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Review: LG Cosmos Touch

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Screen

The screen on the LG Cosmos Touch is pretty nice. It's 2.8-inches diagonally, and packs 240 by 400 pixels. That's an average resolution for a phone in this class. The phone did a nice job with the two available themes. Menu icons were detailed, colorful, and text was easy to read, with few jagged edges on rounded letters. Outside, the screen lost considerable brightness, but it didn't disappear entirely, and I was still able to make calls using the onscreen dialer or take pictures with the viewfinder on a bright, sunny day.

Sound

Sound quality on the LG Cosmos Touch left something to be desired. My calls had a noticeable digital effect on them, making my callers sound somewhat robotic. On their end, callers said I sounded fine, but they did hear a slight hiss and occasional static. The phone produced a loud ring, but it wasn't very clear, and the muffled sound was difficult to hear across the house with the television on a low volume; best to stick with the vibrate function. The phone could shake fruit from a tree with its intense vibration. The speakerphone, like the ringer, could be loud, but wasn't clear enough to hold a long conversation.

Signal

The LG Cosmos Touch uses Verizon Wireless' older 1xRTT network for calls and data, instead of the faster, 3G EV-DO network. The phone reported a low signal in my area, usually only a bar or two, but this never affected data or calls. All of my calls came through just fine, and data, while slow, was consistent and reliable. I do wonder if middling call quality wasn't a symptom of poor signal, however.

Battery

The LG Cosmos Touch had no problem holding a charge for a couple days' use. I was mostly making calls, but the I also set the social networking and email apps to notify me when new messages and content arrived, so there was some work going on in the background. Even so, the phone held a charge nicely, and if I forgot to charge overnight, it easily lasted through the next day. You could probably go on a 3-day holiday without your charger if you stuck to calling and messaging, and turned off background notifications.

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