LG U400 - Take That... Music

By: Adam Caitlin

After impressing its users with the treat of Chocolate fashion phone, LG launches another funketeer. This time, its a musical treat - LG U400. Probably LG has realised that the dynamics of the industry makes it very clear, that anyone who is a part of this telecommunication service has to get themselves a slice of the music pie. The pressure builds more after the phenomenal success of the competitors like Sony Ericsson's Walkman series, Nokia 's Xpress phones and Samsung's i300.

Exclusive to 3 mobile, the LG U400 is solid mid-range product. It is a 3G mobile phone that comes with a scroll wheel mechanism, to give an impression of iPod. The phone is nicknamed 'Neo' and just as the leading character of Matrix, the exterior of LG U400 is garbed with jet black colour- with blue trimming around the navigation controls. The gadget is slightly bigger than Chocolate, yet this does not pose any inconvenience to the users, as it compliments their rock'n'roll lifestyle.

The 3 network has already bagged two prestigious awards for its music service. Thus, LG was totally geared up to have a collaboration with 3's music store. The Java - powered 3 player gets started with the left soft key, and once the player is fired up, one can play the tracks by adding new songs to the playlist or browse the 3 music store and download more tracks. Uploading MP3 tracks from PC to the phone's main music library is quite easily via USB.

The storage capacity of LG U400 is pretty decent and via Micro SD card, it can shoot up to 1GB. Further, the A2DP Bluetooth profile enables wireless streaming of music to a pair of compatible headphones. But one of the most noteworthy feature of LG U400 is that bundled headphone remote contains a 3.5mm jack. This means the users are empowered to connect quality cans to the headphones.

LG U400 is a very skilful music player. It can handle all kinds of music genre and brimming with bass and detail with little distortion at high volumes. Further, the users themselves can add percussion and sound effects, using the very effective DJ feature.

Apart from the music centric features, LG U400 carves a niche with its two-inch QVGA display and video call performance.

Thus, one can say that LG U400 carries all the essential features that one could expect from a music phone. It may fall a little short of the more realised Walkman series, but the LG U400 is nevertheless an impressive music phone debut from LG.




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