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LG Cosmos Touch Review

LG Cosmos Touch

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Interface and Phonebook:

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 homescreen of the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review
The homescreen of the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review
The homescreen of the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Main menu - The homescreen of the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review
   

Main menu


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.

The phonebook can handle up to 1000 entries - LG Cosmos Touch Review
The phonebook can handle up to 1000 entries - LG Cosmos Touch Review
The phonebook can handle up to 1000 entries - LG Cosmos Touch Review


Messaging:

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.

Messaging - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Messaging - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Messaging - LG Cosmos Touch Review

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.

Samples shot with the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Samples shot with the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Samples shot with the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Samples shot with the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Samples shot with the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Samples shot with the LG Cosmos Touch - LG Cosmos Touch Review

Strong - Indoor samples - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG Cosmos Touch Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Cosmos Touch Review

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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.

The LG Cosmos Touch features a pretty basic music player - LG Cosmos Touch Review
The LG Cosmos Touch features a pretty basic music player - LG Cosmos Touch Review


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PhoneArena rating:
5.5Average
Display2.8 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.05 x 2.08 x 0.65 inches
(103 x 53 x 17 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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