LG Scoop Video
LG Scoop Video Transcript
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>> Hi. I'm Kent German, senior editor at CNET.com, here today to show you the LG Scoop. This is a new phone for Alltel Wireless and you might notice that it looks a lot like Sprint's LG Rumor, which debuted last year. This has the same form factor. And you can see you have a pretty nice display here. It is 65,000 colors, but it is pretty bright and colorful. Down here, we can see that the navigation control -- it is raised above the surface of the phone, so it's pretty easy to use. Then you have a dedicated speakerphone key, which is always a great sign. Makes it easy to turn it on and off. You know, when you're doing calls, you don't have to go into any menus or anything like that. There are two soft keys as well. They do blend in with this black border surrounding the display; so there's one right here and one right here, so. I didn't like that as much; felt they could be a little brighter. Also, they're flush with the screen, so if you're sliding your finger around you might not notice you're on the key so dialing by feel is a little difficult at first. Keypad buttons are fine. They're tactile and they're separated far enough apart so they're pretty easy to use. Of course, this does have a QWERTY keyboard. That's one of the big features on this phone. Just turn the phone on its side like that and slide it up. It's one of the best keyboards on a messaging phone we've seen in a while. It really is spacious. The buttons are very tactile. One thing we were missing is a dedicated punctuation key, actually the periods and question marks, things like that, actual double up on the keys down here. When you have it like this, these buttons down here, which are normally on the right side of the phone, open up as soft keys, so you can actually go through the full menu functions as well. Very easy to use in that sense. You can see they have the camera lens right here. There's no flash or self-portrait mirror. There's one important thing [inaudible] the camera. Camera photos weren't very good. Not the best camera we've seen, definitely. You have a dedicated headset slot, which is different than the charger slot, which is always nice. Then you have a micro SD slot here, and on this side, you have a volume rocker and a dedicated camera key. So overall, pretty nice design. Ergonomic. Easy to use. Phone comes with Bluetooth. Megapixel camera. There's no EVDO or 3G. It's a really great messaging phone and that's a handset that Alltel needed for some time. I'm Kent German and this is the LG Scoop. ^M00:01:51 [ Music ]
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