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However, none of the functions are powerful enough to interest the sophisticated set, and its most highly-touted multimedia capabilities actually require you to buy more equipment. Features and Design The LG CU phone is a clamshell, about two and a half inches tall and about one and a half inches wide when closed, and not very thick, making it about the size and shape of the popular Motorola RAZR.

There is a bright, colorful screen that takes up most of the top half. The bottom half is a flat circular dial for quick access to email, phone, PC connection and file areas, as well as general menu navigation. The dial is surrounded by two traditional menu keys, call start and call end buttons, and other keys for quick access to the camera and other functions.

A large number pad is below the dial. The keys are not raised, but the considerable size and slight indentations between buttons makes it easy to dial numbers fast. Close the clam shell and a small black-and-white screen shows the current time and date as well as the email, battery and music status. A small pinhole above the screen is the camera lens. On the left side of the phone are the volume buttons and the Push To Talk key. More on that later.

On the right side are two holes: one for the optional headphones and one for the microSD card. Things are equally simple, if not decent on the inside.

Most impressive are the minute-plus video clips available on the spot. You can also press a button to turn the video widescreen literally, as it requires holding the phone to its side like a toothbrush , which is a nice, if unnecessary perk. No headphones, microSD card or other items are included. The circular thumbpad and keypad are smooth and responsive. The four aforementioned icons on the thumbpad allow quick access to the different menu options. The 1. It does require a steady hand, so avoid using it in shaky situations.

The CU is also Bluetooth compatible. The other multimedia functions leave much to be desired. Music purchasing seemed straightforward, as did XM radio which gives you a three-day free trial. Think of it as a mobile IM, with icons for available, do not disturb or so on. It seemed like a decent, if superfluous, addition.

Unfortunately, this will also cost you more money to use. When considering the CU, automatically add the cost of a USB transfer wire, headphones and, particularly, a microSD card to the bill. Check www.


LG CU515 User Manual

If anyone has info as to where I can get an instruction manual, please email me. As one mentioned, probably the little cable is starting to shift or wear out causing it shorting sometimes. The odd speaker button on the back of the device is really pointless, too, as it has the same function during the call with the center button. Media FM Radio No. LG CU — Videos.




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