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I have owned this phone for a couple of years now. As a phone for texting and calling people I can't complain, the screen is easy to see and it is easy to use. Mine has always had a good reception However, the screen cracked and became scratched pretty soon after I had purchased it. This is something which has continued to get worse over time, and now two years old is difficult to use because of the damaged screen. The battery life on it is good and will last a good few days at a time. And when it does need charging, this is a quick process. Also whilst you are meant to be able to get online with it this is something I have never been able to work out how to use. Overall goodish if you want a basic cheap phone, maybe for a teenager and their first phone this could be viewed as a sound option.
Battery life: the battery life on this mobile isn't the best but that is mainly because it is quite an old mobile which doesn't help any of the views I am going to be telling you about. In total the battery will last roughly around 5-6 hours but then it does fully charge extremely quickly.
Features: there aren't many features on this mobile phone but I can say that there are a few games and there is a camera, video camera, music player, and internet these are the main features that most people only really care about. There aren't that many games on this mobile but there are still some on there that your children and maybe you will enjoy.
Reception: the reception on this mobile is actually very good compared to some LG mobiles that some people say have bad reception on their mobile. I can't say anything bad about the reception really because as soon as you lose it the mobile instantly warns you and tries and tries to get the reception back up to full so you can start calling and texting again.
Texting: I have to say unless you have small fingers it's very hard to tap one of the keys which was a huge problem for me since I have big fingers and always used to tap more than one keys at a time and it doesn't get any easier because of the small 3inch screen but if it is for your child then it's perfect because children always adapt to touch screens very quickly because they enjoy them so much and because the phone is so cheap it would be a good birthday or Christmas present for you r child.
Transferring files: can be hard because the mobile only has 48MB of memory so unless you get a memory card you won't be able to have many pictures, music or videos on the device which is a shame because it's something else you have to buy but they are cheap for a lot of memory on one card.
Camera: doesn't have a good camera but can still take photos and if it's for the children they will still enjoy having a phone with a camera because I know I always loved having one.
I hope my review has helped you and hope it has made your decision happy buying!!!
I bought this phone three years ago and am proud to say that it is still going strong. The stylus which snuggly and discretley fits in to the side of the phone allows you to draw and navigate your way through the touch screen. One of the applications provided with the phone that I have found hours of amusement and innovation from, is the "drawing panel". This allows you to use the stylus to create a picture or whatever you desire, enhanced by the variety of colours and pen thicknesses which can be selected by the menu. This feature is also very useful if you want to quickly jot something down or set a reminder for yourself.
Despite the touch screen being one of the best parts of the phone it also can be its downfall. Sometimes texting can be tricky, however there is an option where if you turn the phone on its side, then it becomes like a keyboard which you can use with the stylus.
The phones other functions are fairly simular to the convential phones currently on the market, where you dial and use the two buttons on the body of the phone to call or hang up.
I would recommend this product to anyone who needs an easy, sustainable phone that will do its job and allow you to be able to procrastinate.
The reception varies depending on which phone network you are on (I'm on O2 which is very effective and very rarely leaves me without reception.) There is a camera on the phone however it is only 2mega pixels which doesn't give you the best pictures, which is another downside to the phone. Bluetooth is another feature that is included in the phone, picture messenging as well as texting, voice calls and voice messages can all be sent and recieved through this phone too which is useful if you want to contact someone or be contacted.
For less than £60, this phone is a relative bargain for having lots of equipment i.e relatively high spec camera, touch screen, and attractive interface, yet the sheer fundamentals let it down.
It worked fine for the first 3-5 months, then slowly the operating system ruins your experience. It spontaneously decides to turn itself off, freeze, or flip the screen face sideways, so i could no longer see what was happening. Mixed in with the inability to download even the most basic of apps, the poor sensitivity of the touch screen(no matter how many times that you recalibrate it), and a battery life of a day even if you don't use it. It can leave you feeling very low.
However for about six months it worked relatively well, although the texting is quite slow and primitive, and the slowness of the operating system is a let down, for less than £60 it isn't honestly that bad. It's no iPhone, but it is a decent cheap little phone. And when you're done with it and want something different, you can get nearly £20 for it by selling it on the internet. Perfect as a child's first phone.
This phone was dreadful! It can be argued that for the price what can you expect but for a £100 working for longer then a few months would have been nice!
In total I went through 3 cookies!! All rubbish. The phone its self is good when it works, very easy interface and was a doddle to navigate with or without the handy styles. The camera is basic and takes good pictures of a night out and they look good on facebook.
The internal memory is tiny but it can be expanded a word of caution however as the tec guys informed me that my 16gig memory card may have caused the cookie to crash (my first one!) so I would recommend having a smaller memory card of you intend to have this phone.
The phone its self is quite stylish, this attracted me to it in the first place. Very slim and fits in your pocket/handbag very nicely.
The phone is let down on durability, in total I had my cookie experience for 8 months and as mentioned above had three phones in this time. I'm not a heavy user by any stretch of the imagination and quite careful with my phones however three cookies crumbled on me (sorry poor pun!). My first was down to my memory card or so I was told. The second and third had a mysterious software issue, resulting in various issues from turning on and off to swapping my contacts names around and deleting messages. In its defence my insurance company did give me refurbished phones so that may have had something to do with it.
The phone is quite basic, it has all the features you would need but nothing amazing, and well reflects its small price tag if I could recommend a phone in this price category I would strongly say go for the Samsung tocco light much better phone in my experience.
Overall stay away if possable!!
I had this phone for a long time and i have to say it did really well as i was unsure about getting a LG cookie phone. Even after many drops on the floor including concrete it still kept working to my amazement! Downsides to the phone were that after about 9months of having the phone it would turn off by itself and not turn back on intill the battery was taken out of the phone and placed back in again. This happened even when the phone was fully charged which was annoying as you would be missing calls without even realising the phone has turned off. I found that the hidden pen that came with the phone helpful and was a great added extra. Internet was not good on this phone even through orange. Battery life of the phone was really good better than most phones i have had would be good for teenagers than adults. This phone definatly lacked features.
From what I've heard from fiends and family LG phones are just a waste. They say it may be affordable but easily breakable as well. I got the phone about one year ago form the Carphonewarehouse. The picture quality is brilliant, even though it only has a 3 megapixel camera it can take fantastic pictures at far away distance. You can sometimes have trouble with viewing your videos, you have to go through a long precess of putting the video onto your computer/laptop and then putting it back onto the phone (its frustrating) Another downside is the radio you can hardly get any signal and its not as if I live in some remote area, you try and try until you have yo give up. Its not a bad phone I was really pleased and I do get why some people may not like it, but you learn to love it. It has about 350hours battery life and has document viewers like TXT, PDF, DOC, PPT and XLS so you can download work straight from your phone if your not at home.
No phone is perfect, this one has a lot of flaws but their are good things about it.
Okay so I bought this phone as I lost my Nokia N97 and it was such a step down. Originally in the shop I thought the touch screen was generally quite good a week or two later is when it begun to get irritating typing a message is terrible the phone is overly sensitive and prone to flipping which is frustrating when trying type a quick text. Camera is very average i've no problems handing this phone over to my younger brothers who are prone to breaking things, you could take that as one good point it has broke yet despite the fact how much I despise it. The memory offered on it is terrible I wasn't picky as i've previously stated my situation before. The speakers aren't great rather speaker. This phone has completely put me off LG and I tried to warn my mate into not getting basically the upgrade of this handset and he's now regretting it also. LG just dont make good phones.
It's nearly a year ago that I wandered into the Orange shop, checking to make sure I had reached the end of my contract and could upgrade to a new handset. First piece of good news: I was! After perusing the shelves and following some quite good advice and customer service from the sales assistant, I was left with a choice of three different handsets. Sadly, I chose this one.
The phone comes in what is a pretty standard box, with charger and instruction leaflet/manual. My main problem with something like this is that I generally tend to disregard the instructions and launch straight into something, complaining how nothing works, only to then find out that I've been doing it wrong. I have learnt my lesson, and so actually used the instruction manual for once.
Not that it helped much, to be honest, as it didn't take long before I realised that my decision hadn't been the best I'd ever made. The first thing I noticed with the phone is that it actually has quite a sleek design. I have chunky hands with fat fingers (I'll get onto this in a bit more relevance shortly), and this fits quite nicely in my hand. It's about 1cm deep, and quite standard in terms of width and length. Not as wide as a Blackberry, not as long as an iPhone. Quite typical of an LG phone, really, and no different in dimensions and feel to other Cookie KP phones they've produced.
What has annoyed me about other phones I have tried, whether it be previous contract phones, or purchases, or even using someone else's phone for just a moment, are the barriers to being user friendly. Unclear buttons, or function controls that are crammed into a small space and are hard to press without pressing another button accidentally. Sony Ericsson phones typically annoy me, and I have yet to try an SE phone that is compatible with my fat finger syndrome. The 501, in contrast, has three simple buttons on the front, and quite well 'labelled' as well. The centre button is, if you like, the main control button that can bring up your applications screen. The left hand button has a phone symbol with a green backlight - this is for positive elements when making phone calls, such as confirming a number to call. The button on the right has a red backlight, and this is used for cancelling calls.
The call function is actually not too bad if you want to do something very basic. If the phone is unlocked (bear with me on explaining this part as well!) then pressing the green phone button brings up your call history, and pressing it again calls the most number to have had call activity with your phone. I often find myself ringing home to speak to my wife, and because our home phone has a short ring time before the answerphone kicks in, I'm forever trying two or three times before anyone can get to the phone, and this last number recall function is quite handy.
The problem comes when you want to make a call other than the last one in your call history, as this invariably involves having to use the touchscreen function, which leaves a lot to be desired. The three buttons that are prominent, and are outside of the touchscreen, have little function when it comes to a phone basic usage, such as making calls, texting, taking photos, using your address book to update contacts, setting an alarm or changing your settings. The two buttons either are only relevant to phone calls, and the central one just takes you through to applications.
I feel this is poor design, as the buttons I would use the most rely on a below par touch screen function. The screen locks automatically, to avoid accidental pressing if it's in your bag or pocket, which is a fair enough design element. However, there is a little flaw in this as although you can change how long it takes for the phone to lock itself automatically, it tries to save your battery after only a few seconds. This is particularly annoying when you're composing a text and have to pause to think for a moment, as the screen darkens and then goes black while you're trying to read what you've written. Similarly, entering phone numbers where you may have to refer to a written down number or wait for someone to continue relaying it mean that the phone often does this in the middle os trying to enter it in. This is incredibly annoying, and is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems this touchscreen 'energy saving' element can have. During phone calls, especially where you may have to interact with your handset while calling, for example, the Orange helpline itself, means that having to enter in numbers on option lists results in two or three presses of the not-so-reliable touchscreen before you actually get through to the next stage. There have been many occasions where I have been so frustrated by pressing the wrong number as the screen changes that I have ended up cancelling the call as it's too much effort.
So what is it about this touchscreen that infuriates me so much? Well, aside from this element, there is a split second lag that is variable, and unpredictable. I find that texting becomes a real chore more than anything else, and the boundaries between the various characters aren't clearly defined, as sometimes pressing in the same place can result in different character spaces being introduced to the message. Staying with the text function, I find that the predictive text function is almost over complicated. Words are suggested for you automatically, without giving you the option to choose it or not, and other words are not accepted, no matter how much you're convinced it's a real word. There is a function to edit your predictive dictionary, but it's more of a rigmarole than an ease making exercise, and I still haven't completely worked out how exactly it's supposed to help. Indeed, I don't think it does! Another annoying element is that, after typing out a whole word, it can still have it selected, and then when you start typing your next word, the previous one disappears. Editing your text message is tricky, as there are no arrow buttons to go through the text if you want to change things. You have to press on screen where you want to go, and with a poorly calibrated screen that isn't easy to recalibrate despite there being a function for it, it's yet another hassle that results in this being a phone I'd sooner not bother sending a text from. Other niggly little things happen as well, such as not being able to cancel a message without it saving it to your drafts folder, but the main problem is that creating a text is a hassle in the first place. Sending it is also tricky, giving you the tiniest magnifying symbol which you have to try to press to search through your address book to select a recipient. It's just as hard as choosing the letters for your text.
There are options to remove the predictive texting, and you can manually type, which is okay, and you can even turn the phone on its side to bring up a widescreen effect that allows you a whole keyboard to use. However, this doesn't always happen automatically, and is as frustrating to try and get working as it is to get Star Power to work on Guitar Hero using the Wii balance bar (don't get me started, and I promise not to digress!). Overall, the texting experience for this phone has had a negative impact on me.
You may think that this is merely because I have fat finger syndrome, as I call it, but plenty of my friends have tried using my phone with their dainty little pinkies, including my wife, and they have all come to the same conclusion as me, remarking at how bad the text facility is, and indeed the whole touchscreen element of the phone. Put there to help you avoid any troubles is a stylus that slots nicely into the bottom of the phone. It took me a couple of months to find it, and when I did I was really happy, thinking my troubles would be over. However, this didn't really make it any easier, as the sensitivity meant that letters were typed twice when there was clearly only one tap on the screen. Chalk to cheese, frying pan to fire!
Navigating your way to making a phone call can be a real struggle, too, and the problems don't really stop once the call is under way. You have a clear indication of what status your call is at, whether it's locating the number, or dialling, and the ring you hear when making a call is decent enough. There's a bit of a lag at times, but I'm unsure whether this is due to the connectivity issues of the network or whether it's the actual phone itself. Either way, this should have little effect on the general call quality, which is often hard to hear when your ear is pressed to it, but doesn't have enough of a privacy feature to make it inaudible to others around you. I find that I can hear what is being said whether it's by my ear or a few inches away, and putting the speaker on often results in being far too quiet for the purpose I need it for. It renders it virtually useless when making hands free calls unless you buy something extra to act as a speaker, and this shouldn't be necessary with a phone that has its own speakerphone.
Call problems with quality are fundamental, to me. Calling and texting are always going to be the main staple of a mobile phone, no matter how extensive the applications become. The point of it was always to be able to make a call or receive one without actually being at home. Some phones seem to have opted for these points to be mere extras, giving way to applications and cameras and music players as the more important elements of a 'phone' as it were. So, with this in mind, can this little Cookie redeem itself with any other features?
Sadly, the answer is a resounding 'no', especially as the next thing I'm going to talk about is the camera and memory space. The camera itself has a few decent functions for taking the photos, allowing you to focus quite well and take decent pixelled photos. The button to do this is on the side of the actual phone, and the camera lens is small and in the corner. Holding the phone to take a picture is easy enough to do without your hand getting in the way. However, there is a delay on taking the photo, and no matter which way you change this to try and negate the delay, it still means there is always this limitation on its usage as a camera. Furthermore, there's no light on the phone, and no flash. Early on, I tried taking a photo at night of a glorious moon that was a deep red colour. The photo was completely black, so it didn't even pick up light already supplied. Taking photos whilst out at night has been pointless, and were it not for the fact that I may need to be contacted while out, I probably wouldn't have bothered taking it in the first place.
I have maybe 15 or 20 photos in the phone, and not a lot besides this. Despite having deleted a large number of surplus photos, I have been unable to take another photo for quite a while due to the memory being full. Apparently, this is somewhat of a common issue with this phone, and there's not really anything that can be done about it. The end result is that the camera function is rendered completely useless. Not a happy bunny with this in mind!
I'm clearly not happy with this, am I? I don't like winging, but I feel it's important to clarify exactly what it is that doesn't work for me. Just mentioning it's not very good, or saying I'm annoyed without actually justifying it, isn't very productive or helpful, and so I've included the explanations. Browsing is something that's easy enough to do, although the world has moved on so much in the past year or so with the new iPhone and various elevations in the Blackberry's functions, means that if you're looking for something to do this part of a phone's gadgetry requirements, you should really look at something else first. Connection, although it relies on your actual signal/broadband speed, is very slow, and the page seems to spend longer loading than the time you would actually spend browsing. I haven't bothered to spend much time with this as it has frustrated me more than been a blessing. The occasions I did use it seemed to be rather archaic in this fast moving world of telecommunications.
Of course, there are ways around things like memory space running out. There is a slot on the side of the phone that is well covered, that allows you to use an external SD memory card. While I could easily do this, I'm a bit stubborn, and don't feel that I should have to do this, when so many phones as standard have a large memory that should be able to cope with as many photos as you want to take, and then give you that memory back once you have deleted whatever it was taking up the space. My Cookie uses and keeps the space, much to my disappointment.
Poor little phone. Here's me banging on about how useless it is. Is there any respite for it at all? Any redeeming features at all? Shock answer: yes! After using it for a whole year, through thick and thin, annoyance and various usage, the one thing that has retained its quality is the battery life. I regularly find it will last for a good few days, and only takes a couple of hours to charge. You get a beep to tell you when it's full, along with a nice little environmentally (and wallet) friendly message to disconnect the charger to save electricity. There are three bars to indicate how long you have left, and then you get a warning set of beeps when it's nearly out of battery. This could do with giving you a bit more warning, as if it happens when you're in a call, you probably have less than a minute of battery left. The only bug I have with this is that even if the phone is on silent, the battery warning noise will sound. I have to turn it off if I'm at work and the battery is about to run out, which isn't an issue, but if I haven't realised it's so low, the noise can be an annoyance to others, as well as me.
Overall, then, I really can't recommend this at all. I have put up with it for a year now, and when it comes to choosing my next phone, I will make sure I do my research a lot better than last time. The phone has an incredible collection of annoyances that seem to suggest no one actually road tested it before they launched its release, and for this I shall always be wary of LG phones. One thing's for sure: LG won't be a brand I'll consider at next upgrade. For the moment, make sure that any Cookie you get, is one you eat, and not one you have to use as a phone, or you may find yourself as frustrated as me. Thanks for reading.