Prepaid cell phones are usually entry-level phones, but the latest prepaid phones have started to thrill us a little bit; for example, LG Prime is the first touch- screen phone that is available on AT&T’s GoPhone network. This baby will not replace your average smartphone, but it is actually pretty good, it comes with a music player, a 2 megapixel camera, and what do you know, you can even check your email on it. It also has an affordable price: 99.99 dollars without a contract. There and behold, the LG Prime:
The phone measures 4.25 x 2.08 x 0.5 inches and weighs 3.14 ounces, which makes it very pocket- friendly, but, unfortunately, it also gives a cheap feel to it. If you are used to former LG touch-screen phones, like Vu Plus, for example, you will feel quite at home with this device: it has a rectangular design with rounded corners and edges.
The display of this baby measures 3 inches, supports 262.000 colors and has a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels; actually, the screen can impress you: the colors look bright and the text looks sharp. The touch- screen is not so responsive, it is quite a resistive touch- screen, you will have to put some pressure in your tapping, so if you are used to capacitive touch- screens this might annoy you. You can adjust the backlight timer, the brightness and the font size.
As for the text messaging and dialing, you have two options: the alphanumeric virtual keypad in portrait mode or the virtual QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode, which is quite spacious.
The Prime offers you features, like: 1000 contact phone book, photo caller ID, 48 MB internal memory, expandable up to 16 GB via micro SD cards, conference call capability, voice recorder, polyphonic ringtones, alarm clock, calendar, note pad, speakerphone, vibrate mode, stopwatch, world clock, unit converter, voice command, FM Radio, SMS, MMS, instant messaging, email, 3.5 mm headset jack, USB, HTML browser and Bluetooth.
As far as the web experience, the HTML browser, in lack of 3G, can cause some headaches: you will have to do a lot of scrolling, large web pages are hard to read and to load, speeds not so great.
As far as applications, you have a welcomed addition of AT&T Mobile Music, you can download or purchase music from eMusic and Napster; LG Prime supports MP3, WMA, AAC+, AAC file formats. You also have AT&T Social Net application that offers you access to social networking web sites, such as: Twitter, Facebook.
The 2 megapixel camera offers mediocre picture quality: the images looked plain and simple dull, the colours were not so bright, they looked washed out and overall the pictures look not sharp, but quite blurry. You have many options, like: 2x zoom, three shutter sounds and a silent one, sequential shot mode, brightness settings, night mode, five white color presets, plus an auto mode, three colour effects, three quality modes, self timer, automatic or manual ISO and five resolutions. You also have video mode in two resolutions.
Let’s talk good and bad about this baby:
– good: good call quality, Bluetooth, music player, nice controls, HTML browser;
– bad: picture quality mediocre, HTML browser is slow, the touch- screen is resistive.
In order to wrapp it up, let’s let some of LG Prime’s users speak their minds: “Best touch-screen in this price range!”, “Touch is terrible and it enables itself in your pocket”, ” Ya it is pretty good”, “Highly useful and inexpensive phone” and “Decent phone”. Main words: inexpensive, decent and useful phone.