Pros size, weight, call quality, reception, internal antenna, battery life, easy menus
Cons not for those who want crazy features, otherwise, only nitpicky things
Summary Summary: After a few weeks of use, my feeling is that this is a great phone that is underrated on here solely because it doesn't have other crazy features. It performs all of its basic functions very well and in a compact and lightweight frame no less. It has some quirks - like all electronic devices frankly - but in my opinion, these are all extremely minor.
Pros: This phone performs as a phone extremely well. After considering many fancier (and vastly more expensive) phones, like the treo 650, I decided that carrying around such a bulky monster was not worth the extra features, and picked this model based largely on two things: 1) positive reviews of its call quality and 2) the fact that it is one of the two or three smallest phones in the sprint lineup. I have not been disappointed. The size is wonderful, and the internal antenna only adds to the joy of being able to carry this phone around in my pocket. Navigating the phones menus is a rather straightforward process.
As far as performance goes, the call quality is a HUGE improvement over my previous phone. Shortly after buying the LG I called my mother who actually asked where I was calling from because the quality was so clear she thought it was a land line (I have no land line, just my cell). Admittedly I had excellent reception at the time, but since I live in Manhattan, I have excellent reception a lot of the time and she still remarked on the difference over my old phone. As far as signal strength goes, I have noticed that this phone is also vastly improved at finding a signal than my previous phone. Certain elevators, subway stations and other enclosed areas where I have never had reception before, I now am able to get some signal. Obviously this isn't a systematic test, but it is my anecdotal evidence.
Lastly, I have to say that I have found the battery life of this phone to be pretty remarkable. My only personal phone is my cell and I am on it quite a bit for work. Despite the intense use, I can go four days before having to charge the phone. I don't usually have to go that long, but it is nice to know that a full charge is good for a heck of a lot of talking (the CNET review makes the point that in their test the phone actually lasted longer than the manufacturer claimed).
Cons: The main "problem" with this phone with this phone is that it is pretty much just a phone. It has no camera, can't email, has no organizer and to most techno geeks would probably be just plain boring (although it does have a couple extras like a small calendar and tip calculator). I suspect this is the main reason it only receives a six from CNET.
I do have to address a criticism from another reviewer about the phone not properly identifying incoming calls or text messages. I have not had a single problem like this, so I must say I’m not really sure what he/she is talking about. I didn’t enter any numbers with a one preceding the area code, and everything has just been fine and dandy.
Other user reviews mention other flaws: the display backlight stays on while charging, you must open the phone to adjust ringer volume (there IS an external silencer though), and so on. I would add my own pet peeve to the mix and say that the phone loses its clock whenever it loses reception. For someone who is in the subway all the time and who hates wearing a watch, this is annoying. For most normal people, I doubt it would be a problem. The point is that these criticisms are all accurate, but quite frankly, they all strike me as the sort of things that would only bother the kind of people who spend all their time writing online product reviews for things they've bought. They are far outweighed by the quality with which the phone performs its primary functions. I wouldn't let these little things discourage you from the phone unless you know for sure that they will bother you too.
Pros Great reception(Central Missouri). Nice size. Internal antenna. Nice menus. Good battery life. There's more, keep reading.
Cons Backlight stays on when connect to the charger. Have to open the flip to adjust ringer volume. There's more, keep reading.
Summary This phone was just what I was looking for.
A flip phone with an internal antenna there's
nothing more useless than an extendable
antenna), speakerphone, and voice activated
dialing. It never dropped a call except in
known dead spots. No problem hearing or
being heard. Despite LG's warning, hand
position doesn't interfere with the signal
strength. I was able to dial with one hand
fairly well. Decent display, easy to use
menus. It even has a tip calculator. I was
Then I started noticing things that might
sound picky, but I knew I'd never be
satisfied with. The backlight stays on
continuously when the phone is connect to
the charger. If a number is dialed manually
from the keypad, the phone doesn't translate
the number to the name associated with the
phonebook entry for that number. After
changing the ringer volume level, you'll
either have to press OK or wait a second or
two before closing the flip. Otherwise, the
old volume setting will still be in effect.
Also, the musical ringtones the are included
are not so good.
I returned the phone before the 14 day trial
Pros Good reception more often than not, excellent audio quality in earpiece
Cons sprint's spotty network just isn't as consistent as verizon, cingular, or alltell
Summary I have been with Sprint since 2000 and began with Samsung phones (the a400 was tops on the old network, hands down). I have been using Sanyo up until I decided to try this LG. So far, I have had mixed results. It seems to behave like the Sanyo 8100, in that it holds a strong reception when there isn't much interference, but loses reception quickly in some buildings (i.e. brick and stone buildings). My 8200 doesn't hold the strongest reception, but is sometimes more reliable inside those aforementioned buildings. Funny how phones can be so different. Call quality has been excellent through the earpiece so far, the speakerphone not quite as good. The internal antennea is wonderful, making for a slim and compact phone that doesn't waste material. The internal display is gorgeous and the phone is sleek. The ringers and background selections are a bonus and I love the fact that it tells you the area code for the number you are dialing (sanyo spoiled me with the match area code feature). I have come to the conclusion that I am not wasting money on a camera/video phone until they take better pics/videos than my stand alone 3.1 MPXL digital camera and have a way to get the pics and videos off the device without paying out the ear for internet service. Further, unless the reception and call quality are so far superior on those camera/video phones, that the price difference is balanced out, then what's the point? Also, why pay more money for a phone that has ready link capability if it costs so much extra money to use ready link and you didn't plan on using it anyway?
I couldn't give a higher rating simply because of sprint's spotty network (at least in my town). If sprint would focus more on building more towers and upgrading the technology to hold signals stronger (especially in buildings) I could easily give this phone a 10.
"really bad!"on by lukester01
Pros looks nice
Cons reception, battery, firmware, volume
Summary This phone is so bad, I cant believe it made it to market! I replaced a 2yr old samsung A460 with this, thinking I would get the latest technology. The battery is worse! The reception is bad, always breaks up, and drops calls in areas the other phone never did. The firmware is screwed up. It cannot properly identify incoming calls by their contact. If I put in the contact with the area code, it will display the contact ID, but then that same person sends me a text message, and it comes in with the 1 in front of the area code, so the ID is not displayed! Also the speaker volume does not go up enough to use the phone with any back ground noise.
Pros Simple, lightweight, great features
Cons Caller ID feature is lacking
Summary I got two of these phones last week - one for my wife, one for me. I like it overall -clear sounds, good reception, simple design, nice key pad layout. I like the ease of programming alarms, and choosing which feature to assign to the four corners of the OK button toggle.
I don't need a camera and lots of extra junk. This phone fits my bill. BUT...the caller ID doesn't match & attach the names of people already recorded in my phone book. Hmmmmm - my Samsung SPH-N200 did it, and I bought it three years ago! I miss this. However, that is the only beef I had with this phone.
Okay, so the backlight is on while the phone charges. It charges so quickly though, it doesn't matter.
I only paid $40 for each phone with my Sprint rebate. Definitely worth it!