LG Cookie Fresh review

Can a low cost touchscreen handset deliver the goods?

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With neither 3G or Wi-Fi onboard, nobody is going to take the LG Cookie Fresh GS290 seriously as an internet user's handset. The best it can be expected to offer is the odd web page check when you need it rather than regular connections.

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The web browser is unsurprisingly slow to get where you send it. We gave up on trying to connect to the TechRadar home page at all, settling for mobile formatted sites such as the BBC's news pages. These loaded fairly quickly, but we still had problems.

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There is a progress bar that shows page loading, but its very light grey on white background is almost impossible to see. Text is difficult to read at the normal resolution on offer as a page loads, and if you zoom in you get a shock as the text doesn't reflow.

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This means there's a lot of vertical panning to read a web page. And if you switch into landscape mode, the same problems are duplicated, though the wider screen means it is often easier to read a web page without zooming.

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One neat feature is a search box, so that if there is a large section of the web page that you know contains what you want, you can search for it. But really, we'd steer clear of web browsing on this handset.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite, Orange
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product ModelGS290 Cookie Fresh
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)89 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, SMS (Short Message Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height108 mm
Width52.9 mm
Depth12.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time390 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameGS290 Cookie Fresh Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGS290.AGBRLU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Like its popular predecessor, the LG Cookie, the new LG Cookie Fresh (GS290) offers creativity and fun to your mobile touchscreen experience. The LG Cookie Fresh not only comes with a smoother and more streamlined style, soft outer grip with rounded edges but also contains easy-to-use functions designed to help users keep in touch with their friends, irrespective of time and place, through a visually dynamic, interactive experience.