Two of LG's latest text messaging devices are in-bound to mark an offensive on the entry-level front where there seems to be no end. The LG Remarq LN240 is their response to the eco-friendly Samsung Reclaim which is a portrait sliding QWERTY handset aimed at the text messaging crowd. Constructed out of mostly recycled plastic, the handset is accompanied with a light weight feel that oozes with that cheap feel due to the plastic casing. Although it has a solid sliding mechanism, the overall construction feels somewhat less durable – but then again, its focus is solely on being a green-friendly device. The square shaped handset is rather bulky in its closed form and presents an issue when placing it in a pocket. Its rectangular sized buttons used for the QWERTY are also rather small and closely packed to one another – which essentially limited us from speed typing at a consistent rate. On the software side, it's the typical Sprint experience that we've all been accustomed to using – so there's nothing really new to point out with it.
LG Cosmos VN250 - Specifications
Jumping over to Verizon's side, the LG Cosmos VN250 finally brings the Korean based manufacturer's presence into the entry-level segment of Big Red's lineup. Expected to go up against the Samsung Intensity, the Cosmos eerily looks similar to the LG Rumor 2 for Sprint – it's almost an exact replica except that it's not enabled for 3G; meaning there's no additional data plan required. The landscape sliding QWERTY phone utilizes the same design found on the Rumor 2. When it comes to text messaging, its versatile landscape QWERTY does the job with its tactile and spacious feel. When fully closed, the numeric keypad was quite usable and large enough to press on without any issues. Looking closely at it, the Cosmos doesn't feel as polished or well constructed than the Rumor 2, but it easily plays to the same strengths seen on its rival in the Samsung Intensity.