"Not a man's phone"on by alxdgreat
Pros Good call quality, easy enough to use
Cons Too small... for even average-sized hands. That makes holding, or dialing with one hand, quite uncomfortable
Summary I got this phone sight unseen since I signed up for Cingular service over the phone (migrated from AT&T Wireless). I actually signed up through SBC, and not Cingular directly, so it was my surprise that I was limited to a choice of only 4 phones, and not all that Cingular has to offer. Don't know why that is, and can be a whole separate gripe. Of course, the one I was interested in was not among the 4. The choices were the Razr (they wanted $200 for it -- no way); the Motorola v551 (didn't read all that great reviews on that one, so no); an LG c2000 (which I've seen before and didn't like); and this LG c1500. I thought I'd give it a try especially since they have a free after rebate offer.
Well, when it arrived, I was surprised as to how small this phone is. I think it's one of the smallest flip phones out there. Because of its size, I found it uncomfortable to hold while talking. After a while, my fingers start to hurt because of the way I have to hold it -- mostly due to it being so narrow. If I try to dial with one hand, it feels like I'm going drop it because I have to have it high up against my fingers for my thumb to be able to move about the keypad.
I must say, I do like the size of the number keys. They're pretty good for a phone this tiny, but the control and menu buttons above them are a bit small.
I have average size hands. I would think someone with large hands would have an even worse time with this phone.
Asthetically, the design is very feminine to me, especially the chrome trim and tiny box pattern within that. Looks like the outside of a purse!
On the plus side, the phone has very good call quality. I get good signal with it. I was even in a remote area and was still getting a couple of tics on the signal meter. That may be due to the service though.
The functions are ok and easy enough to learn. I didn't even have to open the manual. Just tinkered with it. The menu is a little strange. For example, I don't know why they put the address book as selection #8. Shouldn't that be #1? But, nothing that you won't get used to.
I've been using this phone for several days now, and it's going back because I can't work with its size. I've already arranged through Cingular to send me a good ol' Nokia candy bar style almost like my previous one with AT&T which I loved.
So, if you like a tiny phone, you probably can't beat this one for its compactness. Women will probably like this one more than a guy. But other than that, it's a good phone.
Pros nice look, easy to use
Cons short battery life, mediocre call quality and signal stength, takes its time ending calls
Summary I was looking for a basic phone and at first, this seemed like a nice find. I've been extremely dissapointed ever since. The battery life has been VERY short. After two days on a full charge and average talk times, I found myself with a dead battery. This is quite annoying when I have several days a week where I'm away from the home charger up to 20 hours a day. In standby only, I've gotten a max of about 3.5 days on a single charge. The signal strength and call reception is very poor. I find people ask me to speak up constantly when making calls. Also, when walking around my house, the signal goes from weak, to weaker whereas my wife's 3 year old Nokia exhibits none of the same problems. The final annoyance is the delay of 2 to 3 seconds when trying to end a call by using the "END" button as opposed to simply closing the phone. Other than that, it's a stylish, relatively easy to use phone. However, this phone does a poor job of its intended usage: making calls! After a month and a half, I've had enough.
"Very nice phone"on by LarsM
Pros Lightweight and small but big on features.
Cons Poor handling of phone numbers in e-mails.
Summary This is indeed a very nice little phone, with a nice set of features including Instant Messaging, SMS and a improved address book (compared to my old LG VX6000).
The downside is how it recognized phone numbers in received e-mails. Or should I say not recognize. It's not an issue with text messages from other phones, just e-mails containing phone numbers. Since I rely on this in my job, I'm a little bummed that it doesn't recognize the number unless the phone number has no spaces or separators in it. The "Extract Phone Number" feature will recognize 2125551234 as a valid number, but not 212-555-1234.
Despite this, I still give the phone a very high rating. I like this phone!
Pros Liked the size and weight. Comfortable to hold
Cons Totally unreliable
Summary After doin' much research here at CNET regardin' the 3 free phones I had to choose from for my new service plan, LG seemed to be the most logical choice...so I went for it.
I wasn't too thrilled about its looks when I first ordered it, but I quickly warmed up to it upon its arrival. Its just a shame that it didn't reciprocate those same warm feelings towards ME.
I had nothin' but major problems from day one with this phone. Being a previous Nokia user who NEVER had ANY prior problems with neither the phone nor my carrier (AT&T Wireless....whom I miss dearly), the experience I had with the LG C1500 was disheartenin' to say the least. Lack of service, voice mail problems, dropped calls, NO calls and all types of errors occured while usin' the LG. Even after my makin' half a dozen calls to Cingular to try and resolve the problem, which they just could not seem to do, I finally asked for a replacement phone.....another tried-and-true Nokia...which was sent immediately and which has been workin' like a charm since day one.
Accordin' to one of the many service reps I spoke with at Cingular, numerous complaints had been made about the LG C1500. I just wish someone had given me a "heads-up" about that before I ordered the blasted thing.
So on that note, I would not recommend the LG C1500 phone to anyone...not even to my worst enemy!
Pros Lightweight, Faux-color design, small, Cingular
Cons Small buttons, small screen,antenna, cloud(fixed external display9
Summary Overall i like this phone, but the antenna is a little problem. I can live with it I will recommend it to any body who wants to save money and likes it design.