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Review: LG Cosmos Touch

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The Myriad Web browser on the LG Cosmos Touch is sluggish and poorly designed. To enter a Web address, you have to navigate to a special mobile Web page, you cannot simply enter a URL directly. Then, even when I did enter my destination, sometimes the phone would ignore my request and simply go back to the Verizon Wireless homepage. That meant I had to load the separate address page again, and on such a sluggish browser, this could be a tedious process.

Once I managed to load a page, the browser would only load pages in their mobile version. There are no settings to load full HTML Web pages. Navigating pages could also be a chore. Though the touch screen wasn't so much of a hindrance here, the browser was still difficult to manage. As I moved slowly down a page, the browser would keep scrolling even after I stopped and lifted my finger. If I used the arrow keys for navigation, it was usually difficult to see the faint outline telling me which link I had selected, and this meant I either had to tap very carefully or hope for some good luck clicking on the right link.

If you buy this phone with Verizon Wireless' less expensive, limited MB data plan, it might be useful in a pinch if you need some very basic browsing. But if you are a heavier Web user, this is not the right phone for you.

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There are a few limited customization options, but not nearly as many as I've seen on other simple Verizon Wireless feature phones. You can add widgets to the homescreen, but the selection is very limited. You can customize your favorite contacts on that homescreen panel, but you can't choose which number to dial first for each contact. There are two themes preloaded, neither of which are very appealing, and there is no way to download more themes. You cannot customize the main menu at all, like you can on other recent Verizon Wireless devices.

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