LG Town review

QWERTY messager at a ridiculously low price

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The LG Town GT350 sports a user interface design we've seen before, and it leaves us with mixed feelings. It is easy to use, but we struggle to see the point of LiveSquare, and we wish all three Home screens could be filled with widgets to allow for maximum personalisation.

The slide out keyboard is well made and comfortable to use. It's not up there with the best of them, but for a handset at this price it's pretty good.

We liked

The reasonably good keyboard with useful shortcut buttons means we were able to write at a fair speed.

The screen is more responsive to taps than some resistive competitors, though it has to be said that anyone who has used a good capacitive screen will immediately find it disappointing.

LG has integrated music playback well, so that it's easy to pause and resume from the home screen either via a widget or by using the status summary screen.

Battery life is good – but then there's not much by way of hardcore functionality to run it down quickly.

We disliked

With no 3G or Wi-Fi, data connectivity is very limited. Web browsing and other data-rich work is rather hampered by this. At least LG has opted for Opera Mini as the web browser, so that when you do go onto the web, the experience isn't too bad.

The lack of GPS immediately means you can't do anything remotely navigation-related with ease.

The 2-megapixel camera is very disappointing, and we struggle to see the point of LiveSquare.

There is no accelerometer – though you can force the screen to reorient into wide mode by sliding out the keyboard.

Verdict

Despite LG's claim that the LG Town GT350 is a great social networking fan's phone, we aren't convinced. With only a client for Facebook on board, all the other social networks – such as Twitter and MySpace – are out of the frame unless you go onto the web, and this isn't really the ideal phone for that.

On the other hand, the keyboard is well made considering the price of this phone, and if you're really, really into SMS, it could be enough to draw you in on its own.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
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 StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product ModelGT350 Chatterbox
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)125 g
Maximum Video Resolution240 x 320
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height107.5 mm
Width52.5 mm
Depth15.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time440 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameChatterbox GT350 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberGT350.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

3" Full Touch Screen

Take interactivity to the next level by controlling all your phone's functions with a wide touch screen. A larger screen makes touch-navigation smooth and easy, with vivid icons, larger movies, and stimulating games.