LG Cosmos Touch Review
The best way to describe the Cosmos Touch’s interface is a watered down version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The homescreen has four static icons along the bottom- Messages, Dialer, Menu and Contacts- but the user accesses a menu from the side to add other icons and semi-widgets to the homescreen. You can also swipe to the right to access speed dials, and to the left for messages and social networks. As you might expect there is some lag in the system, but not enough that can’t be forgiven in an entry level device.
The phonebook can handle up to 1000 entries. Within each entry you can store multiple phone numbers, email addresses, IM names and a street address, as well as a note. Voice dialing is initiated by hitting the middle key below the screen and works as you would expect.
There are few tricks in messaging these days, and the LG Cosmos Touch is pretty standard. It gives you the option to view messages in chronological order or by contact (threaded) and we don’t imagine too many people will select the former. As we mentioned earlier the keyboard is usable, but cramped for adult hands. One minor gripe that we do have is that the FN key is awkwardly placed at the top left of the keyboard. This makes oft-used symbols harder to access quickly and we’d prefer LG switch it with the Shift key which gets used less on a phone. A nice touch is that the space bar serves as quick access to the social networking app when in use.
The Cosmos Touch also supports Verizon’s mobile email service, but you need to pony up $6/month or subscribe to a $10+ data package for the privilege of using it. The client supports all of the popular web clients, such as Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail, as well as Exchange and POP3/IMAP accounts.
Camera and Multimedia:
LG historically has had subpar camera performance in all but their top-end phones, but lately they have been turning this reputation around. The Cosmos Touch takes remarkably good pictures for an entry-level handset. Images were a bit dark, but details were good and crisp even at a distance. This isn’t a superb camera by any means, but for MMS and casual photos it gets the job done. It does not have a camcorder - something we’ve come to expect from even the most basic phones.
The Cosmos Touch features a pretty basic music player. It gets the job done and may be suitable for the most basic users, but it is certainly not a primary music player and we have a feeling most users won’t utilize it.
2. bailey (unregistered)
Does the LG cosmos have a virtual keyboard on the screen
4. MonaeeBoo12 (unregistered)
Yes, the phone has a virtual keyboard on the screen but can only be used in the regular T9 acces.
3. The Captain (unregistered)
Exceptional phone for the kids or for someone who only calls and texts.
5. Digicamhelp (unregistered)
I own this phone and like it. It's the first feature phone I've owned so I had no expectations. Your review got it right on all points except the photo quality, which is quite bad as your sample photos show. Photos often lack detail and dynamic range.
Like most digital cameras, the camera does best in decent light (when there is not a lot of contrast in a scene). If you plan on doing even the most basic editing, shoot at full resolution (the zoom is disabled when the camera is set to full resolution but, hey, it's only a 2X zoom).
I always carry a digital camera with me so I don't care that much about the image quality of the Cosmos Touch. If photo quality in a phone was a priority, I'd look elsewhere.
6. alexx (unregistered)
Does the Lg Cosmos Touch require a data plan if you buy it on pre-paid?
7. tata (unregistered)
I am considering this phone, but am tempted to inquire (to the parental unit) about possibly getting a blackberry curve. For you experienced phone users out there, what would you recommend? Is it worth it to pay data plan for the bb curve or just deal with the 80 dollar fee with the lg cosmos and settle for sub-par performance (in comparison to the bb and other smart phones, of course). What do you think?
8. banna (unregistered)
I think the lg cosmo touch is really cool but why do they have to be soo expensive wow thats crazy~
9. Hi (unregistered)
I have the LG Cosmos touch and it is an okay phone. Most the time that i send a txt message it will turn on when it is already on i have had 2 in the 14 days but it is the same. when it does that it wont send your message and you have to retype it. I had the LG Env 3 for 3 years and i would like that phone back than this one. If you want one dont get it, its not worth 80 dollars. i thought LG phones were better than that.
10. kristen (unregistered)
Hello, I'm planning on buying this phone soon. I'd like to know if it has Mobile IM on it?
11. Jay Tea (unregistered)
ive had this phone for a day, at first really liked it, but i downloaded songs onto it and im frustereated because they arent being stored under "my sounds" rather just under "my music" however, i want them to be my ringtone. and for that to happen, they need to be under "my sounds"
does anyne know how to fix that?
if i cant fix this problem, i will think much less of this phone.
19. kdoll411 (unregistered)
i don't have the phone but i had the same things with my prevoius phone... have someone... a close friend or family member who doesnt mind.... text them the sound then have them text it back and save it it should save under my sounds.
hope this helps!!
12. Ryan (unregistered)
@ Jay Tea, send the music to yourself if you are able too, and then save it under "my sounds."
13. Onlyme19 (unregistered)
I have had this phone since it came out and it is the greatest thing I had ever had. Before this phone I had the iPhone and I really like this phone better. If you want the internet package you have to pay the data package but other than that I really like this phone and its great. I have dropped this phone probably like 7 times and it still has yet to have a scratch on it. Its a great texting phone. Easy to use. And the keyboard is small but you get used to it very quickly. I have recommended this phone to 6 of my friends and all but one of them got it and they are all very impressed with it. So if you just want a simple that you can get pretty much anything I do recommend this phone. Out of a 1-10 i do give it a 10. Sometimes the touch screen is a little slow but just tap it and i goes back to normal. Not a big problem at all. BIG RECOMMENDATION FROM ME!
14. Peanut (unregistered)
Just got this phone 1 hour ago, very user friendly, easy on the eyes!
15. rissa (unregistered)
I just ordered this phone today based on all the comments about this phone i am excited to get it i hope it is as great as everyone says :)
16. carolinegable (unregistered)
im on my 3rd Cosmos Touch......first one, camera stopped working. second one, screen went blank and stopped working completely. i hate this phone sooo much! but i like the keyboard. one more accident and im switching back to the enV3
17. Bubbalisious (unregistered)
i want this phone!
18. duckman (unregistered)
Piece of junk. Touch pad stopped working in less than 2 months. Going back to writing letters after this bad experience.
20. Mickey (unregistered)
i have had this phone for one week now and it is pretty decent except that the battery doesn't hold a charge and to charge it takes FOREVER
21. random person e.e; (unregistered)
I'm wondering if I should get this, but I want to know, how good the touch screen is and if it does things randomly.
And how long will the battery charge if it is charged from 9 or 10 30pm till 7am?
22. MissIt (unregistered)
I have this phone, and I am young, and I like it. I wasnt thrilled about the quality of the touchscreen, but i am used to the feel of my ipod touch. Other than that, great
23. Cool Keith (unregistered)
I am about to buy this phone, seems perfect for text calling minor data usage. got the keyboard and the easy on eyes touch screen. seems perfect for the one step below smart phone
24. ash (unregistered)
this phone is greate but when dropped with out case the back will (most likley )pop out and in most places i cant find any different caces except black where can i ge one in stores?
27. photographywiz (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
just order a case for it off of ebay there only like $5 and they last for ever
25. Giselle (unregistered)
Do you have to by internet? and how long does the battery usually last???
26. CJ (unregistered)
I own a LG Cosmos Touch and I liked it in the beginning because the battery lasted me awhile. It also feels nice in your hands.
Now, the battery life is shorter and the touch screen is sensitive when you touch something and it TAKES FOREVER to charge. Sending messages when one is coming in takes FOREVER then after awhile you have to touch if you want to send the message to the person or not. When you click to read the message later that you receive while your texting, you have to click "read (or open) later" really hard or you will send the text to the wrong person.
I am seriously considering asking my parents for a new phone.
28. nina5 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
is this a good phone because my two friends have it and it seems to work well and i want a phone for christmas
p.s. i am 11 and is it right for me
29. austin123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
i have ordered this phone . it sounds good . if im wrong please contact me
31. wally (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
This phone is horrible. Do not buy under any circumstances. I just use my phone for calling and texting, and this one only does both ineffectively.
Biggest complaint is that it pocket-dials people on average probably twice a week. I don't even keep it on anymore, as I'm paranoid about pocket-dialing someone and having them hear me say something I don't want them to hear.
It randomly shuts off in the middle of composing a text maybe 5% of the time. Around 10% of the time I try to make a call, I get a pop-up ad for something called the Daily Scoop. I immediately hit dismiss, but it takes 5-10 seconds to get off my screen and I can't make a call until it does. Not a horrible problem, but annoying, and has me worried about what would happen in an emergency (having to wait an extra ten seconds to call 911 could have some really bad results).
I greatly preferred my old flip-phone, and would change back in a heartbeat if I could.
I will say that I've had no problems with the speakerphone, or with battery life or charge time. I also like the QWERTY keyboard. But, I reiterate, do not buy this phone.
32. lexieluvr (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)
I hate this phone more than anything. IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT GETTING IT, DO NOT. I got it for my birthday in November and I'm on my second phone. On my first one, the calibration went insane and it totally stopped working. It changes who you're sending texts to all the time, so I always have to check and make sure I'm sending texts to the right person. I have a refurb right now and the keyboard buttons don't press, the send button doesn't work, and to end a call i have to hit end over 10 times before it will hang up, AND IT CAME LIKE THAT. The camera sucks, the phone battery life is great for a week before it totally gives out, the back of the phone doesn't stay on, it randomly deletes my contacts all the time, it deletes my text messages, the screen doesn't work half the time, it restarts all the time. Also, it overheats. And when it overheats, it's too hot to touch and i have to take the battery out for 15 minutes so it can cool down. I used to have the enV 3 and i've gone back to that phone twice now since November because i cannot stand this piece of crap. I bought it for $250 at the Verizon store and that was the worst investment of my life. I promise you this phone will break on you. Do not buy it.
33. nateflo9 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
This was my 2nd phone, and I loved it for the first few months, but then the phone started randomly rebooting, and resseting to the default settings. Now it doesn't read any microSD cards very well. It's never been water damaged, nor has it been handled roughly... This has happened to my friend and her mother when they got this phone as well...