Dimensions & Design
The dimensions of the LG325 are comparably average to small for the current phone market. The phone measures about 10 x 4.6 x 2.3 cm3 (H x W x D) or 3.92" x 1.82" x 0.90" and weighs in at about 94g or 3.32oz.
The LG 325 has quite a unique design from other slider-type phones on the market: the slider partly covers the screen on the phone when not in use. This is a nice feature since you can protect the screen, but still see the time, date, and caller-ID information plus you are able to receive calls and even dial with the slider closed. I am quite fond of this unique slider design.
The LG325 comes with a 65K colour screen. Testing the screen under various lighting conditions revealed that it is quite visible in varying light. The screen also appeared to be of good quality.
The phone also comes with a VGA (640 x 480 pixel) camera. I found that the camera took okay pictures, which is fine for that shot that you just need to get, but it is definitely no replacement for a real digital camera.
The durability of this phone is excellent! No problems with the slider or anything else on the phone after a solid month and over 1000 minutes of usage.
As mentioned earlier, this phone works on all three digital and analog modes that Bell/Sprint and their roaming partners support. The phone has very good RF (e.g., the ability to talk in weak signal areas). It performed better than any of the Samsung models I've tested, and almost equal to the Nokia series, which is known for it's stellar RF.
I also felt that the sound quality on the LG325 was quite good. It sounded much cleaner and crisper than most of the previous Bell and Sprint phones that I have tested. The incoming and outgoing sound was also crisp, clear, and well balanced. The phone supports a wireless bluetooth (see section below) and a 2.5mm headset, all of which worked for me without issues.
I give this handset two thumbs up! The LG325 takes full advantage of all of the capabilities of 1X data on the Bell network. The Openwave 6 browser on the Bell version of this phone is responsive and worked perfectly with every single WAP and WAP 2.0 site I visited. Good job LG!
My Motorola bluetooth headset worked with this phone flawlessly. However, I should mention the OBEX (file transfer) profile is disabled on this handset. The BlueTooth is strictly for headset and wireless speaker phone use.
In my tests, the standby time on this battery with little to no usage was 3 days, which is about average for this type of phone.
Even with my heavy voice and data usage, I was able to get 2 days out of the battery on this phone as long as I stayed in the city and near a tower.
This is one of the best phones I've used in a long time and I would consider it a great unit for almost everyone. It has the looks and features that your teenage kid would love to have, and it has the class and reliability that a professional demands -- an excellent choice.