Speakerphone automatically turns on when you open the clamshell and turns off when you close the phone.When playing MP3s through the speakers, you'll want to keep the unit open since the speakers are on the inner display surface. Note the large camera lens and portrait / macro slider.
You can read text messages on both the inner and outer displays, change Bluetooth settings by pressing the down arrow on the directional pad, view call history, access contacts, take photos and videos- no need to open the clamshell.
The phone has a camera quick launch button on the left side along with a volume rocker.
Keyboard The VX9800 has a full QWERTY thumb keyboard that's a joy to use.
It's one of the best we've ever used on phone or PDA and in a few hours I was typing at 45 wpm.
The LG VX9800 is one of those hot new phones, and we're ecstatic it made it to our shores rather then remaining in Korea, where all the amazing but unobtainable CDMA phones live.