LG Cosmos VN250 Review
The main menu on the LG Cosmos VN250 is laid out in typical Verizon fashion with categories for media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. There are three themes included: slick black, white, and aqua, as well as options to change their layout between tab, list, and grid view…again nothing we haven’t seen on other Verizon phones. The only new thing here is that when the keyboard is slid open, the display will show a “quick menu” with direct links to messaging, favorite contacts, and social networking. While you are in the social networking menu, it shows options for Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. We tested it on Facebook, and it is basically sending SMS updates which are posted to your Facebook wall, as well as receiving SMS messages to the phone when someone posts a comment on your wall. However, you still have to use the limited Mobile Web 2.0 browser to access the mobile Facebook site for most other features.
The phonebook on the LG Cosmos VN250 is also pretty ordinary for a Verizon device, as it allows you to store up to 1000 contacts with their name, 5 phone numbers, 2 email addresses, IM screen name, picture, ringtone, group, and address. After a contact is saved, you have your choice of adding their phone number to be used as a speed-dial, but you can also select the contact in your favorites list, which allows you to view their information and messages quicker.
Composing a text or picture message can be done by using T9 predictive word entry with the front numeric keypad or by sliding the phone open and using the QWERTY keyboard. The LG Cosmos VN250 supports threaded messaging and displays them as quote-bubbles on the screen, which is a nice touch, but it’s still rather basic in design. Other messaging options include Mobile Email, which will allow you to send and receive email through your standard POP or IMAP accounts, and Mobile IM for connecting to people in your AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! buddy lists.
The 1.3MP camera on the LG Cosmos VN250 did a decent job with images taken outside during the day, as they produced more realistic colors and had sharper edges than images taken by the Samsung Intensity and Motorola Rival. But when using it indoors, images taken by the Cosmos under low-light conditions suffer the same issues with blurriness and a lot of grain being shown, but this is to be expected as the Cosmos is not a high-end cameraphone. Video recording is not supported.
One feature we are a bit surprised to see absent on the LG Cosmos VN250 is the Music Player – the phone simply does not have one. We were told that this was done to help keep cost down; that the Cosmos is a simple phone and is designed for people who don’t want those features. While this may be true that not everyone needs or wants a music player on their phone, we’re not sure how much cost reduction was accomplished by removing it. If that’s the case, what purpose does the Cosmos supporting 16GB microSDHC memory cards provide, and why was a music player included on the Samsung Intensity, which was introduced a year ago with the same current price as the Cosmos? We’re honestly not sure why the Cosmos doesn’t include a music player, especially since one came with the Rumor 2, but we found a work-around. On the memory card, place your MP3 files in either the my_sounds or my_ringtones folder. Then in the phone go to the media center menu and select tunes & tones. You can access and play the MP3 files from there, but they are listed alphabetically and numerically, and you can only select one song to play at a time. We know it’s not the best situation, but it will work. All we can do is hope that a real music player will be incorporated in a software update, but we’re not holding our breath.
Most other software features remain unchanged from the Samsung Intensity U450, such as the appointment calendar where you can save alerts, Mobile Web 2.0 browser, VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions, and the ability to download other ringtones and games. Since the Cosmos only supports the slower 1X network instead of the faster EVDO network, data speeds are slow and there is no support for VCast Video streaming or VCast Music downloads. One new feature that is included is the Microsoft Bing search, where you can perform searches on the Web, Business Directory, or VZW Media. If you do just a standard search, it will search the Web for results, where the Business Directory search is good for restaurants, shopping, hotels, and other local places, while the VZW Media search will scan for matching Verizon ringtones, wallpapers, games, etc.
The LG Cosmos VN250 only comes with a 19MB of internal memory and half of it is used out of the box, while the Samsung Intensity U450 includes 34MB and the Motorola Rival A455 has 178MB. Once we downloaded and installed a few apps on the Cosmos, such as the Bing search and VZ Navigator, the available memory was down to 3.3MB, so don’t expect to install many apps before running out of room.
3. foof (unregistered)
I got 2 lg cosmos in april, one for myself and one for my husband. I am now on my 3rd replacement phone and my husband is on his 2nd. We both get voice feedback and when we turn on digital dial readout it is garbled and gives us numbers we haven't touched. Example: when we touch 3 it garbles 31. Hate this phone
4. Ron Kaplan (unregistered)
The one thing on the Cosmos I am concerned about is the comment about distortion in the speakerphone when turned up to a higher level. Is that something that just can't be avoided, or does, say, the Envy, not suffer from that distortion; or, should I wait longer to upgrade before that drwback is improved upon?
5. thatgirl (unregistered)
well this is my first cellphone and i like it!!
6. smarticle (unregistered)
its a very good phone for teens ages 12-14..... but once they get the facebook, myspace, or twitter... its not gonna be the best phone to have! The cosmo is pretty much good for call,text,and pics :)
7. Soon To Be LG EnV3 Owner (unregistered)
um... not being offensive or anything, but I have never dropped, thrown, or done anything to my LG Cosmos, and I've had seven replacements. SEVEN!! Of the same model! I don't recommend this phone to anyone, with the exception of 10-12 year olds who are getting their first phones.
-Soon To Be LG Env3 Owner-