For the past few weeks I had the luxury of playing with the LG Decoy cell phone from Verizon wireless. It’s one of the first phones to feature an integrated Bluetooth headset into the body of the device. After testing, head shaking, numerous phones calls and hitting the open road I can honestly say its built-in Bluetooth headset is a suitable replacement for the occasional caller. Some states in the US require that you use a headset while operating a motor vehicle and chatting. There’s no doubt that this propelled LG’s crack engineering, design and product team to push out the decoy, but be warned, the Decoy Bluetooth headset won’t serve as a complete replacement for the hardcore road warrior. Its ear piece lacks the snug fit that many standalone headsets boast, and with no ear clip there’s a good chance the Decoy will jump ‘ship’ with the swift move of your head. Audio quality on both ends was about average and during my testing sounded a little ‘tinny’ to the caller but was surprising full all things considered. In the car, with road noise and the headset at max volume, it was difficult to hear the other caller. Pairing the Decoy’s headset with the handset is as a simple as turning both on. Be warned, though, the headset doesn’t power back down when reattached, which means it will continue to suck vital battery juice.

Pros: Built-in Bluetooth headset, easy to setup, fits most ears, lightweight ear piece, slider phone, fully featured cell phone with GPS, battery life is decent for both devices, includes headset cavity cover, pairing and turning on Bluetooth is a joystick shortcut. 2MP camera with video and white balance and includes stand alone headset charger

Cons: Headset doesn’t power down when reconnected to phone, headset lacks snug fit, when reattached adds a bulge to the phone making it less slim, nav joystick is a little cumbersome, 2.5mm headphone jack

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Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."