Below you’ll find Part 1 of the LG t105g review. The 105g is available only for TracFone at this time. For this model, I asked Otis 226, who comments on this blog from time to time, to take a look at the phone and give me his thoughts, and he graciously agreed.
I have critiqued the phone as well, but Otis 226 did such a great job I’ll just post what he wrote, and add in my own clarifications if I have different findings or opinions than he did. For the most part, he was spot-on in my opinion. Here’s what he wrote:
When Patrick asked if I’d be interested in doing a guest review, I wasn’t sure I was up to the task, but since I’ve made all things ‘Tracfone’ a hobby for about 6 years now, I decided to give it a try, so here goes.
Samsung t105g review – General Overview
The Samsung T105G is a basic GSM candybar phone. It measures just 4.23” in length, 1.80” wide, and 0.58” thick. This model is the lightest Tracfone has ever put out, weighing in at a mere 2.29 oz. Compare this to other entry level GSM handsets such as the Nokia 1100b (3.07 oz); the Motorola c139 (3.03 oz); the Motorola w175 (2.99 oz); or the Motorola w260 (3.17 oz). Even the very compact CDMA model, LG 100c comes in at 2.45oz in comparison.
I found this handset as part of a bonus pack at Walmart, which included the DMFL benefit, car charger, phone case, and a hands free headset for 9.88, made this a good deal indeed. The T105g has a few features not offered on previous basic handsets, but it also lacks some of the options I’ve come to expect with the earlier models mentioned above that I’ll go over as this review proceeds.
You can store 200 phone book entries and 100 messages. It comes with 10 polyphonic ring tones. There are 3 mb of internal memory. They rate the battery as good for up to 7 hrs. talk time and 14 ½ days of standby. In my experience, most all of these battery life claims are usually overestimated. However with such a basic handset, the standby time might prove to indeed be accurate.
One thing that seems less than what most of the earlier entry level phones delivered is that the notepad or ‘memo’ area on the T105g allows only 70 characters per memo, as opposed to the usual 150, which was sparse enough.
The phone looks sleek and, I think, modern, with its glossy black plastic face and silver trim around the center navigation button as well as around the outside edge of the body. The rounded corners allow it to slide easily into pockets and handbag compartments.
Two of my favorite features are the tactile feel of the battery cover on the back, which makes gripping the phone feel ‘right’. Samsung also used a plastic slide mechanism to cover the combination battery charger/headset jack area, which I find a big improvement over leaving it open to dust and dirt or covering it with a rubber cover that needs to be dug out with a finger nail.
The Samsung and Tracfone ‘swirl’ logos appear on the front of the phone and the Samsung logo also appears on the battery cover. The keypad has a nice tactile feel and the slightly rounded plastic buttons although not separated, give a positive click with each entry. There is a raised ridge on each side of the middle ‘5’ key for orientation that might be helpful for some wanting to dial without looking.
The overall quality of this handset is on par with others in this price range. Although I doubt anyone is going to mistake it for a smartphone it has a decent feel and except for being slightly thicker, reminds me very much of the LG 100c, except that the 1-inch screen is a bit smaller on the t105.
The usual info is displayed on the main screen. Along with the battery status icon, there’s the signal strength indicator as well as the time and date, airtime balance and service days remaining. There’s the word ‘Tracfone’ at the center. The airtime and service days can be hidden, but not the company name.
For shortcut keys, the left soft key calls up the main menu, while the right brings up your contacts list. As for the four-way navigation key: UP raises and DOWN lowers ring volumes. LEFT allows you to create a text message; and RIGHT opens the message boxes menu. As far as I can tell, these functions are all fixed and cannot be customized.
Also, the phone offers a choice of only 2 wallpapers, or a 3rd option, that alternates between the two. I usually like setting my wallpaper to ‘none’, to end up with either a totally white or black background, but this is not possible here.
One nice feature is that a long press of the * (star key) locks the keypad and a second long press unlocks it again. I think this is an important option, especially on a candybar style phone.
There’s more to follow on this review, but I think I’ll save that for another day as I can see we’ve already surpassed one thousand words on this post. Stay tuned for part 2 of the review, or click here to check out more phone specs at TracFone.com.