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LG CU575 Trax review

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The LG CU575 Trax currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
1+ MP



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LG released the CU575 Trax on August 13, 2007.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The LG CU575 Trax's screen size is Unknown with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. LG's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time.

CU575 Trax Specs

Overview
Release date August 13, 2007
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.26 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Gray, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.9 x 5.1 x 1.6 cm (3.9 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD (TFT), 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Amazon

Almost great.

from Amazon
I have this phone for about two years now and the phone is one of the best, however the only complaint is that when the battery is low the phone start to make an awful noise that almost desperate you, well at least to me, however no phone is perfect and i have about 4 phone with this one and this is by far the best.
I have this phone for about two years now and the phone is one of the best, however the only complaint is that when the battery is low the phone start to make an awful noise that almost desperate you, well at least to me, however no phone is perfect and i have about 4 phone with this one and this is by far the best. Less
Amazon

Poor reception and call quality

from Amazon
Unfortunately, I pretty much have to reiterate everything that the 2 previous bad reviews have said. I have had this phone for almost a year now (give or take a few weeks), and I am very disappointed with it. Initially, I didn't have too many complaints with it, but as time has gone on I have had mor...More
Unfortunately, I pretty much have to reiterate everything that the 2 previous bad reviews have said. I have had this phone for almost a year now (give or take a few weeks), and I am very disappointed with it. Initially, I didn't have too many complaints with it, but as time has gone on I have had more and more issues with it. All of the small gripes that the others have mentioned hold true for me too, but the big and most important aspect is the laughable reception this phone gets. The antenna is a band across the bottom of the phone, where your mouth is when you hold the phone to talk, and I suspect that this is the reason for the poor reception. I never have reception beyond a few bars, and many times, my phone will lose reception entirely, causing Numerous calls to go straight to voice mail. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing you have new voice mails and no registered missed call. I have also been having many calls dropped lately, no matter where I am. I can have fair reception when I make the call (because as I say, I never get full reception), but still get dropped. My theory for the poor reception is that the phone tries to switch to the 3G network, but then loses the poor signal that it has received, and falls into a state of limbo. If that were the case, the fault would be on ATT for their network coverage, but theres more. The phone has no way to specify which network to use (like the iPhone), you can't turn off the 3G which I find entirely unacceptable. One more thing that other users didnt seem to note - the vibrating feature of this phone is also lackluster. You can't put it to just vibrate mode because you will consistently miss calls (assuming you got them in the first place!) I can't in good conscious recommend this phone to anyone. Less
Amazon

Horrible Reception

from Amazon
I got this phone around Christmas last year as part of my ATT upgrade. It had many of the features I was looking for- music capabilities, and a decent camera. It was difficult to get used to at first because it is rather long which seems to affect the volume because I often receive complaints that peop...More
I got this phone around Christmas last year as part of my ATT upgrade. It had many of the features I was looking for- music capabilities, and a decent camera. It was difficult to get used to at first because it is rather long which seems to affect the volume because I often receive complaints that people cannot hear me speaking. It is also difficult to hear people talking, even with the volume all the way up I usually use the speakerphone feature if possible. I can deal with the awkwardness of the phone and volume troubles. However, the reception is horrible! In my house and other places I frequently go my signal is significantly lower. With my previous two phones I had a full five bars of signal from any where in my house. Now I'm lucky if I get two. It often cuts off conversations. And lately I've had a horrible problem of the phone sending nearly every call straight to voicemail, even with 3 or 4 bars of service. In short, I don't recommend this phone to anyone unless you don't mind getting cut off or being unable to place calls because of a lack of reception. Less
Amazon

LG Trax CU575 Solid, Reliable, Excellent Phone

from Amazon
This is an outstanding phone. I got my first one from AT&T about a year ago and was extremely impressed with the intuitive interface, call quality, reception and features. I don't use my phone as my primary MP3 device, but the music player is easy to use and the drag-and-drop ability to transfer musi...More
This is an outstanding phone. I got my first one from AT&T about a year ago and was extremely impressed with the intuitive interface, call quality, reception and features. I don't use my phone as my primary MP3 device, but the music player is easy to use and the drag-and-drop ability to transfer music (and photos) from a Windows PC is very nice compared to some of the cumbersome software that is required by some other phones. I am pretty hard on my phones and the Trax held up great carrying it in my pocket with no case. In over a year I haven't had one single issue or problem with the phone. It pairs flawlessly with bluetooth devices, the 3G network is extremely fast, the screen is bright and crisp and the menus are easy to navigate. The only very minor complaint is that I haven't found a way to sync my address book with my computer. Any of the aftermarket software I've found does not work with the CU575. It can be done manually using Outlook and .vsp files with the memory card, but that is pretty cumbersome. This isn't a huge deal, but it seems like this business oriented phone would have that capability. So, I went to the AT&T store last week because I was eligible for an upgrade. I looked at the new RAZR V3xxx, the Sony Ericsson Walkman w580i, the latest similar offering from Samsung (I forget the model) and I was left unimpressed. The new RAZR looks like a nice solid phone, but it was very expensive even with the upgrade pricing. The Samsung looked like typical good Samsung quality but didn't jump out at me either way. I actually bought the Sony w580i and took it home. It felt like a toy and I was convinced that it wouldn't last very long in my pocket! It felt like a cheap toy. I returned it and started looking again. As it turned out, the LG Trax STILL looks like the best bang for the buck in the store. After all that looking, I finally "upgraded" to the exact same phone I've been using for the last year! With the rebates, I got the CU575, car charger, case and a Samsung WEP410 bluetooth headset for a shade over a hundred bucks. That is the best deal on a great phone ANYWHERE. So, my old Trax was handed down to my son and I am using the new one. If you want a very functional phone with admirable multimedia capabilities that will last forever, this is as far as you need to look. Less
Phonedog

Fancy phone, but screws around with the basics

from Phonedog
Pro: Cool metallic look Bright large screen. Con: The OK button goes to AT&T's website rather than menu like most phones. Worst ringtones. No simple ringtones. Wierd power jack -- not on bottom of phone like most. Using experience: 14 days No doubt this phone is a good looking device. Has two ver...More
Pro: Cool metallic look Bright large screen. Con: The OK button goes to AT&T's website rather than menu like most phones. Worst ringtones. No simple ringtones. Wierd power jack -- not on bottom of phone like most. Using experience: 14 days No doubt this phone is a good looking device. Has two very bright screens. Gorgeous brushed metallic look. However, you will soon find out that the menu button that most phones have actually maps to AT&T website to buy ringtones. While this is a brilliant marketing move, it's really really annoying. I don't see the advantage that this phone has over the razor. It may be me, but the hinge doesn't "feel" that strong. There's already some side to side play between the top and buttom through the hinge. Finally, the power jack is a wierd USB-like plug and requires you to undo a flimsy cover to plug it in. Less
Amazon

I love it - Happy with my decision to buy it

from Amazon
I got this phone in Nov. of 2007. I upgraded through AT&T. Overall, I love the phone. I only have a few complaints. I love how large and colorful the screen is. I love the mirror/screen on the front; it is a great way to check for gunk in your teeth if you just finished eating in a public p...More
I got this phone in Nov. of 2007. I upgraded through AT&T. Overall, I love the phone. I only have a few complaints. I love how large and colorful the screen is. I love the mirror/screen on the front; it is a great way to check for gunk in your teeth if you just finished eating in a public place or it is nice when you have a cold and you wanna make sure your nose is all clear. I have never had a reception problem and I always have 4-5 bars. I also like that you can read your text w/o opening the phone. I has a lot of neat features, you just have to play with it to see what they all are. I also like that if you have a memory card and sync cable you can put your snapshots from your computer on the phone, then save them as wallpaper, ringer ids or just have the convience of having your pics on your phone to share with people. One big prob I have with it is the volume when you are talking. If you have it up as loud as it can go you can still hardly hear the person and I often get complaints that my voice is low for them also. My solution to this is speakerphone. I can hear them and they can hear me. I use the mp3 player... if you're gonna use it, get the sync cable and memory card on ebay or amazon. It's is a lot cheaper. I got the cable for 99 cents and AT&T wanted $39.99 and the card for $35 as opposed to $79.99. I got the 4 gig memory card (holds 1000 songs) I tried to sync 700 songs and for no logical reason only 435 went on the phone. It said error with no explanation. One thing I don't like is that the songs that are on the phone are all mixed in with my ringtones in one folder so when I am looking for a ringtone I have to scroll through 400 songs. Also, the music library takes a long time to load up and it also takes a while to sync the music. I guess it is just not made to have many songs on it; it really slows the phone down with the 400 I have. It is still nice to have the option to put a few. It is a good phone, but as for the music, well I just bought an ipod. Less
Amazon

Grown Up Phone with New Jack Technology

from Amazon
I purchased 2 new phones for my teenage son's and really enjoyed the new multimedia functionality but didn't want the hip hop gadgetry. I selected the LG CU575 and added the 4 gig memory stick. I can do everything there's can and look professional while conducting meetings and with my formal attire. No...More
I purchased 2 new phones for my teenage son's and really enjoyed the new multimedia functionality but didn't want the hip hop gadgetry. I selected the LG CU575 and added the 4 gig memory stick. I can do everything there's can and look professional while conducting meetings and with my formal attire. No coverage problems or disconnects. I live in the Houston Texas area. Less
Amazon

I guess someone has to write the bad review

from Amazon
I purchased two of these LG Trax (CU575) phones as part of an AT&T family plan. Other phones on the plan are the Motorola Razr2 V9, Nokia 6555 (Black), and Nokia N75. These phones are being used in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. Of all the phones on the family plan, the Trax is the worst. It...More
I purchased two of these LG Trax (CU575) phones as part of an AT&T family plan. Other phones on the plan are the Motorola Razr2 V9, Nokia 6555 (Black), and Nokia N75. These phones are being used in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. Of all the phones on the family plan, the Trax is the worst. It has poor reception (especially indoors) and call quality. When holding the Trax in the same location as the others, it will only pick up 3 bars while the others will have a full 5 bars. There is also a constant hissing/static noise during calls. It is most evident during the momentary pauses and breaks in a conversation. It mostly goes away when the conversation resumes, but you can still hear it in the background. This background noise problem is found in both Trax phones. Nothing I've done eliminates the problem. Talking indoors (in an isolated room), outdoors (in an open area)... nothing. This phone is all flash and not much else. It looks good on the outside, but it's a different story once you open it up. The interface, while easy to use, is ugly (honestly, it's the ugliest interface I've seen on a phone since cell phones switched to color screens). The included themes and wallpaper are ugly. The icons are ugly. I didn't like the fact that there wasn't an option to browse my phonebook by caller ID photos. Instead you just browse by name, and each name has an ugly icon next to it. The Trax comes equipped with a 1.3MegaPixel camera. This pales in comparison to the 2MegaPixel cameras of the Razr2, 6555, N75, and just about any other phone being released now. I've found photos taken with the Trax to have too much of a greenish-yellow tint. On top of the subpar camera and ugly interface, the Trax features a dated interior screen. The Trax interior screen only shows about 65K (that's 65,000) colors, and I believe the smaller outside screen shows about the same color range or less. This magnifies the ugliness displayed on the screens. The crappy pictures taken on the subpar camera will look even worse because the display can't show off a large range of colors. The Nokia 6555 and N75 displays both have about 1.6M (that's 1,600,000) colors. The Razr2 displays (both inside and out) have about 262K (that's 262,000) colors. Most phones being released now are atleast 120K+ colors. The keypad isn't that bad. It will be hard to text on, as well as pressing numbers without looking, but with practice and time it can be done. After all this bad, there must have been something I liked or thought was decent... right? Well I found the speakers used to play back music from the mp3 player were decent. I would rank it right up there with the speakers for the Razr2 and Nokia 6555. However, the Trax (along with the Razr2 and 6555) was far behind the Nokia N75. While on the subject of the music features of the phone, I didn't really like the touch pad on the front. They worked as they were suppose to, but I would have preferred buttons. Also the phone doesn't have much space for music (only about 30MB is free) so you will have to buy a micro SD card. Summary - The Good: -Speakers for playing music were average -Battery life is as advertised. (About 3hrs talk time) -Easy to use interface Summary - The Bad: -Poor reception -Poor call quality (hissing/static noise during calls) -Ugly user interface -Only 1.3MP camera (pictures had a greenish-yellow tint) -Internal and External displays only have about 65K colors -Keypad (too flat and nothing to help distinguish buttons from one another, and the directional pad buttons are kind of small and hard to press) -Couldn't set phonebook to display caller ID photos along with name/number -Front touch pad can only be used for music player (Can't be used to check text messages like the N75 and Non-AT&T version of Razr2) -Proprietary data port (cable was not included) -No software included (the software needed to sync via bluetooth can be found through google, just search for LG Sync and LG Desktop) Less
Phonedog

Living in the grey area

from Phonedog
Pro: - feature packed - large internal/external screen - thin - Large Keys - 3G/EDGE - Solid voice quality Con: - lacks polish compared to other in class - navigation system is a pain - slow software with memory card - no FM tuner Using experience: 90 days I am an avid handset user ( meaning I go t...More
Pro: - feature packed - large internal/external screen - thin - Large Keys - 3G/EDGE - Solid voice quality Con: - lacks polish compared to other in class - navigation system is a pain - slow software with memory card - no FM tuner Using experience: 90 days I am an avid handset user ( meaning I go through a new one every month or 2.) So here is the down and dirty about this phone. - can play AAC/MP3...however when using the "music player" it will only look for mp3 files in your phone or storage card. The only way to access any aac files is to go through the horrific menu set up to access them. Once you find the files, you are able to play them, but access to the EQ settings is not there?! Weird. - Camera is standard issue for a 1.3mp phone. Nothing out of the ordinary - I have read that there were problems with connection drops going from 3G to EDGE and vice versa. This is not uncommon for a 3G capable handset as the the 3G is a hyrbid of CDMA and GSM frequencies. - I personally havent had any issues with the reception and have opted to use the EDGE service instead by shutting iff the 3G receptor by using this code from the standby screen: 277634#*#->Modem Setting->Network Mode->2G only. The phone will get wayyyyy better battery life and should not have the dropped call issue. In conclusion, I was a little confused by this phone. I was not exactly sure what market it was targeted for because it seems to have too many features for someone that just "make calls" and use it sparingly. For the Features it does have (not provider supported) it lacks control and quite frankly there are other manufacturers that make better versions. Less
Amazon

Great Phone for the Most Part

from Amazon
I just bought this phone yesterday for use on AT&T service and it is terrific. I really like the design. The aluminum finish gives it a nice profesional looking design. It also has a very nice screen. I really like how you can start the music player wtihout opening phone and how you can take self-...More
I just bought this phone yesterday for use on AT&T service and it is terrific. I really like the design. The aluminum finish gives it a nice profesional looking design. It also has a very nice screen. I really like how you can start the music player wtihout opening phone and how you can take self-portrait photos using the screen. The phone is also nice and thin. The phone looks very nice when you open it up. There is a large screen inside that is great for the numerous video features. However, one design complaint is definitely the keypad. I am a frequent texter, and the keys are really cramped together and totally flat so it is really hard to text quickly. This phone has great features! It even supports the new cellular video service where you can watch streaming news and sports clips wherever you are. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical being that I do not live in a 3G area. However, clips only took about 10 seconds to load which is incredibly fast for edge. This phone is also great for music. There is a pretty funky scroll pad on the front, which acts as music controls when the phone is closed. This is better than that of the samsung sync, another at&t music phone, because you can feel it when you touch the pad because it is tactile, while with the sync the buttons are the same material as the phone itself. Besides the keypad, I have a few minor complaints. I wish that lg would use a standard 3.5 mm or even 2.5 mm headset jack instead of their own special one. If you really want to listen to music on this as I do, you have to go out and spend money on additional headphones while normally you have a regular pair lying around anyway. Also, lg should have used a mini-usb jack to connect to your computer so that you could just use a cord that probably came with your digital camera or something like that. All in all, the lg trax is a great phone. Nothing feature or performance wise is bad with this phone. There are simply a few design issues to clear up, most of which do not affect the performance of the phone. (except the keyboard) If you are looking for a new at&t phone with all the features and you do not want a razr like everyone else has, I would go with the lg trax. Less

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