For better or worse, anyone familiar with Sprint's standard featurephone UI will feel right at home on the Muziq. It was a bit laggy at times, but not quite to the point where we wanted to throw it at a wall at high velocity. The music player is an extraordinarily basic Java-based one -- kinda odd for a phone named "Muziq," we reckon -- but it got the job done.
Stereo sound quality was average to good using the included headphone adapter along with our own midrange 'buds. The Muziq bucks one of the latest industry fads, dual loudspeakers, though we found that its single speaker adjacent to the external controls was plenty loud and reasonably clear. We also had luck pairing the Muziq with a Motorola S9
to rock out with stereo Bluetooth; sound quality was about on par with wired headphones.
The Muziq's physical controls are a mixed bag. The external touch sensitive music controls were actually a pleasure to use, thanks largely to haptic feedback (call us simpletons, but getting a little "bzzt" every time you touch a key just never gets old). The volume rocker is another story, though -- LG inexplicably put the thing on the top
half of the flip, making it difficult to reach while on a call or listening to music with the flip open. There's plenty of blank space along both sides of the bottom half, so we're really not too sure what LG was thinking here. As for the main keypad, we'd give it a six on a ten scale; the entire thing is a flat sheet, so tactile feedback is kept to a minimum, but we really didn't find ourselves mistyping at all.
Bottom line: would we use this as our day-to-day DAP? Heck no. But is it a serviceable, comfortable phone that we could see ourselves occasionally carrying some tuneage on? Sure. And for $99, we're not sure you can go wrong.