The VX8000 has a very extensive menu. The good news is we were able to quickly figure out the navigation structure without referring to a manual. That's a pretty big achievement because this phone does a lot. The little ergonomic touches like slightly raising the 'okay' button in the middle of the keypad makes this phone easier to use while keeping your eyes on the road.

The big news is the V CAST and broadband capabilities of this phone. However, it may be a year before you can take advantage of the service around the country. Verizon's service is only available on 1/3 of its network. The first coverage areas include Atlanta, Austin, TX, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Dayton, Hartford, CT, Houston, Jacksonville, FL, Kansas City, Las Vegas, LA, Madison, WI, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL, Milwaukee, New Haven, CT, New Orleans, New York/Newark, NJ, Orange County, CA (of course), Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, RI, San Diego, Tampa, FL, Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach, FL.

Broadband access promises average wireless speeds of 400-700 kbps. Verizon plans to rollout broadband access to 2/3 of its network by the end of 2005. The goal is to make 'hot spots' a thing of the past. For now, you'll have to hang with the kids in the OC to experience over 4,400 square miles of broadband coverage. Meanwhile, the rest of the country can jack-in at the local Starbucks or Borders.

Video quality on the phone is actually pretty good. Music videos, news, movie trailers and other mobile optimized video is just fine for passing the time in an airport or just kicking back playing with this new gadget. Captain Kirk would be proud.

We'll have more on the V CAST network and our experience with the Verizon service using the LG VX8000 soon. In the meantime, if you are looking for a new phone that will keep you connected in myriad ways the VX8000 will get it done.