Product Launch by Michael Adler on Saturday March 19, 2005.
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LG VI-125 for SprintThe LG VI-125 is a dual band CDMA clamshell for US carrier Sprint that was announced at CTIA. Although it lacks a camera, its small size and long list of fun and quirky features make it worthy of a closer look.
Weighing in at 95g (3.35oz) and measuring 89.7mm x 44.7mm x 23.6mm (3.53" x 1.76" x 0.93"), the VI-125 is a pocket friendly phone, made even smaller by the use of an internal antenna. There is a large 65k color internal display and a practical monochrome external display. You'll also find voice dialing and a full duplex hands-free speakerphone.
The VI-125 is designed to use Sprint's "Vision" service, which offers downloadable games, pictures, and other multimedia content. To make this possible, the phone includes a J2ME engine and an Openwave 6.2 (WAP 2.0) Web browser which can display a long list of common Web graphic formats, including bitmap and JPEG files. An e-mail client is also included, but requires carrier support.
|Specifications for the LG VI-125|
|Band||CDMA 800/1900Mhz, AMPS 800Mhz|
|Size||89.7mm x 44.7mm x 23.6mm (3.53" x 1.76" x 0.93")|
|Battery Life||150 hours standby time|
|3.5 hours talk time|
|Main Display||65k color TFT, 128x160 resolution|
|Sub-Display||Monochrome, 96x64 resolution|
|Polyphonics||Yes (32 voice)|
|Availability||Q1 2005 (manufacturer's estimate)|
|Other||Full duplex speakerphone, voice dialing, customizable avatars, 200 entry phonebook, tip calculator, scheduler, alarm.|
The engineers over at LG must have been bored, or eager to impress, because they've thrown in a virtual grab-bag of little features, some more useful than others. There's a tip calculator, a regular calculator, a world clock, a scheduler with an alarm, 30 ringtones, and customizable cartoon "avatars" (you can change their clothes, faces, and hairstyles) which can be used for caller ID. The address book can hold up to 200 entries.
An interesting and useful feature is an "airplane mode" that keeps the phone on but turns the transmitter and receiver off. This feature isn't new ? it's been available for years on Blackberry phones and two-way pagers. But as phones continue to morph into digital music players and PDAs, users will want to play with them in the air, making it a welcome addition to LG's feature lineup, even though the VI-125 has few functions that make it worthwhile.
You'll find more photos of the LG VI-125 for Sprint on the following pages, including live shots from CTIA 2005.