu.
Under the DISPLAY SETTINGS sub-menu, enter the BANNER menu and select the option MAIN / FRONT BANNER and input your own text in the space provided and once finished, press OK.
The ERI BANNER will be shown if you are using the ERI service. Use the up and down navigation buttons to scroll through the options and select OK to choose one.
This option lets you have a background of your choice on the display screen of the phone. There are a lot of colorful and exciting options including animations. To set WALLPAPER, from the WALLPAPER sub-menu, select MAIN / FRONT WALLPAPER and then you can browse through the various images in MY PIX or MY FLIX or FUND ANIMATIONS.
This option allows you to choose between fonts that are NORMAL or as some people would like it, LARGE.
This setting allows you to choose the color scheme of the display screen of the phone. Some of the options of display themes available in the phone are: DEFAULT / PULSE / TROPICAL / SILVER SPIN / BLUE
This options lets you choose the type of clock to be displayed on the screen. There are two clocks for the screen - the MAIN CLOCK - which will have options of NORMAL or ANALOG or DIGITAL or DUAL or OFF. For the FRONT CLOCK, you can choose among DIGITAL or MINIMIZE or OFF. All options can be set through the sub-menu CLOCK FORMAT.
This option lets you choose the amount of time the backlight remains illuminated. The settings need to be set individually for the keypad, front screen and the main screen. For each of the settings, enter the BACKLIGHT sub-menu and enter the DISPLAY / KEYPAD option. You can choose the backlight to be either ALWAYS ON or ALWAYS OFF. Also, there is another option where you can time the display out in 5 SECOND, 15 SECONDS or 30 SECONDS.
How to set and use the sound settings on the LGVX8300?
The sound settings provide options to set and modify the different sound of the phone. The SOUND SETTINGS menu is a sub-menu of SETTINGS AND TOOLS. Under this sub-menu, there are options to modify master volume, alert sounds, keypad volume, service alerts, call sounds, alarm sounds and Power on / off sounds.
This lets you set the master volume of the handset. Once inside the menu, volume can be adjusted using the up and down navigation keys and choose OK to save a volume level. At each level, the soft key on the left mentions PLAY and lets you preview the volume at that level.
This option lets you set the ring tone for all incoming calls. Enter the sub-menu CALL RINGTONE, select among CALLER ID / NO CALLER ID / RESTRICTED CALLS or NO CALLS and then go up and down using the navigation keys and choose the ringtone you like and press OK.
To set the vibrate mode on the phone, enter the CALL VIBRATE sub-menu and choose either ON or OFF
This feature lets you set alert sounds for new messages of all kinds like Text message, Picture message and Voicemail message. Once inside the sub-menu, scrolling up and down and pressing OK would let you save the sound. Each of the alert sounds can have options of TONE, VIBRATE or REMINDER.
This lets you set each of the four alert features to ON or OFF. Enter the sub-menu and choose one of the alert features
o ERI - cellular service alert
o MINUTE BEEP - Alerts you on the 50th second of every minute of each ongoing calling
o CALL CONNECT - Alerts you when the phone connects to a call
This option lets you set either tones or choose the vibrate mode. From the sub-menu of ALARM SOUNDS, choose TONE or VIBRATE. Then using up and down navigation button, choose the setting and save it by selecting OK.
POWER ON / OFF SOUNDS
Similar to other sound options, enter the POWER ON / OFF sub-menu and use the navigation keys to choose a tone which will be sounded every time the phone turns on and off.
How to access and use the phone book in the LGVX8300?
This phone has the capacity to store 500 entries on the phone book with upto 5 numbers for each of the entry.
1. You can enter upto 48 digits for a phone number and press the soft key on the left mentioned 'SAVE'.
2. Now use the up and down navigation button to select either CREATE NEW or UPDATE EXISTING.
3. Again use the up and down key to choose among MOBILE 1, MOBILE 2, HOME, WORK and FAX.
4. Now enter a name against the phone upto a maximum of 22 characters and choose OK.
5. Finally choose to press SEND to call, END to exit and right soft key for options.
CUSTOMIZE EACH ENTRY:
Select the right soft key to enter into CONTACTS and left soft key to get into EDIT mode. Now use the up and down key to choose each of the features to be customized. Change entries as you go and select OK when you want to save a particular feature setting.
GROUP - Lets you organize numbers into pre-defined groups
CALL RINGTONE - lets you assign a specific ringtone for a number
TXT MSG ALERT - alerts you in the chosen tone when you receive a text message from that particular number
PICTURE ID - lets you assign an image to be display when the number calls you
EMAIL - lets you assign an email id corresponding to the number
SEARCHING PHONE MEMORY:
This phone lets you perform a dynamic search of the contents of the phone and displaying them either sorted alphabetically or by letter.
Choosing the contacts from the right soft key options lets you view the phone book entries in alphabetical order. Now, if you want to search for names in a particular letter, input the search letter and the screen will immediately throw up all names starting with that letter. In both option, scrolling up and down using the navigation keys help you zero down on the name you were searching for.