Initial thoughts on cg225
Things I like so far:
--Ergonomically comfortable to hold and talk on
--pretty good build quality
--call quality seems excellent so far. Probably more clear and natural than my Sprint phone. Also, good range of volumes in the earpiece.
--phone keeps track of minutes and kilobytes you've used. You can reset the counters at any time.
--battery life is excellent
--camera is typical for a lower end camera phone...it could be worse.
Things I don't like:
--The main menu is ugly and can not be changed (it is grid style)
--The four-way directional pad has hard-coded shortcuts. I like to have the calendar as a short cut. With this phone, you have to go through like 3 menus to get to the calendar.
--Speaker phone works quite good, however you have to go through a couple menus while on a call to activate it.
--The color landscape on the external display is dumb. Why does LG use these?! they should have gave the external display a plain, white backlight. A white backlight would look great against the black phone.
--The external display doesn't show both the time and date at once; you have to use the side volume buttons to toggle back and forth from the time to the date.
--The charger is the long flat type with those pins that you have to depress when plugging into the phone's charging port. This type of charger and port seems prone to breakage.
I have no prior experience with Cingular so I have nothing to compare its reception to. Hopefully the cg225 will prove to have solid reception and excellent call quality like the vi-125 and the cg300 (based on reviews).