LG GS170 Review


Unfortunately, the LG GS170 couldn't even live up to do what it was primarily made to accomplish –  phone calls. There was a prominent static noise on our end when using the earpiece, which made out caller's voice sound extremely garbled. Things weren't much better on the other end as our callers stated that they are able to hear us fine with no noise in the background except for an occasional hiss towards the end of our spoken words. Switching to the speakerphone, the experience was something like an old school walkie talkie system. In addition to the static sound, voices sounded extremely muffled with some audible echoing effect – which is safe to say made it almost inoperable.

During our testing, we didn't experience any sudden fluctuations with signal bars on the handset and it was able to retain a firm connection to the network in the greater Philadelphia region.

If there is one clear area where the LG GS170 manages to excel in, it has to be nothing but the battery life department. Its 900 mAh battery was able to chug out 14 hours of talk time – something that's impressive when the manufacturer has it rated for 7.5 hours of talk and 552 hours of standby time.


When a device is crafted to dabble in the entry-level segment, you'd expect features to be slim with an emphasis on good calling quality. Regrettably, the LG GS170 fails in many aspects to deem itself as a worthy option for even the most casual of basic handset users. It's like one of those gifts you receive on your birthday that you know is bad upon opening it, but you're torn whether or not to accept it due to the fact you know that it's terrible. The feeling is actually the same for the LG GS170, which sadly should be avoided at all cost, even at the expense of getting it for free – that's unless you plan on re-gifting it.

LG GS170 Video Review:


  • Inexpensive cost
  • Great battery life


  • Cheap feeling
  • Muddy images with its camera
  • Web browser's good for nothing
  • Terrible calling quality

PhoneArena Rating:




1. CooRay unregistered

In my area, the Salt Lake Valley, the call quality on this phone is quite good.

2. not_happy unregistered

man, this review is so freaking pathetic? you are reviewing this phone as if it is expected to do good browsing music and stuff... the words that you have used, just pathetic... and call quality from this phone is much much better than many other basic phones i have used... the problem is with you and your area.. not the freaking phone... come on!

3. Leo unregistered

Wow, your review is completely flawed; although the phone does suffer from lack of memory, micro usb expandable memory and video, the phone as an entry level device is excellent. It has a rubberized front case which adds to the grip, external id with date and time, a camera, very easy to dial keypad and the phone call quality is the best I've experienced, loud and clear. For $20 as a non-contract phone, this review is flawed to say the least. I have paid close to $80 for 2 year contract on a Sony Ericsson that sucked on every aspect, no tactile keypad, horrible phone call quality, dropped calls, low volume, hard to open and bulky, and slippery exterior, yet the only good thing it had was a micro usb expansion slot and it played video.

4. cowboy1921

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

how much memory does the lg GS170 have

5. RyanNerd

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Pros: Cost Cons: No ability to sync anything with your PC unless you have a BT device installed. Sound quality is mediocre at best. Other than for charging the phone I'm not sure why they included a data cable. Camera is okay quality but heaven help you if you actually want to TRANSFER your photos to your computer via USB cable. No Contact sync either. I can get MP3s to the phone by sending them via email as an attachment, but you need to be careful as was mentioned you run out of available memory very quickly.
  • Camera 0.3 MP VGA
  • Battery 900 mAh(7.50h talk time)

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.