LG 600G Review
Another Bluetooth TracFone
[Edit: this phone is now available for $26.99 from TracFone. Click here for more details.]
For the second time in as many months, TracFone has released a new bluetooth-equipped phone. I had so much fun completing my review of the w376g that I had to rush out and get the LG 600G as soon as I could in order to review it as well. As I did with the w376g review, I’ll be breaking this review into three parts. [NOTE: As of August 18th, you can access part 2 of the LG 600G review by clicking here.] If you’re a new visitor to this blog, you may also want to subscribe to receive free updates by clicking on the link at the top right corner of this page. Now, on to the review.
First, let’s go over the features that set this apart from other TracFone models:
- Flip Phone design
- VGA Camera
- Bluetooth Capability
- Handsfree speaker
- Phonebook with up to 1000 entries
- External display
- Double Minutes for the life of this phone upon activation
There are a handful of other features that may be important to some, and I’m skimming over them initially. Basically, though, if any previous TracFone had a particular feature, odds are that it’s available on this phone as well. I’ll get to all the extras later on in the review, too.
Much like the Motorola Bluetooth phone, the appearance of this phone is far better than any of the older TracFone models. I really like how this phone looks. I personally prefer it over the w376g, but that definitely is a matter of your personal taste. The LG 600G is slightly wider, and maybe 3/8” shorter, than the w376g. They are about the same thickness, and the Motorola is slightly heavier. The color, shape, and external screen on the 600G are the biggest differences in the appearance. The Motorola is silver and rather narrow looking, while the LG is a glossy black design with smooth, rounded corners and edges.
Another nice feature is the external screen, which allows you do view the status of your phone without flipping it open. This small screen displays a lot of info in a small space, including date, time, signal strength, battery meter, new message indicator, and ringer volume level.
As I said above, I am really impressed with the visual appeal of this phone. In my review of the w376g, I wrote “…this phone looks less like a TracFone handset than any other model offered by the company.“ Well, that distinction for the w376g didn’t last long, as the 600G surpasses that model attractiveness. And, you won’t find the word “TracFone” anywhere on the outside of the phone. (When the 600G is flipped open, however, you’ll see the TracFone trademark below the main screen).
Speaking of the screen, I found that the internal display to be quite nice – equal to the screen on the w376g. Regarding the keypad, I found it to be good, but not great on the 600G. I actually slightly preferred the numeric keypad on the Motorola. Whereas the Motorola has raised ridges separating the number keys, the 600G sports more rounded, glossy keys. However, the arrow pad and the clearly marked “OK” and “clear” keys on the 600G definitely worked better for me than did the comparable keys on the w376g. So I guess that’s a toss up in terms of usability.
But in terms of texting I have to give a slight advantage to the Motorola for a reason that might at first seem like a disadvantage. As I noted earlier, the Motorola is slightly heavier. This actually seems to work better for me when I do one-handed texting and other use of the phone, as the w376g seems to balance in my hand more steadily.
However, the major downfall of the w376g in terms of texting is the use of the iTAP predictive text system, compared to the T9 system used by the LG as well as older Nokia TracFones. If you’ve never used either of these, or have always used iTap, you might not notice a difference. But if you’ve used T9 significantly, you’ll definitely prefer it to iTAP. So in that area, the advantage goes to the LG.
And, before I move on, I’ll get to one more complaint about the keypad. Just like the w376g, the 600G has the single-touch web browser key. This may be a problem for some because, if you accidentally press the browser button, the browser application will open and begin deducting units (on both this phone and the w376g) However, it is not as problematic on the 600G since the button only functions if you are at the home screen when you press the browser key. Further, if you do accidentally start the browser, the option to “cancel” is clearly available on the screen. Both of these last two points are improvements over the w376g.
Now let’s get to what a phone is supposed to be used for – talking. The sound quality on this phone is good, but not great. I compared the 600G with the w376g by calling some people first with the LG, then with the Motorola. In my testing, the Moto produced a crisp, clean sound compared to the LG, both for me and for the person on the other end of the line.
The LG was not bad, but definitely finished in second place behind the Motorola in my opinion. The sound of the 600G seemed to pretty accurately reproduce the voice of both parties at an adequate volume, yet it sounded rather distant – almost as if I were holding a thin layer of cloth between my ear and the phone.
Another area where I had difficulty was that the receiver on the 600G seems very sensitive to wind noise. I experienced this problem outdoors, obviously. But, I also noticed it when having a regular conversation indoors. It seems that the microphone picked up the movement of air from me breathing. Now I’m a pretty healthy, physically fit person and I wasn’t breathing heavily or anything, so this really surprised me. I’ve never had this problem with any other phone, and it was quite annoying when I could hear the “noise” created by my own breath. After a few minutes on the phone I was able to adjust the position of the phone to alleviate the problem, but it was still annoying.
Another point you may want to consider is that the 600G excels in the area of signal reception. Wherever there is even the faintest signal, this LG picks it up and is able to make and receive calls. It may even be a little better than the w376g. Two thumbs up in this area.
Now, after reading the last few paragraphs, you might be completely turned off to this phone. If you plan to use the LG 600G only as a basic phone the vast majority of the time, then I would suggest that the Motorola w376g is probably going to be a better purchase for you – especially at roughly half the price. But if you are interested in other features, stay tuned for future installments of this review. This phone does have some great redeeming qualities beyond sound quality, but they’re not the sort of things that all TracFone customers will make use of. Here is a list of the topics I plan to cover in future segments of this review:
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Ringtones and Wallpapers
- Camera/Voice Recorder
- Web Browser
- Phone Book
I’ll be getting to these and other areas of this phone on a new post within a week. [NOTE: As of August 18th, you can access part 2 of the LG 600G review by clicking here.) Again, if you haven’t already done so, you may want to subscribe to receive free updates by clicking on the link at the top right corner of this page. This will ensure that when I publish more info about this phone, the w376g, and other TracFone topics such as great deals and new bonus codes, you’ll find out about it right away.