I’m finally ready with the LG 620g review conclusion. To read earlier segments, use the following links:
Here’s the review conclusion:
I have been rather impressed with the browser on this model. I’m not sure whether the reason is that the phone is Straight Talk rather than the TracFone and Net10 handsets that I typically use, or if it’s related to the hardware of the 620g. Whatever the reason, the browser seems to load as quickly as any phone I’ve used from these three companies.
I also had no trouble navigating to any website I chose. Among those that I tried were Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, Mapquest (which worked better than Google Maps), Yahoo mail, GMail, ESPN, and CNN. Page load times met my expectations, considering this model doesn’t use 3g data services. Still, I would say that page load much faster on this model than on old dial-up modem phone line connections. Much of that depends on the quality of the site, too. Any well-known site will have a version of the designed specifically for mobile phones, and they will load fine on this phone.
The organizational features are pretty good and include a calendar, alarm clock, note pad, calculator, world clock, task list, stop watch, and unit converter. One unusual feature, similar to the LG 420g for TracFone and Straight Talk, is a “secret notes” section where you can enter notes that are then protected by the phone’s “security code.” Beyond those functions, there’s a fairly versatile voice recorder, with pretty good recording quality and the ability to save VERY long recordings to your phone’s internal memory or to a microSD card.
The calendar function, as well as the alarm clock, work very nicely in my opinion. I’d like to have task list automatically incorporate into the calendar, but that‘s a minor complaint and might be something that would be limited to more complete smart phones rather than a pretty inexpensive feature phone such as this. All in all, if you stick to the calendar and the alarm clock I think this could be a handy organizational device.
The 620g comes with a couple of pre-loaded games, the same that were available on the LG 420g I reviewed recently. There’s a version of Sudoku that I don’t like much because there’s an annoying delay between when you press a key and when the cursor actually moves between squares. There’s also something called “mini game planet” that has 10 very simplistic mini games inside. You can unlock three of the ten to start out, then you’ll have to earn more “credits” by playing the games to unlock more. Some of these are moderately entertaining for the first few minutes, but they get boring pretty quickly.
However, there’s also apparently the ability to add your own java games, which you can download from the internet. This is something that I need to explore more with this model, but I’ve previously done something like this with my LG 600g and Samsung T401g. Here are some tips for adding games to this model (note that this applies to the LG 420g, but should work with this model as well). Hopefully I’ll soon have some more time to look at this more closely and do a full post only on adding games to the 620.
Other info on the LG 620g
I’ve found that the phone is rather slow to refresh the screen when it’s first slid open. This can be mildly annoying if you use your phone for the clock, as for the first second the screen lights up, it displays the time of previous time the screen was lit. It takes a second to refresh to the current time.
As I usually do in my reviews, I’m going to complain that this model doesn’t have voice-activated dialing. For some reason, Straight Talk seems to include this feature only on CDMA handsets, while this one is GSM.
I’ve found a lot of things I like about the LG 620g after using it extensively over the past several weeks. I really enjoy the large screen, compact size, excellent battery life, excellent signal reception, good voice quality, and flexibility in terms of ringtones. Further, the ringtone creator, 1.3 mp camera, mp3 player, and microSD card slot make the phone more fun and useful.
While I won’t personally make use of the organizer functions since I always carry my iPod and use apps on there, I think that the calendar and alarm clock would do the basics just fine if you need to set reminders and plan your schedule. And of course the video camera and voice recorder are nice little extras to have if you ever need them.
I also found some drawbacks. I don’t necessarily think the following list is very significant, but one of these items might be a deal-breaker for any one individual. So I’ll list them out, in the order of what I consider to be most important:
- no voice-activated dialing,
- proprietary headset or adapter is necessary if you want to use a wired headset for calls or music
- no programmable shortcuts
- no side rocker switch to change the call volume
- takes too many keystrokes to change ringtone volume (although complete muting is easy)
- flat keys on the directional pad are hard to get used to
- menu navigation is a bit laggy at times
All in all, I have found that after a few weeks of using this as my only phone, the positives definitely outshine the negatives for me. I’ve really learned to love this little phone. I ported my primary phone number to Straight Talk just to write the LG 620g review, even though my usage pattern is really a better fit for Net10 or TracFone. But after using the 620g, even just for a few weeks, I think I’ll be pretty disappointed to switch back to a Net10 or TracFone handset. I may be persuaded to give up my landline and use this phone instead!
If you’re on the fence about this model, I strongly suggest you give it a try. As of this writing, the price is $69.99 with free shipping, plus a $30 or $45 airtime card to cover your first month, on Straight Talk’s site. And I’m not sure how long it will last, but they’re currently (September, 2010) offering a $15 gift certificate with all new phone purchases. Click here to check it out!
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