LG Xenon Review

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by Franz Bicar

The LG Xenon was LG’s Heart and Soul of the recently concluded CTIA event. Among the phones presented there, the Xenon was the one which held the most promise. The phone features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for messaging and a large touch-screen interface. Furthermore, the Xenon has a home interface that can easily be customized with widgets and applications. It also has the standard staple of functionalities such as a 2.0-megapixel camera, a music player, a full HTML browser, and stereo Bluetooth.

lg-neonOne look and you can almost be sure that the Xenon is typically just another wannabe touch-screen phone. It measures around 4.16 inches long by 2.11 inches wide by 0.62 inch thick. It has smooth sleek lines all around, with a touch of chrome around the border and is lightweight at 3.81 ounces.

At front, the phone is dominated with a large 2.8-inch touch-screen display. It supports 262,000 colors and 240×400 pixels, which result in great-looking graphics and colorful images. You can view the date, time, battery life, signal strength, and photo caller ID. Even when the screen is locked, you can see the date and time in a screen overlay.

Texting on touch-screen phones are always a problem. But the LG Xenon overcame that by including a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. When you slide the keyboard out, the screen orientation will change from portrait mode to landscape mode. This makes typing and texting much easier. The keyboard is also very well-designed. It is well-spaced and feel very tactile, making it easy to type with speed.

As for basin features, the Xenon has a measly 500-entry phone book, with room in each entry for two phone numbers, an e-mail address, and a memo. There’s also a vibrate mode, a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, a calendar, an alarm clock, a calculator, a voice recorder, voice command, a notepad, a world clock, a tasks list, a stopwatch, a tip calculator, and a unit converter.

More advanced users will like the stereo Bluetooth, instant messaging (with AIM, Yahoo, and Windows Live accounts), mobile email, and A-GPS. The mobile e-mail is housed within a Web-based interface and will only support e-mail from certain accounts like Yahoo, AOL, AIM, Windows Live Hotmail, AT&T Yahoo, BellSouth, Comcast, Earthlink, Juno, Mindspring, and NetZero.

The Xenon’s shortcomings come within its HTML browser. The reason is that even though it renders most pages just fine, it sometimes won’t load CSS designs properly and the page would look a little strange. You have to zoom in and out of pages using the little magnifying glass icon, which can be a bit tedious after awhile, as there was often a lag. Also, because the screen is so small, you’ll have to scroll a lot more through pages. Thankfully, the arrows on the QWERTY keyboard make this easier.

Other than that, the browser works well. It makes use of the large screen resolution, let’s users open up multiple browser windows, which act like tabbed browsing. Like on a regular browser, you can change the font size, toggle pop-up windows, turn off images, and more.

You can personalize the LG Xenon with a variety of wallpaper, color schemes, clock and calendar formats, alert tones, and more. The LG Xenon comes with a few applications like MobiTV, which lets you watch live streaming TV, Mobile Banking, and My-Cast Weather. There are also games like Bubble Bash, Diner Dash 2, I-play Bowling, and Monopoly Here & Now. You can always download more personalization options, applications, and games from the Media Net store.

The LG Xenon has a rated battery life of four hours talk time and 11 days in standby time.


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