The LG Decoy is the first phone with a built-in Bluetooth headset eliminating the difficult pairing process and the need for a separate charger. I thought the overall design of the phone would have been affected by the built-in Bluetooth headset, but it really wasn’t. It is very discrete and only creates a small bulge on the back of the phone, and with the push of a small button (took me a good second to find this) at the top of the phone you are able to eject the headset and replace it with a cover.
The phone walks you through the pairing process which consists of pressing the on/off button on the headset and the phone does the rest, I don’t know how much easier it can get. Two other awesome features are that the headset charges while it is docked and that the mono headset plays downloaded music and audio from V Cast video. The headset has a good voice quality but only has a talk time of 2 hours before you have to charge it again. It also charges at the same time you are charging the phone or you can charge the headset by itself with the adapter that comes with the phone.
The Decoy has a very stylish two-tone finish with a glossy mirror like 2.2 inch display and a satin blue back; I think it is kind of a sexy phone. I honestly love the look of the front of the phone, the mirror look is a big eye catcher and I don’t think there was a time that I used it and someone didn’t comment on the phone. The dial pad was a good size, the numbers are not too small and the joystick is pretty sensitive and made it very easy to navigate through the phone. I was able to just slide my finger over the joystick instead of having to use it like an actual joystick.
The screen was great, I love it, not having to flip the phone open to read my text messages, get to my music or even answer the phone it was all right there and the big screen was perfect for when I used the navigation. The only thing I did not like was that the front showed every smudge and finger print and if I had larger fingers I might have found the volume button on the headset and joystick a little difficult to use.
To sum it all up I loved the phone, from the look, the built-in Bluetooth, and it being so easy to use and set up. As someone who uses their phone for mostly music, texting, and navigation I can see myself walking around campus with the LG Decoy from Verizon Wireless and definitely recommend it to the “student” age group. The phone cost $179 after the $50 rebate so I don’t know if it is cost efficient, that I will leave up to you, but it is very convent having the headset built right in to the phone.
Related: LG Decoy Unboxing and hands-on [Phone Magazine]