LG Cookie Fresh in-depth review -

Look and feel

A clean, well put together handset that is impressively light, but lacks that wow factor.

Ease of use

Clear menus and an array of shortcuts help make the LG Cookie Fresh an easy handset to master.

Features

A distinct lack of features, with just EDGE data speeds, the three-inch touch-screen and the two-megapixel camera being the highlights.

Performance

The internet experience suffered as a result of the lack of 3G and the two-megapixel camera won't be used for anything more than the occasional snap.

Battery life

With a talktime of 330 minutes and 390 hours standby, the LG Cookie Fresh has a mediocre battery life.

 LG Cookie Fresh Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:58:21 PM

6

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

4

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

LiveSquare remains a fun way of organising your favourite contacts and we were fans of the personalised messages LG has included

Cons:

The EDGE data speeds meant we were often left waiting for the browser to catch up with our page scrolling

LG hit the jackpot with the original LG Cookie KP500. Having sold in excess of one million units in the UK alone, it remains LG's best selling touch-screen. Note that's 'best selling' not 'best'. Note that’s ‘best selling’, not ‘best’. Not that there was anything wrong with the Cookie KP500, you understand, it just fell under the “affordable mobile” banner and as such its spec sheet was not exactly mind blowing. Yet as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it, which is why LG has taken the same approach, with a few minor tweaks, to the new LG Cookie Fresh.

Look and feel

The LG Cookie Fresh is a clean looking device, with curved edges and a smooth exterior, but it lacks that wow factor. It’s slightly less wide than the original, but the Fresh still houses a three-inch resistive touch-screen. Though nothing new, we’re still taken with LG’s gesture unlocking feature. Assign various symbols to particular features and when the phone is locked, simply scribble aforementioned symbol on the display and the phone will unlock straight into that functionality. For example, we assigned the letter ‘M’ for messages – just to make our life easier.

There are three home screens on the Fresh. The first allows you to add four favourite functions to the screen by attaching them to a virtual washing line, which we thought was quite cute. We’d have liked to have been able to add more, but as the icons are relatively big this would probably have left us with a rather squashed screen. The second home screen is LG’s LiveSquare. For those unfamiliar with it, you can assign moving avatars symbolizing your favourite contacts. You can then view conversation history, send group texts by highlighting all the avatars, or set yourself event reminders. The avatar that represents you will even have a little speech bubble to mark certain dates in the diary. For example, a ‘Merry Christmas’ message will appear on Christmas day, while a ‘TGIF’ will see in every Friday. Finally, the third home screen on the Fresh offers a much simpler way of assigning your most frequent contacts.

There are no onboard accelerometers, so to use the phone horizontally when surfing the web or typing text you will need to manually go through the settings menu for that particular function. We’d suggest you do this when typing text, as not only was the virtual T9 keyboard far more fiddly than the horizontal QWERTY, it also took up the majority of the screen.

No 3G

One of our criticisms of the first Cookie was the lack of 3G and it was disappointing to see LG hasn’t added it to the Fresh. As a result, our web surfing was very stop start. In fact, if we scrolled down a page too fast it would often take a few seconds for the browser to catch up and display the content towards the bottom of the page. It’s fine for a quick internet fix, but no more. As has become a staple for any handset worth its salt, the LG Cookie Fresh houses access to a host of social networking sites. Through its SNS Client, you’ll be able to read feeds, update your own status and access full mobile-friendly versions of Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

Conclusion

As with its predecessor, the LG Cookie Fresh is no super phone. In fact, its specs are distinctly average. However, while it may not thrill us, it was both easy to get to grips with and has some quirky touches that brought a smile to our face. Another sure fire hit from LG, though not one for the early adopters.

Danny Brogan