LG Lotus Review

Introduction and Design

There’s no denying it, QWERTY is the hot trend in the industry right now.  From business devices to touchscreens to dumbphones, the full keyboard is showing up everywhere.  Innovation has been few and far between; in general you have two form factors to choose from: candybar and side-slide.  LG bucks the trend with the Lotus by offering a full keyboard on a flip phone.  The Lotus has a relatively strong feature set as well, with a 2 megapixel camera, EVDO connectivity and a widescreen, QVGA display.  Included in the box you’ll find:

  • Li-Ion battery
  • AC adapter with USB
  • 512MB microSD card


In addition to being a rare QWERTY flip, the Lotus takes a unique square-ish shape as well.  When closed it reminds one of a makeup compact, and is certainly not the manliest device on the market.  There are two color options, flat black and purple with a floral print.  The black is rather boring, but the purple is one of the better looking phones out there.  The floral print is shiny, in contrast to the flat finish of the rest of the phone, which leads to a subtle and sophisticated look.  When manufactures put out colors targeted to the female audience it is often overdone and ends up being more fit for a teenager, but the purple Lotus fits nicely into any purse no matter the age.

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The square design leads to an awkward feel.  Closed the device isn’t so bad, but when opened it’s fairly uncomfortable to hold to the ear.  A quick conversation isn’t so bad, but on longer ones we found ourselves wanting a headset.  We feel this problem will only be exacerbated with the smaller hands of LG’s target female audience.  Two handed use feels more natural, and tapping out messages on the full keyboard is a pleasure.  The keys are butt up against each other, but similar to the Motorola Q9c are rounded making it easy to type on.  After just a few minutes we were typing quickly and accurately.  The only gripe is the back button is above the keyboard, but with limited space it is understandable.

The 262K color, 2.4” QVGA display is another nice feature.  Its landscape orientation is ideal for text and videos, and in general is easy enough to read though does wash out in direct sunlight.  The front display is 1.3” with a 160x128 resolution and 65K colors.  Below it are media playback keys that sit flush, but are not touch sensitive.  On the bottom of the flip (when closed) is the 2 megapixel camera flanked by stereo speakers on each side.  The speakers are plenty loud, though a bit muddled.

The left side has a volume rocker and microUSB charging/data port, and the right has a Music and Camera key, as well as the microSD slot.  It also has a 2.5mm headset jack; a 3.5 jack would have made more sense for a media-centric device such as this.  The back is plain, and features only the battery door.  It is coated with soft touch paint, which gives a bit more grip.

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