"Crippled Phone"on by racebit
Pros Good signal strength, flash camera
Cons Crippled bluetooth, horrid data transfers
Summary This phone looks good on paper but is a nightmare in real life. The camera is decent but it is impossible to transfer the data from the phone to the computer. USB Bluetooth dongles cannot be used due to LG's "lack of support" for bluetooth data transfers. USB Cable allows you to sync to address book and calendar only. NO PICTURE OR RINGTONE TRANSFERS. The only way to get pictures off this thing is via bluetooth enabled printer...which are pricey and few and far between.
OS constantly freezes, bluetooth headset connectivity is hit and miss. Battery life is abysmal. Overall this phone does its primary function well, namely, making calls, but otherwise it is crap.
Pros Great signal, Push-to-Talk, Bluetooth
Cons None as yet
Summary I've tried 4 other phones (Samsung e105, Nokia 6010, Nokia 2100, Motorola v188, all with a 3rd party "battery booster" and 3rd party longer antenna), none of which could get a signal inside my home (SF Peninsula).
A friend living near Yosemite suggested an LG phone with Tri or Quad mode (Note: T-Mobile no longer carries LGs). Success! I now get at least 3 bars anywhere in my home as well as the stairwell and garage.
If you're having reception issues, try an LG.
Pros Push to talk; camera is really nice for a phone;big screen on front of phone. bigger phone
Cons Screen on the front has a background that cannot be changed; screen looks really cheap;
Summary My fiancee and I just signed up with Cingular and we got the Sony Z520A and LG CG300. The LG phone looks cheap and the screen is not as clear as the Sony Z520A. Push to talk function is nice, camera is excellent for a phone, menu needs to be revamped and it was really hard to figure out how to get out of the Media Net (internet). The screen on the front of the phone reminds me of a childs toy. You cannot change the picture but you can store pictures and they will show up on the inside when someone is calling. If someone is looking for a phone that has a good camera and push to talk this is one for you. If not go with the Sony Z520A. Better looking, smaller and the screen on the outside does show you the picture caller ID.
Pros Havn't found one yet
Cons I bought this phone
Summary Phone sucked from the day I got it! The day after I got this phone it lost its signal after having a full one all day, never moved the phone, it just lost its signal. I tried resetting the phone and nothing. It freezes up on me like it is an old computer. The internet moves as slow as dial up aol on a computer with a 32 meg hard drive. Today I started getting mobile email alerts tried disabling everything to do with mobile email and it still keeps doing it. So I went into a chat room with a cingular tech and he tried to help me with it but now I can't even connect to mobile email. Tried everything to fix that and big suprise, conclusion to the problem is a device problem!!! This phone may have been free but now I see why it was. If you are on the market for a new phone keep on scrolling by this one. Either spend the money for a decent phone or find something else for free. Luckily I am still within my time limit to exchange my phone and have the Samsung Sync on the way hopefully I will have better luck with that.
Pros Decent built-in camera
Cons Too many to list
Summary Most cell phones have their plusses and minuses. This is the only phone I've ever owned that I truly, completely, HATED. This thing is a nightmare. Let's start with the Push-To-Talk button on the side, which triggers just about every time I open the hinge and asks me if I want to do PTT for an extra charge. It is one of many things on this phone that constantly get triggered when I don't want them to and offer me junk for extra fees. The navigation is terrible... consistently, features you want (like reading incoming mail messages), require a lot of manipulation to get to, wheras things you rarely want (like the Cingular shopping mall) are engaged with one accidental button-push and you have to wait for them to load so you can dismiss them. The sound quality for hearing your phone conversation is minimally acceptable. The mic on my phone frequently drops out... I have often had people unable to hear me when we were trying to talk, to the point where they gave up and hung up. The speakerphone is ok for a cell phone but when you close the lid thinking you're hanging up, the phone doesn't turn off. You have to open the phone again and hit the red button inside. Battery life is not very good. If the battery happens to run out completely, the phone will not turn on again after recharge without popping off the back and jiggering the battery around while you press the green button on the keypad. Sometimes I've wasted a good 20 minutes screwing with the battery before I got the phone to turn on again. It came with a free bluetooth headset, but neither me, my wife, or the guy at the store could get that working. The only thing going for this phone is the built-in camera, but allegedly it has a little LED flash which never worked. I get the pics off the camera by emailing them to myself (which you can only do 2 pics at a time or the message won't send) because there doesn't seem to be any other method. I'm surprised this phone is fairly well-reviewed by cnet and other sites because it is absolutely the worst cell phone I've ever had the misfortune to be stuck with. I've kept it only because it's so expensive to replace a cell phone when you're under a contract, but I will be only too glad to be rid of it as soon as the contract expires. My wife has the same phone and it completely died--unfortunately under the contract they replaced it with the same model. Now her replacement phone already has problems with some of the keys not working. My wife and I both hate, hate, hate this phone and we will never buy LG again.