Pros Tons of features, fast downloads if you're in range of 3G network, good camera,
Cons cannot choose your network (3G vs. GSM) when 3G is weak! call volume not high enough, very limite 3G coverage area
Summary The new 3G network is very limited but when you can get a 3G signal the downloads/videos ect. are blazingly fast when compared to the old Cingular EDGE. I got this phone on Monday and it turned out to be a lemon. After countless hours on the phone with the consistenly hapless cingular tech support goblins I ended up back at the store with a new LG. The new is great except you can't get the call volume to go high enough at least not for me. My 1 big gripe is that I happen to work in a building in Boston that gets a weak 3G signal....that means the phone constantly tries to use that signal instead of the stronger GSM signal. There is no way to choose the GSM network and actually get a call to go through. I may end up returning it because of this issue. If you don't happen to live or work in the inbetween zone of 3G and GSM it's a great phone with killer features.
Pros Nice Bright Screen, Videos, Fast Downloads, Mini SD Slot & MP3 Player
Cons Boring Blue Keypad & Button Backlighting. Even With Headphones The MP3 Player Plays Throgh The Speaker
Summary I bought this phone a couple weeks ago. Before using it I was using a Black Razr. I was iffy about going from my Razr to any other phone but I gave it a shot. I had 30 days to decide anyway. I live in the Washington, DC area and I have 3G service everywhere I have gone so far, even in my home which is outside of the downtown DC are (actually in Maryland). I like this phone so much that I actually went ahead and sold the Razr. This phone is really quick on the download and loading of web pages. I am always watching all kinds of videos and my niece loves to watch Disney Channel videos on it. Even the longer videos load really quick and only buffers one time on the initial upload. This phone has everything that my Razr had (except voicem dialing)plus video record and Cingular Video. The battery life is better than I expected too.
On the negative, this phone doesn't have voice dialing which I was used to on my Razr and I e-mail LG because I uploaded some MP3 formatted songs from my laptop to the mini SD card and when I connect stereo headphones to the phone and play songs from my personalized play list the music still comes out of the speaker on the phone and that defeats the purpose of connecting headphones to it. Anyway a LG rep responded and said that the phone doesn't have the capability to turn off the speaker when headphones are connected. That really sucks because if I am on the subway and I want to listen to my music without other passengers hearing what I am listening to is not possible. This was also the case when I tried to make a call using the same headphones that doubles as hands free. I am hoping that it's the headphones that may not be compatible with the phone since they are not LG brand so I will purchase a pair from LG and see if this will still be the case.
I would like to see another color other than blue for the keypad and button backlighting. A nice bright orange would be nice or just make the keypad backlighting a little brighter on this phone.
Pros Looks, some features
Cons Ringtones, network connection
Summary I bought this phone because i like having nice looking phones and because of the new 3g network and supposedly having better reception and things like that. Well since you cant choose which network to use it is horrible that even of there is good 3g reception or not it still tries using the 3g network and it rarely has good recetion. Even if the phone shows full reception calls dont come through and you cant make outgoing calls. I called cingular and they never knew what to do they sed everything looked fine they kept sending updates but its still the same.
You can buy ringtones off the cingular site but for some reason the purchase goes thru and all but once in your phone you cant set them as ringer id's, but if you buy them on any other site it can be set up. I called cingular about it just to see maybe theres something i can do like change the file type but they said that it just cant be done so been buying ringtones off other sites.
For 2 weeks (out of the two nd a half weeks ive had it)i have been talking to cingular and i finally decided to exchange the phone, i really wanted to like it and i put up with it for a while but because of the network i many times didnt receive calls even tho i was with full reception.
I hope this helps you! If you dont agree with something i say pls let me know but im just saying what happened to me with this phone...
Pros Nice Looking Phone, but it doesn't do the work.
Cons Bluetooth is broken, which makes the phone defective.
Summary I got on the phone w/LG after arguing w/Cingular about the Bluetooth capabilities of the LGCU320. This is what LG said: "The CU320 does not support the DUN bluetooth profile for dial up networking. Therefore, you will not be able to use your phone as a wireless modem." So, it makes it pointless for all of what bluetooth can offer.
Pros Great for 3G service. Plays mp3/aac+, sdmini slot, loud ringtones
Cons Clunky, poor headphone speaker, buttons too close
Summary So I have beta tested this phone 1 month prior to its release. Since then, there have been firmware upgrades from LG which have remedied some of the navigational issues covered in the cnet review.
This is the fastest modem phone that I have used to date via bluetooth. Forget about Hotspots, just hook this phone up with your bluetooth enabled laptop and you are on your way to high speed wireless internet anywhere you get reception. I did a bandwidth speed test from cnet and got speeds between 200 and 400kbps....cant beat that with a cell phone.
At the moment many internet radio sites are switching over to 3gpp format (SomaFM)which will enable the same great shoutcast content you are able to get from your computer or laptop.
Among other things, it will check email, has the most updated J2ME software and has a great screen.
LG traditionally has been the right hand man for Verizon and the red headed step child in GSM. However I feel that this phone in terms of build quality and UI is heading in the right direction with Cingular. Cingular's content is still lackluster, but with the growth of j2ME apps on the rise like Google maps and Opera mini, you cant go wrong.
So,the bottom line is that this phone is designed for the HSPDA/3G network from Cingular (which is still in infancy stage.) If you were dumb enough to buy it and not be in a non-3g designated area, you wasted your time.