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If you love texting, the LG Cosmos™ 3 has exactly what you need. With an ingenious four-line QWERTY keyboard and 1.3MP camera you can blast out text and picture messages with ease. And with mobile web, and super-streamlined Facebook®, Myspace™, and Twitter® updates, you might forget what being bored is like. Pick up the Cosmos 3, and get a sleek device at the right price.
Calls and speakerphone: We found calls on the LG Cosmos loud and clear for both us and callers. In fact, it was so loud we needed to occasionally use the side volume keys to lower the sound. Using the speakerphone didnt degrade call quality, and we didnt have a problem hearing callers over the speaker and we particularly liked how easy it was to activate, just press the button with the speaker on it. You dont have to be too close to the cell phone when using the speakerphone to be heard clearly by callers.
Menu/phone book: Like many Verizon Wireless cell phones, the LG Cosmos has a standard menu system; if you're already accustomed to it, using this LG cell phone should be a breeze. That said, this interface is a bit more customizable. In fact, when the cell phone is first activated it will prompt you to customize the LG Cosmos (it only takes about a minute to complete). Since this is a slider cell phone, you get the same view of icons when the Cosmos is in either horizontal or vertical mode, all that changes is orientation. The LG Cosmos doesnt have a ton features beyond Mobile IM, Mobile E-Mail, VZ Navigator, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. For example, the cell phone lacks a music player. However, it does have Bing search for searching the mobile web.
We particularly like how easy it is to use the phone book, which can store 1,000 contacts, each with six phone numbers, two e-mail addresses, an IM name, a picture, street address information, and a note. If you want to find your phone number, its easy to locate. Simply scroll to My Name Card in the Contacts. Theres also an option to send it to someone via text, picture message, voice message or Bluetooth.
Camera: The LG Cosmos sports a 1.3-megapixel camera but lacks a flash or tiny mirror for taking self portraits. When you activate the camera feature either by pressing the dedicated camera key on the side of the cell phone or accessing it from the Media Center menu the screen turns into horizontal mode. The shutter on this camera is fast so it snaps pictures at about the same time you press the camera button. As for image quality, we found colors to be true, but details were a bit lacking. That said, picture quality is a bit above average from what youd expect on 1.3-megapixel-camera phone. There are also quite a few settings for taking pictures, which include resolution, self-timer, white balance (Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, and Glow), night mode, photometry for spot meters, and noise reduction. Unlike other camera phones currently available, the LG Cosmos lacks a video recorder.
Connectivity/Bluetooth: We were able to pair the LG cell phone with a Plantronics 925 Bluetooth headset . We found call quality to be clear with a headset, and users didnt know we were using a cell phone, let alone a headset.
Look and feel: At first glance, the LG Cosmos looks a lot like a basic candy bar-style cell phone with a large display (note: the screen casing takes up a little more than half the phone). However, the two silver buttons on the side of the cell phone make you think theres a bit more to the LG Cosmos and there is. Simply slide the top of the cell phone to the left to reveal a four-line QWERTY keyboard. When closed, the cell phone is about the length of a BlackBerry Curve but a bit narrower and a smidge thicker, so it fits comfortably in a pocket and feels good in the hand. The cell phones screen isnt particularly vibrant with colors, but its bright and letters and numbers appear crisp. Even on the largest font setting , letters and numbers dont look particularly large. Read: If you have trouble reading a cell phone screen this is probably not the phone for you.
We do have one pet peeve with this cell phone and thats the automatic locking feature. Put the cell phone down for a minute and the automatic lock goes into effect. While thats normally a good thing, its just too fast. You can turn off the Auto Lock feature, but you cant change the amount of time that elapses before it activates. One the plus side, the cell phones spine isnt littered with extra buttons. The only buttons youll find are camera (which is placed perfectly for snapping shots when in picture mode), the volume keys, a 2.5mm headset jack, and the slot for an optional MicroSD card. At the base of the cell phone is the microUSB slot.
Keypad: If youre in the market for a cell phone that has an easy-to-read numeric keypad, look no further than the LG Cosmos. The white backlit numbers are large and easy to discern. There is also a 4-way navi-key on the outside of the cell phone and four navigational keys on the slide-out keyboard. Outside there are also two soft keys that correspond to options on the cell phones screen, dedicated keys for Speakerphone, Clear, Send and End, while on the slide-out QWERTY keyboard youll find many of the keys do double duty with the ability to launch phone features such as creating a message. We found the internal 4-line QWERTY keypad easy to use and spacious. We didnt encounter any accidental mistypes.
In the battery life department, the LG Cosmos doesnt disappoint. We found that the cell phone could last about four days before recharging when using the LG Cosmos regularly to make calls, occasionally surf the wireless Web, and send/receive text messages. Users who barely use the cell phone to make/receive calls and send/receive messages can probably last about a week before needing to recharge, while heavier cell phone users will likely need to charge the Cosmos every two to three days.
|Operating System Release Number||N/A|
|Cell Phone Design|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||4.41 in. X 2.06 in. X 0.63 in.|
|Weight (w/standard battery)||4.58 oz|
|Keyboard Type||Physical QWERTY|
|Screen Size||2.0 in.|
|Display||Color TFT display, 320x240 pixels|
|Push To Talk (PTT)||No|
|Camera & Video Features|
|Front Camera Resolution||N/A|
|1080p HD Video||No|
|Cell Phone Specifications|
|Processor Name||Not Available|
|Onboard Memory||<64MB (actual formatted capacity less)|
|Removable Memory Card - Type||Micro SD Card|
|Maximum Memory Card Capacity||32GB microSD|
|Removable Memory Accessibility||Under Cover|
|Photo Caller ID||Yes|
|Expandable Memory Slot||MicroSD|
|External Volume Control||Yes|
|Service / Support||1 Year Warranty|
|Hearing Aid Compliance||M4/T4|
|Talk Time||6 hours & 10 min|
|Standby Time||34 days and 2 hours|
|Battery Milliamp (mAh) Hour||N/A|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Web Browser||Full HTML|
|USB Port Type||Micro-USB|
|Early Termination Fee|
|Early Termination Fee - Initial Amount||$175|
|Early Termination Fee - Monthly Declining Amount||$5|
Customer Rating: 5
by Dianne -- September 13th 2012 -- Lincoln, NE
I've had this phone for 2 years. I love it. Never a problem.
Customer Rating: 4
by Dena -- September 7th 2012 -- Jefferson, OH
I have only had this phone for 3 months now at first it was great other than the fact that it was pretty slow..... but tonight i went to use it and my screen stopped working the keyboard buttons still light up but that is it. Not happy with this phone at all
Customer Rating: 4.8
by kaila -- August 16th 2012 -- pewaukee, WI
I recently got this phone and I loved it! The keypad is really easy to use,it has a decent memory, and the call quality is great. I would definatley get this phone again.
Customer Rating: 1
by Valarie -- August 5th 2012 -- Pine River, WI
I agree with the others. This is a horrible phone. It is NOT user friendly. I can't wait to replace it!
Customer Rating: 2.5
by Savannah -- July 7th 2012 -- Tampa, FL
This phone is horrible, I have the 1st one and I hate it. The battery is always dead, and it buttdials nonstop. After the first year the keyboard starts to go out. Don't be fooled that the special hard case from verizon will help.... It scratches it nonstop. My recomendation: DO NOT BUY IT.
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