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Review: LG Cosmos Touch

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Bluetooth

Bluetooth reception wasn't bad, pairing the LG Cosmos Touch with my Bluetooth headset. Call quality was on par with the quality I heard through the phone's earpiece. The signal did cut out often, always when I was jostling the phone or moving it from one pocket to the other. Music playback over Bluetooth faired better. My music sounded fine coming through my stereo Bluetooth speakers. I was also able to pair the phone with my Macbook and send image files over the Bluetooth connection with no trouble.

Clock

 

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There is a clock on the lock screen for the phone, and it was large enough to read easily in a hurry. You can add clock widgets to the homescreen, including a dual time clock that shows the time in a city you choose, as well as the local time. The dual clock was very low resolution and small, making it more difficult to read. There is also a small digital clock in the notification bar up top. This persists through all the homescreen panels and the main menu screen, but not while other apps are loaded.

GPS

The GPS sensor on the LG Cosmos Touch worked just fine, and the version of VZ Navigator that ships on this phone isn't the most advanced, but it looks good and does a fine job with navigation. Some of the onscreen buttons are tiny, or pushed so far to the bottom of the screen that they can be difficult to tap, but once I had my destination plotted, the navigation app did a fine job tracking me on my journey. It could be very slow to load directions, and this also meant it was slow to give advice when I found myself off course. But with some patience, the navigation software always came through.

Still, I wonder if the service is worth the trouble. VZ Navigator costs $10 extra per month, or $3 for a one-day pass. The app doesn't come free with a data plan, like Verizon's Mobile Email app. VZ Navigator is worth using if you need it for the occasional day trip, but if you'll be doing a lot of navigating with your phone, you might want a smarter device.

 

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