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LG Cookie 3G Review

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Interface and Features:

The resistive screen is responsive (for a resistive screen, that is), and there are three hardware buttons underneath it – send and end keys, plus a back button in their middle, framed in the color of the back cover. There are four shortcuts on a dock at the bottom of the first home screen – for entering the dialer, phonebook, messaging and the menu. There is also a pullout menu, containing nine slots for your favorite contacts with pictures, which can be placed on the default homescreen. The second homescreen, accessed by swiping in any direction, contains shortcuts to the multimedia and social networking applications on the LG Cookie 3G by default, or can be populated with up to nine widgets, such as weather, or memo.

Home screens of the LG Cookie 3G - LG Cookie 3G Review
Home screens of the LG Cookie 3G - LG Cookie 3G Review
Home screens of the LG Cookie 3G - LG Cookie 3G Review

Home screens of the LG Cookie 3G


The dialer is simple, and contains two tabs – one towards your phonebook, and one towards the call logs, which includes your communications history, as well as call and data duration counters at the bottom, a very useful combination. Messages and email don't appear in threaded view, but rather as a list, and there are two types of text input – portrait number keypad and handwriting recognition, which helps when writing Chinese characters. The keyboard supports numerous languages and symbols, depending on the region the phone is sold in. The calendar has monthly and daily views, while the alarm allows for numerous settings, including to add a memo.

Dialer - LG Cookie 3G Review
Dialer - LG Cookie 3G Review
Dialer - LG Cookie 3G Review
Keyboard - Dialer - LG Cookie 3G Review
   

Keyboard

Dialer


The default browser of the LG Cookie 3G has some nice features, like RSS feeds subscription and text search. If you need something faster, Opera Mini 5 has a shortcut, which downloads and installs it on first use. The handset has 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM radio, but no GPS chip.

Most basic productivity applications are covered with the LG Cookie 3G, such as a file browser, Google Search app, unit converter, voice recorder, and even date counter. The feature phone offers a combined SNS app, covering Facebook, My Space and Twitter. Microsoft Messenger is the chat program of choice, and the three preinstalled Java game titles are trial versions.

Applications menu - LG Cookie 3G Review
Applications menu - LG Cookie 3G Review
Applications menu - LG Cookie 3G Review

Applications menu


The multimedia software offers all the basic functionalities we’ve come to expect from feature phones nowadays, and even some more. The camera interface is easy to use, and offers different shooting modes, scenes and adjustments, and the pictures came out decent for a 2MP shooter. The photos are clear, with accurate colors, but are lacking a bit in the detail aspect. The 176x144 pixels QCIF videos at 15fps are passable for watching on the phone's screen only.

Camera
interface - Gallery - LG Cookie 3G Review
Camera
interface - Gallery - LG Cookie 3G Review
Camera
interface - Gallery - LG Cookie 3G Review
Camera
interface - Gallery - LG Cookie 3G Review

Camera interface

Gallery - LG Cookie 3G Review
Gallery - LG Cookie 3G Review
Gallery - LG Cookie 3G Review
Gallery - LG Cookie 3G Review

Gallery


Outdoor samples taken with the LG Cookie 3G - LG Cookie 3G Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG Cookie 3G - LG Cookie 3G Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG Cookie 3G - LG Cookie 3G Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG Cookie 3G - LG Cookie 3G Review

Outdoor samples taken with the LG Cookie 3G


Strong - Indoor samples - LG Cookie 3G Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG Cookie 3G Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Cookie 3G Review

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples



The music player supports album sorting by playlists, artists, albums and even genres. The built-in loudspeaker was of decent volume, but the sound was coming out flat. In the gallery you can edit photos, add drawings or text easily, which is a very welcome functionality. Entering text in image edit mode calls the landscape keyboard, since the gallery itself appears in a landscape mode.


Performance and Conclusion:

The earspeaker is loud, but there is a static hiss in it. The other party heard us distinctly, however they said the volume was a tad low. The 900mAh battery is rated for 4 hours of talk time in 3G mode.

The LG Cookie 3G makes for a very decent cheap feature phone, thanks to the 3G connectivity and the software, which offers a complete set of most functions we use on a daily basis. In terms of specs, a very close alternative is the Samsung Corby 3G, although it has a bit smaller, 2.6” screen, and a 1.3MP camera.


LG Cookie 3G Video Review:



Pros

  • Thin and light design
  • Decent camera quality

Cons

  • Resistive touchscreen
  • Short talk time in 3G mode
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, ARM9 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.03 x 2.22 x 0.47 inches
(102.4 x 56.4 x 11.9 mm)
3.26 oz  (92 g)
Battery900 mAh, 3.51 hours talk time

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