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LG CU500

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    7.9 7.9 from 133 reviewers
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    7.8 7.8 from 4 reviewers
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    6.4 6.4 from 2 reviewers
  • Features (24)
    5.6 5.6 from 24 reviewers
  • Ease of use (2)
    5.7 5.7 from 2 reviewers
  • Sound quality (46)
    5.7 5.7 from 46 reviewers
  • Display (22)
    6.2 6.2 from 22 reviewers
  • Reception (19)
    5.8 5.8 from 19 reviewers
  • Photo quality (21)
    5.2 5.2 from 21 reviewers
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The black, LG CU500, Cingular's first flip phone for the high-speed HSDPA network looks good and packs some good multimedia features in it’s 3.7 ounce body. With 65,000-color TFT displays, and a clean and well-spaced keypad and navigation array, the CU500 is laid out very well. The keypad on the phone is nearly flush with the brushed aluminum plate, but the buttons stick up just enough for a pleasant, tactile feel. As a quad-band phone, the CU500 gets great reception, but the voice quality was lacking. T…

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The black, LG CU500, Cingular's first flip phone for the high-speed HSDPA network looks good and packs some good multimedia features in it’s 3.7 ounce body. With 65,000-color TFT displays, and a clean and well-spaced keypad and navigation array, the CU500 is laid out very well. The keypad on the phone is nearly flush with the brushed aluminum plate, but the buttons stick up just enough for a pleasant, tactile feel. As a quad-band phone, the CU500 gets great reception, but the voice quality was lacking. The CU500 is a little too sensitive during calls: the phone does a good job of picking up soft voices, but it also picks up breathing sounds and wind noise, resulting in static-sounding calls. No voice dialing is available, which is a strange given the phone's music ID capabilities. Battery life on the CU500 is excellent, with over seven hours of talk-time. There's no e-mail client at all, although there's an IM client supporting AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, and MSN. Web browsing is restricted to WAP, and if users download Opera Mini or Google Maps, they have to click “approve” every time the application wants to access the Internet, which makes browsing painful.

Audio quality, streaming or playing files from memory, was excellent. MP3, WMA, and AAC files can be stored on the phone's 16MB of internal memory or on a microSD card. However, there’s no swapping cards, since the slot is hidden beneath the battery. The phone's stereo speakers were better than an average speakerphone, and, although LG doesn’t include earbuds in their package, Bluetooth stereo headphones are supported. Unfortunately, without an included USB cable or management software, keeping music organized is difficult. Cingular does offer an interesting MusicID feature that will identify songs and find the appropriate ringtone, if available. Video content downloaded in seconds over Cingular's 3.5G HSDPA network, and streaming quality was excellent, with hardly a hiccup in the frame rate. Unfortunately, the video image on the CU500 is less than half the size of the screen itself; a landscape mode, or at least a full screen view, would have made the content more compelling. The swiveling 1.3-megapixel camera on the LG CU500 is good, with sharp and bright images. However, on some indoor shots, colors may be off, and videos were shaky with an almost liquid quality, especially while the camera was moving. Overall, the LG CU500 is a nice-looking phone with some advanced features.

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