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Often when i'm going abroad I get a very basic phone in which I can phone clients with. This is just one of the long line of phones that I have been handed and this is by far the worst that I have had.
When I unboxed the flip phone which I was very surprised even still existed. But once I started using the product I did see clear advantages of the product but mainly disadvantage.When I unboxed it which included a huge amount of really useful accessories which I particularly found the headphones particularly good quality in comparison to many phone headphones.
I obtained this phone to do the simplest of task and such as texting and phoning and it didn't even do that successfully. The antenna is external and the signal is literally terrible.This leads to terrible sound quality and a truly horrible experience. Furthermore the button are as clumsy as it gets and the big buttons really do need strong fingers to make them even work.
But needless to say there are a few advantage was the screen at the front that enabled user to view the missed calls and preview messages before actually opening them . This I found particularly useful as it enables me to view missed calls within meeting.
Furthermore the layout is also very poor and very confusing compared to other basic phones that ive had. In addition the found does have the ability to put an external memory micro sd. This could be highly useful as it would enable the phone to store many more messages and not constantly delete message.But personally due to having only used this for a couple of weeks it simple wasn't worth while.
The external camera however being incredible poor quality at only 1.2 mg the ability to move the cameras angles could have been great if only the camera was better. To top of the lack of features it also doesn't have the universal headphone jack and although I have found out that you can get a specially adapted headphone for the phone ,its simple not worth the hassle.
So overall this phone is simple rubbish and please don't buy it as something like a Nokia 100 even for simple texting and phoning will do this for the same price.
I have used LG's U8360 for about a year now, and I am afraid I can't recommend it.
Its basic functionality is what is expected from any modern phone. Texting, calls, camera, video, audio playback and Bluetooth are all included, and work fine.
The 1.3 megapixel camera is passable, as is the video recorder, providing you are in good lighting. Do not expect to be taking any form of dull shots though- it's hardly an all rounder. All the media features are present, but seem lacking in comparison to most new phones. Audio quality is passable, but not suitable to replace a dedicated audio player.
In terms of the main uses, the predictive texting system works fine, but the flat keys make quick texting a difficult exercise. Not recommended for heavy texters used to tactile feedback from their phones. Calling works, with a helpful record option and good signal.
The only way to get good signal however is with the detachable antenna. This seems like a relic from the days of brick sized walkie-talkie sized mobiles compared to the ergonomic form of modern phones. Around two months ago my antenna managed to unscrew itself in my pocket and promptly was lost. Currently the reception is atrocious, even on o2- whose signal in my location is consistently excellent. Not a wise design decision.
Indeed, the design for all aspects of the phone is quite bizarre. The flash memory and headphone slots are covered with an all too easy to snap off cover. The handy one click photo mode button on the side also takes photos, often resulting in a huge reel of snaps of the inside of my pocket.
Closing the phone automatically ends calls, so if you happen to be closing it as someone rings it seems like you have decided to instantly hang up on them. The overall size is equivalent to a remote control when opened. It has a unique charger and earphones, meaning if they're lost you'll likely end up trawling Ebay for the precise replacement. Not good.
What makes these flaws doubly annoying is that there are also some fantastic design decisions too. The swivelling camera on the hinge allows you to record in front or behind you with a quick rotation, automatically flipping the picture to be the correct orientation- perfect as a replacement for a mirror, or for taking the ever popular photographs of yourself for various display pictures. It's also the most robust mobile I have ever used- taking throwing, freezing, soaking, trampolining and being stamped on in its stride. (All of which I have inadvertently tested at some point or another).
Today though, I cannot recommend it. Offering lesser functionality than the average £15 phone you pick up in a supermarket in a far uglier and weightier form means this once top line 3G phone has had its day.
The 3G LG u8360 really is the ultimate 3G mobile. It's the first LG mobile with Bluetooth for cool hands-free calling and PC connectivity. Its also the first with a 1.3 megapixel camera and external memory, great for shooting and storing quality pictures and videos.