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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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