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The best phone for price this low,
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This review is from: LG Fathom VS750 Unlocked GSM Worldphone with 3.2-Inch Touchscreen, Slideout QWERTY, 3.2MP Camera - Unlocked Phone - US Warranty - Black (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I received this phone about a week ago, i was very excited. After turning it on i just switched from the Global Mode to GSM/UMTS and it connected automatically to the local cellular network (in this case Beeline). Although the phone has resistive display, it's really very sensitive. The screen is very colorful, 256k of colors do their job very well. Phone plays 720p HD videos really neat. Foreseeing all of the pluses and minuses the price is a big plus for me. Who cares if it's working on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 which isn't maintained any more. There're still awesome apps and games for this phone, like a PSX emulator or Huff and Puff (Angry Birds alike game) or even Zuma Delux, who doesn't like it?!
Great job LG thanks for this phone :)
After a while i decided to update the system from V5 (which comes preinstalled) to V7, which made phone even more awesome, with newer software, android-like home screens and many more. But you need some tweaks so that programs do not kill themselves, Google for the patch.
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Initial post: Jul 23, 2011, 6:01:39 PM PDT
i couldn't find anything on the V7 "patch" could you point me in the right direction
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2011, 11:20:52 PM PDT
There's application for Windows, i think called LG Update Tool or something similar, Search LG Fathom Update
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011, 5:42:56 AM PDT
i found how to update to V7 you said "But you need some tweaks so that programs do not kill themselves, Google for the patch" so is there also a patch you have to install after installing V7 ? i dont actually have the phone yet just trying to work everything out b4 i get it
Posted on Jul 24, 2011, 11:17:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 27, 2011, 8:46:06 AM PDT
Alexander, Thanks for your review. Good info.
Q: You've had the VS750 about a month- (So battery should be conditioned now) How would you rate battery life (please state how you run phone, EG: Bluetooh, Wi-fi usage), if in a area of weak signal/multipath please note this also as it affects battery life.
Q: Via Wi-fi - How would you rate web cruising, response? (Please note what web browser used.) b/g/n?
RE: Who cares if it's working on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 which isn't maintained any more.
Q: I thought Microsoft has stated they'd support Windows Mobile 6.5.3 till something like 2014? (estimated)
RE: Decided to update the system from V5 (which comes preinstalled) to V7, which made phone even more awesome, with newer software, android-like home screens and many more.
Q: Thanks for that tidbit- V7 from what I've read updates Office from ver 2007 to Office 2010.
Regarding V7 update- there is a thread on Howard Forums with a link to the actual cab file and link/info about doing a direct install- vs (the official) *web based? update tool. (Alot of people have reported problems with the official updater).
RE: But you need some tweaks so that programs do not kill themselves, Google for the patch.
Q: Google for what patch? Please go to the patch you downloaded and right click on it and copy and paste the properties of the file, (Name,type,size along with the files HASH VALUES(s).
(App below checks hash values)
RE: File hash, aka file checksum value, Aka CRC32, MD5, SHA1, SHA2, RipeMD, HAVAL and Whirlpool
Below section is not a question, more like a public announcement for those on the net.
(I do not profit in any way, shape or form from you using the free app mentioned below. I mention the below as file hash programs are the ONLY way to verify a downloaded file downloaded correctly without running the file- and it protects you from 3rd parties that may add malicious code to the files you download.)
Q: Have you ever downloaded a file, (only later after you forgot were you got a rare file) to find it CORRUPT?
Q: Are you concerned files you download from 3rd party sites (EG Not directly from the author) may contain viruses, key-loggers, Trojans, etc?
Q: Ever wonder is the file you have on your hard drive is the SAME as the file listed on a site you are thinking of downloading from?
(Alot of authors, companies name apps of different versions by the SAME name... they don't list version numbers in file name.)
Q: Trying to reduce time/data charges downloading duplicate files?
Q: Have you ever found a app that works well for you (EG a certain version, revision) and you're wanting to find it, or info about it? Copy and paste hash value into Google might save you tons of time searching....
Q: Have files by same name, same size on hd, but have different file creation dates? (That's a tip-off that something "extra" may have been added to a file...Size CAN be the same, alas with spy-ware, key-logger, etc added in!)
Solution is to check the "file hash" value of the file against published values. ONLY by doing so can you be assured nothing "extra" has been "added" to file. (Viruses, key-loggers, malware, etc)
Below app is one I've been using for several years:
Hashtab 4.0 (free for non-commercial use. -no spyware, adware, or nag-ware)
Platform: Mac and PC
Verifies Hash algorithms such as MD5, SHA1, SHA2, RipeMD, HAVAL and Whirlpool.
Purpose: HashTab provides an easy and quick way to verify (A) file integrity and (B) authenticity.
Once you have installed HashTab, just right click on any file. On Windows, select Properties and you will see a new "File Hashes" tab.
In the box will be a listing of the file's has value(s).
(On Mac select "File Hashes" (on 10.5 the "File Hashes" menu item will be found under the "More" submenu). "File Hashes" displays all the configured hashes for the file.)
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2011, 10:12:33 PM PDT
The patch is called AutoClosePatch search it on xda-developers' forums :)
Also you can search for some usefull tweaks for LG Fathom on the PPCGeeks's forum
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2011, 10:31:11 PM PDT
1) The battery life is pretty decent. You get a full day charge if phone is used for playing games, using wifi and edge for like a whole day with a few intervals. Without leaving web browsing, mainly watching youtube through it's application in the good Wi-Fi zone I've spent for like a 4 hours and there was about 23% of battery energy still left. Sorry never used bluetooth and never had bad signal, so i can't really speak about it.
2) The Wi-Fi response is also very good, the only thing is that using IE and watching full youtube flash sometimes freezes for milliseconds and it causes the connection pausing, but not a big deal.
3) Maybe they'll fix some bugs (I doubt they'll actually do it) but nothing more.
4) Yeah, the official updater sucks much, but you can deal with it
5) It's called AutoClosePatch you can find it on xda-developers' forum
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2011, 11:02:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2011, 11:03:05 PM PDT
Thanks for the info!
I have (2) VS750's ordered and am trying to prepare needed files/tweaks and the like.
Shame there's not much going on with this model- sort of disheartening to see on XDA, PPCGeeks a way to cook the rom to reduce the amount of ram used /increase the amount free hasn't happened. (Something about not being to read /edit wdb files in the cab?)
Q: Most people are reporting V7 is a ram hog, can you comment on that?
Q: Have you found a decent app that auto-scans for Wi-Fi?
(All my data will be thru Wi-Fi, EG: NO DATA PLAN on account)
Q: Is there a way to send/receive sms thru Wi-Fi?
Q: Found a decent GPS, mapping app?
PS: If you find any info on cooking (modifying) the rom (EG: Stripping out useless apps /branding so unit doesn't use as much ram... Or should I say run out of ram... be sure to post info!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2011, 11:15:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2011, 11:16:02 PM PDT
Yes the lack of attention is really disappointing :(
1) Haven't noticed any difference between V5 and V7 ram usage, same. Anyways you can do some tweaks to increase amount of free RAM.
2) Using default WM app it works well
3) I live in Georgia and all of the operators here have a website, which gives you ability to send SMS for free, don't know about USA operators
4) It's a Verizon phone GPS doesn't work outside US :(
There are some tutorials on the PPCGeeks' forum, check them out
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2011, 6:16:19 PM PDT
Alexander.... GPS app info:
VZ Navigator 220.127.116.11 on LG Fathom/Windows Mobile 6.5
03-20-2011 12:43 PM
I don't remember much about the previous version that I had on my old phone, except that it was a lot friendlier and easier to use. This version has the following annoying features, which nearly renders it useless:
* It is slooowww to start up.
* I have to be careful using the touch screen as VZ Navigator has done a poor job of implementing tapping and scrolling.
* Searching results in dozens of irrelevant places, even when enclosing search terms in quotation marks. For example, searching on "St. John's Episcopal Church" results in place names containing "John", "Johnson", "Johnston", etc.
* If I don't type a search term exactly the way it appears in VZ Navigator's data base, I'm outta luck. For example, "St." versus "Saint".
* I have to backspace or exit the search function entirely to clear the Find text box.
* If I select an item and select Map, VZ Navigator displays a regional view showing all the results. I have to zoom in to view the result I need.
* The font size on the maps is so tiny, the maps are pretty much useless. There doesn't seem to be any way to increase it.
* I can delete my recent searches from either my phone or the VZ Navigator Web page, but I can't delete the list of previous search terms that appears when I tap in the Find text box. Not even uninstalling and reinstalling works. If I could figure out what file(s) to delete, I would!
Apparently this is the only navigation app available for this phone from Verizon, but it is just about useless. Any suggestions, anyone?
Re: VZ Navigator 18.104.22.168 on LG Fathom/Windows Mobile 6.5
03-20-2011 01:49 PM
Yea! Go get the Google earth Mobile 6.5 version works well and just like the full version on computer! It does take some doing to set up and unlock the phones GPS! I actual had to use GPS Location Version 1 by highway to get it to start up and configure the phone after that it has worked very well! Hint your phone needs to be GPS locator activated! Google earth even locates you within the cell towers first then once it acquires the satts it switches over! It is a little slow when downloading new maps from broadband but I think that is more Verizon than the Google map application! Best of all the .kml files from the computer version work! So you are able to personalize your maps!
Hope this helps!
Posted on Jul 26, 2011, 7:00:18 PM PDT
The LG Fathom VS750 is also one of the few Verizon smartphones to come with the Microsoft Bing application. It allows you to search a wide variety of categories, has GPS maps with satellite view (you can zoom in to street level), driving directions, local traffic and gas prices, movies, and weather.
There is also the Verizon VZ Navigator app, which will provide you with GPS guided turn-by-turn directions, but it costs a monthly fee