Review: LG Lotus
The Lotus's browser defaults to WAP sites, but can display full HTML Web sites if you wish. WAP sites load quickly, but HTML sites do not. For example, the Lotus took 90 seconds to load the full home page for Phone Scoop. The WAP page loaded in about 7 seconds in comparison.
The main landing page is Sprint's new Web portal, which features links to news, sports, finance, weather and content such as that. A Google search bar is built into the top of the portal, and you can easily conduct searches.
As mentioned earlier, one of the carousel items in the OneClick UI is for Google services. Sprint has also loaded a dedicated Google tool into the browser. You can find it in the options menu, which brings up a navigation tool. The nav tool shows you your previously visited pages, as well as jump quickly to the Sprint home page, your bookmarks and the settings menu. The Google search tool is one of the options in the nav tool.
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Having a full QWERTY keyboard really helps with the mobile Web. It makes text entry so much easier and speeds up a lot of the actions you'll find yourself performing with the Web. I liked the browser overall for what it is, but there are better mobile browsers available in the market. But for simple WAP browsing, it gets the job done and does so with minimal fuss.
The Lotus allows you to customize it as much as any other feature phone. Ringers, wallpapers, screen savers, etc., can all be set by the user. Perhaps the most useful customization feature is the OneClick user interface itself. Having total control over the carousel and what icons are in it and where they are placed means you can really set the phone to act the way you want it.
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