Product Type: LG Electronics mobile phones
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Member Name: popalong
Advantages: sliding body, qwerty keyboard, great for texting and email, loud ringer, light
Disadvantages: keyboard can give wrong letters when used for a long period of time, not as advanced as smart phones
Before writing this review, I had a quick look at several other reviews on this site and on Amazon. I was surprised to find so many negative ones. I have to say that my experiences of this phone over the last year do not in any way match those reviews.
Touch screen dialling
The voice recorder that comes with this phone is good enough to leave yourself quick notes that you may need to refer to later. The quality of the recordings is similar to what you hear when you speak to people on the phone. If you regularly need to take notes and make recordings, you may be better off investing in a Dictaphone machine instead of relying on this, although this would be suitable enough for general day to day notes about needing milk, bread, do the washing etc.
The built in 2.0 mega pixel camera is located on the back of the phone, similar to where most mobile phone cameras are located. It is accessed through the main menu or by pressing the camera button on the side of the phone. The resolution ranges from 320x240 up to 1600x1200. There is no flash option, but the screen is very clear and can adapt to the conditions of the shot to give quite reasonable shots in low light conditions. Obviously if you are serious about taking photographs you wouldn't be relying on a mobile phone camera, but for the odd shot when you have no other means this camera is not too bad. The screen is large enough to provide a decent enough idea of what your shot will look like, and the end result is usually very clear and accurate to what you saw before clicking to take the picture. One of the major downsides to this camera is the location of the lens. When you are attempting to take pictures it is very easy to get your finger in the way over the lens while holding the camera. 6/10
The phone also features a video camera. This is also accessed via the menu or the camera button on the side of the phone. The resolutions offered are 176x144 and 320x240. As with the photo camera, if you are serious about capturing moments on film to keep and cherish, you probably won't be using a mobile phone to do it. The quality of the recordings are good enough to watch on the phone or on a computer, but don't expect excellent quality. If you are caught out and need to film something quickly then this camera will do the job, but don't rely on it for special moments. The audio isn't bad, the microphone picks up the sound rather well, although obviously this is not as perfect as using a proper video capturing unit. As with the stills camera, the position of the lens can be quite annoying, especially if you aren't concentrating 100% on where your fingers are placed. 5/10
Until recently I didn't realise this phone had a speaker phone. It was a feature that I missed when I didn't know I could use it, and so when I discovered it I was very pleased. The sound of the caller is quite clear, although you may struggle during use in noisy environments. The microphone picks up sound quite well, but you may find yourself speaking closer to the phone because you want to hear the caller and because you fear they won't hear you. I haven't had any complaints from anyone about not being able to hear me during speaker phone use, but be aware that some people are too polite to ask you to speak up or repeat yourself. It might be a good idea to ask someone to rate the quality on the other end of the call if this is a feature you will rely on a lot. 7/10
This is the main feature of the phone, and the real reason I bought it. I was looking for a phone that I could use to text easily, and this one stood out because of the keyboard and the fact it was easily hidden under the sliding part of the phone when not in use. As someone who texts a lot, the idea of using a keyboard instead of the numbers on the phone is a major selling point to me. Texting on this phone is very easy, and can be done with both thumbs or your fingers, but please be aware that using both thumbs is definitely a lot easier. Texting is quick and smooth, although I have noticed that after writing a very long text the letters suddenly seem to forget what button they are under. For example, if I press the B it will produce an N on the screen, and this happens with a few of the buttons. It's not a problem for short texts, but certainly is noticeable during longer texts. It doesn't happen all the time, the B button will put B on the screen most of the time, but occasionally it is annoying, and it does happen with several other letters, too. Inputting punctuation and numbers is very easy, and so it using the CAPS feature. However, adding symbols is a little trickier. There is a button to press to access the symbols, and the most common ones are all on the first page, but if you are seeking to use symbols such as & £ $ < > a lot, then you will be annoyed by the time it takes to do these on a regular basis. Selecting contacts to send the text to is easy and as simple as pressing the first letter of their name or typing in the whole name. Depending on your network you may also be able to use the text DELIVERED feature, which I find very useful to know that someone has received a text. As I say, though, not all networks offer this service. Overall, this feature is very good. 9/10
TOUCH SCREEN DIALLING
This phone is not a touch screen phone, except for when you want to input numbers to dial a phone number. I don't use this feature much as most of my contacts are in my phone already, and when I do need to input a number I completely forget about the touch screen ability. However, when it is used it is very responsive and easy to use. If you are looking for a touch screen phone then this is not for you. 8/10
The sliding body is a great feature. It protects most of the buttons from being pressed during non-use, and keeps the QWERTY keyboard clean. It's strong enough to stop it from sliding on its own, but it's weak enough to allow you to slide it with ease. This is another feature that attracted me to the phone, and I am not disappointed. 10/10
I have not used this feature much, mainly because I use a phone to make calls and text, I have a computer to email and use the internet. However, when you are out and about and have no choice but to use the mobile email, it is very easy to use and convenient. It is similar to sending a text, except that you input subject, email message, and recipient. The phone is good enough to remember previous contacts so you don't have to always input the whole address. 7/10
I have only used this feature once when I was out in town, but it was easy enough to do. It can be quite slow with fiddly screens, but I don't know if that's down to the phone or the webpage providing the content. I would suggest that if internet browsing is a major point to you when buying a phone, don't buy this phone for that. 6/10
MICRO SD SLOT
The phone features 15mb internal memory, but for those of us who like to store more photo's, music and video there is the option to use a Micro SD card. The card slides easily into the slot and is protected by the rubber seal that closes behind it. Saving to the card is quick and you shouldn't notice much difference between that and the internal memory. 9/10
As with most mobile phones these days, this phone features Bluetooth connectivity. It's easy to set up and use, and doesn't lose signal, at least I have never experienced that. 9/10
The battery life on this phone is fantastic. Obviously, if you use the phone more the battery will run down quicker, but for general day to day use you should find that a full charge lasts several days or more. When the battery is getting low the phone informs you via a beep on several occasions before shutting down. Charging is quick via the supplied plug, and the phone beeps when it's fully charged. 9/10
The phone also features several built in games, a volume control on the outside, and a headphone socket (for supplied headphones). There is also a mirror on the back of the phone near the lens to allow you to see what your picture may look like if you are taking a picture of yourself.
In a market where technology is advancing at an astronomical rate, this phone fails to impress those within the smartphone community. However, if you are looking for a simple, neat, nice looking phone to make calls, text easily, and possibly do a little browsing on the internet, this phone is a good choice. It would as easily suit a 12 year old as it would a 60 year old, and it wouldn't be a bad choice as a first phone for someone.
Summary: A great phone that is worth the money, but possibly not for those who would rather have a smartphone
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