The phone might feel retro, but the specs are definitely new age.
First lets us take into consideration the only truly good reason to purchase the LG Fathom, its international roaming capabilities. The phone is a dual CDMA/GSM high speed data phone, in the U.S. it uses the following frequencies; 800, 1900 and EVDO rev.A for high speed connectivity. Internationally the phones uses GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 and HSDPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100 (HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s) for high speed connectivity. Local connectivity is catered for by Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and AD2P, Wi-Fi and microUSB 2.0.
The CPU is also very new age in terms of power, the Fathom has a 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU and a Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset, internally the phone has of 256MB RAM and a 512 MB ROM. You are expected to provide your own GB's of external storage, the phone supports up to 16 GB of either microSD or microSDHC.
The camera is a 3.15 MP auto-focus snapper with 2048x1536 pixels resolution and 20 FPS of 640x480 in MP4 quality video. The interface is both simple and pleasurable to use, a slightly modified version of the LG S-Class UI. Also the camera comes with plenty of options such as resolution adjustment, image quality, ISO, sense modes, color effects, etc.
Unfortunately it seems like the processor simply goes on strike whenever the camera is turned on, it takes almost a total of ten seconds to take a picture, the autofocus is tortoise fast (took 5 seconds to focus properly) and the snap and save feature took nearly four seconds. Don't try taking a snapshot of anything that moves faster then a snail. Picture quality on the other hand is fair, in the outdoors pictures tend to be good with some softness around the edges and an apparent lack of saturation, indoor pictures in full lighting conditions turn out very good, they're clear and have no blurring or softness issues. There is no flash so night time shooting is a no-no.
The video quality is good enough on a phone screen but starts to show massive amounts of pixelation and box effects on a large screen (PC or TV), so overall just stick to only shooting emergency videos.
All media files are handled by Windows Media Player, which does a fair job of playing both movies and music files. Supported video files are MP4 and WMV, while supported musical formats consist of MP3, WAV, eAAC+ and WMA. The good thing about Windows Media player is that it integrates very well with the home screen, so controlling your tunes right from the home screen is a breeze. Videos at 720x304 resolution play without any hiccups or lags, anything above that starts to show lag, but as a whole the video player is excellent. The only downer here is lack of XVID/DIVX support, it would have truly complimented the phone.
The following is a list of miscellaneous but important features; Adobe Lite, Flash Lite 3.0, GPS (A-GPS),Document viewer/editor, Organizer, Voice memo/dial/commands, Predictive text input, Visual Voice Mail, Mobile Email, Mobile IM, City ID, and VZ Navigator.