Out of the new line, the LG VX8100 has the most bells and whistles. The phone is designed to work with Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network, a next-generation cellular technology that will offer close-to-broadband download speeds.
The phone has a consumer flavor to it. It's optimized for V-Cast, a wireless multimedia broadband service that lets cell-phone users watch video clips from major news, sports, and entertainment outlets. They can play 3-D games and download multimedia files. But the phone also can be customized for business applications, says John Maron, director of marketing at LG's MobileComm U.S.A. division.
The VX1800 is Bluetooth-enabled, meaning it can connect to a variety of devices, such as wireless handsets. Additionally, the phone has removable MiniSD memory, making it easier for users to transfer digital pictures and video clips from the phone to a desktop.
LG says it plans in September or October to roll out more phones that will build on the capabilities of the VX8100 and will have other features such as a keyboard, a camera, and external stereo speakers for better sound quality.