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LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview

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Our LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Interface and Functionality:

LG’s touch interface for feature phones is intact here on the LG Cookie Fresh GS290. Again, we have the three home screen pages: one for widgets, one for favorite contacts, and one for Live Square – the strange interface that presents your correspondences as little beings who stay on a nice green lawn, trying to draw your attention towards them. We have never been really into it, but cannot deny it looks fresh and unique.
Although our unit is a prototype, we cannot help but notice that the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 suffers from some lag (a feature of almost all LG phones with this interface). We sincerely hope that LG will work this out by the time the phone launches, since it can be found throughout the whole interface and kind of ruins the experience. If it misses the mark though, one of the best performing touchscreen handsets in the low end will remain the Samsung Corby.

The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has three home screen pages - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has three home screen pages - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has three home screen pages - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has three home screen pages - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview

The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has three home screen pages



Anyways, the Cookie Fresh is one of the slightly better LG phones  in this respect. One new thing is in the main menu. It no longer allows you to scroll each category separately, but all of them at a time.

Main menu - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
Main menu - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview

Main menu



The interface of the 2-megapixel camera has many different options, such as white balance, night mode, effects, timer and exposure. Video can be recorded in QVGA resolution, which means one should not expect great results in this department.

Camera interface - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
Camera interface - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
Camera interface - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
Camera interface - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview

Camera interface


Outdoor samples shot with the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview

Outdoor samples shot with the LG Cookie Fresh GS290


Strong light - Indoor samples - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
Medium light - Indoor samples - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples


The music player lets you filter by various standard criteria and then allows you to do different basic stuff like rating a song, enabling shuffle and repeat. You also have the possibility of using a few equalizer presets and playlists. The loudspeaker is powerful enough and quite sharp, but not unpleasantly sharp though, at least when not set at maximum volume. The experience when listening through earphones will vary significantly, depending on the earphones you use. We couldn’t test the earbuds from the box, but used a pair of ours and the sound was good enough. We hope the same will hold true for the ones from the package.

The music player - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
The music player - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
The music player - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
The music player - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview

The music player



The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has neither 3G, nor Wi-Fi. The web browser however, is usable. Indeed, you can surf the internet and even enjoy complex sites like ours. Using EDGE, loading times for such big pages are very long, but once loaded, scrolling is smooth enough and zoom by double tapping is available.

The web browser is usable - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
The web browser is usable - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
The web browser is usable - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview
The web browser is usable - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview

The web browser is usable




Expectations:

The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has what it takes to become a decent low-end touchscreen phone. There’s no question about that. Still, after the first Cookie was released, manufacturers were quick to offer many other handsets of this kind, creating a fierce competition in the market segment. This means users can always look elsewhere if the Cookie Fresh underperforms in some area they need. But there’s still some time for LG to deal with at least some of the kinks, so it’s still a bit early to say if the Cookie Fresh will manage to generate a good number of followers.


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Cassie121 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)


I love your blog and all of the reviews. I am looking to get an iPhone, Droid or Blackberry. I'm not sure which to choose for my b-day in April. I want one that works as well as the VoIP like we have in our office. My boss has been using it for 2 months and we are all very happy. Which phone would you suggest I buy?

posted on 11 Aug 2010, 09:55

2. becky eliott (unregistered)


thanks for the blog on the lg cookie fresh love it

posted on 02 Sep 2010, 05:56

3. shweta saxena (unregistered)


hi i m using lg cookie fresh from two months and facing every day a new problem something is wrong with its software what should i do?

posted on 08 Sep 2010, 05:48

4. Karnam (unregistered)


I'm using LG Cookie Fresh for 2 weeks and it seems every now and then the network goes off........I'm not sure f this problem is only with my handset or is this issue accross. BTW I Airtel connection. Any thoughts?

posted on 13 Dec 2010, 23:10

6. Sainath Avaduta (unregistered)


Hi Shweta, Pl contact LG Service center at Goregaon (w).

posted on 13 Dec 2010, 23:09

5. Sainath Avaduta (unregistered)


I had purchased LG Cookie fresh on 18th July 2010 from Biz Bazar at Lower Parel. Initial period there were no problem with Mobile but from last two weeks, touch screen of mobile is not working. I believe there is only one LG Service center in Mumbai which is at Goregaon. From last two weeks i am in constant touch with LG Service center but they are stating that stock has not come, pl come after few days.
Is LG Service center is listingggggg ? Pl resolve my issue immediately so that i can post good comments for LG. Thanks

posted on 25 Dec 2010, 13:46

7. Mity (unregistered)


I don't have google search in my menu and not browser then web :(.Is a difference between colors? ps.my phone is blue.Thanks!

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 05:45

8. Subhasish (unregistered)


Aa phon asa ha ,lakin sumsung star 2 is better.so choge one lg cookie fresh or sumsung star 2 is same priess.i theik star 2 is best.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 14:14

9. AnOnYmOuSjAcK (unregistered)


should i sell my lg pop for this? Is the call quality ok? The lg pop sucks... kinda

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 23:04

10. Ice (unregistered)


do they still sell this? 2011-2012

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.25 x 2.09 x 0.49 inches
(108 x 53 x 12.5 mm)
3.14 oz  (89 g)
Battery900 mAh, 5.83 hours talk time

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