I decided to return this phone and exchange it for a Samsung d407. You will see that I already have a review posted for the CG225 as well as other comments in this forum. However, I just wanted to add a few more comments to help anyone considering this phone.
I tested the reception for this phone and the d407 by placing a call and then walking down a hallway where there is no Cingular service at the end. I did this a couple times for each phone. The two phones performed very similiar to each other, each losing reception at about the same point in the hallway. There wasn't enough of a difference to pick a winner. So, I would say that this phone has no deficits in the reception department (despite what others may say about LGs).
You are aware that this is a very basic entry level handset. It was designed for people who do not want a lot of options, but would much rather have a phone that's just a phone. Its simplicty will turn many users on to this handset.
Dude - I appreciate simplicity. I am coming from an LG vi-125, which I loved. That phone is SIMPLE. However, it has several basic customizable options that the cg225 does not have. The cg225 doesn’t have options that were standard on the 2G, non-color screen phones. I think the cg225 crosses the line from simple to annoyingly inflexible. I am not talking about “features” mind you…I am just talking about the basic options to set up the phone the way you like it (for example, choosing the shortcuts from the main menu).
The way the cg225 is set up, just about every shortcut from the main menu is to an option that Cingular up-charges for. It gets old. But like I said in my first comment, if all you want to do is open the phone to mak... (continues)