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LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

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LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
One of the strengths of the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 is the pretty good in-call quality it delivers. Our callers sounded somewhat quiet, but their voices remained lively and discernible. People on the other end didn’t have any major complaints either, except for the several occasions when we used the phone while walking down a busy street.

The battery provides about 6 hrs of continuous talk time and keeps the device operational for 16 days in stand-by, which is a decent performance – worse than what the Samsung Corby S3650 offers, but certainly better than the LG Pop GD510.


Back in 2009 Samsung made a relatively successful attempt to conquer the market of affordable handsets with touch-sensitive screens by introducing the Corby series (the Corby S3650, CorbyPRO B5310, Corby Plus B3410, Corby Pop C3510) and models like the Samsung Lindy M5650. It seems LG intends to strike back in 2010 and try to win over customers with the new Cookie members. The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 does have what it takes to weather the storm and make a stand against its rivals.

The prices in this market segment are almost equalized and given the design appeal of any handset is highly subjective (the Cookie Fresh GS290 is quite far from being unattractive), what manufacturers can compete in is offering more extras. The Cookie Fresh comes with cool features like good audio playback quality, headphone-free radio and gives you the opportunity to create your own videos using pictures. We find its interface more enjoyable than the software the Samsung Corby S3650 is based on, but we would have liked the device better if it was snappier. All told, the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 is a truly likeable handset and we believe it’s one of the best affordable cell phones with touch-sensitive screens on the market today. Still, if you need alternative options, consider the following handsets:

The Samsung Corby S3650 – it offers its owners the cool option to change the overall look of their devices via replaceable panels. The display utilizes capacitive technology, which makes it more enjoyable to use than the screen of the Cookie Fresh, plus the overall operational speed is higher.

The Samsung Lindy M5650 – the music-oriented sibling of the Corby that features similar design and a number of functions aimed at audiophiles (like dedicated application for access to last.fm). Its audio playback quality is better than what the Cookie Fresh delivers, but the M5650 lacks headphone-free radio.

The LG Pop GD510 – the world’s smallest cell phone with 3-inch screen that also comes with awesome design and much better camera than the Cookie Fresh. Sadly, it’s not equipped with 3.5mm jack.

Samsung Corby S3650 - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
Samsung Lindy M5650 - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review
LG Pop GD510 - LG Cookie Fresh GS290 Review

Samsung Corby S3650

Samsung Lindy M5650

LG Pop GD510

The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 is a fair choice for people on the lookout for a decent and affordable handset and you can’t go wrong with it.


  • Headphone-free radio
  • Good in-call and audio playback quality
  • 3.5mm jack


  • Sluggish when running certain applications
  • Resistive screen
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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


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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