LG has been releasing better and better phones of
late, and the PM-325 proudly continues this trend.
Operating on the Sprint PCS network, the LG PM-325
is a Vision-compatible dual-band, tri-mode CDMA phone.
Solidly designed around a small and modern form factor,
the PM-325 offers a great deal of performance, functionality
and pocket-friendliness for the price.
LG PM-325 weighs a scant 3.32 ounces with its internal
battery. When closed, the unit is 3.87 inches long;
with the keypad extended, the unit expands to 4.75
inches. The phone measures .87 inches from front
stated, the PM-325 offers onboard Bluetooth, allowing
it to be used with Bluetooth headsets
or as a wireless modem with Bluetooth-enabled Internet-ready
devices. A wireless phone without a camera is yesterday’s
news, so the PM-325 includes the now inescapable
onboard digital camera. A 1.08” x 1.41” 16-bit
color display makes for colorful menus and web pages,
offering the same viewing area as many larger phones.
If pressing buttons isn't your thing, voice calls
can be placed simply by speaking a name, and the
PM-325 can record up to three minutes of voice memos.
talked someone into letting you take his or her photo,
the PM-325 can be configured to have that person’s
picture appear onscreen when they call you.
And, like all modern
wireless phones, there are games,
screensavers and ring tones galore, both out of the
box and available for download.
The included 1000mAh Lithium-Ion battery is good
for 3.2 hours of talk time per charge with over 5
days of standby.
PM-325 is designed around a sliding design, with
its keypad sliding down to both extend the length
of the phone for better mic placement and to fully
expose the color display. When closed, the PM-325
is one of the smallest phones we’ve seen,
and is perfectly designed for quickly stowing in
a pocket or bag. The slide-down keypad isn’t
cluttered with useless keys and is well backlit
for easy use in darkness.
we’ve only been testing the PM-325
for a couple of weeks, the sliding portion of the
phone has held up very well. Many devices with extendable
sections are flimsy, but this doesn’t
seem to be the case here. There is little-to-no give
when the extended keypad is pressed, nor does the
keypad rock back and forth.
button configuration on the LG PM-325 is very clean.
A four-way navigation pad is the largest button
on the face of the unit. The pad provides shortcuts
to your contacts, calendar, etc., allows you to
navigate the system menu, and acts as a quick settings
button when in camera mode. The OK button
predictably rests in the center of the navigation
pad, which confirms commands. Two keys flank the
navpad with functions assigned onscreen, depending
on what feature you are using in the phone’s
software. The remaining keys are standard,
with number keys from 0-9, Talk and
End keys, and a Back key.
sides of the PM-325 are also free of clutter. The
left side houses a volume control and the voice
memo button, leaving the remaining three sides clear
of any buttons or controls.
digital camera lens is embedded in the rear of
the unit near the top. The battery cover makes
up the rest of the back piece. Rather than using
a battery that actually becomes part of the phone's
exterior, the PM-325 utilizes
a separate battery cover with a fully-internal
used several LG
wireless phones at various times
over the years, and each failed to impress. The
LG phones released in the past year, however, have
gotten increasingly better marks from wireless
customers, and the PM-325 certainly made us believers.
Not only is the unit well designed, it offers
excellent call quality as well.
the same location, the PM-325 had a full signal
(five bars) while our Sanyo
PM-8200 (an excellent phone) had only
three out of four signal bars. We never had a single
dropped call with the LG, nor did any of our calls
break up during conversation. Replication of our
results will obviously depend on your local geography
and the number of PCS towers in your area, but we
used the PM-325 on a 100 mile road trip without incident.
PM-325 & Pocket PCs
PM-325 is ready for Bluetooth Dial-Up Networking
(DUN) right out of the box, which means, in short,
the PM-325 can be used as a wireless modem
with your Pocket PC to access the Internet anywhere
in the Sprint PCS service area. The process of
setting up the PM-325 with our Dell
Axim X50v Pocket PC was
pairing the Dell X50v and the LG PM-325 in the
Bluetooth Manager software, the connection can
either be set up to allow the PM-325 to connect
to a 3rd Party ISP, or you can connect directly
to the Sprint Vision data service. This is done
by entering #777 in the “Phone
Number” field of the “Dial-Up Connection” menu.
This command will instruct the phone to connect
to the Sprint PCS Vision data network rather than
dialing an actual number.
speed over the Sprint PCS Vision network isn’t
nearly as fast as a DSL or Cable connection,
fast enough for emailing and lite web browsing -
more comparable to a dial-up connection. We used
the Vision connection to search Google, check our
POP email, update AvantGo channels
and more, all from a local park.
no data is incoming or outgoing for twenty seconds,
the PM-325 automatically disconnects from the Vision
service. The next time you tap a link, request
a file or initiate any activity over
the Internet, the PM-325 automatically reconnects
and fetches the target data. This doesn’t
really affect those with unlimited connection
time, but if you have a limited amount, this can
really cut down on the amount of time that you’re
actually connected to the Vision service.
only complaint regarding the Bluetooth compatibility
of this phone is that there is seemingly no way
to sync the phone book or PIM data with another
Bluetooth device. This would be a great add-on
for future software upgrades.
The LG PM-325 offers the standard 199-entry phone
book, allowing you to make quick calls from numbers
stored in the phone. In addition, the phone offers
a calendar with an audio reminder, integrated email,
a world clock, a notepad, standard numeric and tip
calculators, voice memo recording and more. The phone
is also set up to interface with AOL Instant Messenger,
MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger IM services.
phone ships with games like JAMDAT Solitaire, Ms.
PAC-MAN, and Tetris. Trials of other applications
like MobiTV, ESPN Bottomline and Real Network’s
rTV are also included. Of course, additional games
and applications can be downloaded directly to
PM-325’s onboard camera is industry standard,
offering images with VGA resolution. There is no
LED flash on the PM-325, so you’ll need ample
light to take photos.
taking pictures, the camera software makes it easy
to zoom, adjust the white balance and color levels,
adjust brightness, set the quality of the photo,
and even change or eliminate the shutter sound.
You can even set a self timer so that you can be
in the picture yourself. Attaching voice captions
to photos is also easy, as is setting a picture
to appear on the screen when you receive calls
from a particular number.
is the case with all current camera phones, the
LG PM-325 won't be replacing your Canon
Powershot, but it's nice for snapping quick
pics on the go.
LG PM-325 is one of the best wireless phone’s
we’ve used, offering great functionality in
a very small form. The first consumer phone from
Sprint PCS to offer integrated Bluetooth, the PM-325
offers not only the freedom of wireless Bluetooth
headsets, but also the option to be used as a
wireless modem with a Bluetooth-enabled Pocket PC
the price is right, and you’ve
been looking to upgrade, now is the time.
Bluetooth w/ DUN
Bluetooth Phone Book Sync