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LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

There are certain interface novelties that make the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 distinctively different from the Pop GD510. The widgets and home screen themes are illustrative examples, because you use them to assign active applications particular places to get visualized in. This certainly decreases the number of the latter, but in this way they blend seamlessly into the background picture, which is quite cool indeed.

The three, characteristic home screen pages are at your disposal yet again – 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.

The three, characteristic home screen pages are at your disposal - There are certain interface novelties in the LG Cookie Fresh GS290,such as the widgets and home screen themes - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
The three, characteristic home screen pages are at your disposal - There are certain interface novelties in the LG Cookie Fresh GS290,such as the widgets and home screen themes - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
The three, characteristic home screen pages are at your disposal - There are certain interface novelties in the LG Cookie Fresh GS290,such as the widgets and home screen themes - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

The three, characteristic home screen pages are at your disposal

There are certain interface novelties in the LG Cookie Fresh GS290,such as the widgets and home screen themes - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
There are certain interface novelties in the LG Cookie Fresh GS290,such as the widgets and home screen themes - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
There are certain interface novelties in the LG Cookie Fresh GS290,such as the widgets and home screen themes - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

There are certain interface novelties in the LG Cookie Fresh GS290,
such as the widgets and home screen themes


Generally speaking, LG’s feature phones equipped with touch sensitive screens are rarely snappy and most people have to put up with occasional lagging issues. The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 is among the less severely affected and the lagging gets more evident while scrolling the phone book. As a whole, the handset is sluggish alongside of the Samsung Corby S3650, although we cannot describe the operational speed as appalling really, rather, as slightly irksome. The cell phone also offers task manager.

By the way, we need to say a good word or two about the phone book. It allows for quite a few details per entry, plus you can search by both given and family names. The dialing screen enables you to search by entering digits (our “6-3-6 leads to Neo” example applies here). The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 is not equipped with an accelerometer, so you need to press a button to switch between portrait and landscape QWERTY keyboards. Still, we do like the fact that both layouts are available. The first is handier, since its buttons are larger. The landscape QWERTY features keys that are more easily pressed with your fingernails, although this doesn’t really warrants fast text entry.

The phone book - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
The phone book - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
The phone book - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

The phone book


Portrait and landscape QWERTY keyboards - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
Portrait and landscape QWERTY keyboards - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

Portrait and landscape QWERTY keyboards


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. Still, the browser is not as good as the WebKit-based ones available with Samsung’s devices. You also get a dedicated Facebook application that is usable, but tends to get sluggish.

Web surfing - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
Web surfing - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
Web surfing - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
Web surfing - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

Web surfing


LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has a Facebook app - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has a Facebook app - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has a Facebook app - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

LG Cookie Fresh GS290 has a Facebook app



Camera and Multimedia:

The interface of the 2-megapixel camera has many different options, such as white balance, night mode, effects, timer and exposure. Video is captured at QVGA resolution and 10 frames per second. All told, the snapshot and video quality is acceptable for an affordable device, but if you consider them important, you better opt for a cell phone like the LG GT505 or Samsung S5560.

Camera interface - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
Camera interface - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
Camera interface - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
Camcorder - Camera interface - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
   

Camcorder

Camera interface


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

Outdoor samples shot with the LG Cookie Fresh GS290


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

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples


LG Cookie Fresh GS290 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution

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, but is not unpleasant; just don’t pump up the volume to its maximum setting. 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 Review
The music player - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

The music player


One of the things that we like best about the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 is that you are allowed to listen to radio without necessarily having to plug in a pair of earphones, plus the sound quality is surprisingly good, and the station you’ve tuned to gets recognized in a few short seconds. This is an extra feature that we do hope becomes more common throughout the cell phone world.

Radio - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
Radio - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

Radio



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Gilli (unregistered)


The worst mobile, I bought this before 1 month . Now it is not working properly, Touch is not working, Very slow, Alarm is not wprking, Inbetween call is disconnecting, Auto lock is not working. I dont recomment anyone to buy this mobile.....

posted on 11 Oct 2010, 08:39

2. ubaid (unregistered)


Awsome cell phone just bought it yesterday day and its working smoothly

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 01:41

3. anna (unregistered)


I've had this phone for a week and it works very good. I love the cartoonish design.. and for what i use it, it's great!

posted on 03 Nov 2010, 23:24

4. su(king) (unregistered)


i bought this phone 6 months ago and i like it better every day!!!!!!!!
but i wish i could upgrade the os and make it better.!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 26 Nov 2010, 04:37

5. krish123 (unregistered)


Nice Mobile... Feels good in the hand... Though touch is resistive, it feels good once we get used to it... The Perfect mix of all multimedia features... i was amazed by this phone's capability actually... only draw back is that the camera is worst...

posted on 13 Dec 2010, 23:13

6. 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 06 Jan 2011, 01:29

7. lvs (unregistered)


Does LG GS290 have wifi?

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 11:59

8. lavinia (unregistered)


I have this phone for 4-5 mouths....and the touch screen now doesn’t work... I would not recommend this phone to anyone.is waste of money...

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 03:17

9. sakhi (unregistered)


I have a LG GS290 and the touchscreen has partly frozen. It seems to shift everything to the right, so when you touch 1 it activates 3. Really really annoying as you can't enter the SIM number or press OK on the bottom left, or access the tel book etc. Is there any way of doing a hard reset, bearing in mind I don't have half the functionality of the phone (the left half)?

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 01:50

10. welkuchi (unregistered)


i boght this phone six months ago. but sine last week the screen is not working how to i get the settings back. i cant call the only buttons that are working is the off and the answering 1 the others no. how do i get back on tract with phone. its a nice brand

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 04:58

11. Kayode (unregistered)


I have the same problem with this phone as Sakhi and welkuchi.
I started using this phone about six months ago, in fact, I am on this page to see if I could get a solution. Now I can't make calls or read mails. only the right side responds .

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 07:29

12. krupal (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


same problem as sakhi, welkuchi and kayode. have written to customer care. will post the updates.

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 19:16

13. chas (unregistered)


infuiating screen locking when call is connected and continually locks after about 10 seconds, a nightmare when having to select options.

touchscreen is a disaster frequently have to multitap.

This phone is the pits ,

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 09:10

14. shaktimaan (unregistered)


i bought the phone in september 2010.the phone is good but the only problem i am having is that its processing is a little slow compared to other phones of this range.
the features and looks of the phone are nice

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 13:29

15. Swagat (unregistered)


Hey guys i want 2 buy this phone !! plz suggest me whether it is good to buy it or not!!


Plz reply me

devil.luv37@gmail.com

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 21:07

16. person (unregistered)


No, dont buy it at first i thought it was fantastic, but soon i relised the anoyying touch screen, no WiFi connection, o.facebook doesent work, it also is time consuming to text with. This was my first phone, which i have had for 9 months now, still works but i am upgrading. If u want a touch phone for a good price this is a good idea, but remember you get what you pay for. i would recommend a htc desire.

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 08:28

17. clover (unregistered)


Had this phone for just over 2 months and now the alarm won't work. Thought it was OK for the cheap price but am starting to suspect that it's just cheap and nasty.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 14:20

18. She Who Shall Not Be Named (unregistered)


I've had this phone for a year and a bit, worked alright before, then it started gettig really laggy and slow (music, messages, alarm, camera). I calibrated it regularly; now half of the screen doesn't work. It's not water damage or anything, it just randomly stopped working. Sometimes the whole screen doesn't work. Haven't dropped that much either. It's pretty much useless now. Wouldn't really recommend this.

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 02:58

19. UnhappywithLG (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Worst Phone I have ever Purchased, like so many others, have had problems with the touchscreen from the beginning and now it doesn't work at all or only half the screen will react to touch.
Phone was cheap on the market and now I know why!
Highly recommend you steer away from this phone!!!
Total Waste of money!!

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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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