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LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Preview

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.



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.



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.




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 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.




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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10 Comments

1. Cassie121

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 12, 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?

2. becky eliott unregistered

thanks for the blog on the lg cookie fresh love it

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?

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?

6. Sainath Avaduta unregistered

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

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

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!

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.

9. AnOnYmOuSjAcK unregistered

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

10. Ice unregistered

do they still sell this? 2011-2012
Cookie Fresh
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.032 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 900 mAh(5.83h talk time)

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