As I’ve been promising, I’m finally ready to start posting my reviews of the LG 290c, LG 220c, and LG 100c. I’m going to be doing it a little differently than normal, though. Since these phones share many common characteristics, I will be combining portions of the review. I’ll start with an overview of each model individually throughout this week. Toward the end of the week or into the weekend,
I’ll post my review of the features the three models have in common. Next week, I’ll begin wrapping it all up with summaries for each individual phone. Here’ the first part of the
LG 220c review:
The LG 220c is a clamshell phone using the CDMA network, which provides very good coverage and especially outperforms the GSM network in many rural areas. It is available for TracFone at $19.99, Net10 at $39.99, and Straight Talk for $39.99.
I really like the compact size and light weight of this model – it weighs in at a super-light 2.9 oz., which feels especially light in comparison to the Samsung QWERTY phones I’ve reviewed recently. It measures 3.5 x 1.8 x .75 inches, making it more compact than any other flip phone I’ve ever used. It scores very high on that “how does it slide in and out of your pocket” metric that many people seemed to be concerned with. On the other hand, I guess it could be easy to lose, for you ladies with a lot of stuff in your purse.
Part of the reason the 220c is so compact is that it does not have an mp3 player, memory card slot or camera. However, it does have bluetooth, speaker phone, and a nice color external display. For you TracFone users considering this phone, keep in mind that most versions do NOT include Double Minutes for Life. However, some Walmart stores in CDMA territory offer specially-marked packages including the LG 220c, an accessory kit, and DMFL for about the same price as the phone alone at other locations.
The external appearance is, in my opinion, very clean and sleek. It reminds me a lot of the LG 600g, except the 220c is even sleeker looking. The metallic trim on the 220c might not appeal to everyone, but I think it’s minimal enough to be attractive without being too much.
As I mentioned above, the external display is quite nice. The color screen is fairly large as far as external screens go, measuring about one inch diagonally. On this display, you can get a lot of information at a glance, including current time and date, signal meter, text and voicemail message indicators, ringer volume setting (silent, alarm only, vibrate only, or regular ringer), and battery meter.
Some people don’t like light-weight phones because they think the phones feel cheap or flimsy, but that was definitely NOT the impression I got from this model. It seems to be durable and relatively high-quality. The hinge has enough “give” to it that there’s not much worry of accidentally breaking the hinge, but not so much that it’s wobbly or flimsy during use.
I still have more to say about this model, obviously, but if you’re looking for my first impression, I really like it. I think it’s a nice update on the reliable but somewhat outdated LG 3280 and LG 200c CDMA models previously available for TracFone, Net10 and Straight Talk. If you don’t need a camera or mp3 player, I think the LG 220c is a bargain at the relatively low prices being asked.
In my review of the common features shared by these three LG models, I’ll go into more specifics on why I think this is such a valuable little device.
Note: I have a material relationship with one or more of the brands mentioned in this post.