This is the final installment of my review of the LG 220c. It is available for TracFone at $14.99, Net10 at $29.99, and Straight Talk for $29.99. You can find all of my content relating to this phone on the LG 100c Review Index.
The display is clear but rather small for a phone these days; it’s smaller than the LG 220c but larger than the LG 200c and LG 3280. There’s also the old problem of distortion when the screen is viewed from an angle. It’s not so bad as to make the screen unreadable, but it can be annoying at times.
I’m not very fond of the keyboard on this model, either. The keys are separate, which is not in itself a bad thing, but I found them to be somewhat stiff. Both the 220c and the 290c offer a smoother keyboard.
On the other hand, the 100c is perhaps the most balanced in terms of composing messages one-handed. While the 220c and 290c each seemed a little top-heavy in my hand, the 100c was much more balanced. However, the rigid keyboard on the 100c offsets the advantage in balance, in my opinion.
The extras on this model are identical to those on the 220c, so I’m just going to paste what I’ve already written about that:
Another great feature on this phone is that it is NOT restricted only to the TracFone/Net10 ‘mobile web.’ Open the web browser and select “options,” then enter the url of your choice to go to that site’s wap version, a site designed to be viewed on smaller devices. I was able to view the mobile versions of espn.com and facebook, among others. I should note, however, that it’s not cheap. Using the net10 version of the 220c, it cost me six airtime units in the short time (less than ten minutes) necessary to load espn.com, browse the headlines, and read an article.
The alarm function can store up to 5 alarms at once. The tone can be customized from any of the available ringtones, but unfortunately these alarms cannot be labeled with reminders (such as wake up, feed the dog, take medicine, etc). For those functions, the calendar is a better bet. In fact, there’s really not much difference between the calendar and the alarm clock.
The only differences I noted were that the calendar allows for labels to be assigned to appointments, but only allows for single entry, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly repeats. The alarm allows for single entry, daily, M-Fri, and weekend only repeat. Both the calendar and the alarm functions have a snooze option, with the choice of a 5, 10, 30, or 60 minute snooze. The downside to this is that it requires a couple of key strokes to “press snooze” – first, right soft key for the snooze, then one or more arrow keys to settle on the duration of the snooze, then “ok” to finalize it.
Another function on this model that I love is the voice command. It works well, except it takes a minimum of four keystrokes to activate the voice command function. From there, you can speak the name of the person you wish to call if they’re on your contact list, or you can simply state the number you want to dial. This is pretty handy in certain situations, especially in states that require it by law for people who need to talk while driving. There are also several other handy shortcuts you can set up, such as voicemail, a readout of missed calls, or a playback of the current time and date. Interestingly, the voice commands also work with a bluetooth headset, further enhancing the hands-free aspect of the function.
Here’s a brief summary of the other extras on this model:
- Notepad (limited to 150 characters, so not very helpful)
- Tip Calculator
- World Clock
- Unit Converter
One other thing I forgot to mention in the 220c writeup is that all three of these new LG models allow the user to set an incoming call announcement. Using this function, the phone can be set up to announce either the name of the caller, if it’s in the contact list, or the phone number of the incoming call. People have asked me about this in the past, so I thought it was worth pointing out here.
The L G 100c is not a bad little phone. It is good at pulling in a signal and produces good voice quality. If you’re considering an upgrade from the Kyocera k126c, I would encourage you to do so as quickly as possible – it’s a definite improvement. However, I also encourage you to keep in mind that the LG 220c is just $5-$10 more, and I prefer that model for the following reasons:
it offers a bigger main display as well as a nice external display,
I prefer the flip phone design to the small candybar style because it’s a more reliable way of preventing accidental button pushes and because it brings the mic closer to the mouth,
the 220c includes bluetooth, which even if you don’t need it now, might be helpful in the future, such as for transferring contact lists or connecting to a navigation system in a future vehicle.
the keypad on the 220c is easier to use.
The only possible exception to this is if you do a lot of texting and have small hands, it might be easier to hold the 100c in your hand. So while I like the 100c, I like the 220c more and suggest that for most people. Click here for my review of the LG 220c.
Note: I have a material relationship with one or more of the brands mentioned in this post.