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Review: LG's Fusic blends Fun and Music for Sprint

Review by Michelle Ruhfass on Thursday February 01, 2007.

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The folks over at Sprint were kind enough to send along LG's music phone, the Fusic, also known as the LX-550. Deriving its name from both fun and music, Sprint's Fusic hopes to offer users plenty of entertainment with its numerous multimedia applications, including a built-in FM transmitter. Join us for a quick journey with Sprint's LG Fusic.

Physical Aspects

The LG Fusic, housed in a clamshell type design, has very smooth and clean-looking lines reminiscent of many Asian handsets. Dressed throughout with a pearlescent sheen, the Fusic shows off it dynamics with the ability to change its identity at any time. LG offers Fusic users 4 brightly colored faceplates to choose from (blue, green, black, or pink). The faceplates slide nicely into place on the front cover of the device. The Fusic's curves and edges are seamless making the device quite attractive to the eye. The one noticeable shortcoming is the device's external antenna. The fixed antenna adds on another 12mm (0.5") to the Fusic's proportions, which measure in at 96mm x 48mm x 20mm (3.8" x 1.9" x .8"). At 120g (4.2 oz), the device is no real burden in the weight department. The Fusic is still slim and light enough to be easily stowed away in a pocket, or concealed in a purse.

The 3G Fusic offers users two brightly colored displays: a 65k color (96x96) pixel display sits on the hood of the device, and on the inside a large 262k color (176x220) pixel display can be found. Both offer decent views, although a bit dark, when it comes to taking photos or watching videos. Inside the Fusic lies a user-friendly alphanumeric keypad that feels great on the fingertips. The soft and flexible oblong keys provide a sturdy click when composing messages or surfing the Internet. The typical green talk button is present, as is a red end button, which doubles as the unit's power switch. Sandwiched between the two buttons lies a convenient back button. The 5-way d-pad rounds out the middle of the Fusic and provides great control even when using the device in the dark. Flanking the d-pad are two softkeys and two dedicated keys. The left side of the Fusic is home to a volume rocker button. A dedicated voice command button, and covered microSD slot are also housed on the same side. On the flip side are the dedicated camera button and headphone port. The bottom of the device is where the Fusic gets its power. On the back is where the device's 1.3 megapixel camera and flash reside, as well as the device's removable battery cover. Lastly, on the front cover of the Fusic is where the device makes its mark. A conveniently placed music navigation d-pad allows users the option to listen and control music files from the closed position and skip to the next song, pause, rewind or just scroll to see what is next in the music library. The d-pad has a lock/unlock feature, which is handy when it comes to a device that is centered on music. With this feature, you're sure to avoid accidental a cappellas crooning from the phone. My only disappointment here is with the external d-pad's poor direction buttons. They provide no real tactile feedback when pressed, and at times are non-responsive. Most of the time I had no idea if the buttons I had pressed were actually working. My only indication would be if the external display reflected the action. The center button on the d-pad worked, as the arrows should, with full spring and tactile feedback.

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Michelle Ruhfass
Michelle is MobileBurn.com's Managing Editor, and is responsible for sourcing devices for reviews.

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