Product Type: LG Electronics mobile phones
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If you're not after an expensive smart phone, buy this instead!!
Member Name: theredrobin
Advantages: good battery, easy to use, price, games
If I hadn't become so set on wanting to purchase an iphone, I would still be using this phone daily as it really is great!
I purchased this phone about 3 years ago from Tesco for £50 on offer.
The Phone's Userpad
I really did love this phone, and found it to be an excellent buy.
The phone slides up, to reveal the number keypad. The numbers are written big which is handy and the letters beside it are also easy to read.
The buttons when pressed are also quite loose and so make texting and dialling very fast and efficient.
The top buttons include dialling out and ending your call. A button for the menu on the left, and the right button is to see your contact list. There is also the clear button and the moveable button in the middle.
The moveable button in the middle is for quick view and allows you to open things up in the touch of one button rather than going through your menu screen.
---To the right---
This brings you to your profile where you can choose to set your phone on silent, general, loud or vibrate only.
---To the left---
This brings you to your favourites, where you can add your favourite contacts and choose to send them a text, email or bluetooth message. You can also add your favourite/most accessible things to the list such as games - so it makes it quicker to access it.
---Bring it down now---
Pressing the button down will take you to your mp3 player
You can download songs from your computer and put it on your phone. You can also choose to put these songs/tones as your ringtone. You have the option to shuffle and repeat your music. The MP3 player is great for the phone, once playing your song it also includes the song equaliser as a visual as well as the song details.
Clicking the button up leads you to writing a text message.
The screen is nice and big, with the fonts all being a good size on the screen. When dialling numbers they appear large too and it would be an ideal phone for someone who struggles with technology as the user navigation is simple.
Using the phone is easy. Just press the green button to view your recent calls and use your moveable middle button to choose who you want to dial. You can also see your missed calls as well as dialled out and recieved calls this way. Or you can just type in the number you want to dial and press the green button. If it's a contact you want to call from your address book then finding your contacts is easily done from the contacts button and pressing the green button would call them.
Like the meerkats say... simples :P The phones quality is fine and I had never had any problems with the speaker or hearing the other person down the line.
The phone has an organizer, meaning a calendar and a memo pad. The calendar is viewed by month and it is fairly straightforward to add notes and details to the calendar. You can also set a schedule tone so that it reminds you what is set for that date. The memo pad just allows you to type up any notes, the pad is plain black with white text and isn't much in terms of visuals but does the job.
This includes your Mp3 player, Camera, Video Camera, FM Radio, Voice recorder and Muvee Studio.
I've already discussed the mp3 player, so i'll move onto the Camera, this is a 5 megapixel camera and as it is not a smart phone it was really good for it's time and was a great selling point for the phone. The photos are of really good quality especially in comparisson with other phones and was one of the reasons I decided to purchase it. As long as you are not comparing it to a smartphone such as the iphone etc - I can't fault it. There is a slide cover on the back of the lens you just need to slide down in order to use the camera. The photos are not viewed as well in terms of quality on the phone as they are once transferred onto the computer. They are much better to see when viewing them on the computer. Theres also the video camera option allowing you to record videos, again the quality is pretty good.
The FM Radio is basic but useful if you like listening to the radio and the voice recorder is simple to use. Muvee Studio is really only something that children would like and experiment with.. there is not much to do and it is quite basic. It just includes a few movable pictures that you can play around with and edit. It's not really something you will use to be honest as it's not very good!
The games is really where this phone excels in comparisson to other phones released at the same time. It has M-Toy which is basically similar to the nintendo wii action where you can move/shake your phone as a game controllor. The games include Darts, Baseball, Fishing, Completing a Maze, Hammer and a Magic 8 Ball where you can shake the phone for it to reveal an answer to your question.
These games are nice to play and ones children/teenagers would like, it would be great as a first phone. It can sometimes be tricky to see what you are doing as you are moving the phone but it can be enjoyable. As well as the M-Toy games there is Extreme Skateboard and a Mini Game World for you to explore.
Storage space for text messages are reasonably good. I still use this phone as a back up etc and I have 215 text messages stored on it and it has not come up as nearly full.
Writing a text message with the phone is easy and quick to do so, the buttons and screen size make it easy to see what you are writing. You can also turn predictive text on if you use it.
There is also an alarm clock, calendar, stop watch, unit convertor and world clock on the phone. All are fairly straightforward and basic but can come in handy to use if required.
There is bluetooth available on the phone to send pictures to other users who are nearby and a browser so you can access the internet if you so wish. Being a pay as you go user this was not something I did as I never needed to at the time.. I only went on it when I was given free internet usage, you can't connect to wi-fi so that is something to keep in mind. However again as the screen is bigger than some other phones it was fairly easy to read and see the webpages.
Battery life on the phone is excellent, it lasts a few days and takes a few hours to charge fully. I only charged mine for half an hour today and it has one bar which has still lasted the entire day.
I would really recommend this phone if you are not after a smartphone, if you are wanting to purchase a mobile for using it mainly as a phone with a few extra perks then this is a nice model. As I stated before it would also be ideal for a first phone.
Being an iphone user now, going back to this phone I can see how it would be difficult as it doesn't have all the apps and many (pointless) things availble to use that had become almost automatic to expect as a user. Also if you had a touch screen phone previously then going back to buttons can seem a bit slower when using for texting.
I give the phone 5 stars as if using it as a normal basic phone I can't fault it.
It's robust and well-made and has been dropped a few times with no breakages or even scratches! Since I bought it for £50 3 years ago, it must have come down a lot in price by then and i'm sure you can find it online.
Thanks for reading
(this review is also on ciao)
Summary: A great, easy to use, phone
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