Here’s part 3 of my LG 620g review. To read previous parts, check out the following links:
The 620g is currently available only as a Straight Talk device, though it might make an appearance on Net10 at a later time. For now, you can check out more details or buy the phone at StraightTalk.com.
The 620g can be connected to a computer a couple of different ways, and I’ve found very few limitations in the connections. I have been able to transfer pictures, ringtones, mp3 files, videos, contacts, and even application files both by bluetooth and USB cable. Further, you can also use a removable microSD card to transfer files between the 620g and other devices.
I tried briefly to connect the phone for use as a USB modem, without success. When this model is plugged into a computer via USB, the user is presented with two options for the connection – mass storage, or USB modem. The mass storage modem, of course, allows for files to be transferred to or from the phone.
But when I selected “USB modem,” my computer began searching for an appropriate driver, which it never found. I poked around a few different sites on the web looking for a driver, but still couldn’t get the setup to work. Either way, I’m not too confident that the phone would work as a modem, since Straight Talk has previously been pretty careful about locking down options like that. And even if it did work, the connection would be very slow due to the GPRS connection offered on this device.
I had no problems with the bluetooth audio connection on the LG 620g either. As always, I skipped testing the phone with GPS units and navigation systems since I don’t have access to either of those. Based on previous experience with these phones, however, I think it’s a safe bet that the bluetooth connection will work for audio transmission and probably call answering and ending, but probably not for voice-activated dialing or any other advance services.
I also don’t know whether the mp3 player will play through a stereo bluetooth headset. Looking at the supported bluetooth profiles on the phone, I can see that it supports Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), which indicates it can transmit stereo audio over bluetooth. However, I don’t see any option in the mp3 player to change the audio output to bluetooth instead of wired headphones or the built-in speaker. This was the case even when the phone was paired with a bluetooth headset. The only headsets I have are mono, so that could be the problem. So I guess the answer there is simply that I don’t know whether the mp3 player can play through a bluetooth headset.
The LG 620g camera can take pictures at a resolution of up to 1.3 megapixels (1280 x 960). Other supported resolutions include VGA (640 x 480) and 320 x 240. Videos can also be recorded, but only at 176 x 144 resolution.
The camera offers the usual assortment of options such as super fine, fine, and normal quality settings; 2x zoom (but not at the highest quality settings); white balance and brightness manual adjustment; night mode; self timer; choice of several color settings such as sepia or black and white; and multi-shot mode.
Right off the bat, I have a significant complaint with the mp3 player: the phone requires a proprietary headset (or possibly an adapter if you can find one). Unlike the Samsung r355c, which has a standard headset jack on it, the headset connector on this LG 620g is a microUSB port. That means that you’ll probably have to spend more money on accessories in order to listen to music. Of course you could use the built-in speaker, but that doesn’t produce good sound quality. And like I mentioned previously, I don’t believe that bluetooth is going to work for stereo audio. I ended up buying a headset on Amazon for around $10.
Beyond that complaint, the performance of the mp3 player has been alright. Audio quality is acceptable, but not good, through the headphones I bought. I can’t be sure whether the problem is the headphones or the device itself, but I suspect it’s a combination. The sounds just aren’t as sharp as I would like, even compared to my iPod and standard Apple headphones, which aren’t the highest quality for music playback.
On the plus side, there are a handful of preset “equalizer” options that actually do change the sound somewhat, if only minimally. The playlist function is also more user friendly than on previous Straight Talk phones. It definitely is far from perfect, as it takes a while to set up playlists especially if you have a lot of music on your phone. But once you have songs added to a playlist, you can then change the order within the playlist – something that is not possible, to my knowledge, with the Samsung mp3 player phones from Straight Talk. I also like the fact that the headset includes a button to start and stop playback right on the cord, eliminating the need to pull out the phone to pause music.
To sum up the mp3 player – it’s a nice feature to have, and it’s definitely handy to have a few songs on a microSD card for occasional use. But to take advantage of it, you’ll need special headphones. And if you already have a separate mp3 player you like, you’re not going to want to ditch that separate device for this phone, because the organization and audio quality on just about any other stand-alone music player will greatly surpass what’s available on this phone.
That’s all for now, next week I’ll be back to discuss some of the other features and to wrap it all up, including my final conclusion on the LG 620g review.
For now, you can check out more details or buy the phone at StraightTalk.com.