The internal display is adequate – it’s a little smaller than the LG 600g, which makes the 600g slightly more readable. Similar to other TracFone models, the 410g screen also becomes distorted when viewed from an angle. It’s not enough to make text unreadable, but would be a problem, for example, if you were trying to view a picture. However, considering this model doesn’t have a camera, it shouldn’t be a big deal.
The menu is the same as the other recent LG handsets from TracFone and Net10. If you’re familiar with those, this one won’t be a problem. For that matter, it’s not really all that much different than the newer Motorola or Samsung models. I have no complaints with it – simple and straight-forward.
The keypad is definitely worth commenting on – some people will love it while others will find it problematic. The reason for this is that the keys provide very solid tactile feedback when pressed. Some will consider this a big advantage. On the other hand, it takes a little more force to press these keys than any other phone I’ve tried recently. If you have weak or arthritic fingers, this could be a big problem for you.
The D-pad at the top is well-designed, in my opinion. The squarish layout and larger size makes it easier to use than the recent Motorola models, which have a circular shape and less surface area to operate.
Text messaging on this phone worked fairly well – there is absolutely no lag time between when a key is pressed and when the letter shows up on the screen. And the 410g, like all LG models for TracFone, uses T9 predictive text, which most people prefer to Motorola’s iTap method.
I also ran a couple of tests to determine how long the phone must remain open after a message pressing “send.” With some past models, people have complained that they must keep the phone open for an exceedingly long time after a message is sent, in order to make sure the send function is completed. The 410g was average in this regard – snapping the clamshell shut immediately after the “send” button was pushed resulted in the .3 units being deducted, but the message did not get through. When I waited just two seconds longer (until the “.3 units deducted” message disappeared), however, the operation completed just fine.
Another question I get a lot is whether the shortcut keys can be programmed by the user. On the LG 410g, the answer is “no.” Unfortunately, you’re stuck with the shortcuts they give you: Up leads to the screen to compose a new text message; right goes to the ringtone customization screen; down loads your contact list; and left goes to the text message folder overview. Also, from the home screen, the right soft key opens the web browser. None of these shortcuts can be changed.
The accidental activation of the browser is an ongoing complaint for TracFone and Net10 users, so it will be disappointing to many of you that there is no way to disable the browser key. However, as with previous models, closing the clamshell is the quickest way to close the browser. If you accidentally turn on the browser, you can close the phone before any units are deducted.
Overall I found the phone to be quite comfortable to handle and operate. My biggest concern is that extended use of the keypad for texting could result in some muscle fatigue due to the force require to press the keys. And of course, there’s the browser issue I discussed at length above.
The connectivity on the LG 410g is pretty limited, so this will be an easy review – it cannot be connected to a computer, and does not support bluetooth. So you won’t be able to use this model with your GPS system, built-in vehicle navigation system, bluetooth headset, or with your laptop for dial-up internet access.
The 410g has no camera, which is something that most people look for from their phone these.
The browser on this model is, as usual, restricted to the TracFone version of the web. You’ll get the usual assortment of headlines, weather, sports scores, and downloads from TracFone, but nothing beyond that.
The other tools are very similar to the LG 600g. The calendar allows the user to set appointments and enter daily tasks, with memory for 30 of each type. Another nice feature is the alarm clock which offers the option of setting different tones for different alarms. Both the appointments and the alarms can be set to repeat in various patterns, such as every day, M-Fri, or weekends only.
The phone book has a capacity of five hundred entries. Within each entry are fields for mobile phone, home phone, email address, group, picture, ringtone, anniversary (which I think means birthday), and memo. Considering the LG 410g doesn’t have a camera or external screen, the picture ID seems kind of pointless to me, but I guess it’s there if you want it.
Below is a list of additional tools offered on the 410g:
- tip calculator
- world clock
- stop watch
- unit converter
These items are pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t cover them in more detail here.
There are only ten included ringtones, plus some message and alert tones. It looks like this phone DOES support mp3 tones, but frankly I’m assuming that the type of people that would want custom mp3 ringtones aren’t going to be interested in this basic model, so I’m not going to bother testing that too much. If you are interested, however, the internal memory capacity is 1 mb.
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